Hilarious Mayo Clinic chain e-mail about water & aspirin

TheBeachgod Posts: 825 Member
edited November 2015 in Food and Nutrition
I got an e-mail from a well-meaning loved one where a Cardiac Specialist(!) from the Mayo Clinic raves about the many benefits of water, when to drink it to prevent heart attacks and other such malarky. I admit I didn't research to see if this message was legit as some of the things stated are so ridiculous I don't see how anybody affiliated with Mayo (or even has a clue about basic health) could believe this. Here's a copy and paste from my e-mail. My favorite is "2 glasses of water after waking up - helps activate internal organs". Maybe that's my I'm so sluggish in the morning; those darn inactive internal organs!

This is long but there are a lot of laughs to be had.

Subject: Mayo Clinic

This is indeed good information. A cardiologist determined that heart attacks can be triggered by dehydration. Now I carry a bottle of water wherever I go.

Also From The Mayo Clinic. How many folks do you know who say they don't want to drink anything before going to bed because they'll have to get up during the night!!

Heart Attack and Water - Drink 1 glass of water before going to bed avoids stroke or heart attack! I never knew all of this! Interesting....... Something else I didn't know ... I asked my Doctor why people need to urinate so much at night time. Answer from my Cardiac Doctor:

Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc) seeks level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. I know you need your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me.

Correct time to drink water... Very Important. From A Cardiac Specialist! Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body:
2 glasses of water after waking up - helps activate internal organs
1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion
1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps lower blood pressure
1 glass of water before going to bed - avoids stroke or heart attack I can also add to this... My Physician told me that water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse.

Mayo Clinic on Aspirin.
Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A.M. and noon. Having one during the night, when the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happened. Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is to blame.

1. If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day, take it at night. The reason: Aspirin has a 24-hour "half-life"; therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the wee hours of the morning, the Aspirin would be strongest in your system.
2. Aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest; for years.
(when it gets old, it smells like vinegar). Please read on. Something that we can do to help ourselves - nice to know. Bayer is making crystal aspirin to dissolve instantly on the tongue. They work much faster than the tablets. Why keep Aspirin by your bedside? It's about Heart Attacks - There are other symptoms of a heart attack, besides the pain on the left arm. One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating; however, these symptoms may also occur less frequently.

Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack. The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep did not wake up.

However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep. If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water. Afterwards: - Call 911.
A Cardiologist has stated that if each person after receiving this e-mail, sends it to 10 people, probably one life could be saved!

I have already shared this information. What about you? Do forward this message. It may save lives!
"Life is a onetime gift" (Let's forward and hope this will help save some!)


  • rankinsect
    rankinsect Posts: 2,238 Member
    Lol, yes, because cardiologists at the Mayo Clinic are starting chain emails rather than authoring an article for their very extensive web site.
  • middlehaitch
    middlehaitch Posts: 8,484 Member
    My MIL was so embarrassed about bladder leakage she would only drink a cup of coffee in the morning, and a glass of water with her dinner.
    She had 3 TIA's ( mini strokes) within a month, one as I was driving her to the hospital for a check up for her previous TIA. I knew it was happening before she did, she only accepted it had happened when she couldn't get out of the car.

    Cause, dehydration had caused her potassium levels to shoot up.

    The dehydration wasn't discovered until that 3rd visit. She had spent 10 days in hospital with tests, examinations, and discussions, never revealing that she wasn't drinking.

    Dehydration most certainly could be a killer.

    Cheers, h.

    I don't think that email was from the Mayo.
  • V_Keto_V
    V_Keto_V Posts: 342 Member
    But the half life of aspirin is 3 hours at conventional dose ranges...hard to believe this is credible. BTW, they are confusing early am BP control with AM anticoagulation...which doesn't matter for aspirin as the lifespan of a platelet is 7-10days. Aspirin can be dosed every other day with the same effect, which makes mentioning half life totally irrelevant in the first place.

    If anything, aspirin is being promoted less for primary prevention due to an unfavorable benefit : risk ratio; mainly from GI bleeds & cerecbrovascular hemorrhage.
  • markrgeary1
    markrgeary1 Posts: 853 Member
    Did the "cardiologist" offer to fix your "Windows" too?