You know if you’ve been reading this newsletter for a while, that I am a big fan of aspirin.
Aspirin is a miracle drug.
The same cannot be said of drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen.
I wish it could be said of these, because frankly, ibuprofen works better than aspirin for killing the pain.
Aspirin works okay, but you have to take a lot.
And you have to use an aspirin protocol that can minimize stomach damage from aspirin.
There have been some new pain relievers that work slightly differently than aspirin and other NSAID’s.
This was a presentation recently by a scientist who has studied the effects of these,
He found that the risks of kidney cancer are much higher for people using these NSAID’s more than twice a week for long periods.
People taking NSAIDs for over say, ten years are most likely looking at kidney damage.
When I was really fighting my headaches, I was taking several dosages of ibuprofen a week.
I did this for years like a lot of people do.
But it may not be a good idea.
There are other dangers of these pain relievers certainly.
But the one that this focuses on is kidney cancer — NSAIDs and kidney damage are definitely related.
Kidney cancer is something that neither aspirin nor acetaminophen causes.
But there is a significant relationship between all the other NSAID’s and kidney cancer.
You are much more likely to get kidney cancer if you use these pain relievers — other than aspirin.
If you use these pain relievers on an average of twice a week for ten years, your risk rises dramatically.
The risk of getting kidney cancer in women and men multiplies by four times when you take them like that.
There’s probably a lot of other kidney damage that may happen in the meantime, not including cancer.
In my research, cancer doesn’t just start out of the blue.
It’s a result of long-term insult to the tissues.
In this case, the kidneys are probably under long-term assault from these NSAID’s.
And eventually, the result is cancer.
But even if it doesn’t, other kidney damage is probably already happening.
Dr. Zhu was asked about this study. He commented:
“This evidence could be practice changing, not only for oncologists, but for primary care physicians as well.
“In particular, the patients who have been exposed to non-aspirin NSAIDs for over 10 years should be counseled to discontinue this type of analgesics given the strong association between the use and the risk of developing renal cell cancer,” he said.
I would strongly suggest that you back off of the use of naproxen and ibuprofen.
Cut back on Celebrex, too.
You should you stick to aspirin mostly.
I wouldn’t even use acetaminophen.
There are some very significant problems with acetaminophen.
I do not recommend that in any case.
Better to take a little bit of aspirin.
Then figure out the cause of your pains and problems and fix those — so you don’t need these pain relievers.