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Anti Stroke Drug Will Kill Your Stomach

In just another not-so-surprising case of a drug causing far more harm than anything good, a study published this week in The New England Journal of Medicine found those who take Plavix, a popular and expensive antistroke drug, experience more than 12 TIMES as many ulcers as patients who take aspirin plus a heartburn pill.

According to researchers, as many as half of the patients currently using Plavix do so because physicians assume this drug is safer on their stomachs than aspirin, a recommendation endorsed by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

Researchers recommended those who take Plavix should consider switching to aspirin plus a heartburn pill because it is safer and cheaper. However, I wouldn't call that pharmaceutical option any "safer and cheaper" than taking Plavix. In fact, if you recall a blog I posted last week, aspirin is no safe option at all. Here's what one Harvard researcher said about aspirin: "My guess is that if aspirin was launched in 2004, it would not be an over-the-counter drug."

A much safer, healthier treatment for protecting your body from strokes would be to ensure your body has the proper omega 6:3 ratio. That means about one tablespoon of cod liver oil (15 capsules) for the average adult and avoiding most vegetable seed and nut oils that are loaded with omega-6 fats.

New England Journal of Medicine Volume 352:238-244, January 20, 2005, Number 3

New York Times January 20, 2005

Wilmington Star-News January 20, 2005

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