(Natural News) Our love for over-the-counter drug acetaminophen (Tylenol) is a classic example of a logical fallacy turned deadly, wherein our belief that “just because everyone takes it” suddenly makes a substance safe and effective. Scores of literature now suggest that Tylenol may have detrimental effects on human health, particularly on developing infants. It is for this reason that expecting mothers should be very careful when taking this drug, even avoid it altogether.
The research isn’t new, either. Dozens of studies that linked a potential cause-and-effect relationship between Tylenol use and neurotoxicity have been made but were ignored by the medical community because it went against the norm. After all, taken in “recommended” doses, the drug showed itself to be relatively effective and caused little to no side-effects in adults (so they claim).
But what about gestating babies? Evidence points out that acetaminophen has an observable and statistically measurable effect on brain development. Studies in animal models (both in mice and rats) demonstrate that when taken during pregnancy, acetaminophen causes long-term alterations in the brain which eventually manifest themselves in problems with social function.
This may be a reason why more studies have linked autism to acetaminophen use during pregnancy. Margaret McCarthy, the head of the pharmacology department at the University of Maryland, has said that there is a “probable mechanism” by which the drug damages the brain during development. She and her team also noted that the male brain is more sensitive to acetaminophen during gestation which may explain the gender bias in autism….