"Your health starts on your plate"
French proverb

Aspirin Myths and Tinnitus

When the risks outweigh the benefits

The key points to remember when taking Asprin 'just-in-case' is that it doesn't work for everyone.

Many foods have blood thinning qualities and a change in your diet is probably a wise precaution to ensure a long term healthy prognosis.

Aspirin (also known as acetylsalicylic acid) is a salicylate and can be implicated in tinnitus.

A brief history of how Asprin came to be the world's best selling pain killer with 50 billion tablets taken annually goes back to the 1980's when a series of trials showed that regular use of asprin reduced the risk of non-fatal stroke and heart attack in cardiovascular patients, as well as lowering the risk of heart attack in men without cardiovascular disease. In 1994 meta-analysis by the Antiplatelet Trialists' Collaboration (ATC) further recommended asprin as a treatment against stroke, claiming that a few weeks of antiplatelet therapy could halve the risk of deadly blood clots in high-rish patients.

However, a critical lok at the ATC analysis later that same year exposed major flaws in studies. Only one of the sixteen studies was properly conducted and error free. Nevertheless it has become a bench mark of prevention and is widely recommended providing there are no contra indications to asprin such as a history of stomach ulcers or kidney disease/problems.

The US Food and Drugs Admnistration (the world's watch dog on Pharmaceutical drug prescribing), department of Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Panel doesn't support the use of asprin for the primary prevention of heart attacks. According to clinical and laboratory evidence, between five and sixty per cent of asprin takers expereince a 'variable' response (or resistance). Such asprin resistance translates into a greater than threefold increase in the risk of adverse reaction.

Later studies showed that while two months of asprin treatment markedly reduced the potential for blood clotting, its effect on platelets successively decreased from that point on. In other words, long-term asprin treatment is associated with a progressive loss of platelet sensitivity to the drug.

Food can play a big part in reducing blood platelet aggregation or blood clotting. A simple list below outlines some important dietary helpers for good platelet health.

  • Garlic - prevents blood coagulation and reduces blood viscostiy
  • Ginger - at high enough intake it can reduce platelet aggregation.
  • Oily fish like mackerel can prevent arterial disease if eaten regularly
  • Onions exhibit antiplatelet activity, dialate blood vessels and thin the blood if eaten regularly
  • Selenium - a mineral viatl for health may prevent LDL or bad cholesteral from forming.
  • Leafy green vegetables, nuts and good quality vegetable oils like Olive Oil are high in vitamin E and eating lots of these is good for reducing heart disease.

Minerals - vital for health but largely overlooked in health programmes.

Minerals are the power house of our health but are largely overlooked in understanding nutrition and the effects a lack of just ONE mineral can have on the effectiveness of all the others.

The Hair Mineral Analysis offered by The Healing Touch therapy is an efective way of finding out just what your mineral status is, plus giving you valuable advice on the correct foods to increase or decrease in your diet to have an optimum balance of minerals. As a test it is one of the best value for money, giving your a metabolic profile, whether you are sympathetic of parasympathetic dominant and outlining to what extent your mineral balance is having upon the main 'energy producing' endocrine glands.

For more information and to book an appointment, please telephone 07599 520 406 and leave a message or email cynthia@healingtouchtherapy.co.uk Your first appointment will be an evaluation of your unique health requirements with eith kinesiology or naturopathy, plus you will have an opportunity to have the hair mineral test. The sample is sent to our laboratories in the United States and results ar usually back withing two weeks for the follow-up appointment.

For more information on a Salicylate free diet (also known as the Feingold Diet) please look at the Homepage left hand column of this web site where you will find a list of foods with salicylates and recommendations for foods free from salicylates. Tinnitus sufferers benefit from having this knowledge to make adjustments to their diets.

"Today 95% of all chronic disease is caused by food choice, toxic food ingredients, nutritional deficiencies and lack of physical excercise."
Mike Adams