Is Acetaminophen Secretly Poisoning You? - RiseEarth

Is Acetaminophen Secretly Poisoning You?


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By Matt Hall

Tylenol is one of those “take it for everything” type medications. Commonly used for headaches, cramps, eyestrain, nausea, fevers, and a slew of other discomforts, it’s the drug people seem to reach for most when they’re hurting. However, the health problems associated with acetaminophen — Tylenol’s active ingredient — are well-documented. If you want so save your health from potential problems, keep reading to learn about why simple Tylenol is something to avoid and how you can use natural alternatives to reduce discomfort.

The Problem with Tylenol (Acetaminophen)

How could a medicine that’s so consistently used as the answer to every problem be so dangerous? While the medicine itself won’t cause immediate death and it’s very unlikely even taking a few too many pills will cause you to have a night in the hospital, the cumulative effects of using acetaminophen over time can lead to liver damage and other severe problems. Here’s a list of potential side effects:
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sweating
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Pain in the upper right part of the stomach
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • Flu-like symptoms
If you begin to experience any of these after taking Tylenol, it’s possible you have the first stages of liver failure. If you experience any of these additional symptoms of liver failure, you need to get some serious medical help if you experience any of the following:
  • Pain in the upper-right abdominal area
  • Dark urine
  • Confusion
  • Low blood sugar
  • Bleeding
So what makes Tylenol so dangerous that it has these side effects? It has to do with how it is metabolized in the body. When Tylenol is processed, it creates very small amounts of NAPQI (N-acetyl-p-benzoquinoneimine). Normally, this substance — though dangerous — is able to be safely passed out of the body through urine. However, if the levels of NAPQI build up, they become deadly, attacking the main liver cells. This can lead to liver failure even in relatively healthy people.

Natural Alternatives to Tylenol and Acetaminophen

If you need a headache remedy that won’t cause potential liver damage, we’ve collected several. Try some of these natural alternatives to Tylenol and acetaminophen so keep your body safe and liver healthy.

For Pain

If you need help finding pain relief, try the following natural remedies:

Capsaicin: the active ingredient in chili peppers, this is available in a cream or gel. It’s then applied topically to help relieve muscle pain, nerve pain, and joint discomfort.

White willow bark: this natural remedy has been used long before modern medication was even invented. Taken orally as a liquid, while willow bark uses salicin (which metabolizes to salicylic acid in the stomach) to help relieve pain, inflammation and fever.

For Reducing Fever

If you need to reduce a fever, instead of acetaminophen you can try the following:
  • Stay hydrated. By being hydrated, you’ll allow your body to naturally fight the fever on its own and regulate its temperature properly.

  • Drink peppermint tea. Drink several cups of peppermint tea (or strong elderflower) until the fever breaks and you begin to cool down.

  • Try a vinegar sponge batch. Adding only half a cup of vinegar to warm water and then using a sponge to clean yourself helps to cool your body down and wick off excess heat.
Do you know of any other natural pain remedies as an alternative to Tylenol and acetaminophen? Let us know in the comments!
Source: undergroundhealth
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