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The Dangers of Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

The Dangers of Acetaminophen - Paula Owens, MS Holistic Nutritionist and Functional Health PractitionerAcetaminophen is a pain relief drug found in a variety of over-the-counter medications and prescription pain relievers. Tylenol, the most common brand of acetaminophen in the U.S. and over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are among the most sold pharmaceutical drugs worldwide.

The active ingredient in Tylenol, acetaminophen is found in more than 600 drugs including many OTC medications targeted at children.

Buyer Beware! OTC drugs that contain acetaminophen

  • Tylenol: Extra Strength, PM, Children’s, Infant’s, Sinus Pain Relief, Headache & Pain Relief
  • Benadryl
  • NyQuil and DayQuil
  • TheraFlu
  • Excedrin
  • Midol
  • Vicks
  • Alka-Seltzer Plus
  • Sudafed
  • Mucinex
  • Little Remedies for Fevers
  • Robitussin

The Dangers of Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen overdose is one of the most common poisonings worldwide. Eighty-six percent of emergency room visits for medicine poisoning involve a child who got into a medicine belonging to an adult.

According to the American Journal of Medicine, approximately 107,000 individuals are hospitalized every year for NSAID-related GI complications, and at least 16,500 deaths occur.

Acetaminophen, Toxic Tylenol and NSAIDs: Harmful Side Effects

  • GI bleeding, microbiome destruction, leaky gut
  • Liver toxicity; Acetaminophin (Tylenol) is the #1 cause of acute liver failure
  • Long-term use has been linked to high blood pressure, brain inflammation and brain damage
  • Nutrient deficiencies including B vitamins, zinc, iron, potassium, vitamin C; blocks glutathione
  • Endocrine disruptor: decreased testosterone and melatonin
  • Heavy metal accumulation (lead, arsenic, mercury)
  • Suppresses protein synthesis repairThe Dangers of Acetaminophen - Paula Owens, MS Holistic Nutritionist and Functional Health Practitioner
  • Blunts emotions, reduces empathy
  • Heartburn
  • Kidney damage
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Brain inflammation
  • Skin reactions
  • Joint deterioration
  • Fatigue, confusion
  • Asthma, COPD, respiratory problems
  • ADHD, autism
  • Blurred vision
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Constipation
  • Increased risk of Alzheimer’s

Never take Tylenol after drinking alcohol. It’s a deadly combo for your liver and your kidneys.

“Acetaminophen temporarily inhibits our body’s ability to process toxins, depleting glutathione levels (think of glutathione as nature’s mop), resulting essentially in a toxic wash of the body, including the brain.” —William Parker, Ph.D., an expert on immunology and an associate professor at Duke University Medical Center

Sleep. When taken prior to sleep, NSAIDs, ibuprofen and aspirin disrupt sleep by increasing the number of awakenings and time spent awake, delayed the onset of deep sleep, and decreased sleep efficiency. [Physiology & Behavior. June 1994.]

Acetaminophen and Heart Health. A study in the journal Lancet found that people who take high daily doses of NSAIDs increase their cardiovascular risk by 33%!

A study in the European Heart Journal—Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy reported that Ibuprofen use increases risk of cardiac arrest by a whopping 31%!

Another study in the journal Circulation found that for people who had one heart attack, taking NSAIDs increased their risk of death by nearly 60% and risk of a second heart attack by 30%!

Acetaminophen and Pregnancy. A study at UCLA in collaboration with scientists in Denmark and Taiwan found that use of acetaminophen during pregnancy is associated with ADHD.

Fetal exposure to acetaminophen (Tylenol) increases risk of neurodevelopmental problems and endocrine disruption. Acetaminophen may be linked to emotional and behavior problems, ADHD and autism if used during pregnancy.

Another study published in the Journal of Restorative Medicine found evidence that increased acetaminophen use in children appears to be a major cause of the epidemics of autism, ADHD and asthma. In Cuba, Tylenol is a prescription only drug. Could it be possible that the low rates of autism in Cuba are due to restricted Tylenol use?

Never give acetaminophen-containing medications to your child or take it while pregnant or breastfeeding.

Never allow medical personnel administer acetaminophen (Tylenol) to your child either. It’s the ‘go-to drug’ for many things from circumcision to vaccination in many clinics and hospitals around the world.

Acetaminophen and Arthritis. A study in the journal Lancet reported that Paracetamol (Tylenol) is ‘not clinically effective’ in treating osteoarthritis pain or improving physical function.

If you take just one NSAID such as Motrin, Datril, Anacin or Ibuprofen every four days over your lifetime, there is nine times the normal risk for vital organ damage. –New England Journal of Medicine, 1994

Side Effects of Aspirin

Americans consume 15 tons of aspirin a day – that’s 19 billion tablets per year! Although thought to be harmless, a single aspirin will be responsible for 1500-2000 deaths!

  • Aspirin decreases kidney function and is a leading cause of kidney disease
  • Causes ulcers
  • Increases uric acid levels, a marker for systemic inflammation
  • Toxic headaches
  • Leads to hearing loss
  • Macular degeneration
  • Reye’s Syndrome
  • GI bleeding. A study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology reported that even low-dose aspirin (as low as 75mg daily and up to 325mg daily) increases the risk of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding. It also increases the risk of micro-bleeding in the brain by 70%.

“The side effects of aspirin use for heart disease are far greater than the benefits, especially for women.” –Dr. Jack Wolfson, Paleo Cardiologist

Healthier Drug-free Alternatives for Pain and Inflammation

  • Anti-inflammatory organic foods. Ditch the inflammatory grains, gluten, sugar and rancid frankenfats. Stop eating chemicals!
  • Stay hydrated with clean, filtered water!
  • High-quality omega-3 fish oil that are free of heavy metals, soybean oil and toxins
  • Turmeric (curcumin). A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found 2,000mg of turmeric extract was as effective as 800mg of ibuprofen in reducing symptoms of pain and inflammation.
  • Bosweilia
  • Ginger
  • Arnica (topical or sublingual)
  • Proteolytic enzymes
  • Alternative natural therapies such as chiropractic care, acupuncture, ozone therapy, cold water immersion, cryotherapy

When dealing with chronic pain and inflammation, it’s crucial to identify the root cause and utilize natural, drug-free therapies and healthy dose of lifestyle medicine.

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