Side Effects of Acetaminophen

On January 11, 2012, Dr. William Shaw hosted a webinar on the dangers of Acetaminophen, the main ingredient found in more than 200 medications and most commonly recommended for children after vaccinations as a fever reducer in Tylenol. The following is a summary of what he presented. To the best of my knowledge, I have represented this information accurately.

Who is Dr. William Shaw

William Shaw, PhD. is known for his research and development of specialized testing for autism and autism-related illnesses. Currently, William Shaw serves as Director of The Great Plains Laboratory for Health, Metabolism and Nutrition in Lenexa, Kansas. He specializes in metabolic and nutritional factors in a wide range of human diseases, with a special focus on the metabolic, infectious, nutritional, and immunological causes of autism and PDD. He is the author of the book “Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD. What’s going on? What can you do about it? 2002.”

Dr. Shaw obtained his doctorate in biochemistry, genetics, and human physiology from the Medical University of South Carolina. He is certified in the fields of clinical chemistry and toxicology by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry.

Dr. Shaw worked for six years in nutritional biochemistry, endocrinology and immunology at the US Centers for Disease Control and for twelve years in Smith Kline Beecham Clinical Laboratories where he was involved with specialized medical testing for toxicology (poisons and drugs), immunology, tumor receptors and endocrinology. For the subsequent five years, William was an associate professor at the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine. At the same time, he served as Director of Clinical Chemistry, Toxicology and Endocrinology and the organic acid testing for metabolic conditions at UMKC’s Children’s Mercy Hospital.

This was based on several years of study and research. He looked at the autism rates in other countries and found that Cuba had very low rates. Shaw then looked at which vaccines are given, the number of vaccines given, and what is different with Cuba.

Cuba, located 90 miles off the Unites States, is isolated due to the embargo and are in economic deprivation, 50 percent of the people are poor and even still use cars from the 1950s. They have a very low number of children suffering with autism: 185 children documented in 11 million people = .00168 percent of the population.

United States has 300 times greater rates of autism = 1 in 100 children.

According to the WHO Global Summary, Cuba does perform vaccines and the compliance is very good — by age of 6 Cubans get approximately 34 vaccines; whereas In the U.S., we recommend 38 vaccines by the age of 2.

The #1 recommendation given by American pediatricians and recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics is to give infants and babies who have a fever after vaccinations Tylenol, which contains Acetaminophen. Cuba does not allow Acetaminophen in their country.

Most countries do not recommend reducing fevers unless the fever is 105 degrees or higher and then it is done in a hospital under doctor’s supervision. Many European countries do not sell it over-the-counter (OVC), it is available by prescription only and used very sparingly.

In 1961, Tylenol was given by prescription only in the U.S. In 1980, there was little use of Tylenol in children, but then Johnson & Johnson started marketing it and the use in children began to increase. Now, Tylenol is the #1 recommended fever reducers in the US. There were also several Tylenol scares when it was pulled off the market for a while. Dr. Shaw noted that with each Tylenol scare, use dropped for a while and autism rates dropped as well. By 2005, Tylenol’s sales were $29 billion OVC (325 – 500 mgs.).

Here are some shocking facts about Acetaminophen damage in the brain/liver taken at the recommended dosage:

  • Affects four different metabolic pathways in the brain responsible for eliminating toxins from the body, shutting them down.
  • It shuts down glutathione production which is responsible for eliminating thousands of toxins from the body. Children with autism suffer with glutathione deficiency.
  • It blocks the production of antibodies (given after vaccines- defeats the purpose of the vaccine to begin with).
  • Causes immune system suppression.
  • Is the #1 reason for liver failure in the U.S.
  • Responsible for 56,000 emergency room visits per year.
  • Listed in 200 over-the-counter (OVC) products and also listed as “APA” in prescription drugs.
  • Is more damaging when taken with Vitamin A Retinol.
  • Use in pregnancy- crosses into the placenta and causes liver cells to die in the unborn fetus.
  • Use in pregnancy – statistically leads to asthma in those children by age 5 years.
  • These findings were found in both children and adults and when given recommended doses.
  • This does not represent the whole presentation, only part.

Mary Tocco’s Comments

We need an immediate ban on all Tylenol and related products that contain Acetaminophen in this country. The people who are responsible for the recommendation of products containing Acetaminophen need to be held accountable.

The American Government, The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Medical Association, and pediatricians who regularly recommend the use of fever reducers and other medications containing Acetaminophen must reevaluate the use of this drug and stop immediately. If they continue to ignore the signs of injury, and continue to recommend Tylenol and other fever reducers containing Acetaminophen, I believe they should be sued for negligence and abuse of the children of this country who regresses into autism after getting their federally recommended vaccines. Further studies are needed to see how other countries use Acetaminophen as a fever reducer after vaccines.

I Believe Fevers Are Good

There are hundreds of studies validating the benefits of a fever and how it is a critical part of immune system function and development. According to Dr. Shaw’s review of many studies done on fevers, he reported that the only time a fever is not safe is when a child is dehydrated or the fever is persistent and above 104 degrees. A persistent fever 104 or higher may represent a serious illness like meningitis and getting a consultation with a physician is recommended by Dr. Shaw.

It is time that we as a nation abandon the allopathic medical model that completely disregards normal body functions and considers them intrinsically “bad.” Because of this philosophy, the recommended use of chemicals to disrupt and interfere with the normal body function is causing untold harm on society. This flawed philosophy is monopolizing our health care system, our schools and universities, our hospitals, our FDA, EPA, and is leading this country down a very ugly path of medical dependency and destruction of human life for profit.

I am not anti-medical but believe that allopathic medicine belongs in crisis and emergency care. I am thankful that we have the specialized doctors, technology and equipment in our hospitals that are used for life-saving purposes. My philosophy is to first try natural non-invasive measures that support the body –and use medications and/or surgeries as a last resort.

A Change Is Needed Now

It is time to embrace, respect and implement a more natural, family centered preventive and proactive form of healthcare that focuses on supporting the human body physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually by utilizing non-invasive, time-tested safe methods of healing the body and maintaining health!

These methods are not limited to but include the following:

  • Chiropractic care for optimum nervous system function and immune function.
  • Organic foods that are real fuel for the cell/body and support healthy immunity.
  • Herbs that can help to boost the immune system, detoxify and support optimum health.
  • Vitamins and Minerals to help fulfill the nutritional requirements of the body that the food neglects to fulfill.
  • Essential Oils that encourage health and well being.
  • Healing modalities that detox and rebuild: infrared saunas, Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy, cold laser and other forms of laser, BioFeedback systems, Frequency Machines (BAX3000) and other diagnostic tools.

Mary’s Favorite Quote

“The significant problems we face today cannot be solved by the same level of thinking we were at when we created the problem.”
~Albert Einstein