Sunday, August 15, 2010

Asthma and Tylenol: How strong is the evidence? - Wellness -

Asthma and Tylenol: How strong is the evidence? - Wellness - "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

In this study a correlation was made between asthma and acetaminophen use. There is for a sure a link but the question remains; does acetaminophen cause asthma or do asthmatics have a greater chance of using the drug.

What is asthma? One thing not mentioned in this Wiki is that it is a condition of inflammation. The body and specifically the lungs are on fire.

On fire from what?  There are both environmental and genetic factors at work, but what it boils down to is a lack of glutathione in the lungs.  Glutathione is the naturally occurring primary antioxidant in every cell of the body.  It can be depleted in many ways, one of which is constant drug use.

As reported in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine in 2004, frequent use of this popular painkiller may increase your risk of developing asthma. Women taking acetaminophen at least 15 days per month for 6 years had a 63% higher incidence of developing asthma compared to women who never used the drug. An estimated 200 OTC drugs contain acetaminophen. The most common source is Tylenol. **Scientists have long known that acetaminophen lowers blood compounds of glutathione, which has an antioxidant effect in the body, particularly in the lungs. When glutathione levels plummet because of taking acetaminophen that may reduce the antioxidant defenses in the body and increase the possibility of developing asthma. 

Ok, now we know how important glutathione is, but how can we increase it?

  • N-acetyl cysteine (NAC)
  • Alpha lipoic acid (ALA)
  • B12, Folate, B6
  • Selenium
  • Milk Thistle
  • Daily multivitamin

Glutathione Diet List
  • garlic
  • kale
  • onions
  • broccoli
  • kale
  • water cress
  • cabbage
  • asparagus
  • brussel sprouts
Dairy Products
  • unpasteurized milk (should be hormone and antibiotic free)
  • ricotta cheese
  • cottage cheese
  • yogurt
  • eggs
  • milk (decreased in pasteurized milk)
  • whey protein (bio active is the better form)
  • wheat germ
  • granola
  • oats
  • oat flakes
  • pork (not for Jews and Muslims)
  • sausage meat
  • chicken
  • turkey
  • duck
Note: the heat used to prepare any of the above foods is usually sufficient to destroy the cysteine. Therefore, the benefits would be minimal.
  • Watermelon
Cystine Containing Foods and Supplements
  • Un-denatured Whey Protein is the most plentiful source of glutathione boosting cystine.
  • Exercise...regular start slowly and build up to thirty minutes a day.

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