Many were shocked to hear the announcement of a study from the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine that acetaminophen, a pain killer, caused liver failure.

In the study, six-hundred and sixty-one acute liver failure patients forced to undergo liver transplantation were analyzed. The study concluded that forty percent of the liver failures were the direct result of acetaminophen use.

This is not that surprising. Numerous pharmaceuticals have been shown to cause liver failure over the years. In other review studies, eight percent of acute liver failures were estimated to have resulted from tuberculosis drugs; seven percent from epileptic drugs; and six percent from antibiotics. If we start adding up these statistics, we begin to get the picture: outside of alcohol, pharmaceuticals are the major cause for liver disease.

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