Asprin Therapy I have wanted to write about this for awhile now. It was something I tried ( and still occasionally do go back onto ) and took a while back ago before I had access to AVs or ARVs. I felt that it helped alot and for something so cheap and affordable it is definitely worth trying. The theory behind it is very similar to those on Heparin/Coumadin(Warfarin) therapy (blood thinners) or even those that benefit from enzyme therapy, even if they use the enzymes only as NSAIDs. As the theory goes, the human body has up to 4 different proteins assigned as blood clotting factors and only one to thin the blood out. At any given time the body is more prone to hyper instead of hypo coagulation. Using Asprin as a preventative against strokes and blood clots is no coincidence, neither is the fact that cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the US. Evolutionarily, we needed more blood clotting factors because being wounded and injured often were very common occurrences not too long ago. But now that most of us are living civilian and pacifist lives, what we need more of is supplements to keep our blood flowing smoothly, freely and thinly. The heart has to work less hard and blood vessel walls are less at risk of bursting from pressure. Most people with CFS/ME and Lyme have hypercoagulation. I am going to go out one step further and say all of us do, it is just part of the illness. Alot of also seemingly healthy people do too, it is the reason for all those cardiovascular related deaths. I cannot tell you how often I read stories on PR where someone writes that they went to the doctor for blood work and the blood was so thick that they were unable to draw blood. That is like a heart attack waiting to happen. Imagine the heart trying to push the blood, thick as a sludge, around the body. Not pretty. Further there is enough 'alternative' research out there to show that many viruses, bacterias and mycoplasmas throw up fibrinogen around themselves to evade the immune system as our B cells troll the blood. Thick meshes of protein that confuse the immune system and thicken the blood, slowing everything down. Many of you with CFS/ME/Lyme that are already on Heparin therapy will understand what I mean when I talk about the level of relief you get from getting Heparin shots. But Asprin also has pain relieving properties and does more. It is also a broad spectrum antiviral and bacterial. Asprin like Heparin will continually thin the blood, directly reducing platelet count and fibrinolysis, allowing the immune system to work in a less crowded room. Don't get me wrong fibrinolysis is a natural and very important process in the body but too much of it screws up the inflammation response and can lead to rheumatoid arthritis (Wiki). I also believe that Asprin will make whatever pathogen therapy you are on work even better as it will help the immune system by revealing pathogens that the immune system cannot see. Without being able to get to these pathogens that are hidden behind these fibrin layers they can always surface again when they sense that it is safe to do so aka the inflammation response is triggered again. You may never be able to fully recover without getting to all of them. My own personal experience with Asprin is quite interesting: The recommended limit on the box is 4 gm every 24 hrs. I was taking 2 gm everyday for 6 months to a year. I remember them well, those were good months and I definitely recovered some while on it. All this was before Valcyte. By the time I started taking Valcyte at 900 mg 2X a day, I could not tolerate Asprin at the 2gm a day dose anymore. Small bruises were beginning to show up here and there, I cut back on the Asprin and take about 325-500 mg. For something this cheap, effective and useful I definitely recommend trying it as a first line of defense thing instead of as an alternative consideration. I have a friend with HIV that I recommend that he takes Asprin as well as LDN even though he is on ARVs. To me it just makes alot of sense. Some considerations about Asprin: As you may know Asprin is extremely acidic, much like stomach acid. It has to be taken along with food or protein where it will actually help break down the foods we eat in the meal. Not a bad side effect. And for those that still cannot tolerate it, the tablets should be coated (at least) and even better enteric coated. Some pple might need to take Licorice with it to stimulate a coating to protect your stomach lining. If you are sensitive to the blood pressure effects of Licorice then you might prefer taking it in the DGL form. Still some will not be able to tolerate it at all or even be allergic to Asprin, Reye's Syndrome. In such a case, I would recommend digestive enzymes. This time they MUST be Enteric-Coated. All enzymes are the same, even those like Lumbrokinase and Nattokinase, it is just that Pancreatin is the cheapest. Again I am recommending Solgar's Pancreatin. It is enteric coated and at 1/8th of the price of Wonbezyme, it cannot hurt to try it. Throughout my years of having CFS I have often thought of cheap ways to try and tackle this disease and if you push through all the fluff and hype out there, you do have options and all is not as bad as it looks sometimes. The important thing for PWC to remember is that we have to be on certain therapies and protocols much longer than what is generally considered a usual length of time. This is very important whether it is an AV or a natural supplement. Another thing to think about is that we still do not know all that Asprin does in the body. Something that I have been thinking about is how similiar the properties of Asprin is to Citric acid. Citric acid becomes alkaline intracellularly and because it is able to raise the pH it can deactivate pathogen processes within the cell. This is just something I have been thinking about with Asprin too but have no way to prove it.