There are numerous causes for asthma, including environmental pollutants, natural airway constrictors like pollen and rag weed, as well as a genetic predisposition. But did you know that research suggests that the rise in asthma cases since the early 1980’s could be due to the use of acetaminophen found in products like Tylenol. Doctors stopped giving children aspirin for fevers and started giving them acetaminophen more commonly at this time.
A paper published by Dr. Arthur Varner, who was a fellow in the immunology training program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, has postulated that the switch to acetaminophen might have fueled the increase in asthma. The paper was published in The Annals of Allergy and Asthma Immunology in 1998.
His paper was the first in an onslaught of studies which have come to the same conclusion. There are more than 20 now which draw a connection between the use of acetaminophen and asthma. The most alarming discovery is that it takes less than a dose a month to cause an increased incidence of the ‘breathing disease.’’
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Dr. John T. Mcbride sums up the evidence in his paper published in Pediactrics. He states:
“The epidemiologic association between acetaminophen use and asthma prevalence and severity in children and adults is well established.” McBride concludes that “Until future studies document the safety of this drug, children with asthma or at risk for asthma should avoid the use of acetaminophen.”
It couldn’t be any more clear that yet another pharmaceutical drug has put our children at risk for a disease that has grown exponentially since 1980. Ambulatory care for asthma cases has increased drastically since early 1990. The CDC attributes some of this to climate and air quality, but it seems there are other, more obvious reasons for the huge jump in just the past several decades.
With research coming out drawing new connection or strengthening existing ones, it becomes more clear that we should be shying away from the pharmaceuticals and moving toward natural alternatives. Why take asthma-causing acetaminophen when there are numerous natural pain relievers? And with asthma drugs killing more than asthma itself, it becomes even more clear that we should be using things like khella to tackle asthma issues naturally.
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.