Recently, the following sentence opened an article published in Reuters:
“Long-term high-dose use of painkillers such as ibuprofen or diclofenac is ‘equally hazardous’ in terms of heart attack risk as use of the drug Vioxx, which was withdrawn due to its potential dangers, researchers said.”
Well, why do people use NSAIDs like ibuprofen?
In today’s industrialized world pain and inflammations are easily turned into default bodily states. By introducing certain changes in your diet, reducing your stress and the chemical exposure, you can adjust the underlying pro-inflammatory conditions.
However, treating pain and unhealthy levels of inflammation can really take some time, discipline and energy, and what’s more, there are moments when all you want is for the pain to stop. At that very moment most of us go for the easiest way to kill the pain -- medications.
Wonder why is it so bad? Well, if you use pain-killers often enough, eventually, the pain is not the only thing you are going to kill…
We chose Ibuprofen as an excellent example for this point. As we already mentioned, scientists have linked the petrochemical-derivative to significantly higher risk of heart attack and cardiac, and all-cause mortality (when combined with aspirin), followed by two dozen of serious health-threatening effects, such as:
- DNA damage
- Hearing loss
- Influenza mortality
Ibuprofen is not the only medication that elevates the cardiovascular disease risk and/or death rate. The whole category of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) is considered to have this under-recognized negative properties, and cardiovascular disease and cardiac mortality are on the top of the list of over 100 adverse health effects associated with their regular use.
Also, you may want to check this analysis based on the dark side of aspirin: The Evidence Against Aspirin And For Natural Alternatives.
So, you probably wonder, what should you do? Pain is a quite common condition. It may happen to you, or to your close friend or a relative, so finding a remedy is quite a priority.
There are many other alternatives, but try to go for the natural choices. Surprisingly, there are quite a few solutions, so check out this evidence-based list by greenmedinfo.com: