Many people take aspirin for pain and/or headache relief, as well as for heart and bowel health as it has been found that taking low-dose aspirin daily lowers the risk of heart attacks and strokes as well as certain cancers such as colon cancer. However, I learned recently from a doctor friend that he’d used aspirin successfully for many years in treating patients who had severe food and/or environmental allergies, and those who were universal reactors – “individuals who are extremely sensitive to a majority of the components in the environment, i.e., inhalants, ingestants, and endogenous substances.” 1
The reason the aspirin works in lessening the symptoms due to allergies and inflammatory conditions is that the aspirin causes an irreversibile acetylation that occurs in the platelets which lasts for the lifetime of the platelets (8-11 days), i.e., aspirin inhibits platelet aggravation.
Armed with that knowledge, and given that Lyme disease is a multi-system inflammatory disease, coupled with my many food allergies, I felt it would be prudent to try aspirin – my friend cautioned to only use a regular Bayer aspirin as buffered aspirin contains aluminum which is thought to be a factor in some people developing of Alzheimer’s disease (Note: One of the leading researchers on Lyme disease, Dr. Alan MacDonald, has published much on Lyme disease causing Alzheimer’s disease/dementia in many people). Well, I am elated to share with you that the therapeutic trial with aspirin was somewhat successful! *I ended up having to take the aspirin every 4 days instead of every day as I developed increased bruising, but the addition of the aspirin helped to lessen the severity of some of my symptoms!
I will now detail what you will need before you begin your trial of aspirin. But, first, there are a few important things you must consider before taking aspirin:
“1. Allergy/hypersensitivity Patients should be screened for aspirin allergy and aspirin idiosyncrasy syndrome. For both of these conditions, taking a thorough history is essential. In addition, at times a very small trial dose administered under appropriate medical considerations may be necessary if the history is not clear.
2. Increased bleeding time Treatment with aspirin affects platelet function for the lifetime of the platelet. This results, among other things, in an increase in bleeding time. If surgery is anticipated, aspirin should be stopped at least 11 days prior to surgery.
3. Hemolysis Patients having a glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency can develop a mild degree of hemolysis. Check patients for this deficiency prior to treatment.
4. Screen for gastric and duodenal ulcer.
5. Screen for hepatic and renal disease” 2
With those cautionary points, to begin the aspirin experiment you’ll need a bottle of regular Bayer aspirin, a pill cutter, Now Foods brand 00 vegicaps , a blank index card and bicarbonate of soda (baking soda).
The daily dose is 1/4 of a Bayer aspirin. If not tolerated, try taking the aspirin every 3-4 days which will still work although slightly less.
To begin, take a tablet of Bayer aspirin and cut it into 4 pieces with a pill cutter. Then take 1/4 tablet of aspirin and crush it up (you can crush the 1/4 of a tablet of aspirin between two spoons). Take a blank index card and fold it in half to create a funnel of sorts. Pour the crushed 1/4 tablet into the center of the folded index card and then pour the powder into one 00 vegicapsule. Lastly, on top of the aspirin, add enough bicarbonate of soda to fill the vegicapsule 1/2 way (the bicarbonate of soda is added to lessen the likelihood of the aspirin irritating your stomach).
Now you are ready to take your daily dose! Always take the aspirin with food and a large glass of water.