Nobody seemed particularly interested in my last article about arginine. I guess it is not a very sexy supplement. So here goes with the next agent in the A’s: ASPIRIN. Now there is a nice controversial product!
When you are in pain it’s always a good idea to try aspirin first to see if it will work for you. If it is not doing the job, you can try some of the other suggestions on pp. 114 to 117 in The Mercury Detoxification Manual.
I had intended to skip pharmaceutical anything in this list, but aspirin was one of Andy Cutler’s favorite painkillers. He was constantly warning people not to use acetaminophen and ibuprofen because of issues with liver toxicity. In fact, He once stated “do not use these if you have a liver.” I checked in Amalgam Illness, and he says in that book not to use ibuprofen or acitominophen without doing a lab test to make sure you have adequate levels of glutathione. Most people with too much mercury in their bodies don’t.
I once read that if aspirin had been developed later in history, it would probably be a prescription medicine. It is powerful stuff. It is an excellent reliever of pain and fever and it reduces swelling. It reduces the body’s ability to clot blood and this effect goes on for two or three weeks. Many doctors will prescribe small doses every day in order to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. (This may not be a good idea for mercury toxic people many of whom have impaired clotting ability.) Personally, I have found that taking a dose of aspirin can help my body relax if I am having trouble falling asleep.
If you are having trouble digesting omega 6 EFA supplements, aspirin will reduce the formation of prostaglandins and reduce flushing, wooziness and urine volume.
Aspirin and other salicylates are metabolized in the liver via phase 2 glycine conjugation and glucuronidation.