April 17, 2017; by Megan Heimer (LivingWhole.org)
Tylenol. It’s in every medicine cabinet, too easy to get your hands on, and is recommended by “experts” for every kid ailment known to man. But the truth is … it’s bad bad bad and you should throw it out, run away from anyone who says you should use it, and never look back.
Recommending Tylenol to a kid for anything short of a train wreck is going to go down as one of the worst pieces of medical advice known to man. Why? Because it’s dangerous and it doesn’t work (at least not the way you think it does).
Tylenol Makes Big Money and Can Cause Big Side Effects
Tylenol (Acetaminophen) hit the scene in 1955 as a “prescription only” pain reliever, was making bank just a few years later, was acquired by Johnson and Johnson in 1959, and was available over the counter within a year after that. Tylenol has been a hugely successful product, making its billions off of parents who give it to their kids post-vaccine, post-nasal drip, during a cold, and for serious things like hang nail pains and 99 degree “send me over the edge” fevers.
But here’s my beef: Tylenol is toxic and has a very narrow margin of error – meaning that taking the tiniest amount more than what’s needed could cause serious harm. There’s a reason that most acetaminophen-containing products have a “black box warning” (the FDA’s strongest medicine label warning). It’s because acetaminophen is associated with side-effects that could scare the socks off a cat.