Tylenol Recall Points out Greater Risk Inherent in Manufactured Pain Products
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The Tylenol recall of Johnson and Johnson includes the products Tylenol, Tylenol plus, Motrin, Benadryl and Zyrtec. The recall has extended to as many as 12 countries and the U.S. FDA is looking more closely after recent recalls involving 40 over-the-counter drugs.

The fact that there is a recall of Tylenol is of interest to those who prefer to use non-drug, natural pain relief methods mostly in that it points out some potential dangers of these products.

Pain needs to be dealt with, at least by minimizing it to a tolerable level, and sometimes there are no alternatives available but pharmaceutical drugs. However, wherever possible, more natural alternatives should be used to deal with pain and measures taken (such as by a healthy lifestyle as this site suggests) to prevent it in the first place.

Because there is much more manufacturing needed in many of the drug products, there is greater potential for mistakes and contamination and this is what has lead to the need to recall some Tylenol products.

The reasons for the Tylenol recall are:

  1. Active ingredient levels, in some cases, are significantly higher than specified on the label.
  2. Contamination with Burkholderia cepacia, a bacterium resistant to common antibiotics and potentially harmful to people with weakened immune systems or chronic lung diseases, especially Cystic Fibrosis.

The FDA has advised consumers to discontinue use of any recalled products and Johnson and Johnson is under investigation of its quality-control.

The Tylenol recall points out two risks that come with relying on such products:

  1. The dangers of contamination, dosage irregularities and other quality-control issues that come with a man-made, manufactured product..
  2. The sudden unavailability in cases of recall, which is what has happened in this case.

For information on this particular recall (and perhaps more-up-to-date information than is included here) see the McNeil product recall information

Here is an interesting piece of information regarding another (non-NSAID) pain medication:

"Physicians have long known ... that normal doses of aspirin won't help arthritis patients. It takes dosages of about 15 tablets a day to control arthritic pains. But at these doses, they said, aspirin produces what is called 'hyper-ventilation' - the patient constantly breathes deeply and rapidly, often while he's at rest.

In turn, this hyperventilation lowers the amount of carbon dioxide in the blood. To check their suspicions, the Los Angeles doctors put victims of arthritis in an iron lung and made them over-breathe without any aspirin.

The relief of pain and other symptoms, they found, was just as effective as that achieved with aspirin." (Newsclip, July, 1958)

Sometimes it is not the direct action of the drug that is relieving the pain but something else it is doing (a side effect) to the body that lessens the pain. Unfortunately, those side effects are often detrimental.

Here are a few of the common side effects of NSAIDS: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, decreased appetite, rash, dizziness, headache, drowsiness and fluid retention leading to edema. If those aren't unpleasant enough how about: kidney failure, liver failure, ulcers and prolonged bleeding after surgery or an injury.

Fortunately, deep breathing doesn't come with too many side effects.

There is a better way: How much better to rely on more natural products and methods to relieve pain. Also, we should learn to care for ourselves better, visit the 10 natural doctors regularly and attempt to avoid the many problems - that are lifestyle-related in the first place - and avoid the pain.

If you are looking for an all-natural product that can help deal with pain and want to avoid the risks of pharmaceutical drugs take a look at Heal-n-Soothe. In this case, there is even a FREE TRIAL.

An important ingredient in this product is proteolytic enzymes. Read about how you can benefit from them.

It is good to have something on hand for that sudden pain but then do what you can to improve your health and decrease the chances of pain in the future.

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