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Health Studies, Natural Remedies

The Hidden and Deadly Dangers of America’s Most Common Pain Killer

Odds are you have some of this in a medicine cabinet at this very moment.

And whether you realize it or not, every dose you take, or hand out to loved ones, could be potentially life threatening.

The drug in question is acetaminophen.

You might know it by its brand name of Tylenol.

Whatever you call it, this drug is one of the most problematic in the world. Mainly because of its pervasiveness as well as the wealth of misinformation surrounding it.

The reason acetaminophen is so dangerous is because it can quickly cause liver failure. Even small amounts are enough to cause immense amounts of harm.

PBS notes:

“Taken over several days, as little as 25 percent above the maximum daily dose – or just two additional extra strength pills a day – has been reported to cause liver damage, according to the [Food and Drug Administration]. Taken all at once, a little less than four times the maximum daily dose can cause death…

Warnings on liver damage were added to the drug’s label in 2009 by the FDA, 32 years after an expert panel convened by the agency advised it was ‘obligatory’ to do so. The recommendation was a part of a broader safety review of acetaminophen, which the report says has not yet been completed.”


A large number of the people who die from liver failure as a result of acetaminophen poisoning do so in what’s known as a “staged overdose.”

Staged overdoses are often more deadly than a single time overdose because the consumer has used acetaminophen for so long that it has virtually destroyed the livers ability to function any longer.

That’s why part of the problem is balanced on the shoulders of the consumer.

Here’s how a staged overdose happens.

Many consumers will take more than one acetaminophen containing drug at a time, despite the significant danger.

Frequently they’ll be taking one medication for one ailment, and another for a different ailment.

Over time the use of the drug will have adverse effects on the liver as the organ is subjected to a constant overload of acetaminophen which will eventually cause severe liver damage.

And that damage can eventually result in death.

Despite the FDA’s knowledge of the harm associated with acetaminophen, very little has been done to help keep people safe from this drug.

A recent recommendation was made to have all manufacturer’s to reduce the amount contained in “extra-strength” to 325mg, down from 500 mg.

It’s not mandatory and less than 50% of manufacturer’s have complied.

The real responsibility lies on health practitioners to inform their patients of the dangers associated with acetaminophen.

And many have.

They have stressed that people should begin to shy away from using acetaminophen for every ache and pain. And many have told their patients matter of factly if they would change their diet and their lifestyle, they wouldn’t need to worry about the aches and pains they always deal with anyways.

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Health Studies, Healthy Foods, Natural Remedies

Buyer Beware! Supplements from Well-Known Stores Found to be Fake!

Copyright_elenathewise_123RFStockPhotoThe New York Attorney General has sent “cease-and-desist” letters to GNC, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart, demanding that they remove certain herbal supplements from NY stores. The letters cite independent tests that showed the supplements do not contain the plant materials that are listed on their labels.

According to the tests, only 21% of the tested material contained DNA from plants matching the labels. The products contained, instead, worthless or potentially harmful contaminants, such as rice powder and house plant DNA.

The AG hired Dr. James A. Schulte II of Clarkson University, an expert in DNA barcoding, to examine the contents of herbal supplements labeled as Gingko Biloba, St. John’s Wort, Ginseng, Garlic, Echinacea, Saw Palmetto, and Valerian Root.

According to the AG press release, the tests confirmed their suspicions:

“The DNA test results seem to confirm long-standing questions about the herbal supplement industry. Mislabeling, contamination, and false advertising are illegal. They also pose unacceptable risks to New York families—especially those with allergies to hidden ingredients.”

Of all the tests, only 21% confirmed DNA barcodes from the plants on the labels. Plants that were not on the labels were found in 35% of the products tested and a significant number showed no plant matter of any kind. Some of the filler and contaminants identified were rice, beans, pine, citrus, asparagus, primrose, wheat, wild carrot, and various houseplants.

Consumers in the U.S. spend an estimated $61 billion dollars on dietary supplements annually.

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Health Studies, Healthy Foods

How Does Your Diet Rank? Best and Worst of 2015

Copyright_lightkeeper_123RFStockPhotoU.S. News and World Report has ranked 34 of the most popular diets with help from experts in diet, nutrition, obesity, food psychology, diabetes, and heart disease.

The report urges readers to choose the best diet for themselves based on their own weight goals, their ability to follow diets in the past, budget, personality, and interest in exercise, but the information in this list can help you find the best diet for each.

The experts ranked each diet on a scale from 1-5 in 7 areas:

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Disease, Health Studies, Prevention

How Did You Sleep Last Night? Poor Sleep Linked to Dementia

Copyright: garyphoto / 123RF Stock PhotoTwo new studies now link poor sleep to changes in the brain that lead to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

The first study comes from Uppsala University. Results from the study that followed patients for 40 years have finally just been released.

They report that elderly men who, late in life, begin to have difficulty sleeping are significantly more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than men who do not say they have trouble sleeping.

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Disease, Health Studies, Healthy Foods, Natural Remedies, Prevention

Diabetes? Make Sure You Drink the Right Tea!

Copyright: volff / 123RF Stock PhotoA recent analysis of several studies that documented both tea consumption and the incidence of Type 2 diabetes in European countries has found good news. There appears to be an “inverse correlation” between the amount of tea people drink and the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

In other words, countries that consume more tea see fewer people developing adult diabetes.

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Exercise, Health Studies, Prevention

You Know Yoga’s Good, But Did You Know This? (New Study)

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If you’ve ever tried yoga, you know that the gentle movements and meditative breathing can be surprisingly energizing, but you probably still feel you need to walk briskly or bike or swim, to get your heart rate up. A recently released analysis of 37 randomized controlled trials says you may not need to after all.

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Health Studies, Healthy Foods, Prevention

Science Says Fasting May Keep You Young

Copyright: daizuoxin-123RF Stock PhotoA new study from University of Southern California reports findings that periodic fasting may be able to trigger “stem cell-based regeneration of an organ or system.”

Fasting for periods of two to four days at a time over the course of six months was shown to lower white blood cell counts in both mice and humans, and, in the mice, it seemed to have “flipped a regenerative switch.”

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Disease, Health Studies, Prevention

Simple Test May Help You Prevent Stroke

Copyright: -bunyos-123RF Stock PhotoStroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Strokes occur when the blood supply to the brain is disrupted: either by being blocked or when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures.

A stroke is a medical emergency, but a new study may have found a way to help prevent stroke by identifying those at risk before they show any symptoms.

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Health Studies, Prevention

Is Your “Weird” Sleep Normal? History Says Yes.

public domain - Teodoro S GruhlAccording to the National Institute of Health, sufficient sleep is required to keep your brain working well and to protect your physical health. It’s when you are asleep that the brain is forming new pathways to help you learn and remember. It’s also when your body is most involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Chronic sleep deficiency is tied to heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. It even increases the likelihood that you will become obese.

We’ve long known that between 7 and 8 hours of sleep seems to be ideal. Most of us assume that means we need about 8 uninterrupted hours if we’re going to feel our best, but at least one researcher is saying we may be wrong.

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Disease, Health Studies, Prevention

First-time Ever: New Method Detects Alzheimer’s Before Symptoms

Copyright: nebari - 123RFUntil now, no methods have existed for early detection of Alzheimer’s, a disease which currently affects an estimated 5.2 million Americans. Up until this point, we’ve had to wait for serious memory loss to take its toll before identifying Alzheimer’s, and many people wait even longer, mistakenly believing that memory loss is a normal part of aging.

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