Link between Hormone Disrupting Acetaminophen and ADHD

Holy Hormones Journal: This was another coffee dropping morning while watching the news trailers on Good Morning America.  Announcer had the nerve cite the link between the Tylenol in your medicine cabinet and ADHD – quickly adding that doctors said more research is needed – so until then continue the drug during pregnancy. Say what? Continue taking this hormone disrupting over-the counter- pain reliever until who says what?  I do not think so.  Women ditch the Tylenol now. So many women are experiencing hormone imbalance and this is one culprit that is adding to the mix.

Children whose mothers took acetaminophen were more likely to develop ADHD — but that does not prove one caused the other, experts say.

USA Today
February 24, 2014

Acetaminophen, the most common drug taken by pregnant women, may be linked to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder Tylenol(ADHD) in children, according to a large but preliminary new study from Denmark.

The study, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, found the disorder was more likely to develop in children whose mothers took the medication while pregnant.

Experts say the study does not prove a cause-and-effect relationship and more study is needed. It is likely to prompt concerns among women who have been told that the medication – found in Tylenol and many other pain and fever remedies – is safe during pregnancy.

The study is a reminder that “anything we do in pregnancy we should not do lightly,” says one study author, Beate Ritz, an epidemiologist at the University of California-Los Angeles. She worked with researchers from the University of Aarhus in Denmark and other institutions.

The researchers looked for a link between acetaminophen and ADHD because they believe the medication might work as a hormone disruptor capable of affecting fetal brain development, Ritz says.

The study included more than 64,000 Danish children born from 1996 to 2002. The mothers of those children were called twice during pregnancy and once six months after birth and asked about painkiller use.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.