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Islander
01-11-10, 12:05 PM
E-letter from: "WC Douglass, M.D." <realhealth@healthiernews.com>

There's a pill for everything these days.

Want to quit smoking? Take this pill.

Having trouble shedding those extra pounds? Take that pill.

Suffering from a broken heart? Well, as it turns out, there's a pill for that, too.

Two new studies found that acetaminophen--the main ingredient in Tylenol--could help decrease heartache, hurt feelings, rejection and other forms of social pain.

Is this really what it's come to?

Broken hearts are a part of life. You hurt, and then you move on. End of story.

But somehow we've turned into a nation of pill-popping pansies who can't take a little pain now and then — even the kind that's good for us. After all, these experience are how we learn and grow.

But if the only thing we learn is that a pill can solve all of our problems, then the only thing that grows is a Big Pharma bank account.

Acetaminophen isn't some safe, happy pill no matter how readily available it is. It's the leading cause of acute liver failure in the United States. In 2005, acetaminophen overdoses sent 106,000 adults and 25,000 kids to emergency rooms, leading to 73,000 hospitalizations and hundreds of deaths, according to the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease.

And those are conservative numbers.

Other side effects include abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, the sweats, convulsions and even coma. Kidney failure and heart problems are also possible.

Still feel like popping an extra Tylenol to chase away the blues?

I'm not saying you should flush it all right now--you shouldn't dispose of meds that way in any case--but if you're going to take a painkiller like acetaminophen, do so only at the lowest dose and only for REAL pain.

Sorry, but heartache doesn't count.

Samurai
01-11-10, 11:12 PM
Nah.
T'ain't nuttin dat a nip a Grey Goose can't fix.
Who needs the dang Tylenol???