Children's medicines coated with brain-damaging aluminum
Monday, January 30, 2012 by: S. D. Wells
(NaturalNews) Aluminum Lake food coloring, used to heavily coat liquid medicines
for children, contains dangerous amounts of aluminum and
harmful synthetic petrochemicals. These "petrochemicals" are carcinogens
containing petroleum, antifreeze and ammonia, which cause a long list of
adverse reactions. Aluminum poisoning can lead to short and long term central
nervous system (CNS) damage, such as memory impairments, autism,
epilepsy, mental retardation, and dementia.
Research shows that just 4ppm of aluminum can cause the blood to coagulate. This
is what causes Alzheimer's Disease and has been documented to inhibit
learning. Aluminum consumption can also be associated with the development
of bone disorders, including stress fractures.
Also known as tartrazine, FD&C Yellow Aluminum Lake is a chemical concoction
derived from coal tar. It is known to be a reproductive toxin. All
artificial colors contain Aluminum Lake, so when your child gets to pick between
red, blue or green medicine, they're really choosing which poison
they get to consume. Several chemically enhanced food colorings contain
ammonia and therefore produce compounds proven to cause various cancers
in animal studies, according to CSPI, the Center for Science in the Public
Most widely used food colors and their damaging actions:
• Blue #1: Research shows it causes kidney tumors in mice.
• Blue #2: Research shows even higher incidence of tumors, specifically
gliomas in male rates (a type of tumor that starts in the brain or spine).
• Red #2: Toxic to rodents, even at modest levels, and causes
tumors of the bladder.
• Red #3: FDA recognized it in 1990 as a cause of thyroid cancer in
animals. It was banned in cosmetics, but still allowed in food and medicine.
• Red #40: Most popular dye of all. Debilitates the immune-system
in mice. Allergic reactions common.
• Green #3: Causes bladder and testes tumors.
• Yellow #5: Affects behavior and induces severe hypersensitivity
• Yellow #6: Causes adrenal tumors in animals.
The following is taken directly from FDA's Regulatory Process and Historical
Perspectives: "Color additives are important components of many products, making
them attractive, appealing, appetizing, and informative. Added color serves as a
kind of code that allows us to identify products on sight, like candy flavors
and medicine dosages." Really?! Decoding medicine dosages on sight?
There has been a 55% increase in U.S. toxic food dyes just since the year 2000.
There are over 15 million pounds of dyes put in foods, drinks, candy and
medicine every year, and the FDA does nothing to protect consumers from the
colorful barrage of poison. (http://www.vaughns-1-pagers.com/food/artificial-food-colors.htm)
Studies reveal that children have consumed as much as three
pounds of dye by the age of twelve
Here are some popular product and "brand" names you may mistake as exempt
products: RD&C dyes and colors in baked goods, beverages, candy, cereal, drugs,
pet food, personal care products, cosmetics, cough syrups, NyQuil,Tylenol,
Robitussin,Jello, gelatins, Cheetos, Skittles, Fruity Pebbles, Marachino
cherries, sausage, Mountain Dew, Doritos, chewing gum, and powdered drink mixes.
American companies doing business in Europe currently have to change their
products to natural colorings to meet European Union strict regulations. The
FDA's rationale is that because artificial food colorings are used mainly in
foods and medicines of low or no nutritional value, that the American public
should "already be aware" of health implications, so it doesn't matter if other
toxins are added.
What are your options as opposed to poisonous medicines? Consult a naturopath (ND)
for advice on ingredients in food and medicine.
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