Avoid dyes used in treats that play tricks on kids
As a child, on a night of serious trick-or-treating, I never cared for those “sensible” houses whose owners handed out erasers, rulers or nickels. It’s Halloween, for goodness sake, and some candy was the optimal demand of choice.
As a parent, I, too, turned a blind eye to healthy eating on Halloween, stocking up on mini Snickers bars or packets of M&M’s. I allowed my boys a good share of their Halloween loot, excusing the indulgence as a once-a-year folly.
Even as a mother who normally valued nutritional snacks and a balanced diet of fresh fruits and veggies, I would make the exception for this special night of treats. I didn’t want to be a spoiler and always felt a little indulgence in the way of candy and other treats wouldn’t harm either of my sons.
The evidence today counters my thinking and suggests that the dyes used in some candy are linked to serious behavioral problems. In fact, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has petitioned the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to ban these dyes altogether, calling these dyes the “secret shame” of the food industry.
Dr. Jim Stevenson, a professor at the University of Southampton and the lead researcher of a British study on artificial food dyes, has concluded that these dyes may not only cause hyperactivity and attention disorders but may deleteriously affect children’s IQ levels as much as gasoline!
This is nothing new to parents of children with disorders ranging from autism to ADHD. They have long-claimed that preservatives worsen the symptoms and exacerbate the condition. CPSI suggests the purpose of these dyes is to increase the appeal of low-nutrition products to children. According to the CPSI, Americans consume twice as much food dye as they did 50 years ago.
Amazingly, due to a large push in Great Britain, food manufacturers have removed artificial dyes from their foods. Mars uses only natural colorings in its Starburst and Skittles candy and McDonald’s has removed synthetic dyes from its strawberry milk shakes; the color for its strawberry sundaes is derived from strawberries, but in the States, it comes from Red Dye # 40!
Although the dyes are listed on the labels of food products in America, the FDA does not engage independent testing of artificial dyes but leaves it to food manufacturers to do testing. Not surprisingly, the food industry remains skeptical of any linkage between synthetic dyes and behavioral problems.
Indeed, a Columbia University study on the linkage between hyperactivity and food dyes found that domestic production of artificial dyes had quadrupled between 1995 and 1998. The number of American children diagnosed with Attention Deficit and hyperactivity disorders has also increased exponentially.
I’m not sure I’d leave it to the candy manufacturers to restrict potentially harmful food additives before making a decision about their impact on our kids. It’s been said that parents can achieve the results of reducing hyperactivity in their kids by cutting out artificial dyes from the diets of their children.
To be cautious, take a look at the fine print on the candy wrappers. If items such as Yellow #40, Red # 40 or Blue #2 are listed, avoid giving them to children. You will be side-stepping potential danger associated with these artificial dyes.
This Halloween, you may wish to think twice before handing out candy with artificial dyes in them. You also may wish to scrutinize your kids’ haul of goodies and engage in some negotiation over what your children can consume.
You may be telling yourself, but it’s only Halloween — a once-a-year extravagance — so what’s the harm? Fair enough and even dentists understand this holiday puts a strain on normal dental hygiene practices. But with a little creativity, you don’t have to take all the fun — or candy — out of Halloween.
Just try to exercise some prudence and a little restraint by being aware of the risks these chemical additives have. With a little planning, you can still make your little goblins enjoy their special treats without the real scare of dangerous dyes lurking in their goodies.
Metro Parent offers more suggestions for a safe, additive free Halloween on its Web site, www.metroparent.com.
Taken From: Detnews
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Cell Phone Tumor: New Study Says Kids And Teens More At Risk For Brain Tumors From Cell Phone Use! Read on…
Cell Phone Tumor
Several studies over the years have linked cell phone use to brain tumors.
Dr. George Carlo, who was hired by the Cell Phone Industry to front a research group whose main objective was to prove cell phones safe, found-after 6 years of research-that they were anything but!
According to Dr. Carlo, “The big picture is disturbingly clear. There is a definite risk that the radiation plume that emanates from a cell phone antenna can cause cancer and other health problems.”
When he communicated this to the CEOs of the Cell Phone Industry, they ignored him.
Brain tumors, brain cancer, and findings that cell phone radiation caused leaking of the blood/brain barrier, were definitely not considered good for sales and the cell phone industry wanted to hear nothing more about it.
Dr. Carlo eventually resigned as head of the study and went on to become an activist for the regulation of wireless electromagnetic frequencies. His non-profit organization, Safe Wireless Initiative, cites the only safe wireless is no wireless and advocates a return to fiber optics, aka wired technology.
Cell Phone Use More Dangerous for Kids
Instead of taking any precautionary measures, the Cell Phone Industry went on to market cell phones to kids and teens. Kids and teens are now among the fastest growing users of cell phones.
Unfortunately, they are also the most likely to develop brain tumors from cell phone use.
A recent Swedish study head by EMF researcher Lennart Hardell found children absorbed more radiation into their brains from cell phones due to the thinness of their not yet fully developed skulls.
“People who started mobile phone use before the age of 20 have more than five-fold increase in glioma,” said Professor Hardell. “This is a warning sign. It’s very worrying. We should be taking precautions.”
Learn more about the hazards of cell phone radiation and how you can best protect yourself.
Cell Phone may Perk up Brain Cancer Risk among Kids/ www.themedguru.com