Is Aspirin The New Horse Dewormer?

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 1 week ago

Zero Hedge.

Aspirin is one of those drugs that has been around forever. It is commonly used as a pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, and blood thinner. Surprisingly it may also have benefits in treating COVID.

A paper in Anesthesia and Analgesia published last spring titled, “Aspirin use is associated with decreased mechanical ventilation, intensive care unit admission, and in-hospital mortality in hospitalized patients with coronavirus disease 2019.”

This was a retrospective, observational study of adult patients admitted to multiple hospitals in the U.S. between March and July 2020, in the early days of COVID. The primary outcome addressed by the researchers from George Washington University was the need for mechanical ventilation, which then, and still now, carries an extremely high chance of never leaving the ICU alive.

This was not a gold standard randomized prospective clinical trial. That would not be feasible in this situation since study patients were already hospitalized and critically ill. Remember in the early days, one needed to be extremely ill before even being admitted to the hospital rather than being sent home until sick enough to return and go straight to the ICU.

But the results were impressive. As reported last week by the Jerusalem Post,

The team investigated more than 400 COVID patients from hospitals across the United States who take aspirin unrelated to their COVID disease, and found that the treatment reduced the risk of several parameters by almost half: reaching mechanical ventilation by 44%, ICU admissions by 43%, and overall in-hospital mortality by 47%.

Why would aspirin be helpful for COVID, a respiratory disease? What if COVID is more than simply a lung disease or pneumonia? COVID is actually thought to be a microvascular disease causing blood clots, as described in the medical journal Circulation,

Although most patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) present with a mild upper respiratory tract infection and then recover, some infected patients develop pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, multi-organ failure, and death. Clues to the pathogenesis of severe COVID-19 may lie in the systemic inflammation and thrombosis observed in infected patients. We propose that severe COVID-19 is a microvascular disease in which coronavirus infection activates endothelial cells, triggering exocytosis, a rapid vascular response that drives microvascular inflammation and thrombosis.

Note the thrombosis aspect, blood clots forming in the lungs and elsewhere in the body. Aspirin, as a blood thinner, reduces the risk of blood clots, explaining its potential benefit for COVID.

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How did aspirin get its start? Over 3,500 years ago, willow bark, known as “nature’s aspirin,” was used as a painkiller and antipyretic by ancient Egyptians and Greeks, and in a chemical synthesis by a Bayer chemist in 1897.

Aside from pain relief, it was found to have anti-platelet and anti-cancer effects. It’s also on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines, along with another familiar drug, ivermectin. The Harvard-based physicians’ health study in the 1980s found that low-dose aspirin reduced the risk of heart attack by 44 percent.

A recently published Israeli study found, “Aspirin use is associated with better outcomes among COVID-19 positive patients.” This included a lower likelihood of infection, disease duration, and hospital survival. In other words, aspirin works as both a preventative and as a treatment.

Reader and TCJ correspondent Jeremy sends this my way.

Leave it to FedGov and their mouthpieces in the media.  Interestingly, the top comment at Zero Hedge is this.

“I just visited relatives in small town New England for a few days.  Every single ******* person I ran into told me breathlessly that they had just found out that baby aspirin was bad for them.  People who had taken it for decades without any ill effect were going to give it up; a few had already called their doctor, and of course in each case the doctor had told them to discontinue.  I guess the media feel that not enough trusting old people have been ventilated.”

Aspirin has been around since before I was a baby, and my pediatrician prescribed it many years ago.  It’s safe, folks.

It’s safe, cheap and effective, which is why the system doesn’t want you to have it.


  1. On October 19, 2021 at 10:19 pm, George 1 said:

    Of course the timing of this medical advice concerning Aspirin is just a coincidence.

  2. On October 19, 2021 at 11:21 pm, BRVTVS said:

    Not only that, but pulling baby aspirin off the market for pediatric use in the 80s meant that most parents now use tylenol. There is fairly strong evidence that tylenol is partly responsible for the rise in autism.

  3. On October 20, 2021 at 3:08 am, Show Me said:

    Yes, question EVERYTHING these people say. And it isn’t just applicable to the last 20 months or so (which a lot of people seem to think). This kind of thing has been going on for many, many decades. It has just gotten so blatant lately that more and more people can’t ignore it anymore.

  4. On October 20, 2021 at 3:19 am, Mike Austin said:

    It astounds that there remain adults in the US who trust whatever the government says. Aristotle’s “natural slaves”?

    I am 68 and remember “food pyramids”, the US Government “recommended” daily food intake. We were taught this nonsense in elementary school.

    Medical “science” is scarcely any better. Thirty years ago it condemned eggs, butter, red meat, booze and chocolate. Now it recommends them.

    My advice: If you want to take aspirin, take aspirin. If you want to wash down your steak with Jack Daniels, wash down your steak with Jack Daniels.

  5. On October 20, 2021 at 7:09 am, George said:

    My cardiologist said for me not to quit the low dose aspirin.

  6. On October 20, 2021 at 7:46 am, ragman said:

    It’s almost as if our elites want us to die.0

  7. On October 20, 2021 at 7:57 am, MN Steel said:

    “If you like your immune system, you can keep your immune system. Get the jab.”

  8. On October 20, 2021 at 8:22 am, Gary said:

    I’m with Mike A, science, especially medical science seems to be reverting, pretty soon they will be letting blood again to balance our humours. Also, remember that all MSM is propaganda, they are merely outlets for the state and corporations.

  9. On October 20, 2021 at 9:30 am, Fred said:

    So wait, your granny was right again!?!?! *Gasp* Could it be so? Yeah, if you don’t feel well take an aspirin, drink plenty of fluids, eat some chicken soup, and get some rest.

    Otherwise eat your veggies and go outside to play and don’t come back till you’re so dirty ( covered with good microbes inside and out, and so covered with allergens that your immune system is rock solid) that you have to be hosed off, or you get the switch, AGAIN!!!

    Oh no a germ!!! Nah, I ate a pound dirt and swam in every allergen east of the Mississippi. I’m fine, thanks.

  10. On October 20, 2021 at 9:31 am, Levi Garrett said:

    My father-in-law is a doctor, and after considering his advice on several different health-related topics, I have even less trust in the medical establishment. Lots of people have a blind deference to doctors and others in authority, often not realizing that “the experts” put their pants on one leg at a time – just like they do. They’re not gods. I get to see my father-in-law operate in many different areas of life, not just his profession, so I witness this reality first hand.

    I’m beginning to agree with ragman above…

  11. On October 20, 2021 at 10:00 am, xtphreak said:

    started taking a baby aspirin years ago at dr’s advice.
    started a higher dose after I read about the blood clot issues with WuFlu.
    Don’t plan to stop.
    I still take AlkaSeltzer too (contains aspirin).

    @Mike Austin
    I don’t care for JD, Buffalo Trace mo’ betta’. I wash the aspirin down with it.

  12. On October 20, 2021 at 10:35 am, Mike Austin said:

    Dear xtphreak: Never heard of it. Went to the website and now I want some!

    And Alka-Seltzer is my friend after too much spaghetti or too much Kung Pao Chicken.

  13. On October 20, 2021 at 10:46 am, RCW said:

    ~10 years ago, I began daily dosing of 1 capsule (1/3 serving size) of turmeric/curcumin (w/ ginger & black pepper) in lieu of the daily low dose aspirin regimen. The turmeric combo offers similar benefits (+others) of aspirin w/o the negative costs (side effects). YMMV.

  14. On October 20, 2021 at 11:18 am, Ohio Guy said:

    Used by intelligent people, it is a pain reliever, fever reducer and blood thinner. Not surprised that it may mitigate early symptoms of the bioweapon being used on America and western nations. For others, Whatever it’s use or unuse, I hope the propaganda proves to be a herd thinner. We would all, most certainly benefit with less idiots.

  15. On October 20, 2021 at 3:42 pm, Ned said:

    I noticed that “aspirin is bad for you” bullcrap that magically surfaced as soon as it was published that aspirin helped Covid symptoms.

  16. On October 20, 2021 at 4:33 pm, Georgiaboy61 said:

    @ Mike Austin

    Re: “Medical ‘science’ is scarcely any better. Thirty years ago it condemned eggs, butter, red meat, booze and chocolate. Now it recommends them.”

    The story behind that is fascinating and infuriating at the same time. The reason the so-called “food pyramid” from the FDA was designed as such was that then-Secretary of Agriculture (for the Nixon administration) Earl Butz was in the pocket of big agricultural firms like Archer Daniels Midland and Monsanto. They had an excess of corn and wheat to sell, and asked the Nixon administration for assistance – behind the scenes and on the quiet, of course. And the feds responded and the rest is history.

    Follow the money…. it is always about the money. Money, power and influence, same as it ever was.

    Lonely voices in the wilderness as far back as Jack LaLanne back in the 1940s were talking about the dangers of a diet high in sugar and simple carbohydrates, but the world didn’t catch up with them until recent decades.

    Prior to adopting a western-type diet, the Inuit (Eskimos) ate a diet extremely high in saturated fat, primarily seal and whale blubber and meat, but suffered very low occurrences of the cardiovascular and other illnesses such as Type II diabetes. The traditional French diet is also high in fat, yet the same lack of those illnesses was seen.

    In short, the FDA food pyramid was upside down, and a bald-faced lie – from the start.

  17. On October 20, 2021 at 9:01 pm, Bradlley A Graham said:

    I would only trust the medical advice of Dr. Anthony Fauci or Admiral Rachael Levine.

    Remember, someone always graduates at the bottom of their class at medical school.

  18. On October 21, 2021 at 5:35 am, Wes said:

    My primary doc who is pretty switched on was asked about this awhile back, before the latest spate of articles. He doesn’t regularly subscribe to the High Church of Medicine but approaches things based on a specific patient. He’s late-50’s and mentioned they were already discussing & debating this back when he was still in med school.

    His general approach is that it’s sometimes beneficial, sometimes not. Depends on individual history, individual lab values, co-morbidities, and physical fitness. Sometimes the risk of bleeding problems – even to exacerbating the surface bruising that seems to hit people of a certain vintage – outweighs a non-existent cardiac threat. It’s really an individual thing, an approach I regard as better than dikta from some social movement and why he’s still my personal Doc for awhile now.

    It’s important also to look at history deeper than some might conclude. I don’t have any of my Dad’s tendencies; it’s more than possible he succumbed (at 59) to a weakened heart from the Dengue Fever he contracted in the CBI/Pacific theaters. I’ve substantially outlived him at this point. So it’s one of those ‘is there a history link?’ – maybe. Is it relevant? Not in this case and the next individual walking into his office is not my concern. Cookie cutters belong in the kitchen.

  19. On October 21, 2021 at 4:08 pm, bobdog said:

    One wonders whether these “news” articles would simultaneously appear on the same day if the White House didn’t plant the story.

    This Corna virus shit is getting so twisted up in politics I don’t believe ANYBODY any more. I can’t wait until that stooge is out of office.


  20. On October 21, 2021 at 10:41 pm, Chris said:

    The Evil is so deep rooted.
    Whole Institutions are going to have too ……..

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