The Common Pain of Surrealism and Death
Acetaminophen Reduces Compensatory Affirmation Following Meaning Threats
Experiencing existential dread? Tylenol may do the trick
So what does this have to do with autism? At first I thought great, I'll give my son Tylenol for all that social ostracism he faces and it will help blunt the pain of it. But reading the article in MedicalExpress there is a brain chemical involved that signals when something is wrong, which Tylenol seems to interfere with:
"Pain extends beyond tissue damage and hurt feelings, and includes the distress and existential angst we feel when we're uncertain or have just experienced something surreal. Regardless of the kind of pain, taking Tylenol seems to inhibit the brain signal that says something is wrong."Sometimes it seems like autism is a dysfunction of a chemical that signals when something is wrong: under acctivated when it should be active and over activated when it shouldn't. So I googled Tylenol + Autism and here's what I found:
Did acetaminophen provoke the autism epidemic?
Schultz et al (2008) raised the question whether regression into autism is triggered, not by the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, but by acetaminophen (Tylenol) given for its fever and pain. Considerable evidence supports this contention, most notably the exponential rise in the incidence of autism since 1980, when acetaminophen began to replace aspirin for infants and young children. The impetus for this shift - a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warning that aspirin was associated with Reye's syndrome - has since been compellingly debunked. If aspirin is not to be feared as a cause of Reyes syndrome, and acetaminophen is to be feared as a cause of autism, can the autism epidemic be reversed by replacing acetaminophen with aspirin or other remedies?
Me, personally, I never take Tylenol...the whole liver damage, alcohol thing. I enjoy my glass of wine a night too much! I wasn't much into giving my kids Tylenol either. I remember my son getting dosed up by the nurses before a round of vaccines when he was an infant, but that was only once or twice. Generally they'd leave that up to the parents and I didn't do it. Frankly, I was always too scared I'd OD him on accident with the hard to measure dropper. Anyway, good luck all. Looks like another no-win situation.