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Tylenol Linked to Increased Risk of Autism

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News media has not reported this: at least one study published in the May 2008 issue of the journal Autism has associated the use of Tylenol in tandem with the administration of the MMR vaccine drastically increased risk of autism.
 
Schultz S.T. and colleagues of the University of California(San Diego) analyzed data collected online through a survey of 83 children with autism and 80 control children from July 16 2005 to Jan 30 2006 and found an association between the use of acetaminophen (paracetamol) and elevated risk of autism.
 
Specifically, acetaminophen use after measles-mumps-rubella vaccination was linked to 6.11 fold higher risk of autistic disorder in children ages 5 years or younger, 3.97 fold higher risk in children with regression in development, and 8.23 fold higher risk in those who had post-vaccination sequelae.
 
In contrast, ibuprofen use after MMR vaccine was not associated with autism spectrum disorder.
 
Good P. published an article in Dec 14 2009 issue of Alternative Medicine Review - a journal of clinical therapeutics - saying that the exponential rise in the incidence of autism began to occur in 1980 when acetaminophen began to replace aspirin for infants and young children.
 
The switch from aspirin to Tylenol, according to Good, came after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that aspirin was associated with Reye's syndrome.
 
Just days ago, The Lancet, a British medical journal, retracted a paper authored by distinguished medical researchers led by Dr. Andrew Wakefield which found that children with autism had received the MMR vaccine.
 
The retraction came 12 years after the UK General Medical Council's Fitness to Practice Panel ruled on Jan 28 that "several elements of the 1998 paper by Wakefield et al are incorrect" because the paper is "contrary to the findings of another earlier investigation."
 
The journal's action did not prove that there wasn't any association between the MMR vaccine and autism risk.   It explained "the claims in the original paper that children were "consecutively referred" and that investigations were "approved" by the local ethics committee have been proven to be false. Therefore we fully retract this paper from the published r ..."
 
Additionally, Tylenol and vaccines are not the only suspected causes for increased autism risk. 
 
According to Dr. John Cannell, vitamin D deficiency, particularly in women during pregnancy, can be a powerful risk factor for children's autism.
 
Hollywood couple Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy have treated their autistic son with nutrition supplements; they have found many positive benefits of dietary supplementation.

By Jimmy downs and editing by Rachel Stockton

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Science101 on 02/07/2010 17:15:56
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Can you cite the study that links Tylenol as a risk factor ? What was the design of the study - and how can it be linked only to MMR vaccine and no other vaccines; how does it explain children who had no regressive vaccinations but had autism from birth ?
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Anonymous on 02/08/2010 01:44:59
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It's likely that the children who were given Tylenol were the ones who were experiencing bad reactions to the vaccine, such as aches and high fever, over the children who were not receiving any painkillers due to lack of bad response. Therefore, this article proves nothing.
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Denise Cordes on 02/08/2010 10:57:27
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The news about Tylenol,on all fronts, is bad. This is a liver-killing OTC medication that should be used with all caution and only if there is no other option for fever reduction or pain relief. The benefits of Vitamin D for all humans and in particular women planning pregnancy and nursing thier babies is critical. And Vitamin D testing by your family physician is as important or more important than testing for cholesterol. Otherwise, you will be given a ridiculously low dose that for most will not correct Vitamin D insufficiency or deficiency. Under my doctor's supervision, I had to go up to 5000 IUs before by deficiency was corrected.
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Dr. Edward Beck on 02/09/2010 12:52:53
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The more effort we spend on these issues the less effort we spend on educating ourselves about how to CREATE health from the inside out. Another distraction that confuses people. Focus more on how to make yourself healthy naturally and your life experience will increase as well.
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Christopher Fair on 03/05/2010 17:50:43
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You know, two things kind of gel here for me. Glutathione is consumed in the metabolism of acetominophen http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acetominophen. In addition lower amounts of glutathione has be linked to autism http://www.talkaboutcuringautism.org/medical/glutathione.htm. This lends some measure of credence to the idea that tylenol may be causing or increasing the manifestation of autism in children.

N-acetyl cysteine is used as an agent to relieve the toxicity of tylenol in cases of overdose. Interestingly, N-acetyl cysteine is being investigated as a potential agent to alleviate autistic behavior. http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00627705
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