You have probably heard that aspirin now lowers the risk of several cancers. This is all well and good. Unfortunately, the researchers in the Lancet study did not elaborate like an Integrative Physician or any common sense person would. Surely you agree that the fact that aspirin—an anti inflammatory—works, then it follows that cancer, is an inflammatory disease, a fact Dr. Virchow taught over a 100 years ago in Austria. So, the logical question, then, should be whence the inflammation causing the DNA mutations that leads to cancer? You may remember the cover issue of TIME magazine, January 6th this year; it made it clear that genetic mutations, or epigenetic changes due to inflammation and oxidation, are caused by environmental and nutritional problems. In fact, the New England Journal of Medicine and many other august medical journals have shown that cancers are 85% due to environmental issues. And, the 1931 Nobel Prize was awarded to Dr. Warburg for showing that refined sugar diets increase the risk of cancer. So, if we were to clean up our environment and eat better diets, we would prevent more than 2/3 of cancers. Or, you could take the aspirin, and, as cautioned by the Lancet researchers, you may end up with a hole in your stomach due to its side effects, which could also include bleeding and kidney problems. PS. If you want references, look them up in my newsletters available at www.hugorodier.com.