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Avoid this Common Pain Killer Ingredient that Kills by Liver Failure
by Paul Fassa
It is in over 100 OTC pain pills such as Tylenol and other cold remedies, including cold, cough, and fever remedies for children. It's also in prescription drugs such as Vicodin and Percocet. By the way, the high death tolls recorded on deaths from properly prescribed drugs do not include OTC drugs, which would raise that statistic even higher.
But although this article focuses on acetaminophen, all other NSAIDs (non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs) such as Ibuprofen and Excedrin also have harmful side effects and should be avoided.
What's Wrong With Acetaminophen
Hospital emergency (ERs) carry a rapid glutathione booster pharmaceutical version of N-acetylcysteine (NAC) to rescue the liver from acetaminophen poisoning. It has to be in ERs because acetaminophen liver poisoning ER incidents occur often! The acetaminophen destroys glutathione and the liver goes into extreme stress, sometimes causing death.
Acetaminophen also endangers the kidneys. But hepatotoxicity (liver poisoning) can be acute enough to cause death or with steady use, gradually cause chronic health problems involving the liver or kidneys, even cancer.
The U.S. Acute Liver Failure Study Group found that 50% of all liver failures are from acetaminophen poisoning. Other follow up studies on steady OTC acetaminophen drug users have shown that 60% were more prone to suffer hearing loss or become asthmatic. Dependence on acetaminophens hinders your immune system.
Anyone using a prescription painkiller or taking OTC drugs with acetaminophen for colds, fever, or minor aches and pains is raising liver failure risks considerably, especially if they are used regularly and often. Anyone with liver issues should avoid all pain killers with acetaminophen.
Alternatives to Acetaminophen and NSAIDs
Getting rid of a fever should not be a focal point, which is what several OTC acetaminophen drugs promote. Fever is usually a natural response to viral invasions. The higher body temperature makes life difficult for viruses and impedes viral replication. Bundle up and sweat it out.
And those OTC drugs don't get rid of colds, they simply numb the discomfort caused by the cold. Reaching for the OTC solutions in your local convenience or drugstore when you get the sniffles is a bad habit enabled by TV commercials and other ads. Seems like many MDs enable those habits too.
Baking soda or bicarbonate of soda (not baking powder) has an early 20th Century history of being prescribed for flu and colds by AMA physicians. A few days of drinking a teaspoonful dissolved in water was generally recommended. If abnormal gastrointestinal effects were experienced, the patient was advised to decrease the dosage.
There is a plethora of folk medicine available for relieving pains and cold or flu symptoms. All simple, inexpensive, and without side effects. Butterbur and willow bark extracts are two examples. Willow bark is the source of salicin, the natural compound from which Bayer synthesized Aspirin's active ingredient acetylsalicylic acid over a century ago.
Let's not forget vitamin D3. Enough sunshine and supplements for D3 should fortify your immune system to resist colds and flu. Some health professionals also recommend extremely higher doses if you do experience a flu episode, bronchitis or a severe cold.
There are some herbal anti-inflammatories that can help with chronic aches and pains. Curcumin (using piperine as a booster) capsules with enteric coatings have proven high efficacy. Curcumin in turmeric can be utilized by mixing turmeric with a fat, such as butter, ghee, or coconut oil and adding ground black pepper for piperine to boost absorption.
Both enteric coatings and fats get the turmeric/curcumin past the stomach acids, avoiding decomposition and ensuring maximum absorption from within the small intestines.
Ginger as a tea or powder in capsules is also known as an anti-inflammatory and has been used as such for centuries. The traditional way to make ginger tea is from thinly sliced ginger root, brought to a boil and simmered for up to 30 minutes. Acupuncture with the right needle placements has proven effective for reducing or eliminating chronic pain.
Aromatherapy with pure lavender essential oil has been clinically tested with positive relief results on migraine sufferers. Some migraine headache sufferers have testified that eliminating MSG, high fructose corn syrup, and aspartame completely from their diets has left them headache free.
But you have to know the various label disguises for these evil food additives to make sure you're avoiding them completely.
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Paul Fassa started looking into natural health to overcome his unhealthy lifestyle. Then he developed more interest as he researched his articles for Natural News and Align Life.
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