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Natural Alternatives to Tylenol: What to Give Your Kids, What to Take Yourself

Natural Alternatives to Tylenol: What to Give Your Kids, What to Take Yourself

We almost crashed our server this summer with our blog about why no doctor should ever recommend acetaminophen or prescribe a Tylenol-containing pain reliever again (colleagues, are you listening? FDA, how ’bout you?). Since then, I’ve fielded hundreds of inquiries from families—especially worried parents—asking WHAT to use instead of Tylenol?
Dr. Benton, what do I do for a fever?
Dr. Benton, what do I do for a headache?
What about for aches and pains?
What about for migraines?
Glad you asked. There are safe, effective, natural alternatives to Tylenol that will get your pain in check.
How to Treat a Fever Without Tylenol
Fever is actually a positive sign that your immune system is paying attention and fighting disease.
Fever is one of our body’s natural defenses against infection. Having a fever forces us to stay in bed—which gives our bodies time to heal.
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Why This Doctor Doesn't Get Her Flu Shot!

Why Smart Doctors Don’t Get Flu Shots
Smart doctors don’t get flu shots.
Smart patients don’t either.
Does that mean you’re not smart if you got a flu shot?
No.
It means the pharmaceutical industry has you and your wallet right where they want you.
It means you believed the hype instead of looking at the science.
Smart doctors don’t get flu shots. But I’m a doctor and not only did I get them, I insisted my mom and my siblings get their flu shot too.
Once you hear my story, you will see that I can’t judge anyone who gets a flu vaccine.
But I do judge an industry that tries to terrify and deceive people into getting a flu vaccine they do not want or need.
I made my mom and siblings get the flu vaccine too
Growing up, I never had a flu shot and I also never had the flu. But as a young adult thinking about starting a family, I listened to my doctor. I was told getting a flu shot was not only good for me and my family, it was essential. Life-saving.
And not getting a flu shot?
Only irresponsib…

Why No Doctor Should Ever Recommend Tylenol Again

Last week we were talking about toxins to avoid when you’re trying to conceive. This week we’ve got another toxin on the docket. The toxin is acetaminophen, the main ingredient in Tylenol (known as paracetamol in Europe). No doctor should ever recommend Tylenol again. Not to pregnant women. Not to newborns. Not to small children.

“But my doctor says Tylenol is safe.” I am a doctor myself and a nice southern girl. I don’t like to criticize other doctors but I’ll be honest with you: your doctor does not know what he does not know. Tylenol has not been shown to be safe for children. If your doctor would spend just half an hour reviewing the peer-reviewed medical literature about Tylenol, your doctor will realize it has not been proven safe. Acetaminophen may very well be a main trigger for certain childhood neurological disorders, including autism, as well as childhood asthma. Just ask a team of research scientists and medical doctors from Duke and Harvard Universities whose review artic…