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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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A Child’s Fever

A report published February 2011 in Pediatrics (the journal for the American Pediatric Association) states that not only is there no need to bring down a fever in an otherwise healthy child, but there is a downside to treating a fever – it can prolong the illness that originally sparked the high temperatures.

You can read an article with more information, published by Today.com HERE