by William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.
Acetaminophen is such a common household med that most people think it’s perfectly safe. Hopefully you’re not one of them.
But if you are, you can’t afford to miss this — because the news about this supposedly safe painkiller keeps getting worse.
According to the latest study, taking just four acetaminophen per week for four years could double your risk of blood cancer (called lymphoma).
Lymphoma is a disease that often has one of three causes: infection, a compromised immune system, or exposure to toxic chemicals.
Which category does acetaminophen fall into? It’s a trick question, because the answer is “all of the above.”
Acetaminophen overuse can damage the liver, reducing the body’s ability to fight infection. It can also cause liver failure, which is a dead giveaway of its toxicity.
It has even been linked to asthma in kids — yet another indication that it suppresses the immune system.
Add it all up, and you’ve got the lymphoma trifecta — a perfect storm of cancer risk factors.
It’s stunning that after 60 years on the market we’re still learning of new risks linked to this painkiller — and I’d bet money we’ll learn of even more down the road.
But instead of cutting back on this poorly understood drug, Big Pharma has been using it as the “secret ingredient” in just about everything. Last I checked, it was in some 300 pain, cold, and allergy products.
The feds have talked about limiting access, lowering the dose, blah blah blah — you know by now you can’t count on them to protect you.
You’ve got to protect yourself.
And by that, I don’t mean gobbling one a day to help prevent prostate cancer.
Just throw it out — and use the trashcan, not the toilet. We don’t need any more poison in the water supply.
PS. Acetaminophen is goes under the brand name of Tylenol.