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Too Much Tylenol During Pregnancy Could Affect Development

A new study done by the School of Pharmacy at the University of Oslo in Norway suggests frequent use of acetaminophen during pregnancy may be linked to poorer communication, poorer language skills, and behavior problems in children.

“Our findings suggest that (acetaminophen) might not be as harmless as we think,” Ragnhild Eek Brandlistuen said.

She and her coauthors studied 48,000 Norwegian children whose mothers answered survey questions about their medication use at weeks 17 and 30 of pregnancy, and again six months after giving birth.

They found no development problems tied to ibuprofen.

To read the article yourself click HERE

 


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Another clue to Autism: Could Acetaminophen Be A Factor

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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Treat the cause or the effect?

I use the work being done by Dr. Marty Hinz and his team at NeuroResearch in Duluth, MN to help my patients balance neurotransmitters with nutrition.

And, you say, what is a neurotransmitter?

A neurotransmitter is a chemical released at the end of a nerve fiber that causes the transfer of an impulse to another nerve or muscle fiber or organ – it’s what your body uses to ‘transmit’ the signal.

If you don’t have enough of the signaling chemicals, the message doesn’t get across – like not having enough bars on your cell phone to get a message through.  If you have the wrong blend of signaling chemicals it’s like being in an area without a tower that talks to YOUR carrier.

There are many illnesses caused by an imbalance or deficiency in neurotransmitters, and correcting the underlying cause keeps us from having to chase each issue.

Here is a partial listing of diseases and disorders that are related to unbalanced or inadequate neurotransmitter levels:

Adrenal fatigue or burnout
Addiction
Alzheimer’s disease
Anorexia
Anxiety
Asperger’s Syndrome
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Autism
Bulimia
Serotonin driven coronary artery disease
Chronic pain
Chronic stress
Cognitive deterioration
Cortisol Dysfunction
Crohn’s disease
DARPP-32
Dementia
Depersonalization disorder
Depression
Fibromyalgia
GABA dysfunction
Hormonal dysfunction
Hyperactivity
Impulsivity
Inappropriate Aggression
Insomnia
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Migraine Headaches
Nocturnal Myoclonus (Restless Leg Syndrome)
Obesity
Obsessionality
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Organ system dysfunction
Panic Attacks
Parkinson’s disease
Phobias
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Psychotic illness
Schizophrenia
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Social anxiety disorder
Tension Headaches
Tourette’s syndrome
Traumatic brain injury
Trichotillomania
Ulcerated Colitis

If you have any of these (and, especially, if you suffer with several) and are not getting satisfactory results with the treatment you are currently receiving, please consider working on the cause, instead of the effects.