I was looking up a suppliment sugested by one of the posters called NAC. I'm not good at links but something I read has got me absolutely jumping mad.
I know my smoking is to blame for my COPD but this little snippet has made my blood boil because I've been taking this for my Arthritis/fybromyalgia regularily for 9 years.
Surely people should be warned about this. What do you think?
Counteracting Tylenol toxicity
Regular use of the painkiller acetaminophen is associated with higher rates of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and reduced lung function. Animal experiments have suggested that acetaminophen might lower antioxidant activity in the lungs, and causes harm to the liver and kidneys.
With hundreds of people each year dying from acetaminophen overdose, thousands more with liver damage or other health problems, why is acetaminophen still available for sale without a prescription whereas regulators have tried to pull away certain nutritional supplements that are far less toxic?
Those who need to take acetaminophen for a health condition should consider Acetylcysteine, a nutrient that protects the liver from this drug's toxicity. The antidote for acetaminophen poisoning is N acetyl cysteine. Acetylcysteine is thought to work through a number of protective mechanisms. Acetylcysteine is a precursor of glutathione and increases glutathione availability. Acetylcysteine also functions as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and has positive inotropic effects. Acetylcysteine increases local nitric oxide concentrations, and this vasodilatory effect on microcirculatory blood flow enhances local oxygen delivery to peripheral tissues. These vasodilating effects decrease morbidity and mortality even in the setting of established liver damage.
Doctors prescribe intravenous or IV acetylcysteine to patients with liver damage due to acetaminophen (Tylenol) overdose. Acetylcysteine IV protects the liver quite well.
I'll be showing this to my docter next time I go because I'm not taking them ever again.
The article goes on to say NAC is beneficial for smokers as it reduces the desire to smoke and helps protect the lungs from cigarette harm and lung cancer, among several other serious illnesses.
I remember seeing a news report years ago about there being a lesser known safer alternative to paracetamol available at the chemist. that people should be taking instead.