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According to Howard S. Smith, M.D., "The unwanted actions of prostaglandins cause the pain that bothers most of us, as prostaglandins send messages to trigger inflammation, resulting in pain and swelling. Aspirin and traditional NSAIDs block the prostaglandins, thus blocking inflammation and reducing pain and stiffness. But prostaglandins send a few good messages as well, ones that protect the stomach lining and the kidneys. Therefore, by blocking prostaglandins entirely, aspirin and traditional NSAIDs leave us vulnerable to the risk of stomach ulcers, bleeding, and even kidney damage." (Source: The Women's Guide to Ending Pain: An 8-Step Program, by Howard S. Smith, M.D. and Debra Fulghum Bruce, M.S. Published by John Wiley & Sons and available at www.amazon.com)

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