For more than 20 years, many of us in the alternative medicine press have been sounding the warning. But the FDA is just now admitting that the most popular non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are, in fact, quite dangerous.
In July, the FDA required nearly every NSAID to carry a warning on its label that the drug can cause fatal strokes and heart attacks. And it can cause these fatal attacks in just about anyone — including young people with no known cardiovascular risk factors. What's more, the drugs can trigger a heart attack if you take it for just a few weeks.
Peter Wilson of Emory University, who served on the expert panel that advised the FDA on the decision, said: "There is great concern that people think these drugs are benign, and they are probably not. The thought is these are good for short-term relief, probably for your younger person with no history of cardiovascular trouble." But now we're finding that young people can see adverse effects as well.
The FDA has known for some time that the NSAID drugs were harmful. In 2005, every NSAID other than aspirin had to carry a warning on its labels about the increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. But since then, new research has found that the risk was much higher than previously believed. Not only can they cause these events — they can kill you! And they can kill you fast.
Even worse, the more NSAIDs you take, the higher the risk. There are some high-dose prescription drugs that carry a risk that's as much as five times higher than the doses found in your grocery store.
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Wilson said the over-the-counter NSAIDs can increase your heart attack and stroke risk by about 10%. Low-dose prescription NSAIDs increase your risk by roughly 20%. And high-dose prescription NSAIDs will increase your risk by a whopping 50%! And if you take non-aspirin NSAIDs after you've had a heart attack, your risk for dying within one year goes up even more.
So if you've had a heart attack, the only painkilling drug you should consider is aspirin. Your doctor will probably give you aspirin before you leave the hospital and insist you take it. But aspirin has problems as well. It can cause severe bleeding problems in your gut. So it's not ideal.
The problem is that many people who have had heart attacks also suffer from arthritis. The resulting joint pain can be debilitating. So pain relief is desperately needed. You're probably already taking aspirin. You know it's not doing enough. That leaves supplements.
Fortunately, Advanced Bionutritionals has a new supplement that can provide pain relief for your joints that's highly effective. I told you about Ultimate Knee Relief a few weeks ago. The supplement contains powerful pain relievers that can help heal the cause of the pain as well as relieve the pain in general. While it's made primarily for your knees, you'll find that it works for all of your joints. If you're currently taking aspirin, you'll want to tell your doctor about Knee Relief before you take it, as the supplement contains willow bark, which has a similar action as aspirin. You may not need as much aspirin when you take Knee Relief.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.