The Other I

April 25, 2011

Aspirin and sugar: the good news and the bad news

Filed under: Illness and disease — theotheri @ 4:10 pm
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Several months ago, the Lancet published very strong research suggesting that aspirin is, after all, close to a miracle drug.  People who take low dose aspirin daily die of cancer 35% less often than average, and gastrointestinal cancers are reduced by a whopping 54%.  It does, though, required that aspirin be taken for at least 5 years and for some cancers for as long as 15 years for the effects to take place.

Still, taking a daily dose of low-dose aspirin is painless and inexpensive.  So it’s worth the fuss of remember to pick up a supply at the local drugstore and adding it to one’s daily regime.

The bad news is that sugar is much worse for us than at least I thought.  Researchers are offering some drastic warnings –  even that sugar is potentially poisonous.  Obviously it’s associated with tooth decay and obesity, but it’s also associated with diabetes, increased cancer and problems for both mother and child beginning with pregnancy.  Sugar contained in liquid form – white wine, smoothies or a carton of juice – are particularly destructive.

How I ever made it to old age, I don’t know.



  1. If they could just figure out how to make ice cream out of aspirin, we’d be set!


    Comment by Chris — April 25, 2011 @ 5:00 pm | Reply

    • What a brilliant idea! And if WE could figure it out, not only would we live forever. We’d be rich as well. On the other hand, I don’t know about you, but I haven’t studied chemistry since I was 16 years old. If we’re not going to resurrect alchemy, perhaps WE aren’t going to figure it out. Let alone live forever. Or even get rich.

      Still, it’s a brilliant idea anyway, don’t you think?


      Comment by theotheri — April 25, 2011 @ 7:36 pm | Reply

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