Not Hair Loss News – Tylenol Poisoning
Snippet from the article:
During the last decade, more than 1,500 Americans died after accidentally taking too much of a drug renowned for its safety: acetaminophen, one of the nation’s most popular pain relievers. Acetaminophen â€“ the active ingredient in Tylenol â€“ is considered safe when taken at recommended doses. Tens of millions of people use it weekly with no ill effect. But in larger amounts, especially in combination with alcohol, the drug can damage or even destroy the liver.
Davy Baumle, a slender 12-year-old who loved to ride his dirt bike through the woods of southern Illinois, died from acetaminophen poisoning. So did tiny five-month-old Brianna Hutto. So did Marcus Trunk, a strapping 23-year-old construction worker from Philadelphia.
The toll does not have to be so high.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has long been aware of studies showing the risks of acetaminophen â€“ in particular, that the margin between the amount that helps and the amount that can cause serious harm is smaller than for other pain relievers. So, too, has McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the unit of Johnson & Johnson that has built Tylenol into a billion-dollar brand and the leader in acetaminophen sales.
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This is a really informative and lengthy article you should read if you have some spare time. In a nutshell, the article says — the FDA isn’t perfect, around 150 people die every year from Tylenol misuse, and restrictions exist in many countries that aim to prevent overdose.
I also found an interesting article, this one about parents who refuse to vaccinate their children out of fear that the vaccines cause autism, even though science has proven that the vaccines do not cause autism. It just reminds me about the same kind of hysteria that surrounds the use of Propecia, hysteria that is not supported by science but finds a movement on the internet nonetheless.
Hypochondriacs of all stripes have found a community on the internet, and like a cult, they prey on the vulnerable and weak-minded to bring more people into their fold.
To compare the fraud surrounding the MMR vaccine to the finasteride controversy shows you reek of ignorance. The former was an outright fraud with manipulated data while more and more data is coming to light every day that shows finasteride alters very important biologically processes. It is on the cutting edge of science and will further our scientific areas in ways that were not well understood. Unfortunately, many men were victimized and initially thrown under the metaphorical carpet, but at least it will catalyze research that will hopefully help many down the line.
The finasteride controversy is very much unlike the situation with Tylonel where the company is forthcoming and upfront about risks and data surrounding its dangers.