An Aspirin a Day May Send the Doctor Your Way

Three studies recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine are challenging the modern tenet of prophylactic aspirin therapy. These studies point to the conclusion that a daily low-dose aspirin protocol provides no significant health benefits for healthy older adults. In contrast, these studies show that aspirin is more likely to cause serious complications rather than provide life-saving benefit.

The first study was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial conducted by Monash University in Australia. Approximately 20,000 healthy individuals with a median age of 74 were followed for 5 years. Half of the participants received 100 milligrams of aspirin a day and the other half received a placebo.

After five years, no difference in “disability free” survival rates were statistically observed. However, most importantly, they found a 40% higher rate of major hemorrhaging in the aspirin group compared to the group that received a placebo.

The second study corroborated these findings by demonstrating that the risk of major hemorrhage was significantly higher with aspirin than with a placebo. Major hemorrhage events primarily involved “upper gastrointestinal and intracranial bleeding.”

In the third study, a “higher all-cause mortality” was observed among healthy older adults who received daily aspirin compared to those who received a placebo.

These results are not meant to challenge the recommendations for patients with a history of heart attack or stroke, where previous research demonstrates the benefits outweighs the risks.

However, they do demonstrate that the current recommendation for healthy older adults to use aspirin daily as prophylactic is unwarranted, and is more than likely putting millions of people at risk who have followed this regimen.

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The Bees Knees

Save the Bees

Help save the bees by planting these on your garden. šŸ

My organic farmer friend tells me this: Buttercup is actually not great for bees!!
Ironically they’ve left out one of the most important!!!
Clover!!!
White clover is particularly good for bees.
If everyone planted white clover on their lawns rather than grass the bees would be seriously buzzing(lol)

Sunflowers every year. They grow so big and my son loves them.

And basil. The bees go crazy over all our basil here in the keys

We grow Anise, it smells like licorice and the bees love it!

Anise hyssop…..it is more than wonderful,flying feather farm has it in May
it’s beautiful in the garden and a bonus that the bees love it.

Shedding some light

Wondering why you haven’t been sleeping so well? From Dr. Mercola’s website email today:

  • LEDs emit nonanalog light that typically has excessive blue frequencies. Regular exposure, especially after sunset, will contribute to worsening of sleep and an increase in disease

  • When using LEDs, you might end up with increased cellular damage and decreased repair and regeneration

  • You have cells in your retina responsible for producing melatonin, which regenerates the retina during the night. If you use LED lights after sunset, you reduce the regenerative and restoring capacities of your eyes, raising your risk for macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness

  • LED light can exacerbate chronic disease of all kinds by promoting mitochondrial dysfunction and suppressing energy production in your cells

  • LED light, including that from electronic screens, suppresses melatonin production, thereby disrupting sleep, which also has far-reaching health consequences