I've been reading a book (The End of Illness) that talks about all the positive health effects that can come from taking a baby aspirin daily. It turns out there is a lot of evidence that taking this reduces your risk of no only heart disease, but a host of cancers as well (including almost all GI cancers - stomach, esophagus, intestinal, etc.).
I'm on a large daily dose of PPI's (40mg Nexium, twice a day), but i decided to start taking 81mg of aspirin once a day with lunch (my biggest meal) to see if it helped my gerd / reduced inflammation in my esophagus. I'm about 5 days into treating myself, and so far I've felt a marked improvement in my symptoms! I definitely feel like some of the irritation in my esophagus has settled down, and riding in a car doesn't cause me so much pain anymore.
So I guess my question is, has anyone else tried this? Have they had success with it? Are there warning signs I need to watch out for in terms of the possible side effects of taking this aspirin (i.e. stomach bleeding)? I've tried to mitigate the risk by taking it with a large meal, but I'm not sure if that's enough, etc.
Any input appreciated!