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04:50 AM on 01/23/2013
This reminds me of the coffee reports. One day aspirin is good, and the next not-so-good. It can cause ulcers, but prevent strokes, but cause mancular degeneration. The next report and study will be something good it does (then bad).
09:17 AM on 01/23/2013
The real danger is reading too many of these stupid stories and wrecking your life worrying.
11:09 AM on 01/23/2013
Just do everything in moderation and you will be ok.
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04:43 AM on 01/23/2013
I'm with Dr. Cykiert--no real evidence. Plus we're told that taking an aspirin a day supposedly has health benefits for your heart and might stave off cancer. But you just cannot win no matter what you ingest anymore.
08:46 AM on 01/23/2013
The study seems fatally flawed in that it does not take into consideration the dietary factors which contribute to AMD. A diet rich in green leafy vegetables and consequently in lutien and zeaxanthin has been clinically proven to inhibit the development of both wet and dry AMD. It is the density of the macula which is the deciding factor in the speed with which AMD develops. The more zeaxanthin and lutein that is present in the macula the more dense it is and the better it is protected from damaging light So take your aspirin with a serving of broccoli!
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seanymph007
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11:35 AM on 01/23/2013
Thanks for sharing your perspective; obviously the study left out many factors that could be contributing factors (diet being a substanical one). Here's some food for thought... MD runs in my family, in the women who for their entire lifetimes, were subsistence farmers and consumers of copious amounts of leafy greens daily. Other than early morning hours they spent little time outdoors. I don't know their aspirin intake (they've passed away), but I assume it was very little based on their frugal, stoic lifestyle (doing without any/all things unnecessary, inc OTC med's).
In my other elders, I definitely see a connection between regular aspirin use and bleeding capillaries of the skin, and gastric bleeding. Over a relatively short time, we've successfully (very noticeably) remedied this capillary breakage/bleeding by taking supplements of Vit C with "rose hips" which are known to "strengthen capillary walls". We also use aspirin to dissolve unwanted skin tissue (warts, skin callouses/keratosis, scars, etc.). Could excess salicylates via high doses of aspirin both weakening the tissues of the macula and weaken capillary walls, thus promoting MD?
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tamsen86
04:13 PM on 01/23/2013
I'm seeing lutein in age 50+ vitamins and Occuvite. Broccoli is one source of it. Maybe spinach, too. Damaging light just has to be from computer screens for long hours but how to avoid that?
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09:22 AM on 01/23/2013
Heres the real problem with nearly all of these types of studies. They choose people who are already sick enough to take a drug. That is not the general public! Then they compare the incidence of some illness this speciasl group gets more of compared to the general public--and conclude the drug is causing this higher incidence. It doesn't compute.
04:01 AM on 01/23/2013
I AM BIG ON SCIENTIFIC STUDIES AND I CAN SADLY REPORT THAT MANY DO NOT HOLD UP TO THE ORIGIONAL CLAIM. IE FISH OIL, NIACIN, VITAMIN A, ETC..... WE SHOULD DO A MORE ACCURATE TEST AND LOOK AT THE RESULTS CAREFULLY BEFORE MAKING CLAIMS.
cosmicdart
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03:44 AM on 01/23/2013
Just keep taking your aspirin with grain and water all ye little caged Lab Mice so we may know for sure if it's bad for you so that future generations of vermin may be protected through the use of this medical knowledge. Medical science marches on!
02:46 AM on 01/23/2013
I never take aspirin. Meditation and a nap is how I deal with a headache. And I don't buy into the idea of taking aspirin for anything else either. There are better, more natural ways. Did you know that the Bayer Aspirin company traces back in history to the Nazis? Believe it or not, t's true. So how can you trust it. You can't.
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02:59 AM on 01/23/2013
Actually, Bayer is a lot older than that. It was founded in 1863. It inveted aspirin in 1897.
03:06 AM on 01/23/2013
That is correct, but Bayer still traces back to the Nazis during WWII. It was part of I.G. Farben at Auschwitz. Might be hard to believe, but that is the truth.
03:09 AM on 01/23/2013
http://www.mega.nu/ampp/bayer.html
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tamsen86
04:47 AM on 01/23/2013
My sympathies to anyone trying to cure a migraine with meditation or a nap. Aspirin is supposed to help some but the doctor gave me a magic bullet called Imitrex and it does the job.
05:06 AM on 01/23/2013
I'm sure that's right. I personally rarely get headaches, but when I do, it's usually somewhat mild. I can't imagine plain over-the-counter aspirin being able to do much at all for a migraine. I'm glad you found something which works for you. I believe in Integrative Medicine, which blends conventional and natural alternatives, with an emphasis on prevention - whichever combination works best for each individual's needs.
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cebu98
Obama won, America lost.
02:28 AM on 01/23/2013
What, wait, why can't I see the words in his article....
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pasquamar
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06:55 AM on 01/23/2013
AMERICA WON
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cebu98
Obama won, America lost.
02:26 AM on 01/23/2013
Have a heart attack, (which I've already had), or go blind, what a choice. I thought porn caused blindness!
09:45 AM on 01/23/2013
No, just hairy palms!
02:00 AM on 01/23/2013
WELL, THEY SAY MASTURBATION CAN MAKE YOU GO BLIND TOO..................BUT THEN, WHAT?
08:01 AM on 01/23/2013
Keep on keepin' on, I guess.
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09:28 AM on 01/23/2013
Then you have to listen to your porn....
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01:22 AM on 01/23/2013
Some coice, take aspirin and avoid a heart attack but go blind or don't take aspirin and avoid blindness but die from a heart attack. Obamacare here I come.
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ddokken69
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01:20 AM on 01/23/2013
First its good for you then its bad for you which one is it?? Its like which came first the chicken or the egg!!
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01:12 AM on 01/23/2013
Let's face it! Getting old sucks!

All these "scientific" studies just make the situation worse.

Aspirin: Choose---your eyes or your heart. Whichever choice you make, ten years from now (if you're still alive) you'll read about a study contradicting the previous one.
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ddanimal
12:57 AM on 01/23/2013
There are much safer ways to prevent heart attacks and cariovascular disease. Aspirin is dangerous to take daily.

Safe nutrients that prevent heart attacks include vitamin D, magnesium, vitamin C, coQ10, vitamin K2, lysine and methyl donors.
02:40 AM on 01/23/2013
How do you know? vitamin D can cause kidney issues, C could make you too acidic, and the others haven't been around long enough or sufficiently studied clinically for side effects to be known.

Remember when beta carotene was recommended for smokers and E for circulatory issues?

Vitamins are most valuable when used to treat deficiencies.
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ddanimal
03:41 PM on 01/23/2013
Vitamin D does not cause kidney problems, unless ridiculously large doses are taken. Vit D is safe for everyone up to about 10,000 IU daily.

Vitamins are extremely safe when they are taken in the right forms and the right dosages.

the beta carotene-smoker study used synthetic beta carotene in high doses, which is problematic for 2 reasons:
1) synthetic beta carotene is not identical to natural beta carotene.
2) taking only ONE carotenoid induces deficiencies in the other carotenoids. Carotenoids must be taken as a group, not individually.
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12:37 AM on 01/23/2013
Here is some good advice. Do not eat too much processed food, stay away from fat, get exercise, don't take pills unless you absolutely have to and you will live a long happy life!

Oh and have lots of sex
12:33 AM on 01/23/2013
What if I take it up until the time I need glasses?
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Ramon Noches
Retired Air Force Colonel
12:05 AM on 01/23/2013
Has anyone noticed how medical news bounces around? I had just swallowed a vitamin E pill when a report surfaced it may not be good thing. Then I hear the bad news about aspirin that I also take. Of course most of have heard about Tylenol, and we wonder what is next. There must be a huge surge of medical research abetted by rapidly advancing technology causing several "Don't Use" reports every year. Waiting in the woods, or should I say jungles, lies the potential for many new discoveries from yet unknown plants and animals. I only hope they hurry up and can solve any ailments that lie in my future.
12:29 AM on 01/23/2013
There won't be any woods or jungles left, dude ...
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Ramon Noches
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11:54 AM on 01/23/2013
No Jungles, no Woods, no us...
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ddanimal
01:04 AM on 01/23/2013
It has always been the case that medical research is inconsistent, at least on the surface. One must dig into the scientific reports to understand whats really going on. media reporting on science is really awful and rarely describes the research accurately.
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Ramon Noches
Retired Air Force Colonel
12:01 PM on 01/23/2013
Yes, now research is spotlighting natural defense Alligators have and several other species as possible sources of new antibiotics. We sure need something new and soon as the germs are quickly arming themselves to overcome anything we can use to attack them. Nature equips even the tiniest living things with some form of protection.