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Is Aspirin a Cure-all?

Mar 27, 2012 11:35AM ● By Anonymous

Many of us start the day by popping a doctor-recommended baby aspirin to stave off heart disease. But this wonder drug doesn’t stop there. Once mankind’s only recourse for headache pain, aspirin’s powers continue to amaze. It seems that nearly monthly, a new study is released extolling the virtues of acetylsalicylic acid in the treatment of a multitude of conditions.

We already have headaches and heart attacks in aspirin’s corner, and its effectiveness in reducing fevers was a real game-changer for humanity. Now, if researchers are on the right paths, we may be able to add such conditions as repeat blood clots, certain types of cancer (particularly colorectal and other digestive tract cancers), melanoma, multiple sclerosis, pulmonary embolisms, diabetes, and acne to aspirin’s can-do capabilities. Research is even being conducted to determine aspirin’s part in preventing miscarriages.

Taking aspirin is not a risk-free action, however. It can lead to stomach bleeding and stomach ulcers, and can cause tinnitus (ringing in the ears). It is also not advised to suddenly stop taking your aspirin therapy. As always, speak with your physician. Stopping aspirin can lead to a rebound effect that may increase your risk of a heart attack or stroke.