by Tommy Cichanowski

Aspirin interferes with interferon, one of the chief components of the human body's immune system.

Recent studies have provided me with the information I needed to fulfill my desire to learn how my mother died. The doctors said she died of cancer, but this information indicates that it was her heavy use of aspirin that prevented her body's own anticancer mechanism from working properly. How the cancer started in the first place is not a critical point of concern. I have been convinced that almost everyone develops a few cancer cells each year. The problem arises when the body fails to recognize the newly formed cells as being "out of place", and therefore dangerous. Normally the cancer cells would be attacked and devoured by your white blood cells or isolated and poisoned by the tumor mechanism. The substance interferon is an essential part of these anticancer forces. However, aspirin has been shown to prevent interferon from functioning properly. The result is that the cancer cells go unchecked? They spread, and ultimately destroy a vital organ resulting in death.

Aspirin and vitamin C have a very unusual relationship. It is curious because it reverses when cold symptoms are present. Vitamin C has been shown to have an important role in fighting disease and is needed to help interferon do its job. The absorption of vitamin C by leukocytes (white blood cells) is inhibited when aspirin is taken. After a week of daily use the vitamin C content of the cells drops to one-third of its normal level. However, if viral cold symptoms are present, taking vitamin C and aspirin together results in significantly higher vitamin C levels in the cells than they have normally.

Aspirin also inhibits blood clotting, which for some can be good and for others can be quite harmful. Aspirin is a double edged sword, having both positive and negative potentials and really should not be taken without supervision.

Mother was taking large amounts of aspirin for relief from her arthritis and the doctors prescribed even larger dosages for her pain after the cancer was discovered. It is obvious now that aspirin played an important part in mother's death.

An interesting question arises; Was it the aspirin that killed mother or that which caused the arthritis? Pin-pointing the cause of the arthritis is more difficult than establishing the link between aspirin and interferon.

Arthritis is defined as an inflammation of a joint. So technically a bruise could inflame a joint and be termed arthritis. Loss of the joint's natural lubrication will allow 'the bones to rub together and cause inflammation also. Poor nutrition inhibits new cell production and calcium utilization and this too will cause the arthritic condition. So far all this is common knowledge in the medical world. However, the single most prevalent cause of arthritis may turn out to be Pasteurized milk? In particular the milk's sugar lactose. The case involving lactose is strong, well documented and little known.

Student nurses are instructed to watch out for lactose induced comma which can result in death. Put simply, for a severely intolerant person, drinking pasteurized milk can be fatal. The key words in the last statement are pasteurized and can be. Lactose can not be used directly by the body. It must be broken own into simple sugars by an enzyme like Lactase or one of several bacteria such as Acidophilus. These bacteria are usually in raw milk. They are the organisms responsible for turning milk into yogurt and they can survive in our intestinal systems.

Pasteurizing kills the bacteria in the milk. This keeps the milk from turning into yogurt on the grocer's shelf. The oral antibiotics that the doctors prescribe for your infection, not only kills the offending bacteria but also the beneficial bacteria living in your intestine, including Acidophilus, that help you digest your food.

As the level of undigested lactose increases in the body a series of symptoms begins to unfold, sometimes terminating in death. There is good reason to believe that this might account for some cases of crib death. Studies done with new-born calves have resulted in death for those who were being raised on pasteurized milk.

One of the first common symptoms of lactose intolerance to appear in infants is congestion. Many mothers and doctors mistake these symptoms for a "common cold" and the child may be given an antibiotic and/or decongestant. This treatment makes the problem worse Diarrhea will often develop next. If the doctor realizes it is not a "bug" causing the problem., he might be aware enough to recognize that the child is having problems with milk. But it is the milk protein that is most often suspect. So the doctor may recommend Soy milk next. If the soy formula contains, lactose and if the child's system is unable to quickly rid itself of the lactose the problems continue. (My system takes two to three weeks, unaided by Lactase or Acidophilus, to clear itself of the lactose in one patty of butter.) Rashes will develop, the child becomes hyper-tense, often hyperactive and has problems sleeping. The tension makes it hard to relax and concentrate and therefore interferes with the learning process.

I have given a combination of Lactase and Acidophilus to several children under nine months with congestion and / or diarrhea and the symptoms cleared in a day or two. I have given this combination to a five year old who would often be sent to the hospital because of her "asthma condition" and her condition cleared overnight.

It is the lactose induced hypertension that concerns us here.

Tension restricts blood flow and inhibits the body's ability to repair itself. This, plus the fact that tension puts added pressure on one's joints is how I see arthritis developing from lactose induced tension. The connection between milk and arthritis has also been noted by other researchers.

It is very, difficult to prove the relationships I have just described. Human life is very complex and often several things can cause the same symptoms. For a number of years, a friend of mine was admitted to the hospital a couple of times a year, with chronic symptoms the doctors were treating as pneumonia using oxygen tents and antibiotics. She was finally taken to an allergist. The cause of the symptoms was an allergy to chocolate. A doctor friend of mine once said to me, "Treating symptoms is absolute madness". He is right. Taking aspirin only relieved mother's symptoms. The cause of the symptoms, probably her reaction to milk, was left untreated because nobody she knew understood the problem.

I have had some pharmacology in college and every drug I have studied has its own particular side effects. In mother's case, aspirin's side effect of inhibiting interferon killed her.

There is still time to help others. The FDA considers Lactase and Acidophilus food products, not drugs, so you don't need a prescription to obtain them. They can be found in many health food stores. I've never heard of anybody getting too much Lactase or Acidophilus. The body just digests the excess as it would any other protein and there are more Acidophilus in a carton of active culture yogurt than you will find in a whole bottle of tablets.

Please note. Lactase And Acidophilus will not correct the problem some people have digesting the milk protein. We still need these cultures, however, because milk sugar is used in many products including pharmaceuticals. We still can't drink milk or eat cheese or yogurt, but with the cultures I can eat some butter now. Before I knew about these cultures my encounters with butter were very painful and disabling.

Perhaps you might like to know. I worked on a dairy farm for seven summers and after that I worked for the Winona Milk Co.. More recently I have worked for a very old company that pioneered commercial production of symbiotic bacteria cultures. The Dairy industry has known about lactose problems for many years. Too bad more of us haven't been told the facts.

This is dedicated to my mother's friends.

Tommy Cichanowski


Science and Math Weekly
Volume 7, Issue 7 / October 26, 1966


that aspirin overdose is a killer of children; that the United States consumes about 20 million pounds of aspirin each year? "Every three days a child dies from an overdose of aspirin," — Dr. James L. Goddard recently told Congress. Coddard is commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the governmental agency trying to solve the problem of death by aspirins.

"Ma, I've got a headache," Johnny says.

"Go take an aspirin," Mother commands.

How many times have you said those words, and how many times have you heard the same answer?

Aspirin has become the password for relief of all kinds of aches and pains. Is this really true? Does aspirin really relieve all minor aches and pains?

How much of the relief obtained is psychological rather than physiological?

To the last question we can answer, "Does it make any difference so long as the pain goes away?"

Interesting to note is the listing of one chemical index. Four helpful effects of aspirin are listed, but there are 31 hazardous effects. Fortunately, aspirin has an adverse effect primarily on people allergic to aspirin, who are only a small group.

An overdosage of aspirin, however, can produce ringing in the ears, headache(??), dizziness, dimness of vision, mental confusion, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Just what is this magic little white tablet that can act like an angel one day, and a devil the next?

Strangely enough, an aspirin really isn't an aspirin. Aspirin is the trademark of the original manufacturer of the product — the firm of Bayer. The tablet was first introduced for medicinal purposes in 1899 in Germany. In the U.S., however, aspirin is what Mother gives you when you complain of a headache. Also, aspirin is the trade name for acetylsalicylic acid. How aspirin got its name is interesting reading. For a historical account of aspirin, read the November 1963 issue of SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN.

Aspirin is a white crystalline compound, slightly soluble in water, with a formula of C9H8O4. Children, however, receive a specially candy–coated, colored type that can become the devil himself. Just about all children below five, bubble with curiosity and like candy. A bottle of candy–coated aspirin in the hands of a child can spell trouble. One grain of aspirin per pound of body weight is considered a toxic dose, according to Dr. Paul Palmisano of FDA's Bureau of Medicine. Most aspirins contain five grains per tablet.

How does aspirin work? That is a question that has challenged scientists ever since aspirin was first introduced as a medicine in the 1890s. A paper on the effects of salicylic acid was recorded in 1763 (see SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN article).

By using laboratory animals, reasearchers are hoping to learn how aspirin really works. The results of one series of tests are shown in the graph.

The three lines represent three groups of rabbits injected with pyrogens — substances that produce fevers.


The solid colored fine represents a group receiving 66.7 milligrams of aspirin per kilogram of body weight; the lightly colored line, a group receiving 22.2 milligrams per kilogram dose. The black curve represents the control group that got no aspirin.

What can you say about the effect of aspirin on the temperature of the rabbit groups? What effect does the amount of dosage have on the lowering of temperature?

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