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"Black Box" Treatment Recommended For All COX-2s

Based on an analysis of two studies that revealed patients treated with Bextra after heart bypass surgery tripled their risk of heart attack and stroke compared to those who received a placebo, a group of researchers recommended doctors avoid prescribing Bextra altogether, or use it only as a drug of last resort.

These results, in addition to others regarding Celebrex and Vioxx, "provide compelling evidence that these adverse coronary and cerebrovascular events represent a class effect?" So much so, that researchers recommend "the black box" treatment for all COX-2 inhibitors.

No wonder! In a separate article in the same medical journal, this group of scientists reported on evidence from mice showing that the combination of aspirin and a COX-2 inhibitor could make plaque in the arteries more likely to rupture and cause clotting, resulting in heart attack or stroke.

So, why take the risk of serious side effects from anti-inflammatories when you can create your own anti-inflammatory, merely by changing the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats in your diet? These two types of fatty acids are essential for human health. However, the typical American consumes far too many omega-6 fats and not enough omega-3 fats to be healthy.

While the ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats should be 1:1, most people have averages anywhere from 20:1 to 50:1!

Circulation January 17, 2005

EurekAlert January 18, 2005

Yahoo News January 17, 2005

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