Oh wait. That time didn’t exist.
I am an outspoken anti-med critic. I think drugs are bad. The really funny thing, is that most people, like a landslide of more people, believe the same. This of course comes as no shock to you. There is nobody out there saying that “the sign of health, is the amount of meds somebody takes”. It just wouldn’t make sense.
However, this is not enough to stop most people from being comfortable with regular usage of medication, over the counter medication. As if there is no concern with this class. An article published in The New York Times recently, outlines the risk associated with using Tylenol during pregnancy. Not the risk to mom, and not an immediate risk to baby… but rather a delayed risk.
The new study suggests that use of acetaminophen during pregnancy can increase both asthma and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder rates in children. Interesting mix of conditions.
From the article :
The odd thing about acetaminophen is that even after decades of widespread use, no one knows precisely how it blunts pain. But it has earned a reputation for strange side effects. Experiments indicate that it impedes people’s ability to empathize. It may undercut the brain’s ability to detect errors. When taken after a vaccine, it may suppress the immune system.
Wonder how significant this study is? It is pretty significant in its findings, however determining how much this really means… well that is always the unanswered questions in studies like this.
Recently, however, much stronger studies showing a link have emerged. A study of Norwegian women and children published this year in the International Journal of Epidemiology found that prenatal acetaminophen use increased 7-year-olds’ risk of asthma by 13 percent.
When findings like this come up, there are always questions that surround mechanism. I find that the reality is that there are more levels of interference between medications and the body, than ever realized up front. The complexity of the body and at the same time, its relationship between different actions, is so powerful, that it is almost never surprising when things like this are found.
A healthier lifestyle, decreased inflammatory foods, a focus on immune system function, are all important steps. Steps that literally transform health potential. The nervous system needs to be guarded in all ways. The body is sacred, but treated like a dumpster in modern medicine.
Get right, stay right be strong.
Be blessed and be well! – Dr. E
Image courtesy of the New York Times - http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/25/opinion/sunday/the-trouble-with-tylenol-and-pregnancy.html?_r=0