The most common drug in America, acetaminophen, is an external analgesic that works as a pain reliever and fever reducer. Over-the-counter medicines such as Tylenol, DayQuil, Theraflu and Vicks contain acetaminophen, as well as prescription drugs including Vicodin and Oxycodone. Acetaminophen is often the drug the pediatrician’s office advises for feverish, inconsolable infants and children when they experience adverse effects from vaccines. Yet studies have found the popular drug plays a role in oxidative stress and inflammation from birth to early childhood in the induction of autism, ADHD, and asthma. Many studies show the go-to drug, once thought to be benign, is actually a neurotoxin, and places pregnant women, infants, and children at risk for serious adverse side-effects.
A growing subset of American children suffers from speech delays or other language difficulties that are frequently layered on top of other childhood-onset disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) which are suspected of having environmental causes.
Acetaminophen has been around for over a century and is the most widely used drug compound in the world. In the U.S., acetaminophen (also called paracetamol or APAP) is present as an active ingredient in over 600 prescription and over-the-counter medications marketed to relieve pain or reduce fever, including Tylenol. Every week, nearly one in four Americans takes an acetaminophen-containing medication, and pediatricians routinely recommend acetaminophen as the treatment of choice for fever in children.