Painkillers. Not So Pain Free

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in the UK, £ 260 million is spent each year on painkillers such as aspirin and paracetamol. Salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin and other painkillers, is a gastrointestinal irritant, increasing the permeability of the gut wall. This in turn upsets the absorption of nutrients, allowing incompletely digested foods to pass into the bloodstream, alerting the immune system and triggering allergy responses to common foods.