There are so many medications that we use routinely for their “benefits”—without realizing that they actually cause us harm. I’ve devoted a lot of time to exposing the truth—most recently with the entire aspirin debacle.
But aspirin is just one example. Unfortunately, there are dozens of others. In fact, one of the most common, doctor-recommended, over the counter medications is actually the leading cause of liver failure in the U.S.
I’m talking about Tylenol (also known by its generic name—acetaminophen). And if my previous warnings haven’t convinced you to clear it out of your medicine cabinet for good, then maybe this latest finding will.
Because this time, research has found acetaminophen is also associated with a higher risk of stroke among elderly diabetics.
Triple the risk to a diabetic heart
This latest analysis drew from data on more than 5,000 nursing home residents in southwestern France with an average age of 86. Researchers found that stroke risk among elderly diabetics taking acetaminophen was more than three times higher than it was in those not taking it.
These results are shocking. But they make sense. Diabetes destroys your cardiovascular system. Meanwhile, acetaminophen hijacks the inflammatory process by halting prostaglandin synthesis. That’s great for killing pain—but it’s bad news for your heart. That’s because prostaglandins are responsible for dilating and constricting blood vessels, as well as controlling blood pressure.
So it stands to reason that acetaminophen would increase your risk of a cardiovascular event. And in terms of “cardiovascular events,” I’d say stroke is a pretty major one.
It’s also relevant that this study focused on elderly diabetics, since they’ve had more time to develop heart problems. And the fact that a substance as supposedly “harmless” as acetaminophen could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back (or heart, in this case) needs to be shouted from the rooftops.
So I repeat: Acetaminophen more than triples elderly diabetics’ stroke risk.
Dangerous drugs aren’t the only option
In my opinion, this sort of life-threatening effect should require at least a black box warning, so that this high-risk population can avoid taking the drug altogether.
But that’s not what’s happening.
In fact, every “expert” is saying to ignore this evidence until further study—despite the fact that it could lead to countless unnecessary deaths.
It’s an especially cavalier reaction when you consider the fact that there are so many other safe, effective options for controlling pain. Exercise, physical therapy, topical CBD cream (and CBD in other forms) are just a few examples. And there are literally dozens more. You can read about the best, science-backed options in my step-by-step Pain-Free Life Protocol. (Click here to learn more about this comprehensive, online learning tool.)
And even if you do remain in the pharma model, there are other, safer drugs that work perfectly well.
Unfortunately, however, most physicians don’t take all of your issues into account when they’re looking at pain relief. What’s your kidney function? How is your liver behaving? These are important questions that your average doctor likely fails to assess before handing over a prescription.
The sad part for me is that I believe most doctors try to do their best in practice. It’s just that so few of them take the time to remain current with the literature. So if this news falls on deaf ears, I’ll hardly be surprised.
But I’ll take some comfort in knowing that I at least did my part in keeping you and your loved ones informed of the dangers of acetaminophen…and aware of the numerous alternatives.
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“Acetaminophen Tied to Stroke Risk in Older Adults With Diabetes.” Medscape Medical News, 04/09/19. (medscape.com/viewarticle/911553)