October 2021. The US Preventative Services Task Force (the official name of ‘them’ and ‘they’) are saying put that daily aspirin away.
A daily regimen of low-dose aspirin to most people at high risk of a first heart attack or stroke had been considered a first-line defense. Now though there’s mounting evidence that the risk of serious side effects far outweighs the benefit. They are also reversing recommendations to take baby aspirin for the prevention of colorectal cancer.
This guidance came from the fact that aspirin is an anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant. Cardiovascular incidents are typically the result of a clog or clot that builds up cutting off blood flow or breaks free then jams stuff up further down the road. Cancer, in short, is the overgrowth of non-descript or ill-formed cells as the result of chronic irritation/inflammation. Inflammation also plays a huge roll in cardiovascular disease (ALL disease actually).
So, it made sense if you could control coagulation and inflammation with a very available, easy-to-take pill; why not? Well, turns out it leads to ulcers, GI disorders; internal and intracranial bleeding.
What if though, something existed that was more of an inflammation preventer than stopper and had anticoagulant properties that didn’t result in bleeding out? It does. Long-time readers have heard me talk up Omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil) and its cousin 1-Tetradecanol Complex [(1-TDC) originally a canine supplement sourced from grass-fed beef] for years. And unlike aspirin, these compounds also help lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and raise good cholesterol (HDL).
As you’ve heard me say many times before, you have to be careful where you get your supplements. Not all supplements are created equal and companies are not held to strict FDA guidelines. Products sold in our office have been voluntarily certified by the FDA and if you look in my vitamin cabinet at home my family takes the products I recommend. If you’re interested in preventing heart disease, cancer and naturally treat pain; let us know. We’ll send you recommendations.