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Carcinogen Found in Zantac

From eNewsletter 9/18/2019

DID YOU KNOW that the FDA just alerted patients and health professionals that low levels of a carcinogen have been found in certain lots of Zantac, the popular heartburn medication? The FDA announcement is here.

This is the same carcinogen that has plagued blood pressure medication for a while now.

At this point, it seems Pepcid, which is the same class of medication as Zantac, has not been affected.

It is unfortunate that the last several newsletters have been dedicated to problems with medication, but we feel it is our duty to keep you informed.


Steve and Bonnie: When the daily stress of parenting becomes chronic it can turn into parental burnout, an intense exhaustion that leads parents to feel detached from their children and unsure of their parenting abilities, according to research published in Clinical Psychological Science. This type of burnout can have serious consequences for both parent and child, increasing parental neglect, harm, and thoughts about escape.

In today's world, there's a lot of pressure on parents. But being a perfect parent is impossible and attempting to be one can lead to exhaustion. Whatever allows parents to recharge their batteries, to avoid exhaustion, is good for their children.

The researchers found a strong association between parental burnout and escape ideation, parental neglect, and parental violence. Parental burnout and parental neglect had a circular relationship: parental burnout led to increased parental neglect, which led to increased burnout, and so on. Parental violence appeared to be a clear consequence of burnout.

The lesson learned from this study surprised researchers: if you want to do the right thing too much, you can end up doing the wrong thing. Too much pressure on parents can lead them to exhaustion which can have damaging consequences for the parent and for the children.

If a parent(s) feels severely exhausted, you should seek help. Health and child services professionals need to be informed about parental burnout so that they can accurately diagnose it and provide parents with the most appropriate care.

There are steps parents can take to prevent burnout. Most importantly, find time for yourself and your partner. Whether it is a weekly date, a walk together, just find something to do together without the children.

Additionally, while the pressure is so great to bring your kids up to be the "best" at everything, this can lead to parental burnout. Love your children, care for your children, guide your children, expose your children to numerous activities and interests, and let them spread their wings. It will certainly be healthier for you!


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