Tylenol is considered a benign, over-the-counter medication, used reflexively for aches, pains, and fever, and is widely thought of as “safe” for pregnancy.
- In a Norwiegan cohort, mothers were surveyed for acetaminophen exposure in weeks 17-30 of gestation, and 6 months postpartum. Children evaluated at 3 years were found to have dose-related effects from up to 28 days of cumulative acetaminophen exposure. These effects included motor, communication, and behavioral parameters.
- Acetaminophen depletes the body’s primary antioxidant, glutathione, and interferes with the imperative function of fever to resolve infection and inflammation.
- This study did not control for vaccination status, but there is empirical evidence that combining vaccines and acetaminophen may set vulnerable children up for a diagnosis of autism.
Consider comfort measures instead of reaching for this toxin – “anti-inflammatories” such as magnesium, probiotics, vitamin C, turmeric, fatty acids, and homeopathics can support the body’s response without derailing it.