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(Video) Part 5a: Evidence line 10-12 of 20: Laboratory animal studies

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Today we’re looking at lines of evidence number 10 through 12 out of 20 total, all about studies in laboratory animal showing us that acetaminophen causes autism in susceptible babies and children.

This is part 1 out of 2.

To hear about the other lines of evidence, please find them and watch the other videos in our profile. 

This is William Parker, the scientist, with Dr. Parker Reports.

The line of evidence that we are looking at in this video is number 10.

Published studies from four completely independent laboratories show that exposure of laboratory animal pups to acetaminophen causes long term severe brain damage.

In these studies, after adjusting for weight, the doses used were not much higher than doses used in human. In fact, the doses we used in my laboratory at Duke University were the exactly the same as doses used in human babies.

Basically, we treat the baby rats the same as we treat baby humans.

Some people point out that lab animals are not human, and therefore we shouldn’t worry that acetaminophen hurts the brains of baby rats and mice.

In response to that, I point out that laboratory animals are usually less sensitive to toxins than humans are.

In other words, if something hurts a laboratory animal, it’s very likely that it will hurt a human.

We have a detailed discussion of this issue in our two most recent scientific papers.

One was published in Minerva Pediatrics last year and the other is published in Clinical and Experimental Pediatrics this year.

You can find both linked in our profile.

This is just evidence number 10 out of 20 and part 1 of 2 of looking at studies in laboratory animals.

Follow us to see part 2 covering lines of evidence 11 and 12.


To watch a more detailed video on this topic: please watch our similarly titled video on this WPLab Youtube channel. 

To get more information and to see how this fits into the big picture, read the peer-reviewed research.

The following references describe the original published research mentioned in this blog:


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