Dr. Michael Murray:
Each year acetaminophen causes over 100,000 calls to poison control centers; 50,000 emergency room visits, 26,000 hospitalizations, and more than 450 deaths from liver failure. In addition, regular use of acetaminophen is linked to a higher likelihood of asthma, infertility, and hearing loss (especially in men under 50 years of age). …
Acetaminophen is the only remaining member of the class of drugs known as “aniline analgesics” that is still on the market. The rest were discontinued long ago. …
Acetaminophen is very hard on the liver and is known to reduce the liver’s store of the important detoxifying aid and antioxidant glutathione. When acetaminophen is combined with alcoholic drinks or other compounds toxic to the liver including other medications, its negative effects on the liver are multiplied. It should definitely not be used in anyone with impaired liver function.Acetaminophen is often the drug of choice in children to relieve fever. However, use for fever in the first year of life is associated with an increase in the incidence of asthma and other allergic symptoms later in childhood.
The New York Times reported late Friday that Lance Armstrong is considering a public admission that he used banned performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions during his cycling career.
In October, Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping and barred for life from…
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