Aspirin is one of the most popular and widely taken over-the-counter drugs, with over 35,000 metric tons produced and consumed each year, enough to make over 100 billion aspirin tablets.
Contrary to popular belief, aspirin is not made from a natural source in today’s day and age — it’s actually made from acetyl salicylic acid, a synthetic substance made by chemists from the Bayer chemical company designed to mimic the effects of plants like white willow bark and meadowsweet.
As you may have guessed, this can be incredibly problematic, especially when you consider the toxic, sordid history of the Bayer pharmaceutical company.
While aspirin is pitched to doctor and hospital patients as a benign, healthy substance, it is linked to many side effects.
Aspirin may cause Reye’s syndrome, a serious and sometimes fatal condition in children.
Like most synthetic drugs, aspirin alters the way our body has been naturally designed to function. It works by stopping the production of natural substances that cause fever, pain, swelling, and blood clots, the latter of which may be harmful, but are also natural healing mechanisms the body uses to rid itself of inflammatory substances, viruses, and other foreign invaders.
Rather than working with our body’s natural defense mechanisms, aspirin forces the body to discontinue its natural healing processes.
Because it is of enormous financial benefit for the pharmaceutical industry and companies like Bayer (one of the most destructive in human history) that produce it, you will never hear the full story about aspirin’s synthetic origins in the national news media, or local media either for that matter.
Aspirin and Its Long List of Side Effects
Aspirin is typically found in several different types of medications including antacids, pain relievers, and cough and cold medications.
Known as a “wonder drug” for effects that have been described as positive on human health, aspirin is clearly not for everybody, based on its laundry list of side effects, some of which can be deadly as mentioned above.
The Mayo Clinic lists hundreds of drugs that aspirin may cause negative side effects and interactions with if taken together.
A 2014 study of 40,000 women conducted by Harvard University found that nearly a quarter of the women tested (23 percent) carried a specific gene, COMT (catechol-O-methyltransferase). Women who take aspirin and carry this gene may be at grave risk for heart-related problems. The study found that women who carried this gene and take aspirin have twice the risk of heart attack, and are 300 percent more likely to suffer heart problems.
Dr. Kathryn Hall, the study’s lead researcher, recommended a sweeping change to how aspirin is administered because of these dangerous possibilities, calling for tests to be performed to see who has the aforementioned gene before administering the popular, synthetic drug.
As is often the case with pharmaceutical drugs, studies showing increased risks of harm are mostly ignored by the national media, and few if any changes are made to protect industry profits — even though natural remedies are often far superior to these drugs for safe, long-term use without the side effects of aspirin.
Side effects of aspirin may include, according to the Mayo Clinic:
-Abdominal or stomach pain, cramping or burning
-Black, tarry stools
-Bloody of cloudy urine
-Change in consciousness
-Chest pain or discomfort
-Convulsions, severe or continuing
-Tiredness or weakness
-Yellow eyes and skin
This is just a partial list, which is why natural painkillers and anti-inflammatories have been gaining popularity in recent years.
Cherry Juice is a Better Choice for Pain Relief
A map of the United States shows that cherries are principally grown in two main areas: northwest Michigan, where the nation’s ‘Cherry Capital’ Traverse City is located, and the Pacific Northwest area that includes Washington and Oregon.
These two areas provide the perfect, moist, wet and lush climate for cherries to grown in.
According to information published by the Milwaukee Pain Clinic, it’s been proven that consuming tart cherries or taking them as a supplement can be even more effective than aspirin.
The Clinic added that tart cherries contain a compound called cyaniding, which has been shown to dramatically reduce inflammation.
Eating cherries is especially helpful for relieving the pain associated with gout and arthritis, the Clinic added.
My personal way to consume tart cherry juice is in two or three teaspoons with before bed every night. This organic tart cherry juice from Dynamic Health is affordable, delicious, and highly effective.
I am also a big fan of the REM Sleep supplement from HealthyCell (shown below), which includes tart cherry juice along with calming herbs, amino acids, and ingredients to optimize all four stages of sleep.
Other benefits of consuming tart cherry juice include the following, according to the Clinic:
-Helps to prevent insomnia
-Eases muscle pain
-Provides a boost for brain health by relieving inflammation associated with brain fog and increasing relaxation
Cherry juice also works well as support for cleansing uric acid out of the body, and is rich in immune-boosting vitamins including Vitamin B2, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, amino acids, minerals (including calcium, magnesium, potassium, and zinc), as well as fibers, fatty acids, phytonutrients, anthocyanins and polyphenols (disease-protective antioxidants).
Tart cherry is my go-to for winding down at the end of a long and difficult day. It soothes the body similar to much more expensive supplements, medications and numbing agents which is why I enjoy it so much.