People above 50 are normally prescribed a daily low dose of aspirin to prevent heart attacks. Even for people with no risk, or low risk, of a heart attack.

Aspirin, or Acetyl Salicylic Acid, is a blood thinner. It reduces inflammation by thinning our blood. But when used chronically it causes a host of side effects.

These include-

1) Easy bruising/bleeding,

2) Difficulty hearing

3) Ringing in the ears

4) Kidney problems

5) Nausea and Vomiting

6) Unexplained fatigue

7) Dizziness

8) Dark urine

9) Yellowing of eyes and skin

These are the common side effects. The rarer, but more serious, side effect is bleeding in the stomach or small intestine. If you see dark spots or fleck in your stool, take it seriously and consult a physician immediately.

While the risks of these side effects are worth bearing for someone with a high risk of heart attack, it is irresponsible to prescribe it for people with low risk of heart disease.

Yet that’s exactly what has been done for the past 20 years. Another excuse for the Pharmaceutical industry and doctors to benefit while disregarding the harm caused to the public.

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