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Alert: Paracetamol Found in Tylenol Reduces Human Empathy
long-term clinical studies reveal that Tylenol eliminates not only the
pain but also human empathy, which adds to its long list of adverse
the past decades, we have observed that synthetic chemicals produce a
wide variety of adverse effects that are recognized many years after
populations were exposed to these drugs.
risks inherent in these pharmaceutical products tend to be higher than
their natural alternatives. A clear example of this is the
over-the-counter painkillers. Aspirin is no longer considered safe for
use in the primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Recently it
was shown that ibuprofen has a negative effect on cardiac function.
Moreover, the psychological deterioration caused by Tylenol is
confirmed, which adds to its well-established liver toxicity.
scientific study conducted in 2015 revealed that Tylenol, whose active
compound is paracetamol, causes severe side effects that affect the
social behavior of people, such as blunting both positive and negative
emotional stimuli, known clinically as "affect flattening."
new study published in the journal Frontiers of Psychology confirms
these findings. The researchers showed that paracetamol, one of the most
widely used analgesics worldwide, affects the human empathic
connection; specifically, reducing empathy for the suffering of others.
study included 114 university students, who randomly received 1000 mg
of paracetamol or a placebo. One hour after the administration, the
subjects read scenarios about the edifying experiences of other people
(different protagonists within the stories), and their responses were
evaluated in order to determine their capacity for empathy.
results showed that paracetamol reduces personal pleasure and
other-directed empathic feelings, which suggests that the experience of
physical pain and positive empathy may have a similar neurochemical
basis. It is important to keep in mind that positive empathy is related
to prosocial behavior so that excessive consumption of acetaminophen can
have a negative long-term impact on society.
findings have important practical implications. Positive empathy
provides part of the "social glue" from which interpersonal links are
built and strengthened. Enjoying the good fortune of others favors the
interpersonal connection, promotes trust, which provides great social
large part of Americans consumes paracetamol-containing medicines every
day. Therefore, it is possible that these benefits are substantially
diminished in the American population.
After the publication of these studies, the general population and the medical community should bear in mind that the administration of drugs to relieve physical pain, instead of addressing the root causes of suffering, can lead to behaviors that demonstrate a total lack of compassion and consideration for others.