Dr. Steven Ross: What the doctor ordered

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Just when the Tylenol/acetaminophen products were limping back to pharmacy shelves, this month the American Academy of Pediatrics has published an article in December’s issue of Pediatrics reviewing the growing body of evidence linking the use of acetaminophen products to the development of asthma in high-risk families.

In the past decade, there have been troubling allegations, rumors and concerns in the world press and medical journals about the use of acetaminophen products with asthmatics and their family members.

This recent in-depth review of the issue represents a new chapter in our current understanding. The article is free of charge. Search “Pediatrics” on Google and click on the picture of this month’s issue. Scroll down to “Special Articles” and click on “The Association of Acetaminophen and Asthma Prevalence and Severity.”

Perhaps our ancestors had a valid point about allowing a child’s immune system to fight infections with a fever, TLC and plenty of fluids.

Dr. Steven Ross

Steamboat Springs

Comments

steamboatsconscience 3 years ago

Hey Doc http://www.cannabismd.net/asthma/ Clinical research shows that THC acts as a bronchial dilator, clearing blocked air passageways and allowing free breathing.[2], [3] In one study, marijuana, “caused an immediate reversal of exercise-induced asthma and hyperinflation.”[4] Numerous cases of asthma have been treated successfully with both natural and synthetic THC. In one report, a young woman used marijuana with her doctor’s approval. Over the course of several years her attacks were almost completely cured with low doses of inhaled cannabis smoke.

[1] Grinspoon, “Marijuana and asthma.” The Forbidden Medicine Website, www.rxmarijuana.com

[2] National Academy of Science, 1982

[3] “Therapeutic possibilities in cannabinoids,” Editorial, The Lancet, pp. 667-669, March 22, 1975

[4] Tashkin, Shapiro, Lee, and Harper, “Effects of smoked marijuana in experimentally induced asthma.” American Review of Respiratory Disease, Vol. 112, 1975

Perhaps our ancestors had a valid point indeed

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Scott Wedel 3 years ago

For those that are interested in the original article: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/128/6/1181.full

Basically, the increase in asthma could be from Tylenol such drugs.

Not sure what parents are supposed to do now for kids with fever from viral illnesses. Aspirin has the risk, pretty rare, of Reye's Syndrome and is now generally advised against.

Regardless, it appears to be a whole lot better to minimize drugs of all sorts except when medically required and not take one to deal with the effects of another.

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