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Well, That’s An Eye Opener! September 19, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Health & Wellness, Less IS More, People.

Have you heard that a low dose aspirin regimen may be doing more harm than good?

Three studies released this week in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that, in otherwise healthy individuals over 70, taking a daily low dose aspirin increased the risk of intestinal and intracranial bleeding without offering corresponding cardiovascular benefits:

“The use of low-dose aspirin resulted in a significantly higher risk of major hemorrhage and did not result in a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease than placebo,” the researchers wrote in one of the papers.

I guess it’s back to “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

To read more:  Low-dose aspirin offers no overall benefit for healthy older people

Sperm Banks in the US are not limited to a specific number of “off-spring” per donor.

One donor’s “daughter” has spent the summer tracking down her half siblings . . . around the globe.

She’s wondering when it’s going to end:

Arroyo has mixed feelings. While every visit with her half siblings has been a blast, she finds it “worrying” that sperm banks permit so many children to be born from a single donor.

“Every time I find a new sibling,” she said, “I get anxiety and think to myself: When is it going to end?”

Bottom line ~> You may have more siblings than you realize.

To read more:  44 Siblings And Counting

Back in the early days of television, before the #metoo! movement, Jackie Gleason would shake his fist at his TV wife while saying, “To the moon, Alice. To the moon.”

Alice never viewed his threat as anything other than empty.  It was just a placebo.  A futile gesture to urge compliance with his whims and wiles.  A husband’s attempt to demonstrate that he wore the pants in the family.

Fast forward 50-60 years, and a different image is conjured up . . . maybe he’s really planning to send Alice to the moon!

“Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the moon,” said Yusaku Maezawa, founder of ZoZotown, one of Japan’s largest retail websites. “Just staring at the moon filled my imagination. That is why I could not pass up this opportunity to see the moon up close.”

At the same time, he said, “I did not want to have such a fantastic experience by myself. That would be a little lonely. I don’t like being alone, so I want to share this experiences with as many people as possible. That is why I choose to go to the moon with artists! I choose to invite artists from around the world on my journey.”

Speaking to journalists and SpaceX employees at the rocket company’s Hawthorne, Calif., factory, standing at the base of a Falcon 9 rocket in front of its nine engine nozzles, Maezawa said he is considering who might be invited, but no decisions have been made.

“In 2023 as the host, I would like to invite six to eight artists from around the world to join me on this mission to the moon,” he said. “These artists will be asked to create something after they return to Earth. And these masterpieces will inspire the dreamer within all of us.”

Writers are artists, right?  Got any plans for 2023?

Can’t you just hear Gleason, now? . . . “To the moon, Alice.  To the moon.”

To read more:  SpaceX: Japanese billionaire to be first “private passenger” on moon mission

Aah . . . that’s out of this world!


1. joyroses13 - September 19, 2018

Wow! Early in the morning and I already learned something. 🙂 Interesting about the aspirin. The medical community seem to always be changing their minds about things!
A trip to to the moon?? Will look forward to hearing all about it when you get back! 🙂 LOL! I think I will stay here, being content with my unicorn. 🙂

nrhatch - September 19, 2018

I can’t go to the moon . . . I don’t even have a passport! :mrgreen:

2. Nowhere Tribune - September 19, 2018

Interesting post. I’m resisting the urge to make inappropriate comments about the sperm donors. 44 siblings? Wow. But I think, if turned loose, most men have the potential to generate as many or more without involving the bank. Good thing we are not “turned loose!”

nrhatch - September 19, 2018

The definition of “family” is apt to change due to large extended clans of half siblings of all ages spread out around the globe.

I bet that donor is pleased that he doesn’t have to pay child support!

Nowhere Tribune - September 19, 2018

I bet that you are right!

3. Jill Weatherholt - September 19, 2018

I did read about the low dose aspirin. These days, it’s hard to keep up with what’s good and what’s bad. I eat two apples a day and so far, it’s worked for me. 🙂 As for going to the moon, no thanks, I’d rather read about someone’s visit.

nrhatch - September 19, 2018

I’m with you about not wanting to travel to the moon. I’m not even interested in visiting the other 6 continents. 😉

Stick with your apples, Jill! Just wash off the pesticides.

Jill Weatherholt - September 19, 2018

Me either!

4. L. Marie - September 19, 2018

I think my parents used to take aspirin every day. I’ll forward this to my dad and see. As for the moon, I’m reminded of a movie premise. Trying to recall the name of the movie.

nrhatch - September 19, 2018

For people with an elevated cardiovascular risk, the aspirin regimen may still make sense. But otherwise healthy 70+ year olds should talk to their doctors about the study to see if they should “cut back.”

5. Tippy Gnu - September 19, 2018

I’m glad I never went for the aspirin-a-day advice. I try to avoid medicine as much as possible. Cures can be just as likely to kill you as underlying illnesses.

nrhatch - September 19, 2018

Sometimes the cure is WORSE than the disease!

6. Kate Crimmins - September 19, 2018

I was put on, then taken off the aspirin regimen by my doc. My GI doc tells me not to take supplements except for a multi-vitamin (which he is not convinced helps) and calcium (which is getting negative reports these days). I’m off fish oil, flaxseed and all the other things that were going to prolong my life or make it better. Not a fan of any meds these days unless I’m truly ill and it’s short-term.

nrhatch - September 19, 2018

With meds and supplements ~> LESS is MORE!

Jill’s got the right idea ~> eat an apple. Or two. Or do like you do and go hog wild with fruit. And veggies.

7. rivergirl1211 - September 19, 2018

Well, crap. I take low does aspirin every morning, as does my husband. Of course he’s had some heart trouble, but now I wonder if I should quit?
As for the moon… no thanks. There are too many beautiful places on this planet I want to see first!

nrhatch - September 19, 2018

Check with your doctor (or do some research) about the daily aspirin. There may be a good reason to stay the course. Or not.

I hope you get to cross some beautiful places off your bucket list.

8. colonialist - September 19, 2018

Oh dear oh dear! I’m on one of those low dosage regimens. So now do I tell my GP to check it out, or just stop quietly, or just ignore the new findings and carry on? Decisions, decisions.

nrhatch - September 19, 2018

If you’re on the aspirin regimen “for a reason” . . . you may want to continue. But if it’s just a “just-in-case” precaution, you might want to talk to your GP about what to do going forward.

colonialist - September 19, 2018

Yip. It is a ‘just in case’, so I think I should do some chatting.

nrhatch - September 19, 2018

Just so.

9. Val Boyko - September 19, 2018

We tend to accept scientific research as the truth … until another set of criteria and results appear. Aspirin has always been known to aggravate stomach ulcers, yet the upside is thinning the blood and avoiding plaque build up.
At the end of the day, it’s about finding balance with whatever age, gender, hereditary factors and lifestyle you choose.
I personally love the back and forth results about coffee, wine and chocolate…. and I’ve made my own decision about that 💛

nrhatch - September 19, 2018

I’m with you all the way, Val. Coffee, wine, and chocolate are great examples of the changing opinions and shifting terrain we are faced with when we listen to “them” . . . since “they” don’t always know what they’re talking about.

Another good example ~> Pluto. From planet to NOT to planet again. Go Pluto!!!

10. Debra - September 19, 2018

I am eager for my husband to check with his doctor and see if he’s on-board with the new research regarding the daily baby aspirin. I haven’t been prescribed it, but he has been taking a daily for years now. Kind of concerns me! And I heard today about the SpaceX flight. I think I’ll pass! LOL! I do not possess the adventure gene! 🙂

nrhatch - September 20, 2018

BFF has been taking a daily baby aspirin for vascular issues. He plans to talk to his doctor about the studies at his next visit.

I have an adventure gene . . . but it’s satisfied by daily adventures closer to home! 😉

11. Joanne Sisco - September 21, 2018

I knew about the increased risk in bleeding a number of years ago when I went to visit my mother. She was covered in bruises. A trip to the doctor identified the problem and we took mom’s aspirin away from her. It didn’t occur to me that she might have had internal bleeding as well :/

As far as going into space is concerned. Yeah – no. Quite frankly, the idea creeps me out.

nrhatch - September 21, 2018

Anytime anyone has surgery, they have to stop aspirin due to its blood thinning effect . . . so the bleeding didn’t come as much of a surprise to me. What surprised me is that there was no corresponding benefit (i.e., decreased cardiovascular risk) to offset that risk.

Mr. Mackey was right ~”Drugs are bad. OK.”

Some of us are not born to be astronauts! 😉

Joanne Sisco - September 23, 2018

My understanding is that there is however ample evidence that taking a low-dose aspirin at the first sign of a heart attack considerably increases the odds of survival … and then of course getting prompt medical attention.

A few years ago I started to carry aspirin with me on our hikes, bike rides, etc. I figure it can’t hurt 😏

nrhatch - September 23, 2018

That’s my understanding too. Aspirin has its uses!

12. anotherday2paradise - September 21, 2018

No, I’ve never tried the low dose Aspirin and neither has hubby. My 105-year=old mother-in-law takes no medication except for chocolate and a glass of red wine. 😀

nrhatch - September 21, 2018

Your mother-in-law is AMAZING! And she is definitely on the RIGHT meds!!!

13. gettingthereisallthefun - September 21, 2018

I had a patient ask me about this aspirin study the other day after hearing about it on good morning america. Looks like the study was done on healthy people that likely don’t have an indication for taking it. There is a bleeding risk associated with aspirin but if you’ve had a stroke, heart attack other vascular disease or diabetes, the benefit of it likely outweighs the risk of bleeding.

nrhatch - September 21, 2018

Yes. That’s the way I read the articles on the study too ~> if someone is taking aspirin for something specific, the benefit may outweigh the risk BUT if they’re taking aspirin “just in case” then the risk may outweigh the benefit.

In either event, talking to their doctor about whether to “stay the course” makes sense.

14. Tiny - September 25, 2018

It funny how the research flip flops back and forth…I’ve made my own decision on most of the ‘stuff’ and I’m still alive 🙂 Would love to go to the moon, I could possibly claim to be a photographer…that would be fun to blog about!

nrhatch - September 25, 2018

I try to make reasoned judgments after gathering some intel. Like you, I’m still alive. 😀

And on that note, you’ve got my vote for Expedition to the Moon: Official Photographer!

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