food additives

  1. Food additives can trigger risks in kids and adults

    The 10,000 secret toxins hiding in your fridge

    It’s a STUNNING confession from the mainstream.

    The foods you eat every day… the meals you serve yourself and your family, including any little ones… are LOADED with potentially dangerous toxins.

    And they don’t get inside the food by accident.

    They’re placed there ON PURPOSE!

    The American Academy of Pediatrics says that it’s found at least 10,000 chemicals allowed in food by the FDA that have NEVER been subject to rigorous human tests.

    These include common flavorings, coloring agents, preservatives, and more.

    I’ve warned of these additives and their risks for ages now. For the most part, people like me who sound the alarm are dismissed as paranoid.

    Well, we’re not looking so paranoid now, as this very mainstream organization has issued a clear warning.

    Given that these are pediatricians, they’re of course concerned about the risks to children -- growth and developmental problems, immune system issues, and more.

    Additives can also impact children’s behavior, and some (especially artificial colorings) can cause or worsen ADHD.

    But even if you’re not a kid or don’t have a child in your family, you’re not off the hook.

    Long-term exposure to these compounds can cause problems in adults, including digestive struggles, mood disorders, migraines, and chronic disease.

    One way to dodge all of the chemicals and additives is to avoid all processed foods. Stick to fresh, organic ingredients and meals you’ve prepared yourself, and you’ll always know exactly what you’re eating.

    Sure, making fresh dinners will take more work. But everyone will be healthier for it.

    It’s not just your food you need to keep an eye on.

    As the Academy notes in its new warning, even the things that TOUCH your food can contain dangerous chemicals. Most folks have heard of bisphenol-A, a.k.a. BPA, the hormone-like chemical used in plastic containers and can linings that can leach into food and drink.

    And you may have seen the proud “BPA-FREE!” logos slapped on most plastics today.

    But many now use related chemicals – including other bisphenols – that can be just as toxic.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics is urging people not to microwave in plastics or even put those plastics in the dishwasher.

    I’d go a step further: Avoid ALL plastics -- in and out of the microwave. (While you’re at it, avoid the microwave if you can.)

    Store your food in stainless steel and glass containers whenever possible to cut your exposure to all of the possible chemicals hiding in plastics.

  2. Ingredients in beer are loaded with chemicals

    What's really in your beer

    It's an autumn tradition across the country: Turn on the football game, and crack open an ice, cold beer.

    Now, as much as I believe any alcohol habit has the potential to be an unhealthy one, I'm not going to stand between anyone and an occasional drink, especially when the game's on.

    But before you take a sip of that beer, I'd like you to take a moment to think about the ingredients in beer and what's actually in your brew.

    In fact, I'd like you to take a look at the ingredients label.

    Don't see it? That's because most beers don't have one -- and when they do, it's woefully incomplete. Confusing and conflicting sets of regulations have made it so that beer makers can do what soda makers can't and skip the ingredients listing entirely, or list only what they want you to see.

    So today, let's take a look at what they definitely don't want you to see -- because each bottle of beer doesn't just contain barley, hops and "pure Rocky Mountain spring water."

    No, it's more like the Big Rock Candy Mountain -- because according to the Alliance for Natural Health, the ingredients in beer can contain sweeteners such as high-fructose corn syrup as well as artificial dyes and even the caramel coloring agent that's been linked to cancer.

    (For more on the link between caramel coloring and cancer click here.)

    The rest of the unlisted ingredients in beer make it seem as if the brewmaster might be doing double-duty as a mad scientist: propylene glycol, MSG, calcium disodium EDTA, glyceryl monostearate and isinglass.

    That last one is used as a clarifying agent... and it's made from fish bladders.


    I won't say you should never drink or even that you should never drink beer. But if you do, choose organic beers or brews from manufacturers that aren't afraid to tell you what's inside their bottles.

    But given the very real health risks associated with even moderate drinking, I've got a better idea: give it up completely, or limit yourself to just a drink or two a couple of times a year at special events or celebrations.

  3. Why migraine meds don't work

    Up to 80 percent of all migraine patients get little to no relief from medication.

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