Tylenol. It’s in every medicine cabinet, too easy to get your hands on, and is recommended by “experts” for every kid ailment known to man. But the truth is … it’s bad bad bad and you should throw it out, run away from anyone who says you should use it, and never look back.
Recommending Tylenol to a kid for anything short of a train wreck is going to go down as one of the worst pieces of medical advice known to man. Why? Because it’s dangerous and it doesn’t work (at least not the way you think it does).
Tylenol Makes Big Money and Can Cause Big Side Effects
Tylenol (Acetaminophen) hit the scene in 1955 as a “prescription only” pain reliever, was making bank just a few years later, was acquired by Johnson and Johnson in 1959, and was available over the counter within a year after that. Tylenol has been a hugely successful product, making its billions off of parents who give it to their kids post-vaccine, post-nasal drip, during a cold, and for serious things like hang nail pains and 99 degree “send me over the edge” fevers.
But here’s my beef: Tylenol is toxic and has a very narrow margin of error – meaning that taking the tiniest amount more than what’s needed could cause serious harm. There’s a reason that most acetaminophen-containing products have a “black box warning” (the FDA’s strongest drug label warning). It’s because acetaminophen is associated with side-effects that could scare the socks off a cat.
Tylenol Doesn’t Do What You Think it Does
That whole spiel (if you even had one) about Tylenol having about zero side-effects? WRONG. This was a case of “take this cute little pill now,” get autism later that should have been researched, discovered, and disclosed back in the day when they started passing this junk out like hopped up M & M’s.
If you’re giving your child Tylenol for pain, a fever, or worse … giving it preemptively (prior to a procedure or vaccinations), you should know that it doesn’t do what you think it does. Tylenol doesn’t reduce pain, is a neurotoxic endocrine disruptor, is harmful to a developing fetus, and is even more harmful to babies and small children whose bodies’ can’t clear the drug.
Tylenol may cause autism in boys if taken during pregnancy, attention-related disorders, sex and hormone dysfunction in both genders, and hyperactivity (ADHD). It inhibits the ability to feel empathy (another person’s pain) and glutathione production (which helps the body handle toxins).
Tylenol is the number one cause of acute liver failure in children, sends 60,000 Americans to the hospital each year, results in 100,000 calls to Poison Control, can cause death and fatal skin reactions, and could be a huge player in the autism epidemic.
It’s called … “Acetaminophen-induced Autism.”
“Autism could be an acetaminophen-induced brain injury facilitated by oxidative stress and inflammation in newborns and young children.”
Prenatal acetaminophen exposure was associated with a greater number of autism spectrum symptoms in males and showed adverse effects on attention-related outcomes for both genders.
What the what!?
But wait, it gets better. A 2008 study conducted by an epidemiologist showed that children who were given Tylenol after their MMR vaccine developed autism eight times as often as children given ibuprofen. In another study, males who were uncircumcised (and thus, were not given pain-relieving Tylenol), had a five times lower risk of autism. The studies go on and on.
I know … you’re in shock because you probably have this stuff in your medicine cabinet or gave it to your kid back in the day before you made friends with that crunchy mom who told you fevers are a good thing. You’re probably getting ready to speed dial your mom right now because you’re putting all sorts of “two-and-two” together and are having a mini-panic attack.
You’re probably wondering why you can’t get your hands on some homeopathic teething tablets (pulled from the shelves because they were causally connected to infant mustache growth), but can give baby boo liver damage in a bottle like it ain’t no thing.
Now might not be the best time to tell you that Tylenol contains the following very special ingredients:
Carboxymethylcellulose sodium (a thickening agent), carrageenan (associated with cancer and gastrointestinal disease), citric acid, flavor, glycerin, hydroxyethyl cellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, propylene glycol (a common ingredient in antifreeze that could be neurotoxic), propylparaben (a hazardous substance and endocrine disruptor), purified water, sodium benzoate, sorbitol solution, sucralose, and of course – acetaminophen.
Don’t be fooled, the FDA is completely aware of the dangers associated acetaminophen. They promised to implement safety measures and dosage restrictions, warnings, and safety measures to protect consumers from the harms of Tylenol way back when, but never followed through. It’s been 40 years and they haven’t done a thing. Tylenol makes way too much money and you know about the FDA’s impressive ability to write-off children damaged by billion dollar industries.
What are you supposed to do if you can’t give your kid Tylenol?
You have a few options:
- Forgo any unnecessary procedure that would require you to use it or ask for an alternative.
- Stop giving your children Tylenol preemptively in anticipation of preventing some sort of issue that they may not even get.
- Do not take Tylenol if you’re pregnant. (Take a warm bath with epsom salt instead).
- Do not … under ANY circumstance … give Tylenol to your children before or after their vaccinations. Adding something toxic to a concoction of neurotoxins, hazardous wastes, and carcinogens and expecting an under-developed liver to be able to handle the load, is like taking a blow torch to a fart.
- Stop poppin’ the top every time little boo gets a low-grade fever.
- Opt for natural pain relievers and at-home remedies instead of acetaminophen. There’s a lot of woo out there that works and doesn’t contain a black box “could kill ya” warning.
It’s not the 90s anymore and we can’t pretend that Tylenol is safe. We have to protect our children when those who are supposed to put the safeguards in place, don’t. That’s why we should probably stop giving our kids Tylenol.