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Updated: Jan 8, 2020

Tylenol depletes the body's natural detoxer: glutathione.

Glutathione is the body’s most important self-made anti-oxidant.

Why do we need anti-oxidants?

Oxidation happens when cells make energy (aka all the time). Harmful unstable molecules called “free radicals” are created as a byproduct of oxidation. Free radicals are “bad” because they can damage cell DNA, potentially causing permanent mutations.

So how do free radicals come to be?

Atoms are surrounded by electrons that orbit the atom in layers called shells. Each shell needs to be filled by a set number of electrons. When a shell is full, electrons fill the next shell. If an atom has an outer shell that is not full, it may bond with another atom, using the electrons to complete its outer shell. These types of atoms are known as free radicals.

Atoms with a full outer shell are stable, but free radicals are unstable and in an effort to make up the number of electrons in their outer shell, they react quickly with other substances.

When oxygen molecules split into single atoms with unpaired electrons, they become unstable free radicals that seek other atoms or molecules to bond to. If this continues to happen, it begins a process called oxidative stress.

The body uses antioxidants to “scavenge” free radicals. This neutralizes them so they can’t damage the DNA or any other part of the cell. Glutathione absorbs the effect of many free radicals, but when the body takes a large oxidative “hit” (from ingredients in vaccines and/or other environmental toxins added together) — it leads to glutathione depletion. Essentially all the glutathione is put to use, and there isn't enough left to go around cleaning up the free radicals in the body.

The result is oxidative damage – especially in the liver and the brain. Glutathione is especially important because it is highly active in the brain, unlike most other antioxidants. Imagine what would happen if you deplete glutathione in the brain. You end up with oxidative damage, inflammation and sometimes permanent brain injury.

Unfortunately Tylenol depletes glutathione. This is SO IMPORTANT. Parents, take note!

Scientists have independently published molecular mechanisms by which acetaminophen can induce inflammation. There are plenty of clinical papers to show the toxicity caused by acetaminophen. The drug significantly alters toxin metabolism and inflammatory processes in the body. It actually would make sense that acetaminophen contributes to brain damage in some children if their glutathione stores were already depleted.

Furthermore, Acetaminophen is the last remaining drug in a particular class of relatively toxic drugs that is derived from coal tar. It is the only drug left in its class not discontinued because of toxicity. What was once known as a pretty benign drug, I would recommend now to use only when absolutely needed (of course always work with your health care provider). I would also recommend to NOT give tylenol pre or post vaccine if you choose to vaccinate. A body needs glutathione especially if injected with a vaccine - in order to support a detox process as much as possible.

All that to say: in our family, we do not use Tylenol. I literally got rid of our kids tylenol a couple years ago. I’m not saying it never should be used. It definitely has it's place! For example when people can not tolerate other options or when a patient is trying to avoid using opioids and other multimodal pain therapies are not helping! What I am saying here is to just use caution, do not over use it, and definitely avoid it post vaccine. And for pain, it's always great to seek alternative pain treatments besides pharmaceuticals -- when it's possible!

Sometimes the evidence and long term effects of pharmaceuticals are not know for years or even decades. Keep this in mind when using tylenol and work with your health care team to know when it is safe and appropriate to use. ff course there are times when drugs like this are appropriate. This is not personalized medical advice; just sharing information for you to consider.

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