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Originally posted by beezzer
This has become a very interesting thread. It brings to mind the abuses of antibiotics that have inadvertently created super-bugs that are immune to most avaliable medicines.
The inappropriate use of something as common as asprin should (and has) be illustrated as well. We need to trust our bodies more. I'm no huge fan of homeopathic cures though friends that I have swear by poultices.
Asprin, like any other "drug" should be treated with the same care that someone would use with morphine or antibiotics.
Just a humble opinion. . . .
1 teaspoon (5 mL) of wintergreen oil is equivalent to approximately 7000 mg of salicylate or 21.5 adult aspirin tablets.www.drugs.com...
The native Americans used wintergreen to treat all kinds of musculo-skeletal problems. It seems arthritis was common among them. They searched the field and forest for plants that could improve a sore neck or twisted up hand. They found that wintergreen, ground up and poulticed, would take the swelling and pain down from a joint or muscle. It could be used internally as a tea to speed the process on along. To the Native Americans wintergreen was tops when it came to inflammation. www.planetbotanic.ca...
The Smithsonian/NASA Astrophysics Data System An experiment is described that is suitable for the early portion of the laboratory in a general chemistry course and integrates organic examples. It is the two-step synthesis of aspirin starting from oil of wintergreen.
Reye's syndrome is a rare but serious condition that causes swelling in the liver and brain. Reye's syndrome most often affects children and teenagers recovering from a viral infection and who may also have a metabolic disorder. Signs and symptoms such as confusion, seizures and loss of consciousness require emergency treatment. Early diagnosis and treatment of Reye's syndrome can save a child's life.
Aspirin has been linked with Reye's syndrome, so use caution when giving aspirin to children or teenagers. Though aspirin is approved for use in children older than age 2, children and teenagers recovering from chickenpox or flu-like symptoms should never take aspirin. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns.
Researchers have linked the use of the painkiller acetaminophen (Tylenol) to both asthma and rhinitis. Individuals who used acetaminophen on a daily or weekly basis were shown to exhibit far more severe symptoms of asthma and rhinitis than those who didn't use the drug. (Thorax 00;55(4):266-70)