Time magazine reported (Time, April 9, 2001) that the FDA was concerned with Tylenol. Their interest was triggered by a report by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where researchers tracked more than 300 cases of acute liver failure at 22 hospitals. It was found that 38% of these liver failures were associated with excessive acetaminophen use. In a second study 307 adults suffering from severe liver injury acetaminophen was linked to as many as 35% of the cases, most of them preventable. Acetaminophen produces toxic byproducts that are funneled to the liver-which end up working overtime to clear them out of the body. If you ingest too much acetaminophen, toxins can build up in the bloodstream and do serious damage.

Fortunately there are natural alternatives to acetaminophen. For pain there are a number of externally applied liniments that reduce swelling and alleviate pain.  For headaches, we suggest trying the Chinese formula Xiao Yao Wan or Pian To Tong. There are many other formulas for the different ackes and paines. Let us choose the right one for you!

If you have questions on safe alternatives to acetaminophen or any other drugs, please write us and we’ll try to suggest some alternative herbal remedies that may help.




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