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Why conventional medical remedies fail the arthritis treatment: aspirin WHY CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL REMEDIES FAIL THE ARTHRITIS TREATMENT: ASPIRIN
This "simple" and cheap remedy is used more than any other drug by millions of arthritis sufferers. The main reasons for this are: (a) aspirin is inexpensive; (b) it is easily available without prescription; (c) it is generally believed that aspirin is completely nonhabitual and harmless; and (d) it eases pain and makes the patient feel more comfortable.
Because of the above reasons aspirin is so extensively used that it is a perennial remedy and a habitual routine of virtually all arthritic patients. They use it in progressively increasing amounts and many become so dependent on aspirin that they can hardly live without the drug. Arthritics must account for a big portion of the 18 million pounds of aspirin sold in the United States yearly. Over 15 tons of aspirin is consumed every 24 hours!
I wish people were better informed about how much damage this "harmless" drug can cause.
There is a general agreement among medical practitioners that aspirin is a toxic substance which has many alarming side effects.
Technically known as acetylsalicylic acid, aspirin—and many other patented drugs which feature aspirin as a main ingredient—can cause severe poisoning and result in pathological changes in the brain, liver, and kidneys.
Used over a long period of time aspirin may depress the production rate of the immune bodies of the organism and thus undermine the body's own healing powers. By masking symptoms of the acute stages of arthritis, it leads the patient to a false sense of security and actually contributes to conversion of the disease to a chronic stage.
The Journal of the American Medical Association has reported that even small doses of aspirin can cause cardiac weakness with excessive pulse rate, edematous swelling of the mucous membranes, irregular pulse, and occasionally albuminuria (albumin in urine) .
Other toxic effects of aspirin are a tendency to bleed and delirium or a state of incoherency, restlessness, and confusion.
Aspirin is also known as a vitamin antagonist. It is especially antagonistic towards vitamin C and destroys huge quantities of it in the body.
This should be enough to make it clear that aspirin is far from a harmless little friend of the arthritic, as it is pictured by advertisers. Since it can cause many serious side effects and its only "good" property is in masking the symptoms, it should be evident to everyone that this remedy should not be used if the arthritis sufferer is looking for a real betterment of his condition.
The public health authorities are beginning to realize the danger of the indiscriminate use of aspirin. At a recent Surgeon General's Workshop on Prevention of Disability from Arthritis a suggestion was made "to attempt to curtail the advertising claims of salicylate derivatives so commonly heard on radio and television." It was, however, agreed that such an action should come from the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Deceptive Practices.
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