(NaturalHealth365) I remember receiving a ‘goody bag’ from the pediatrician when I had my daughter. The bag contained formula, acetaminophen, diapers and a lot of reading material. Many people who received that bag were grateful to have the acetaminophen in case their baby developed fever and in fact, our pediatrician even recommended dosing prior to vaccination since they can cause fever.
Nowadays research says that using acetaminophen may be linked to a variety of issues and with a whopping 84% of babies being given acetaminophen within the first six months of their life; this is cause for great concern.
Is acetaminophen partially responsible for the rise in autism?
A study published in Environmental Health found that the rise in autism correlates with the use of acetaminophen being administered to infant boys prior to circumcision. The study authors state that clinical evidence linking acetaminophen metabolism to pathways shown to be important in autism provides further credence to this potential link and would like to see further studies exploring this possibility.
Another paper published in ACTA (a Polish journal) also discussed the link between acetaminophen and autism – which noted that the blockage of fever with acetaminophen may lead to autism by interfering with normal immunologic development. The author stated that children who are poor metabolizers of acetaminophen may be at a higher risk since normal therapeutic doses may lead to higher blood levels in these children.
A study out of UCSD found an intriguing association regarding the link between acetaminophen and autism as well. The researchers initially set out to further explore the link between MMR and autism and do not subscribe to the theory that there is a link.
However, these same researchers discovered that children given acetaminophen due to side effects of the MMR were eight times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than those given ibuprofen to help with the side effects of the vaccine.
The connection between asthma and acetaminophen
A recent study published in the European Journal of Public Health found that giving a child acetaminophen increases their likelihood of developing asthma. If a child is given acetaminophen – one time a month – they are at five times the risk of being diagnosed with asthma and even receiving it just once a year increases the changes by 70%.
This doesn’t just apply to babies. A study out of Spain found that teenagers who took acetaminophen within the last year were 40% more likely to have asthma. Researchers suspect that acetaminophen reduces the levels of glutathione in the lungs and blood – which results in lung tissue damage.
So what do I do if my child has a fever?
Most pediatricians do not recommend giving a fever reducer for a low grade fever, but what do you do if your child’s fever is high? For most high grade fevers, pediatricians will recommend ibuprofen which doesn’t deplete glutathione. It is also important to note that if you do decide to vaccinate your child, the current logic is not to give your child a fever reducer, like acetaminophen prior to their shot. It is now thought to make the vaccines themselves less effective.
In my practice, I have been very successful using homeopathics such as belladonna, herbs and silver products to help reduce fever. I have also been successful in helping people detox from acetaminophen to not only help their asthma, but their eczema as well.
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About the author: Sima Ash of Healing 4 Soul is a clinical and classical homeopath and certified clinical nutritionist who utilizes a unique approach pioneered by Tinus Smits, M.D. called CEASE therapy. The aim of CEASE treatment is systematic detoxification of the causes of illness, leading to step by step improvement and restoration of health in the individual. For additional information, please visit – Healing4Soul.com. You can follow Sima on Facebook at ‘Cease Therapy California’ and through her weekly blog on NaturalHealth365.com
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