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Tylenol- Short-Term Gain. Long-Term ADHD, Autism, Asthma?

Tylenol (Acetaminophen) was introduced in the 1950’s and is commonly prescribed for aches and pains or to reduce fevers.

While considered fairly benign with respect to adverse reactions/side-effects by many doctors, there are some studies indicating that certain population are at risk for developing conditions such as ADHD, Asthma and Autism.

 

ADHD

Acetaminophen exposure in pregnancy increases the risk of ADHD-like behaviours.

 

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0108210
ASTHMA

Paracetamol use during pregnancy was associated with an increased risk of asthma and wheezing in childhood.

 

http://ije.oxfordjournals.org/content/37/3/583.short

 

AUTISM

There is  some speculation as to whether regression into autism is triggered, not by the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, but by acetaminophen (Tylenol®) given for fever and pain.

 

Considerable evidence supports this contention, most notably the exponential rise in the incidence of autism since 1980, when acetaminophen began to replace aspirin for infants and young children.

 

http://aut.sagepub.com/content/12/3/293.short

 

http://www.feingold.org/Research/PDFstudies/Good2009.pdf

 

Pain and fever are inevitable. Fortunately, there are safe alternatives.

 

Curcumin

Curcumin is the yellow pigment associated with the curry spice that exerts potent anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.

It has a poor oral bioavailability so should be taken with other agents such as black pepper extract (piperine) or  as Curcumin phytosomes complexed with Phosphatidylcholine (Meriva or BCM-95).

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2637808/

 

Fish Oil (Omega 3 Fatty Acids)

Compared ibuprofen, omega-3 EFAs demonstrate equivalent effect in reducing arthritic pain and appears to be a safer alternative to NSAIDs.

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16531187

 

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is increasingly used as an alternative or complementary therapy for the treatment of pain. It is well tolerated, with a low risk of serious adverse effects.

 

Kelly, R. B. (2009). Acupuncture for pain. American family physician, 80(5).

 

FEVER

 

Pediatricians are recognizing that a fever may be beneficial when it comes to fighting an infection.

The American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents to recognize fever as a sign that the body is working to fight an infection and not something to be feared.

The main goal of treating fever in children should be to keep them comfortable while watching for any signs of serious illness.

I usually get into a tepid shower with my kids.

 

http://www.webmd.com/children/news/20110228/new-advice-fighting-fever-children#1

 

More on the side-effects of Tylenol (Acetaminophen)

 

https://www.drugs.com/sfx/tylenol-side-effects.html

 

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Dr. Geoff Lecovin

Naturopathic Physician/Chiropractor/Acupuncturist/Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist/Corrective Exercise Specialist/Performance Enhancement Specialist/Certified Sports Nutritionist/

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