Paracetamol can make you less empathetic

A new study shows that if you’re taking paracetamol for general aches and pains on a regular basis, you might end up turning a COLD shoulder to people when they need you the most.

And the worst part is, you won’t even know what’s come over you. You may not even think anything’s wrong.

Paracetamol, used as a common painkiller, has previously been found to lessen your ability to feel joy. And, as I shared in earlier post, it can also impair your ability to recognize when you’ve made a mistake.

But in this latest study out of Ohio State University, a group of college kids taking 1,000 mg of paracetamol felt less emotional pain… cared less about the plight of others… and couldn’t even reason why anyone would care more.

In one test, those taking paracetamol were desensitised to blaring noise levels – and what really gets me is that they didn’t understand why it would be unpleasant to others.

In another test, a group taking the painkiller had less concern for a fellow participant who’d been excluded from a “game” they were playing.

And in tests of sympathy (like hearing about a death or a serious wound), another paracetamol group taking the same dose experienced emotional pain levels that were lower than those of the control group.

Now, you might expect a group of students to be relatively self-absorbed – but even just to the average human being, it should be a no-brainer to feel sadness or show empathy in any of these scenarios.

But yet again, research is showing that there’s something in paracetamol that’s dulling more in your head than just a headache.

Why does anyone take this stuff?

This painkiller has already been linked to a host of issues including the risk of liver damage and a frighteningly high incidence of paracetamol overdoses.

The truth is, I’ve questioned the ability of paracetamol to really alleviate chronic pain for years. You’re better off avoiding this drug (and pain drugs altogether, including NSAIDs) and visiting a holistic doctor who’ll help figure out why you’re in pain and address the root cause of it rather than masking your symptoms.

As you know, I am a medical acupuncturist, and I regularly use this ancient Chinese medicine technique in my own practice to relieve all kinds of aches and pains – even headaches.

I recommend giving acupuncture a try, you just may be able to get rid of the pain… and not have to sacrifice your own humanity.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing

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Sources:

Tylenol may decrease empathy, study shows, usatoday.com/story/tech/nation-now/2016/05/11/tylenol-may-decrease-empathy-study-shows/84232896/

Taking Paracetamol May Dull Your Empathy, news.discovery.com/human/psychology/taking-Paracetamol-may-dull-your-empathy-160511.htm

Study: Paracetamol Reduces Not Only Pain, But Pleasure, Too, cnn.com/2015/04/15/health/study-Paracetamol-dulls-joy/index.html

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