Don't fall for this 'happy pill' sales pitch
Tylenol is already one of the most overused meds on the planet.
It's so ridiculously out of control right now that accidental overdose of this drug is the nation's No. 1 cause of acute liver failure.
We need LESS of this stuff -- but we're about to get the opposite, as the Big Pharma-friendly media are talking up Tylenol like they're making a commission.
A major new report claims that this drug can do so much more than ease sore muscles and aching joints.
It claims that it can also ease emotional pain!
Feeling a little lonely around the holidays? Pop some Tylenol!
Lose a friend or loved one? Break out the Tylenol!
Bad day at work? Here's your Tylenol!
Sad movie on the Hallmark Channel? You guessed it... time for Tylenol!
The new report isn't even a new study. It's just a repackaged collection of old studies that show the drug can help with the pain of loss and rejection.
But let's not kid ourselves here.
The drug isn't "easing" that pain so much as numbing and even deadening your body's natural emotional response. Brain scans on patients in these studies show that the lights are off in the areas involved in handling emotional and social pain.
Anyone else besides me think that's a bad idea?
You NEED that part of the brain. You NEED that response, which is a natural reaction we're designed to feel during sad times.
It's part of the human experience!
The experiments even show the dangers of messing with this part of the brain. Taking Tylenol might help ease depression and pain... but it can also dampen your empathy.
That's not just an emotion that's nice to have. Empathy is essential, and it plays a role in how we respond to the people around us every day.
That's not the only risk here, either.
Just as Tylenol can deaden emotional low points, the same studies show it can dampen the highs.
You might not be as sad as you would have been, but you also won't be as happy when the cloud passes over.
These are just the emotional risks, mind you.
Tylenol also comes with much more serious physical risks.
There's the liver damage I mentioned earlier, and the drug can also sock you right in the kidneys. Some studies have found that using it too often can even increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.
If you're struggling with some of life's more emotional moments, don't turn to drugs, whether it's Tylenol or a prescription mood med.
Try natural therapies instead, and don't forget the most natural one of all: prayer.