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Another clue to Autism: Could Acetaminophen Be A Factor

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There is a wonderful discussion about autism at a European site Alliance for Natural Health.

The article “Could paracetamol (acetaminophen) be linked to autism ADHD and asthma in children?” makes some very interesting points:

  • The reality is that autism is a complex of conditions, and it is no surprise that the triggers themselves may be equally complex.
  • The fact that autism isn’t near the top of the agenda of health authorities around the world is staggering considering the scale of human suffering, along with the social and economic strife it will cause in the decades ahead.

William Shaw PhD (author of Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD, originally published in 1998 and Autism: Beyond the Basics, published in 2009)  published an article in the recently established, peer-reviewed Journal of Restorative Medicine. In it, he makes a case for why acetaminophen use after MMR may play a role in the development of autism.

  • Post-vaccination acetaminophen administration is a very common practice by parents and doctors wishing to dampen the fever-related side effects of the vaccine.
  • He highlights a curious anomaly.  In Cuba, autism rates are incredibly low (0.00168% of the population) compared with the US (0.5% of the population).  Although Cubans’ vaccine uptake is as high as 95%, acetaminophen is available only on prescription and is not routinely given to prevent or treat vaccine-related fever.
  • If you actually go to the article, there is a graph that shows the marked increases in autism and asthma incidence coincide with the replacement of aspirin by acetaminophen in the 1980s.  The timeline of the drug’s history, including downturns in its use due to ‘scares’, reveals striking parallels with the incidence of the conditions.
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Author: Dr. Joan P Burrow

I am a Chiropractor/Naturopath, Mother (and [YEAH!] Grandmother), Daughter, Sister, Benedictine Oblate (Monastery of St. Gertrude, Cottonwood, ID), IACP Secretary, Civic Theatre Volunteer. Some days I'm better at juggling than others. My mission is to change lives, and I am eternally blessed. My vocation (what I do to earn my living) and avocation (what I do that brings me pleasure) are the same. I get to witness miracles every day.

One thought on “Another clue to Autism: Could Acetaminophen Be A Factor

  1. There is new, extremely important and well done research supporting the link between acetaminophen and autism. The first prospective cohort study investigating this found children exposed to long-term use of paracetamol during pregnancy had substantially adverse developmental outcomes (autism like) at 3 years of age.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/22/us-too-much-tylenol-in-pregnancy-could-a-idUSBRE9AL15920131122

    An additional animal study was published this week, showing neurotoxicity and adverse behavioral effects at doses below the daily dose limit.
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/eamonnfingleton/2014/01/15/swedish-researchers-raise-safety-concerns-about-j-js-tylenol/

    And an ecological study (older) that comes at this hypothesis from a different angle:
    http://voices.yahoo.com/do-vaccines-cause-autism-pain-reliever-12207593.html?cat=5

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