Author: Dani Lasher
Outdated recommendations to medicate children during periods of vaccination are doing more harm than expected. A decades-long recommendation, the science is far clearer now: acetaminophen, commonly known as Tylenol, and vaccines don’t mix.
To understand acetaminophen’s impact, we must understand glutathione peroxidase. This critical sulfur-based antioxidant is naturally produced in our bodies. Much of it hangs out in our brains. This is the antioxidant that neutralizes toxins and their byproducts to prevent damage to our DNA.
When glutathione is in short supply, we see detrimental outcomes. This is particularly true among children carrying mutated copies of the SNP methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene. Individuals carrying at least one abnormal copy of this polymorphism tend to have lower levels of glutathione. Those diagnosed with autism, an injury linked to vaccinations, also have substantially lower levels of serum glutathione.
In a nutshell, not having enough glutathione places the human body at serious risk of an adverse event when it is assaulted by vaccines. Acetaminophen, also known as paracetamol, adds fuel to the fire of vaccination as it wipes out glutathione stores.
The Effects of Acetaminophen Alone
To be clear, acetaminophen comes with its own risks independent of vaccines. While autism is a concern, and several studies have confirmed its association with acetaminophen use, it doesn’t stop there. A JAMA study on hyperkinetic disorders noted,
“Children whose mothers used acetaminophen during pregnancy were at higher risk for receiving a hospital diagnosis of HKD (hyperkinetic disorder), use of ADHD medications, or having ADHD-like behaviors at age 7 years.”
Another study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, found that children who were exposed in utero to acetaminophen on a long-term basis expressed significantly more negative developmental outcomes by their third birthday when compared to siblings who had not been exposed to the drug.
Young children are particularly vulnerable to injury from drugs and toxins because their blood-brain barrier is not fully developed. Another JAMA study remarks,
“Research data suggest that acetaminophen is a hormone disruptor, and abnormal hormonal exposures in pregnancy may influence fetal brain development.”
Of specific concern is the economic burden of surging diagnoses. A review published by Hormones and Behavior touted that prenatal acetaminophen exposure had strong ties to neurodevelopmental disorders, with emphasis on the “substantial public health implications.” This issue is a global problem and one that warrants prompt attention.
A Restorative Medicine study on acetaminophen use worldwide found strong correlations between escalating diagnoses of asthma, ADHD and autism with the use of acetaminophen in pregnant women, especially those who possessed genetic of metabolic impairments. Multiple studies have confirmed similar findings, including studies solely focused on the use of acetaminophen in early childhood.
This evidence is concerning in an age where at least two vaccines (influenza and Tdap) are being pushed on every pregnant woman, despite the lack of safety testing for their use. The potential to harm future generations is enormous. A study published in Human Reproduction found “an association between the timing and the duration of mild analgesic use during pregnancy and the risk of cryptorchidism.” (undescended testicles) The results showed impaired masculinization related to anti-androgenic effects, leading researchers to conclude that prenatal use of these pain relievers could play a causative role in reproductive issues among men.
The Adjuvant-Acetaminophen Cocktail
Medical professionals continue to encourage the concurrent use of vaccines and acetaminophen. What could go wrong? We’re seeing the effects of this poorly researched recommendation now, and it’s clear that the potential harm from this pain reliever starts when a child is still in utero and extends into the formative years.
Vaccines contain ingredients that aren’t supposed to be in our bodies. Yet vaccination does just that — it keeps many of these known toxins in place, even in the brain. Aluminum is one such adjuvant that remains in the body post-injection. Why? An Entropy study reported,
“Chronic aluminum exposure in rats induces depletion of glutathione in the liver.”
When we inject aluminum into a developing child, the result is an accumulation of this neurotoxic metal in the brain because the body doesn’t have enough glutathione to eliminate it.
Other vaccine ingredients, such as thimerosal, are concerning. A study published in 2007 found that glutathione within dendritic cell structures is depleted by thimerosal. That same Entropy study noted that glutathione also plays a key role in eliminating drugs, such as acetaminophen, through the liver. The evidence supporting a need for glutathione to carry out detoxification is pervasive.
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