Most people have acetaminophen in the medicine cabinet – in fact they may have it in a variety of forms.  It is found in over 600 prescription and over the counter drugs.  Why is this such an issue?  Well to start with:

  • 1) acetaminophen can be toxic to your liver
  • 2) acetaminophen can be toxic to your kidneys
  • 3) acetaminophen depletes your glutathione levels
  • 4) acetaminophen can cause serious and/or lethal skin disorders

Taking acetaminophen with alcohol increases your risk of kidney damage 123%!!

Taking more than the recommended dose regularly can be more harmful than taking one large overdose!

Over the counter drugs:

  • Actifed®
    Alka-Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels®
    Anacin®
    Benadryl®
    Cepacol®
    Contac®
    Coricidin®
    Dayquil®
    Dimetapp®
    Dristan®
    Excedrin®
    Feverall®
    Formula 44®
    Goody’s® Powders
    Liquiprin®
    Midol®
    Nyquil®
    Panadol®
    Robitussin®
    Saint Joseph® Aspirin-Free
    Singlet®
    Sinutab®
    Sudafed®
    Theraflu®
    Triaminic®
    TYLENOL® Brand Products
    Vanquish®
    Vicks®
    Zicam®
  • taken from:  http://www.knowyourdose.org/common-medications

And prescription drugs:

  • Butalbital
    Endocet®
    Fioricet®
    Hycotab
    Hydrocet®
    Hydrocodone Bitartrate
    Lortab®
    Oxycodone
    Percocet®
    Phenaphen®
    Sedapap®
    Tapanol®
    Tramadol
    Tylenol® with Codeine
    Tylox®
    Ultracet®
    Vicodin®
    Zydone®
  • taken from:  http://www.knowyourdose.org/common-medications

The drugs may be used as:

  • allergy medicines
  • cough/cold medicines
  • pain killers
  • fever reducers
  • sleep aids

What are your other options?

  • 1) increase good omega 3 (required to make the anti-inflammatories prostaglandins)
  • 2) eliminate the sugars:  high fructose corn syrup, fructose, table sugars
  • 3) increase supplements that support the synthesis of glutathione:  Protandim, OGF, NAC
  • 4) Increase your levels of Vitamin D
  • 5) utilize herbs and foods that support your anti-inflammatory system and your immune system.  From the ones found in your pantry, i.e., garlic to the more exotic E. augustofolia

See a herbalist and get a good tincture specified to the type of pain you are having.

Be responsible, do your research, find a good health practitioner.

Here’s to your health!

For more information, contact: Dr Holly at holly@choicesunlimited.ca

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