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New Meta-Study Blasts Acetaminophen

Tylenol Health Risks & Ineffectuality

Back pain? Arthitis? Tylenol doesn’t help.

Tylenol, which has been commonly been recommended for routine aches and pains, is the leading cause of acute liver failure in the United States. Tylenol use also accounts for more than 100,000 calls to poison centers, roughly 60,000 emergency-room visits and hundreds of deaths each year in the United States. Meanwhile, the company continues to rake in a billion dollars per year.

In addition to its risks, a recent study showed that it doesn’t even work well for back pain or arthritis. The British Medical Journal review recently published a meta-study that looked at 14 studies of Paracetamol (a.k.a. Acetaminophen – which is the chemical name for Tylenol).

Their conclusion:

“Paracetamol is ineffective in the treatment of low back pain and provides minimal short term benefit for people with osteoarthritis.”

Dr. Weiniger’s Observation:  I’ve helped many people in pain and unable to move well by unlocking restrictions with manipulation and muscle therapy and then retraining control of symmetric motion with StrongPosture® exercise – without the aid of drugs.

Perhaps the best treatment for being in pain and not moving well is to restore ability and then retraining the body to move well?

Machado, G. C., Maher, C. G., Ferreira, P. H., Pinheiro, M. B., Lin, C. W., Day, R. O., . . . Ferreira, M. L. (2015). Efficacy and safety of paracetamol for spinal pain and osteoarthritis: Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised placebo controlled trials. BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.), 350, h1225.  Retrieved from http://www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h1225

 

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