The long list of problems associated with pharmaceutical pain control never seems to get any shorter. NSAIDs have been linked to heart attacks, joint destruction, impotence (yikes!), dementia, liver damage, kidney damage, gut destruction, heart arrhythymias and probably more stuff I’m forgetting right now. Tylenol has clear associations with asthma in both adults as well as newborns whose mothers took Tylenol during pregnancy. Kidney and liver damage are on the list as well.
Now we can officially add ad almost doubled risk of some nasty hematological cancers. The bottom line is that, in general, even “safe” over the counter pain relievers have very serious potential side effects. Of course, this is where I must interject that chiropractic care has NEVER, to my knowledge, been linked with increased risk of cancer. We have, however, been accused of causing disc herniations, paralysis and strokes (all of which, by the way, either make no sense biomechanically or have been disproven statistically).
Because of this, I always find it funny how some people shy away from chiropractic care like the mere idea of in office treatment could cause some time of long term detrimental effect, but will pop ibuprofen or Tylenol without a single thought to the very real harms.
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