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Tylenol Fueling Autism Epidemic?

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December 07, 2013. Tylenol, the supposedly safe alternative to aspirin for children, may be anything but. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, found that among children who experienced an adverse reaction to the MMR vaccine (a vaccine which contains neurotoxic free glutamate), the children whose adverse vaccine reactions were treated with acetaminophen (Tylenol) were eight times more likely to develop an autism spectrum disorder than the children who were treated with ibuprofen (to see the pub med citation, click here).

I find it interesting to note that only a handful of children have suffered from Reyes Syndrome, but the FDA took stringent action to warn people not to use aspirin with their children, while FDA has not seen fit to take action to warn parents not to give their infants and young children Tylenol or to avoid it in pregnancy, and it is likely that huge numbers of children are being affected by it. (Note that Tylenol is not safe for anyone - it is the leading cause for calls to Poison Control Centers. In 2004, acetaminophen accounted for more than 56,000 emergency room visits, 2,600 hospitalizations and 458 deaths due to acute liver failure. Interestingly, the standard hospital protocol is to administer the supplement, N-Acetyl Cysteine, as an antidote. For a link to this paper, click here).

Tylenol depletes glutathione, the major free radical scavenger in the brain. The majority of individuals within the autism spectrum are deificient in glutathione. A deficiency of glutathione is correlated to excessive levels glutamates in the brain. The majority of individiduals within the autism spectrum have elevated levels of glutatmates. Excessive levels of glutamates overexcite neurons, leading to damage and neuronal death. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is frequently used in foods because it excites the receptors for taste in the mouth making food taste more flavorful. Unfortunately, this excitation does not stop with the mouth, and also excites receptors in the brain.

Foods that are high in glutamates include wheat, dairy, corn and soy. Also be aware that McDonalds french fries are found to contain beef, wheat and dairy products due to the seasoning placed in the oil which is likely to also have high levels of glutamates. Glutamates also found hidden in ingredients labelled as having "natural flavors", commercial and restaurant foods, commercial soups and soup bases, sauces (including BBQ sauce), luncheon meats, hot dogs, salad dressings, hydrolyzed protein. hydrolyzed yeast. Most fast food contains high levels of glutamates.

Aspartame, used as an artificial sweetener in diet pop, also acts as an excitotoxin. There is a correlation between diabetes and a higher incidence of autism, and diabetics who are also autistic are being being additionally harmed by use of aspartame in sugar-free products.

Ibuoprofen (Advil, Motrin) is a glutamate blocker, as is Memantine, a prescription drug used to treat Alzheimrs and Autism, and Abilify (Aripiprazole) also used to treat autism . According to Dr. Kurt Woeller, a specialist in autism biomedical intervention protocols, Ibuprofin, when implemented in a in a 7-14 day trial, helps some children with respects to eye contact, focusing, attention, behavior changes, etc. It may also be anti-candida. Note that this is not an endorsement for commercially available ibuprofen, as there are many additional ingredients in Motrin and Advil that are harmful to individuals within the autism spectrum (colors, flavors, preservatives). A compounding pharmacy that makes up a custom ibuprofin formulation leaves out harmful additives would be a better way to go.

A natural glutamate blocker offered by Autism Coach is L-Theanine, found in its highest concentrations in nature in green tea. Theanine promotes calmness, support those with anxiety issues, without drowsiness.

Another supplement offered by Autism Coach is Herbal Detoxifier, which contains several ingredients that are recommended for lowering levels of glutamates and increasing levels of glutathione (NAC, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Taurine). Herbal Detoxifier helps to gently detoxify the liver, which is where the majority of glutathione in the body is produced. Taken at bedtime, it can support those who fall asleep but are then awakened in the middle of the night by a liver that is struggling to detoxify itself (night is when the liver attempts to remove accumulated toxins).

GABA Plus provides the calming neurotransmitter, GABA, plus Inositol, Choline, and Glycine.

Also the methylated forms of B12 and B6(P5P) that are in many of the Autism Coach B-complex vitamins also help to reduce excitotoxicity (Bioactive Vitamin Mineral Blend, Daily Methyl 1 Cap, B-Complex Methylated Vitamin).

Magnesium Glycinate,
Magnesium Taurate, Carnosine, CoQ10, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E may reduce excitotoxicity and provide neurological support.