You know Tylenol can relieve a headache, but are you aware some feel it may cause other side effects, such as increased risk of death or heart toxicity?
Have you ever popped aTylenolto push through that annoying headache and get on with your day? Most of us have. Each week, millions of Americans take one of the 600 medicines that contain acetaminophen, Tylenol's active ingredient, for various aches and pains.Acetaminophenis the most common drug ingredient in the US, but this 'harmless drug' is noted to have been linked to over 110,000 injuries and deaths per year.
How can Tylenol, which is doled out like candy, be bad for you? Amazingly, no one really knows how acetaminophen works , but people do know that this drug gets to your brain. Tylenol in your brain is concerning because it depletes glutathione , an antioxidant that is especially necessary for brain health. Our bodies depend on antioxidants to balance oxidative damage and inflammation. If you're popping a Tylenol with your morning antioxidant-rich smoothie, Tylenol may rob you of the smoothie's benefits!
Beyond Liver Damage
Most people have heard the theory that Tylenol can damage the liver (has anyone ever drunkenly warned you to take a Motrin, not a Tylenol, to prevent a hang over?). But since everything in our bodies is connected, it's not surprising that it is reported that Tylenol can do damage beyond your liver. A recent study showed that people who took Tylenol had increased risks of death, heart toxicity, gastrointestinal bleeding, and kidney damage . Importantly, people who took more Tylenol suffered more damage.
It's also scary it is written how Tylenol affects mood. After swallowing 1000 mg of Tylenol, people exhibited less empathy and blunted positive emotions.For reference, 1000 mg is two extra-strength Tylenol tablets, and the 'safe' range is 3000 mg per day. This means that popping two Tylenols can affect you physically and emotionally!
If you're pregnant or looking to become pregnant, please be especially careful about taking Tylenol.
Research has shown that children exposed to acetaminophen in the womb had behavioral, communication, and motor skill problems.
Another study linked prenatal acetaminophen exposure with increased ADHD-like behaviors and medication use.
What about other painkillers?
Hopefully you're convinced to think twice before taking a Tylenol, but what about other pain-relievers like Motrin, Aleve, or Advil? Thesenon-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)must be safe, since thirty million people take them every day! Not so fast...
Women who recognize the importance ofhormonal balance should be wary. NSAIDs can mess with ovulation, especially progesterone levels, after only 10 days of use.
Additionally, NSAIDs injure the small intestine; in one study, 71% of NSAID users showed small intestinal damage, compared to 10% of non-users .Damaged intestines can lead to intestinal permeability, or "leaky gut." Leaky gut has been linked to depression, ADHD, and allergies. NSAIDs can cause leaky gut  and harm your microbiome, the trillions of beneficial bacteria that live in and on us. Disrupting our bacteria can do more damage than we realize!
How can I relieve my headache?!
Now that you know the surprising dangers of Tylenol and other NSAIDs, what should you take for headaches and other aches and pains? Turmeric, the yellow root found in curry powder, contains a powerful anti-inflammatory and pain reliever called curcumin. This has been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine as a treatment for pain, digestive disorders, and wound healing for centuries. Many studies show the beneficial effects of curcumin; curcumin works as well as ibuprofen to alleviate pain from knee osteoarthritis  and PMS . Next time you have a headache, try 1-2 grams of curcumin - or a turmeric latte!
These articles are only the tip of the iceberg, and are for informational purposes only. Medications for high blood pressure, acne, allergies, and other conditions may also have negative effects on the skin & accelerate aging and photo-sensitivity. NEVER change or stop taking your medications without consulting your medical doctor.