What if I told you that aspirin can prevent colon cancer? Would you believe me? Well, that's exactly what the FDA is telling us. And their evidence is pretty convincing.

A new study suggests that large doses of aspirin can reduce your risk of colon cancer quite significantly. In fact, if you take it for five years, you will reduce your risk by 37%. After 10-15 years, the risk reduction jumps to 74%. Those high figures are quite impressive.

However, the researchers said lower doses didn't provide any protection. So you'll need 300 mg per day (or more) to reduce your risks this much. That's a very large dose, especially if you take it daily. As you know, aspirin has its share of side effects. It regularly induces gastrointestinal bleeding. And sometimes, it can be quite severe, even fatal - especially if you take this much.

If you have a family history of colon cancer, you can be sure your doctor will advise you to take aspirin. If he does, I have some suggestions as to how to respond to him. Tell him you know that aspirin works by inhibiting the enzyme cyclo-oxygenase. This is the family of enzymes commonly called cox-1 and cox-2. Cox-2 inhibitors include the now infamous Vioxx. Cox-1 inhibitors include common pain relievers, such as Nuprin, Motrin, naproxen, and others.

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Then tell him that omega-3 oils also inhibit cyclo-oxygenase enzymes with no known risk. Tell him that vitamin D in ample amounts prevents colon cancer.

Finally, tell him about the incredible nutrients quercetin and curcumin. These two nutrients can dramatically reverse precancerous familial polyps. I think you'll find better results with these nutrients than you will with aspirin. And you won't risk bleeding to death from aspirin eroding your sensitive stomach lining.

Ref: The Lancet, May 12, 2007.

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