Johnny, swallow your lead like a good boy…

June 24, 2008 at 10:33 am | Posted in Food and Drink | 1 Comment

As per usual, Dr. Mercola is full of info that makes me want to throw out half the food in my pantry. He starts out by saying that 90 percent of the average American household's food budget is spent on pre-prepared foods. THEN he starts THE LIST….

The list is from Msn Health & Fitness and it listed 12 Food Additives to Avoid. Here is an abbreviated version of the list…

1. Sodium Nitrate (deli meats,bacon) causes cancer

2. BHA & BHT  (Butylated hydroxyanisole and butylated hydrozyttoluene found in everything from cereal to potato chips and chewing gum) causes cancer

3. Propyl Gallate (another preservative in everything) causes cancer

4. MSG aka Monosodium Glutamate (an amino acid used as a taste enhancer) causes headaches, nausea, and nerve cell damage in infant mice

5. Trans Fats (hellloooo heart attack!)

6. Aspartame (aka Equal or Nutrasweet) neurological problems, dizziness, hallucinations

7.Acesulfame-K (relatively new artificial sweetener found in baked goods, chewing gum, and gelatin desserts) There is a general concern that testing on this product has been scant, and some studies show the additive may cause cancer in rats

8. Food Colorings Blue 1, 2; Red 3; Green 3; Yellow 6 The Blues caused cancer in mice, The Red caused thyroid tumors in rats, The Green caused bladder cancer and last but not least, the Yellow caused tumors in the adrenal gland and kidneys (Talk about eating your rainbow!)

9. Olestra caused diarrhea, cramps, bloating, gas and malabsorbtion of vitamins from vegatables, etc.

10. Potassium Bromate (found in flour, bread, rolls) causes cancer

11. White Sugar (the devil white powder)

12. Sodium Chloride – too much can cause high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, kidney failure

And then there was more info on Food Colorings…'s so nice that Britain protects its children. Too bad the FDA here couldn't care less…

New Study Confirms What Astute Parents Have Known for Years

The issue of whether or not food additives such as artificial colors contribute to behavioral problems in children has been disputed for many years. Fortunately, this may soon change.

A carefully designed randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in the journal The Lancet last year may have finally shifted the tide (for a free PDF of the full study see this link).

It concluded that a variety of common food dyes, and the preservative sodium benzoate – found in many soft drinks, fruit juices and salad dressings – do cause some children to become measurably more hyperactive and distractible.

The seven ingredients tested in the study included:

  • Sodium benzoate (E211)
  • Sunset yellow (E110)
  • Quinoline yellow (E104)
  • Carmoisine (E122)
  • Tartrazine (E102)
  • Ponceau 4R (E124)
  • Allura red AC (E129)

The results of this study have already prompted the British Food Standards Agency (FSA) to issue an immediate advisory to parents, warning them to limit their children's intake of additives if they notice an effect on behavior.

Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the U.S. has not issued any similar warnings.

The worst behavioral responses from the additives were seen in the three-year-olds, compared to the older children in the study. But even within each age group, some children responded very strongly, and others not at all, indicating there are individual differences in how well your body can tolerate the assault of artificial additives. One theory is that the additives may trigger a release of histamines in certain sensitive kids.

Food Colors May be as Damaging as Lead in Gasoline on Children’s Brains

Another recent article, published in the British magazine The Independent on April 5 2008, reported that artificial food colors (but not the preservative sodium benzoate) are now set to be removed from hundreds of products in the UK because the results of the study mentioned above also indicate that the E-numbers do as much damage to children's brains as lead in gasoline, resulting in a significant reduction in IQ.

The lead author, Professor Stevenson, and his three colleagues have stated:  

"The position in relation to AFCs [Artificial Food Colors] is analogous to the state of knowledge about lead and IQ that was being evaluated in the early 1980s … Needleman [a researcher] found the difference in IQ between high and low lead groups was 5.5 IQ points … This is very close to the sizes obtained in our study of food additives."

Officials at the British FSA are advising the food industry to voluntarily remove the six food dyes named in the study by the end of 2009, and replace them with natural alternatives if possible.

True to form, the food industry claims the additives are used in a mere “handful” of products, but the website has already identified more than 1,000 food products that contain them – most of which are targeted at children.

BEWARE — Already Banned Food Additives Still Found in Children’s Medicines

Another thing you need to be aware of, as a parent, is that when an ingredient is banned for use in food, it is not automatically banned for use in other areas such as medicine.

According to an expose’ by the British Food Commission last year, food additives that have already been banned for use in food and beverages are still used in a majority of pediatric over-the-counter medicines.

Their survey found that ALL BUT ONE medicine out of 41 contained an additive that had been banned.

The additives found in these drugs included:

The justification for using these toxic compounds is what you'd typically expect from an over-the-counter pharmaceutical trade group: Unlike foods, additives in medicines are used in small quantities and are only taken for a short time.


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  1. Oh Wow! That really is strange! Now I really do wish that you would get a dog! You may not be as safe as you thought you were way out there. It is hard to believe that someone would come on your property and take it. Keep your doors and windows locked!
    A dog would let you know if anyone was on your property! Please be careful!

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