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Channeling The Powers Of Nature: An Interview With A Naturopath

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Robert Bailie first became interested in Naturopathy while managing the occupational health and safety and rehabilitation department of a large corporation in Australia. He noticed that injured employees enjoyed a quicker recuperation period, and therefore an earlier return to normal duties when they underwent Naturopathic treatment. While carrying out a course in Naturopathic studies in Sydney in 1996, he discovered, and quickly also became fascinated with the science of Homoeopathy. Here Robert uncovers the history and secrets of these ancient forms of alternative healing:

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What exactly is Naturopathy and Homeopathy?

Naturopathy is a complete system of western natural medicine; it includes the use of Botanic Medicine, Nutrition, Homeopathy and manipulative techniques. It is a holistic system in that it addresses the person as a whole –physical, mental and emotional. It is often termed ‘preventative medicine’ because of its ability to assess a propensity to disease, thereby preventing its manifestation. Naturopathy addresses a person’s health through extensive investigation into lifestyle, nutrition and medical history, and provides healing therapies and detoxification techniques accordingly. Diagnostic methods include iridology or naturopathic diagnostics of nails, skin or tongue, as well as conventional diagnostic methods such as lab tests or ultrasounds.

Homeopathy is a system of vibrational medicine, its medicines are diluted far beyond molecular existence but retain the imagesenergetic aspects of the original substance. It therefore has an energetic effect on the organism which in turn has physical, emotional and mental balancing effects. It is a system based on the principle of ‘like cures like’ or that a potentized substance which causes a set of symptoms in a healthy individual, can cure similar symptoms in a sick person. It is a process of symptom matching remedy to disease state –mental, emotional or physical. Limited doses of the remedy are given in order to stimulate the inherent healing powers of the organism and this is followed by a period of improvement often leading to cure. The ideal of Homeopathy is to achieve rapid cure in the most harmless and effective way.

 

What is the history of these specific forms of medicine and how do their modern day practices differ from the original?

HippocratesNaturopathy, like herbalism, has been developing since the beginning of time for man on earth. Ancient manuscripts on natural therapy are found in every major archeological excavation site. Hippocrates (460BC) is considered the father of Naturopathy. He described and taught the very principles still applied by modern Naturopaths such as “let food be your medicine,” and he relied on the healing powers of nature. Aesculapius was the first to utilize toxic substances for treating disease and therefore is considered the father of modern pharmaceutical medicine. Naturopathy has evolved from those days, and today has set standards for education and training and is very much grounded in modern science.

Samuel HahnemannHomeopathy was discovered by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843). He became disillusioned with the toxic medical practices of his day and resigned to the translation of medical/pharmacological texts when he discovered the law of ‘like cure like.’ He firstly experimented on himself with Cinchona bark which was used to treat malaria and found that it caused malaria type symptoms to him. He then experimented on his peers with diluted remedies to avoid toxic effects and gradually discovered that potentization of diluted substances caused them to gain in therapeutic effect while eliminating toxic effects. Hahnemann published the Organon of Medicine which outlines the principles and practice of Homeopathy. This same treatise remains the most important treatment manual for Homeopaths to this day.

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Naturopathy has been described as a pseudoscience. What are your opinions on this label? And where is the proof that Naturopathic and Homeopathic medicines work?

Naturopaths are trained in Anatomy/Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Symptomatology, Diagnosis and Pathology. Are these not sciences? Herbs have been studied for many years and so have vitamins and minerals and science has acknowledged and confirmed the physiological effects of these Naturopathic medicines. In our modern age of information it is very simple to find clinical studies on herbs, vitamins and homeopathic remedies. The European Commission has gone so far as to regulate the supply of herbs, vitamins and Homeopathic remedies. Science is about the constant discovery and study of our environment, it is progressive, and if certain healing techniques are not currently understood, they most definitely will be in the future. The greatest proof of efficacy for Naturopathy and Homeopathy is the increased popularity they enjoy worldwide.

 

How do people benefit by using Naturopathic and Homeopathic remedies over more widely accepted western medicines?

All real natural healing techniques work in the same direction; they address the causes of illness, and employ methods to support the organism so as to stimulate its own healing capabilities. Symptoms are just the manifestation of disease; they are the way an imbalanced organism expresses itself in an attempt to heal itself. Symptoms are never suppressed in alternative medicine. Natural medicine has no side effects or toxicity. Pharmaceutical medicine on the other hand is mostly based on suppression of symptoms, thereby creating chronic illness and dependency. Just look at the accompanying leaflet in your prescription medication, which lists some of the usual side effects.

 

Are the remedies always specialized to directly deal with specific conditions, or are there any general well-being remedies that you would recommend for general daily use?

In Naturopathy treatment protocols are individualized for every patient. Treatment is based on the requirements of the organism as a whole, although specific herbs or supplements are also used to ‘target’ a particular ailment. In Homeopathy there are very specific remedies for acute illness or acute exacerbations of a chronic disease which afford quick relief or treatment. These are always based on the similarity of symptoms and remedy. This is called ’acute prescribing.’ However, I believe, the greatest expression of Homeopathy lies in ‘constitutional prescribing’ based on personality types. These latter remedies have a general as well as local effect but serve to tone up the entire organism, boost immunity, balance emotions and bring a state of wellness.

I would recommend a daily dose of 1000mg vitamin C for all adults; children have less – 250mg to 500mg. The virtues of vitamin C are way too many to list here – antioxidant, immune boosting and connective tissue integrity to name a few. I would also recommend a glass of warm water with the juice of 1/2 a lemon (or 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar) first thing in the morning. This has a great cleansing effect throughout the body. A carrot juice a day is better than any multivitamin or mineral, especially if juiced with celery, beetroot and a bit of fresh ginger!

Can Naturopathy and Homeopathy help with conditions that are considered long term such as cancers or Thyroid imbalances or mental illness?

Both Naturopathy and Homeopathy are especially useful in the management of chronic disease. This is the area where these systems excel. I usually employ Homeopathy for all sorts of mental illness and it is always easier if patients are not medicated, however, most are. Thyroid imbalances usually come along fine in time, and symptoms are regulated very quickly with Homeopathic remedies. The treatment of patients with cancer requires a comprehensive treatment protocol including herbs, mega doses of vitamins-antioxidants, Homeopathy, nutrition and other more specialized minerals and treatments. No matter what stages a disease has progressed, it is always possible to afford relief, lessen the suffering and increase quality of life. I think the only condition that can not be treated is narrow mindedness.

Do these forms of medication work on a long-term basis treating a problem so it will not return, or are they more quick short-term fixes?

Benefits from treatment occur quite early, however certain conditions do require many months of treatment to fully balance out, if they ever will. So I will certainly provide a quick fix to alleviate the suffering while working towards complete cure in time.

How much do external influences such as lifestyle, diet or fitness influence the effectiveness of Naturopathic or Homeopathic remedies? vitamins

Lifestyle, diet and fitness are crucial to a positive outcome and these are dealt with in great detail especially in Naturopathy.

Can people make their own Naturopathic or Homeopathic remedies or medicines?

People can make their own home natural remedies and Naturopathy seeks to encourage and train the patient to do so. Homoeopathic remedies are not usually made at home and should only be prescribed by a qualified practitioner.

Do you believe that Naturopathy and Homeopathy can be as effective as or even more effective than Western Medicines?

herbs-spicesAs a practitioner, I have always sought to provide my patients with the best advice as to their choice of treatment and that includes pharmaceuticals and surgery. Certain conditions require pharmaceutical drugs; there is no question about that. For example insulin dependent diabetics need their insulin even though we may achieve a reduction in its requirement and delay the onset of the disease using natural methods. People that have had their Thyroid Glands destroyed or removed will always need Thyroxine. I have never rejected a treatment that is effective and reasonably safe and in the best interests of my patient even if it comes from the medical world. Having said that, and with complete respect to medical practitioners, their knowledge and training, I think that pharmaceutical medicine has largely been a failure in the treatment of chronic disease. I think that while surgery has advanced greatly, pharmaceutical medicine has not kept up with scientific developments. After 15 years of practice in Naturopathy and Homeopathy, I know that natural medicine is highly effective, safe, ethical and affordable in the treatment of chronic disease.

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Studies Show What A Whole Foods Vegan Diet Does For People With Diabetes

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Multiple studies have shown that a whole foods, plant-based diet can help manage, prevent, and, in some cases, even reverse diabetes.

  • Reflect On:

    Why is dietary intervention not a priority of conventional doctors? Especially when it can be much more beneficial to the patient than medication?

Food truly is medicine, and nutrition is a great way to combat multiple diseases. What’s extremely confusing is why so many doctors still choose to prescribe medication first, without considering the power of nutrition. Many doctors are not even aware of the power of nutrition and its ability to heal diseases, and this is probably because they know next to nothing about it given that they learn nothing about it in medical school.

However, things are changing. There are an abundance of doctors who are not prescribing medication when it’s not needed, and instead prescribing a proper diet. Many of them are starting to educate themselves using the literature and science surrounding nutrition. It’s not only doctors, but patients are choosing to self educate themselves now as well.

When it comes to the medical industry, self education is important, given the fact that “The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry.”   Arnold Seymour Relman (1923-2014), Harvard Professor of Medicine and Former Editor-in-Chief of the New England Medical Journal (source)

Not long ago, Dr. Asseem Malhotra, a well-known Doctor in Britain, had some choice words to say in front of the European Parliament about modern-day medical education and the overall knowledge doctors possess. He’s one of many who continues to emerge and speak out. You can read more about that here.

When it comes to type 2 diabetes, it’s one of the diseases that can easily be managed with a proper diet. The undue influence the pharmaceutical industry has on the medical industry and doctors’ lack of understanding of nutrition is why, I believe, more than 370 million people around the world suffer from diabetes, and approximately 100 million Americans have it or are likely to get it.

It’s firmly established in scientific literature and quite clear now that moving to a whole-food, plant-based diet can drastically reduce the symptoms of type 1 diabetes and can even help manage, or in many cases completely reverse, type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes. Giving up animal products and processed foods helps as well, and there is an abundance of research that shows this.

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Perhaps one of the most important pieces of evidence is the fact that there are real life success stories. Forks over Knives has a plethora of examples and real-life case studies that support the notion that eliminating animal products and following a healthy, whole-foods diet can make it easier to live with diabetes.

In 2016, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health published a study that showed plant-based diets can lower the risk of type 2 diabetes by a third. This involves simply switching out animal products for plant-based alternatives. A whole-foods, plant-based diet is rich in beneficial dietary fiber, antioxidants, and micronutrients, and low in saturated fats. This is excellent for overall health outcomes, whether they’re related to diabetes or not.

Multiple studies have shown that red and processed meats (also recently linked to cancer by the WHO), as well as animal protein in general, increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. In omnivore populations, the risk of diabetes is doubled compared with vegans. Another study found that eating meat once a week or more over a 17-year period increased the risk of diabetes by a startling 74%. A follow up study was conducted and found that increasing red meat intake by more than just half a serving per day was closely associated with an almost 50% increased risk of contracting diabetes over four years.

Removing animal products and shifting to a diet consisting of whole and minimally processed plant foods can reduce the problems created by type 1 and type 1.5 autoimmune diabetes big time. Although there’s no cure for this type of diabetes, the right diet has plenty of benefits. Cyrus Khambatta, PhDwrites that following a low-fat, whole-foods plant-based lifestyle can:

  • Boost insulin sensitivity and reduce insulin use by more than 40 percent after six months.
  • Lead to more predictable blood glucose, making it easier to manage diabetes.
  • Increase blood flow to tissues in the body and reduce the likelihood of diabetes-related nerve damage.
  • Reduce the burden on the kidneys, decreasing the chances of getting kidney disease.

People have also reversed type 2 diabetes with a plant-based diet and fasting.

For more on that you can refer to the article linked below:

The Complete Guide To Fasting & Reversing Type 2 Diabetes: A Special Interview With Dr. Jason Fung.

Here are some other related articles you might be interested in as well:

9 Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Meat

Internal Medicine Physician Shares What Happens To Your Body When You Stop Eating Meat 

Plant-Based Protein VS. Protein From Meat: Which One Is Better For Your Body

Scientist: Milk From Cows Has “The Most Relevant Carcinogen Ever Identified” & “Turns on Cancer”

Scientist Explains How Cow’s Milk Leeches Calcium From Your Bones & Makes Them Weaker

Studies Show What Happens To Your Heart When You Go Vegan or Vegetarian

The Takeaway

The takeaway here is to recognize that a whole foods, plant-based diet can be life changing. There are a number of studies that have emerged and continue to emerge showing this, while many more show a strong connection between various diseases and eating meat. It makes one ponder, are humans even designed/supposed to eat meat, or has this simply been the tactic of clever marketing by the big food industry? Something to think about.

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Research Reveals How Sugar CAUSES Cancer

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    This article was written by Sayer Ji, Founder of Greenmedinfo.com where it first originally appeared. Posted here with permission.

  • Reflect On:

    The average American consumes their body weight annually in this cancer-causing substance, and yet hospitals freely feed it to their cancer patients, seemingly oblivious to the harm it does.

Hospitals feed cancer patients sugar and high carbohydrate diets for a simple reason: they are abysmally ignorant of the role of nutrition in health and disease — hence their burgeoning growth, packed rooms, and ‘return customers.’

Even though the science itself shows – at least since the mid-20’s with Otto Warburg’s cancer hypothesis — that tumors prefer to utilize sugar fermentation to produce energy rather than the much more efficient oxygen-based phosphorylation* – hospitals have actually invited corporations like McDonald’s to move into their facilities  to ‘enhance’ their patient’s gustatory experience, presumably to provide comfort and take the edge off of the painful surgery, radiation and chemo treatments erroneously proffered to them as the only reasonable ‘standard of care.’

But the times are changing, with new research requiring these medical institutions to reform their dietary strategies, at least if they wish to claim that their interventions are in fact ‘evidence-based,’ as they so often claim.

Study Reveals Sugar Doesn’t Just Feed But Causes Cancer

A groundbreaking study, uncovered by one of our volunteer researchers at Greenmedinfo, is the first of its kind to identify sugar, not only as fuel source for an already existing cancer, but as a primary driver in oncogenesis – i.e. the initiation of cancerous characteristics (phenotype) within previously healthy cells.

Published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation and titled, Increased sugar uptake promotes oncogenesis via EPAC/RAP1 and O-GlcNAc pathways, researchers addressed a common perception (or misperception) in the cancer research community regarding sugar’s relationship to cancer: namely, “increased glycolysis [sugar based metabolism] is frequently viewed as a consequence of oncogenic events that drive malignant cell growth and survival.”

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Contrary to this conventional view, the new study “provide[s] evidence that increased glycolytic activation itself can be an oncogenic event.”  That is to say, the activation of sugar-based metabolism in a cell – driven by both the presence of increased quantities of glucose and the increase glucose receptors on the cell membrane surface (i.e. “overexpression of a glucose transporter”) – drives cancer initiation.

Moreover, the study found that “Conversely, forced reduction of glucose uptake by breast cancer cells led to phenotypic reversion.” In other words, interfering with sugar availability and uptake to the cell causes the cancer cell to REGRESS towards its pre-cancer structure-function (phenotype).

What Are The Implications of This Research to the Diet?

What this new research indicates is that sugar – of which Americans consume an astounding 160 lbs annually (imagine: 31 five-pound bags for each of us!) – is one of the primary causes of metabolic cell changes in the body consistent with the initiation and promotion of cancer. And, the research indicates that removing it from the diet, and depriving the cells of it, could REVERSE cancer. Why is this so surprising? It’s because Americans have been lead like lambs to the slaughter to think of “prevention” as “early detection,” focusing not on identifying and removing the well known nutritional and environmental causes of cancer, rather, to spend their time, energy, and money on cause-marketing campaigns focused on “finding a cure” — as if one didn’t already exist right in front of our noses, or more aptly, on the end of our forks.

Hidden Sugar, Crouching Cancer

It has been estimated by the USDA that the average American consumes 200 lbs of grain products annually. Why is this relevant to the question of sugar in the diet? Because refined carbohydrate products – e.g. crackers, bread, pasta, cereal – are actually ‘hidden’ forms of sugar. In fact, puffed rice causes your blood to become sweeter (and presumably feeds more cancer cells sugar) than white sugar, as it is higher on the glycemic index. Adding the two figures together – annual per capita consumption of sugar and grain-based products – we get a jaw dropping 360 lbs of sugar (both overt (table sugar/high fructose corn syrup) and covert (grain carbs) annually – all of which may contribute to promoting the ideal metabolic situation of cancer cells: aerobic glycolysis.

This is one reason why the ketogenic diet – that is, a fat- and protein-focused diet devoid of carbohydrate, both in simple (sugar) and complex (grain product) form – has been found so useful in the most aggressive of cancers: including brain cancer. Once you ‘pull the rug out’ from under the sugar/carb-craving cancer cells, they are forced to either undergo programmed cell death (apoptosis) or re-differentiate back into non-cancerous phenotypes.

If It’s So Bad For Us, Why Do We Eat So Much?

One of the primary reasons why we eat sugar and carbohydrate rich diets is because they are addictive. Within minutes of consuming sugar/carbs our body goes through a neuroendocrine roller coaster. Your brain can not survive very long without glucose, the fundamental energy unit of the cell, and will ‘freak out’ if deprived of a steady stream of this ‘nutrient’ within only 2-3 minutes. The endocrine system, on the other hand, perceives the danger of high sugar – namely, glycation associated damage to protein and lipid structures within the cells of our body; think: blood caramelizing, getting sticky, and gumming up the finely tuned works – and will release hormones such as insulin, adrenaline and cortisol, in order to try to get the elevated sugar in the blood and tissues under control. Insulin forces the sugar into storage within the cell, both as glycogen and as fat, but often does its job too well, causing available glucose levels in the brain to be depleted – setting off a vicious cycle of ’emergency signals’ telling the body to release more cortisol and adrenaline to increase the levels of glucose in the blood. This, of course, will result in additional insulin production and release, causing the same cycle to be repeated over and over again.

This seemingly endless vicious cycle is responsible for the insatiable cravings a high carb/sugar diet generates – not to mention the fructose-based hedonic effects generated in the brain that modulate both opioid and dopamine receptors in the nervous system (not unlike alcohol), and the pharmacologically active peptides in many gluten-containing grains, which also drive addictive behaviors and an almost psychotic fixation on getting carbs at each meal.

No wonder we have an epidemic of cancer in a world where the Westernized diet prevails. Certainly, we do not mean to indicate that a sugar/carb-rich diet is the only cause of cancer. There are many other factors that contribute to cancer initiation and promotion, such as:

  • Chemical exposure
  • Radiation exposure
  • Chronic stress that suppresses the immune system
  • Vaccines containing hidden retroviruses and cancer causing viruses
  • Natural infection with bacteria and viruses that are cancer causing
  • Lack of sleep
  • Insufficient nutrients (lack of methyl donors such as B12, folate, and B6 will prevent the body from ‘turning off’ (methylating) cancer-promoting genes

Even though cancer is a complex, multi-factorial phenomena, with variables we can not always control, one thing we can do is control what goes into our mouth. Sugar, for instance, does not belong there if we truly want to prevent and/or treat cancer.  And don’t forget, carbohydrates that don’t taste sweet on the front end – bread, crackers, cereal – certainly convert to sugar in the body within minutes post-consumption.

In a nutshell, if you are concerned about cancer, have cancer, or would like to prevent recurrence, removing sugar and excess carbohydrates is a must. Not only is it common sense, but it is now validated by experimental research.

Additional Research

Note: another recent study found that Candida albicans (yeast) also contributes to cancer initiation and promotion. C. albicans thrives on sugar, lending additional support to the notion that sugar (consumed excessively) may be a primary driver of the cancer epidemic in those consuming the modern Western diet. For information on sugar alternatives that are not synthetic toxicants like Splenda (sucralose), read my latest article on the topic:  4 Sugar Alternatives That Won’t Poison You.


 *Note: Cancer cells prefer to ferment sugar as a form of energy even when there is sufficient oxygen available to the cells to do so; hence Warburg’s description of cancer metabolism as ‘aerobic glycolysis’ or the so-called ‘Warburg effect’

Originally published: 2017-12-04

Article udpated: 2019-07-19


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Acetaminophen—Not Worth the Risk

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Acetaminophen has been around for over a century and is the most widely used drug compound in the world. In the U.S., acetaminophen (also called paracetamol or APAP) is present as an active ingredient in over 600 prescription and over-the-counter medications marketed to relieve pain or reduce fever, including Tylenol. Every week, nearly one in four Americans takes an acetaminophen-containing medication, and pediatricians routinely recommend acetaminophen as the treatment of choice for fever in children.

Despite its ubiquity, acetaminophen also has many critics. These argue that the drug’s path to prominence has been littered with errors, false assumptions and undue complacency about risks. Documented problems include life-threatening liver damage in individuals who consume acetaminophen in “excess amounts”—something that is all too easy to do, given the drug’s different aliases and the sheer number of products in which it is present—as well as cardiovascular disease and renal injury risks associated with long-term use. In the critics’ view, these and other problems make acetaminophen “one of the most dangerous compounds in medical use.”

In the U.S., roughly 500 deaths are attributable to acetaminophen each year, as well as 100,000 poison control calls, 50,000 emergency room visits and 10,000 hospitalizations. Most acetaminophen-related emergency department visits are in young children (under age 5), adolescents or young adults. The problem of accidental (or intentional) overdoses is worrisome enough, but there are other reasons to be concerned about acetaminophen use in young people—notably, the drug’s association with asthma and developmental disorders such as autismThe research linking acetaminophen to these epidemic-level chronic conditions suggests that the drug’s automatic inclusion in the childhood medicine cabinet ought to be reconsidered.

… two different studies found that acetaminophen use in the first year of life predicted asthma at age three and at six to seven years of age, respectively.

Acetaminophen and atopic conditions

Numerous studies link acetaminophen use during pregnancy with increased asthma risks in offspring. Research also points to an association between use in infancy and asthma later on. For example, two different studies found that acetaminophen use in the first year of life predicted asthma at age three and at six to seven years of age, respectively.

The associations hold true not just for asthma but also for allergies and eczema. Polish researchers reported “a significant dose-dependent increase” in the risk of asthma, allergy and eczema symptoms in three age groups who used acetaminophen in the previous 12 months: children (ages 6-7), adolescents (ages 13-14) and adults (ages 20-44). A multi-center European study found that the drug was “strongly positively associated with asthma” in 20- to 45-year-old adults taking acetaminophen on a weekly basis, compared with less frequent users.

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Taking stock of the size and consistency of the evidence, Spanish researchers—while stopping short of recommending an outright acetaminophen ban—have advocated for a significant rollback on its use:

“It is absolutely clear that the scientific literature is sending a large and consistent signal that challenges the traditional excellent safety profile of acetaminophen in children. […] A widespread, professional-based recommendation of limiting acetaminophen use to those cases in which ibuprofen cannot be administered would reduce the childhood population exposure to a minimum and would provide a good opportunity to minimize the detrimental effect of acetaminophen.”

… the authors note that the long-term effects of acetaminophen exposure on neural development have never been evaluated in humans and point out that even at very low doses, acetaminophen triggers immune system activation and oxidative stress responses—both of which are hallmarks of autism.

Autism and developmental disorders

In addition to asthma, research has linked prenatal acetaminophen use to “lower performance intelligence quotient (IQ), …autism spectrum disorder, neurodevelopmental problems (gross motor development, communication), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, poorer attention and executive function, and behavioral problems in childhood.”For example, a longitudinal study that looked at language development in two-and-a-half year-olds whose mothers had taken acetaminophen during the first trimester of pregnancy found a significant association between prenatal acetaminophen use and language delays, particularly in boys. The researchers concluded, “Given…the importance of language development, these findings…would suggest that pregnant women should limit their use of this analgesic during pregnancy.”

There is especially compelling research tying acetaminophen use to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In a 2017 study (written by a “who’s who” of autism researchers at Duke, Harvard and the University of Colorado), the authors note that “the long-term effects of acetaminophen exposure on neural development have never been evaluated in humans” and point out that even at very low doses, acetaminophen “triggers immune system activation and oxidative stress responses”—both of which are hallmarks of autism. They also assemble evidence for both prenatal and postnatal associations between acetaminophen use and neurological problems in children, including mentioning a reported link between circumcision-related acetaminophen use and increased autism prevalence.

Many parents report witnessing the onset of regressive autism following their child’s concurrent receipt of acetaminophen and vaccines.

Impaired detoxification

Studies published in 2018 propose that acetaminophen may function as an ASD risk factor in combination with other pharmaceutical and environmental toxins. For example, researchers speculate that acetaminophen magnifies the damage done by antibiotics and glyphosate because it impairs sulfate metabolism and depletes the master antioxidant—glutathione—that the body needs in order to engage in effective detoxification.

Many parents report witnessing the onset of regressive autism following their child’s concurrent receipt of acetaminophen and vaccines. However, researchers desirous of keeping the focus on acetaminophen tend to avoid discussing possible vaccine-related synergistic effects. This is somewhat puzzling, given vaccines’ aluminum content and aluminum’s capacity to impair detoxification in much the same way as acetaminophen. In fact, there are multiple mechanisms “whereby significant quantities of aluminium introduced via immunisation could produce chronic neuropathology in genetically susceptible children,” including oxidative stress, glutathione depletion and increased inflammation. The “synchronicity…between the onset of the autism epidemic and the surge in acetaminophen use” is undeniable, but so is the synchronicity between autism and the ever-expanding childhood vaccine schedule.

No more candy

For years, health providers and parents have handed out acetaminophen-containing products like candy, heedless of the compound’s documented toxicity. Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer of Tylenol and one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, has been only too happy to continue encouraging perceptions of a “favorable safety profile”; however, recurrent lawsuits and recalls and the abundant literature describing toxic outcomes suggest that it may be time for acetaminophen’s glory days to come to a close.


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