Aspirin: The Good and The Bad


Years ago in the medical publication, The Lancet, an article reported that taking the miracle pill, aspirin, can lower the risk of cancer by 58% and prevents heart attacks and strokes.

Even other findings have said it can reduce the accumulation of plaque in the brain of Alzheimer patients and can help reduce symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia ( BPH).

Today, researchers believe that inflammation plays a role in all these diseases; and aspirins ability to inhibit the effects of cyclooxygenase- 2 (Cox-2) enzymes, which causes your pain, also promotes cell damage that can lead to cancer. There are many other herbs and nutrients that can help with inflammation and to quell the Cox-2 effect! Nutrients that can help with inflammation are turmeric, or curcumin, ginger, papaya, pineapple, spinach, salmon, shitake mushrooms and sweet potato.

The life saving health hazards of aspirin are finally being told.

After hearing about all this positive information, you will be surprised to find the truth is; aspirin is not good for everybody and not all the time!

Aspirin can have serious and hidden side effects. The latest discovery is that long-term aspirin use makes you “aspirin resistant”, which then can INCREASE or DOUBLE your risk of having a heart attack or stroke! Most people following this recommendation, of “an aspirin a day…”. have no idea about this health hazard! So aspirin is not as safe as drug companies want you to believe. At times Aspirin can be good but Aspirin can also be bad for you!

Many people have been told that aspirin, even ‘baby’ aspirin is suggested by most doctors. But again there are still side effects; like irritated stomach, heartburn, asthma, nausea, ulcers or bleeding. But many may not know that aspirin also increases risk of developing cataracts, macular degeneration and blindness! Up to a 44% chance! It can also reduce your blood clotting ability.

Here are some other truths:

Yes if you think you are having a heart attack, take an aspirin immediately, and call for help. But for long term, to prevent heart attacks or cardiovascular problems, try Nattokinase, it is all natural made from soybeans and can break up blood clots and help with other heart issues.

Do not mix aspirin with arthritis drugs.

Angry people should take aspirin, there is a link between emotions and heart attacks.

Women respond differently than men, aspirin or acetaminophen, given for pain increases blood pressure in women.

If used for migraines and taken too often it can actually trigger Rebound headaches or migraines which could be worse than your previous headache!

Aspirin can increase stomach acid, which can make you feel worse; especially if you already have Gerd or any Gastric ulcers.

During surgery and anesthesia the drug ‘sotalol’, for the heart, is OK for men but causes heart arrhythmia problems in women.

So in the end, yes, you can take aspirin to relieve heart issues, but you should not need it if you are eating or taking natural anti-inflammatory substances.

I recommend eating more of the Mediterranean -Asian food diet and more anti inflammatory foods.



Cindy Burrows
Cynthia Burrows, M.T. CWC, Herbalist

Cynthia Burrows, from Austin, Texas, owns Cindy Burrows, Natural Health Consultant; assisting individuals with health issues they would like to change. She will set up a program giving choices of foods, herbs, teas and homeopathic suggestions. Cindy is past owner of Nature’s Healing Herbs, an Herbal, Green Tea, and Tincture product line, and a rare product line of Green Tea Foods. She has certificates for Herbalist at East West School of Herbology, and as Wellness Consultant with the Wellness Forum in Ohio.

Cindy is also a Medical Technologist, with a B.S. degree from Mansfield University in Mansfield Pa., she has been in healthcare for over 30 years. In 2005, she started using a new device founded in Europe, Quantum Biofeedback, “an energy rebalancing of the body”, by using our bodies electricity or frequency waves it can detect stress points in the body, she has added this to her consulting practice. She now has her Certification as a Biofeedback Specialist. She helps her clients by working with the synergy of herbs, food, homeopathy, and aromatherapy within her practice. She is a speaker, writer, and teacher. Cindy has been interviewed on TV; about the benefits of Green Tea and has been on radio about her small business tour to Ecuador.

Cindy has been an herbalist for over 20 years and has spent 6 years learning through the East West School of Herbology with Michael Tierra. She has studied Western, Chinese and Ayurvedic Herbs with a strong emphasis on nutrition. Along with many other continued studies of alternative and complementary medicine. She is a Certified Wellness Consultant, through a special program, The Wellness Forum, which has its nutrition program, now part of the curriculum at Ohio State University, providing educational seminars and workshops designed to impart relevant nutrition information to individuals to take control of their own health. These programs give healthier options and choices that can impact your longevity and quality of life. Cindy has been a speaker to many groups and has conducted many of her own classes on food and healthy life style programs.

Cindy has been involved with a hands-on healing program for the past 4 years and offers energy healing, through donation only, to anyone who needs her services.

She is Co-president of the Austin Herb Society and a member of the American Herbalist Guild. Cynthia has been a board member on many programs in the past including; La Sertoma, Arthritis Foundation, Toastmasters International, National Association of Female Executives, Handicapped Equestrian Learning Program, Entrepreneurs Association, and Austin Integrated Health Care Program.

Cindy also loves nature, animals, reading, blending teas, juices, etc.; likes to hike, and work with plants and, of course, cooking., mostly vegetarian.
Cindy has an adventurous streak.
She has organized and taken tours with business and artists groups to Big Bend, Texas, New Mexico, USA, and Ecuador, South America.