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Today’s news — One in seven strokes happens during sleep; that is, about 58,000 Americans each year suffer morning strokes. To people who read the Probaway’s blog, this news is a world-class tragedy, because the reasons for the early morning strokes and how to avoid them were covered in detail – Getting out of bed properly can save your life. Roll over in bed and wait a minute before getting up, to allow the little platelets flowing in the blood a chance to be dissolved, before they gather together and form a clot. That post and several others, dating back to 1994, describe the way to survive blood clots, and the method described back then covered all clots including early morning blood clots. The basic idea is that a clot in a blood vessel is like any other clot in a blood vessel and it makes little difference where the vessel of the clots formation is located or how it should be treated; the difference in symptoms is caused by the organ being affected by the lack of blood flow but the clots themselves are the same regardless of location. The organ being deprived of blood creates the symptoms being suffered by the victim. These clots, wherever they are located, are helped to dissolve with aspirin chewed instantly upon the presentation of symptoms and it doesn’t matter which organ is being affected.

It has been documented through hospital studies since the early 1990s that aspirin is effective at dissolving blood clots. This effect was first documented in 1950 by Dr. Lawrence Craven, but his work was discounted because of his small sample size. In the early 1900s the hospitals in Rome, Italy, cooperated in a study where the admissions of supposed heart attack were randomly selected upon emergency room entry into four study groups. 1. Standard treatment, 2. Streptokinase, a doctor injected clot buster, 3. Aspirin, swallowed by mouth 4. Streptokinase and aspirin given together. The results were based on the survival rate compared to the standard treatment. It showed approximately a 25% improvement with aspirin alone, a 25% improvement with Streptokinase alone, and a 50% improvement with aspirin and Streptokinase combined. The victims’ survival rate was doubled if upon admission with an apparent heart attack the patient was immediately given both aspirin and streptokinase. A bit of background:

In a June 23, 1971 paper in the journal Nature, Vane and Piper suggested that aspirin and similar drugs (the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs) worked by blocking the production of prostaglandins. Later research showed that NSAIDs such as aspirin worked by inhibiting cyclooxygenase, the enzyme responsible for converting arachidonic acid into a prostaglandin. — quoted from an excellent article History of aspirin

Another scientific meta-analysis article Aspirin plus warfarin compared to aspirin alone after acute coronary syndromes; an updated and comprehensive meta-analysis of 25,307 patients. is good to read to illustrate the great efforts being made to uncover cause and effect relationships of various therapies.

One problem with the professional studies is that they are limited to carefully controlled patient studies. This has an advantage of having accurate data input, but it has the disadvantage of eliminating pre-patient self-administered therapy. This is unfortunate because most of humanity is living most of their lives with self-administered and self-controlled therapies. The standard procedure is to administer therapies directly in doctor controlled settings or to prescribe drugs and other therapies which are self-administered but in a doctor/research scientist controlled manner. The patient then reports on his level of compliance to doctor’s prescribed behaviors to help eliminate errors.

The aspirin therapies I have been suggesting since 1994 are controlled by the individual and are only self-administered upon onset of symptoms. Therefore, when a sudden onset symptom appears, the individual immediately responds with the recommended therapy. In the case of a large clot forming in the bloodstream, there are typically immediate unpleasant symptoms to some organ of the body. It is when these symptoms appear that the victim takes the appropriate medicine; instead of taking low doses frequently as prescribed in a double blind scientific study. It hasn’t been acknowledged by the medical community yet, but most people die of embolisms, blood clots. It isn’t listed as cause of death. What is listed is the vital organ that failed, but the reason it failed was typically because of a clot. There is a famous poem which addresses this problem.

In Memory of W. B. Yeats – by W. H. Auden – The opening of part I

He disappeared in the dead of winter:
The brooks were frozen, the airports almost deserted,
And snow disfigured the public statues;
The mercury sank in the mouth of the dying day.
What instruments we have agree
The day of his death was a dark cold day.

Far from his illness
The wolves ran on through the evergreen forests,
The peasant river was untempted by the fashionable quays;
By mourning tongues
The death of the poet was kept from his poems.

But for him it was his last afternoon as himself,
An afternoon of nurses and rumours;
The provinces of his body revolted,
The squares of his mind were empty,
Silence invaded the suburbs,
The current of his feeling failed; he became his admirers.

From a medical diagnosis derived from the poem it would appear that Yeats’ body was having embolisms collect in the various organs of his body, and as each organ failed,  this caused other organs to fail. It was a cascade of failures which brought about the death of Yeats.

Perhaps if at the first sign of an embolism Yeats had chewed an aspirin he might have survived for years and brought us more great poetry. Self administered aspirin, at the onset of symptoms, would probably add years to the life of many people. Everyone is having little clots all the time, but they are dissolved by the natural processes of the body. It is only when they grow so large that they prevent the flow of blood, which carries the dissolving agents, that they create symptoms which in turn sometimes lead to death. Everyone eventually dies, but the final precipitating cause is often, perhaps usually, a blood clot.

Doctors want to be in control. It is an old saying, Doctors think they are gods, and Emergency Room doctors know they are. All of that being said, I should, by that curious logic, have a god-like prestige bestowed upon me, because in 1994 I published “When you have a chest pain or a sudden weakness or other sudden inexplicable bodily malfunctions take them (aspirin & Benadryl) immediately, chew them up and get your body to the emergency clinic.” If that simple advice had become a common wisdom of humanity, and everyone had immediate access to aspirin, millions of fully functioning human years of life would have been added to humanity already. The future billions of hoped for humans could add billions of years of life to their humanity by following that simple advice.

So what’s the problem? Presently, you must own a media outlet or be a TV celebrity to get publication of any new idea, good or bad. But, all I can say, and have been saying for 17 years now, as an obscure person is –

Always have your aspirin available and chew one at first symptom of bodily malfunction – and roll over before arising.

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