1. Could you be maxing out on THIS... without realizing it?

    Those tulips and daffodils may be blooming... but we're not out of the woods yet as far as the flu is concerned.

    This year's doozy of a flu season is expected to go all the way through the end of April. Talk about "spring fever"!

    And when you're burning up or dogged by aches and pains, it may seem like a no-brainer to reach for the most "trusted" pain reliever around.

    I'm talking about Tylenol, a.k.a. "acetaminophen."

    You don't need a prescription for it, so it must be safe. Right?

    Dead wrong.

    Actually, acetaminophen is so highly toxic to your liver and kidneys that someone dies from an overdose of the stuff every single day.

    And according to a new study, your risk of an overdose SKYROCKETS during cold and flu season (which, as we've been told, we might still have another month to suffer through)!

    In fact, researchers found that the odds of taking more than the maximum daily dose of acetaminophen (4 grams) increased 24 percent during flu season when compared to the off season in a study of 15,000 adults over the course of five years.

    That's because the participants weren't just popping Tylenol -- they were also swallowing OTHER over-the-counter cold and flu products that claim to ease everything from cough to congestion.

    And many of these folks weren't even aware that acetaminophen is lurking in so-called "combination medications" like Robitussin, Alka-Seltzer Plus, NyQuil, and DayQuil!

    If it promises to relieve your sniffling, sneezing, coughing, AND aching, it's probably got acetaminophen in it.

    Literally HUNDREDS of OTC drugs contain it -- including sleep aids and allergy meds, too -- so if you're taking more than one, it's easy to go overboard on acetaminophen without even realizing it.

    And here's the rub: Previous studies have shown that acetaminophen does ZILCH to fight the flu virus. It doesn't reduce the severity of symptoms... and it doesn't help you shake your symptoms any faster.

    And since acetaminophen has been tied to not only liver and kidney damage, but also hearing loss and cognitive changes, it can definitely HURT more than it can HELP!

    If a late-season flu gets you in its clutches... or if spring allergies have already sprung where you live... turn to nature to ease your symptoms instead.

    Studies have shown that good ol' honey is more effective for coughs than any pill or syrup from the drugstore. Try stirring a teaspoon of raw organic honey into some thyme tea. The steam will help clear your lung and nasal passages, and thyme is a natural infection-fighter to boot.

    Taking a tablespoon of colloidal silver -- one of nature's most potent germ-busters -- every three to four hours can also help rid you of the virus.

    Of course, the best way to sidestep the misery of the flu is to not catch it in the first place. Eat a healthy diet... get plenty of sleep... wash your hands frequently... and boost your immunity with probiotics and vitamins C and D to strengthen your defenses.

    And while you can't control the pollen count, chronically clogged sinuses may be more than just allergies. For more information about the root causes of sinus issues that won't go away... and a simple, natural way to address them, see the February 2018 issue of my Nutrition & Healing newsletter.

  2. Acetaminophen can make you less empathetic

    This common pain reliever is killing your emotions, too

    When someone you love is having a hard time, you listen. It's just what you do.

    You nod at the right moments, offering them a shoulder to cry on and maybe a piece or two of advice.

    And you share in their pain. It's part of what makes us human.

    But a new study shows that if you're popping Tylenol, you might end up turning a COLD shoulder to people when they need you the most.

    And the worst part is, you won't even know what's come over you. You may not even think anything's wrong.

    Acetaminophen, the main ingredient in Tylenol, has previously been found to lessen your ability to feel joy. And, as I shared with you last month, it can also impair your ability to recognize when you've made a mistake.

    But in this latest study out of Ohio State University, a group of college kids taking 1,000 mg of Tylenol felt less emotional pain... cared less about the plight of others... and couldn't even reason why anyone would care more.

    In one test, those taking Tylenol were desensitized to blaring noise levels -- and what really gets me is that they didn't understand why it would be unpleasant to others.

    In another test, a group taking Tylenol had less concern for a fellow participant who'd been excluded from a "game" they were playing.

    And in tests of sympathy (like hearing about a death or a serious wound), another Tylenol group taking the same dose experienced emotional pain levels that were lower than those of the control group.

    Now, you might expect a group of college kids to be relatively self-absorbed -- but even just to the average human being, it should be a no-brainer to feel sadness or show empathy in any of these scenarios.

    But yet again, research is showing that there's something in Tylenol that's dulling more in your head than just a headache.

    Why does anyone take this stuff?

    Tylenol brings a host of issues with it, including the risk of liver damage and a frighteningly high incidence of acetaminophen overdoses.

    The truth is, I've questioned the ability of Tylenol to really alleviate chronic pain for years. You're better off skipping Tylenol (and pain drugs altogether, including NSAIDs) and visiting a holistic doctor who'll help figure out why you're in pain and address the root cause of it rather than masking your symptoms.

    As you know, I am a medical acupuncturist, and I regularly use this ancient Chinese medicine technique in my own practice to relieve all kinds of aches and pains -- even headaches.

    If you want to give it a try, you can trust any of the medical acupuncturists in the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, of which I'm a proud member.

    You just may be able to get rid of the pain... and not have to sacrifice your own humanity.

  3. Acetaminophen can change the way you think

    Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, has been linked to a number of hospitalizations and deaths as a result of damage to the liver and kidneys. But a new study shows how it might also affect the mind, with folks taking it unable recognize mistakes they’d made in simple tests.
  4. Tylenol may boost ADHD risk by 37%

    Pill popping moms give babies a headache I've always had a theory about folks who say it's better to give than receive -- they've never gotten anything good. I bet their closets are stuffed floor to ceiling with ugly ties and cheap cologne. But if you like to haul in gifts -- I'm talking about the expensive stuff -- any...
  5. High-dose acetaminophen can cause liver damage

    Are you curing your headache by killing your liver? The acetaminophen pain reliever sitting in your medicine cabinet right now is unleashing chemical warfare on your organs and could leave you with permanent liver damage- or worse.
  6. When Tylenol can cause kidney damage

    Tylenol and booze is a dangerous combination -- and people who combine both regularly have a higher risk of kidney disease.
  7. Tylenol for anxiety?

    Tylenol is already overused -- and now, it might be abused even more as researchers claim it can help with existential worry.
  8. Painkillers can wreck hearing in women

    Common painkillers can dramatically increase the risk of hearing loss, especially in women.
  9. Finger-lickin' bad!

    It might take a tough man to make a tender bird. But it takes a mad scientist to create the "chicken" on your dinner plate these days.
  10. Painkillers for hurt feelings? No way!

    It's crazy that there are people who just can't get through life's ordinary humps and bumps without meds. And if you think it's bad now, just wait 'til word of the latest "discovery" reaches the masses.

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