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July, 2010:

EU Requires Warning Labels for Synthetic Dyes

Synthetic dyes have been associated with adverse effects on attention and activity in children. Now, The European Union, has started requiring most foods containing artificial food dyes to be labeled. The label will say these dyes”may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.” In Great Britain, synthetic dyes have been banned after research found connection between hyperactivity and attention deficit in children and these dyes.

The FDA is being urged to follow suit by several organizations, members of Congress, Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington DC and more.  In a recent report issued by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the group points out how synthetic dyes contribute to medical conditions like cancer, allergic reaction, and hyperactivity. Everything from our favorite candy, to cereal to salad dressing contain these synthetic dyes. According to the report, 15 million pounds of synthetic food dyes are put in processed food and beverages.

Unfortunately, despite the research, the amount of food dyes is on the rise. But more importantly, the scary bit of the report is that the FDA’s acting commissioner in 1985 stated that “red [dye] 3 can induce cancer.” And yet the FDA has done nothing to stop manufacturers from using the dye! Children eat pounds of snack foods, cereals and frozen meals containing Red 3.

According to the article from CSPI, in the UK, McDonald’s Strawberry Sundae is topped with a red topping that is made from strawberries, not like the Red 40 that is used in the U.S.A. Safer dyes are in the market but the FDA has not encouraged food manufacturers to switch to safer natural dyes according to the CSPI report.

But there is a way around these synthetic dyes. Companies like Chefmaster, India Tree and Seelects’ Nautral Food Colors make organic and vegetable based natural decorating colors so you can still decorate a birthday cake for that special someone and not use synthetic dyes!

So stay away from processed foods for another reason now! We have known for many years that processed foods were not good for us and now we can add another reason to the long list.

Stay well and eat healthy!

More Pesticides Used on GE Crops!

Do you wash your fruits and vegetables? And does that vigilant washing really do any good? Can you really wash off pesticides and herbicides?  These are great questions and need to be addressed here in the middle of summer with all of us eating more fresh foods, salads, greens, fruits and vegetables. Unless you are growing your own organic vegetables and fruits or purchasing from a known organic farmer, then your exposure to pesticides is real.


In a recent study by The Organic Center, pesticide usage on Genetically Engineered (GE), herbicide-tolerant (HT) crops has increased. Based upon data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), report author Dr. Charles Benbrook shows that glyphosate-based, HT corn, soybeans and cotton have increased herbicide use by 383 million pounds in the U.S. from 1996 to 2008 with 46 percent of the total increase occurring in 2007 and 2008.

“This unequivocal admission of serious problems with glyphosate-based HT cropping systems will hopefully accelerate major changes in where and how HT technology is deployed,” said Dr. Charles Benbrook, chief scientist of  The Organic Center. “Such changes are needed to slow the increase in cash expenditures by farmers on herbicides and public health and environmental problems triggered by increased use of herbicides on GE crops.”

Remember that pesticides and herbicides often seep into the fruits and vegetables so even though we are washing the produce, we are still getting some of the chemicals.  Choose wisely.

According to Dr. Benbrook, Organic farmers “accept a little weed pressure in their fields. The key to organic farming success in is the diversity of tools [to control weeds] on their farm.” Organic framers use crop rotation and cover crops to assist in weed control.

Be Healthy

So look for local organic produce for your dinner table. Wash your fruits and vegetables.

Stay healthy and enjoy the rest of summer!

Omega-3’s May Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer

In a recent study published in the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention Journal, researcher Dr. Emily White, PhD. stated that “There is some limited evidence from my study and others that fish oil may be good for preventing breast cancer, but there is not sufficient evidence to make a public health recommendation right now.”  Even with the caution, she continued to say that “If you are taking fish oil now for other reasons, this is reassuring that it may have beneficial effects beside what you are taking it for.”

Omega-3’s are taken by many people for their benefit with heart related conditions.  Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may also reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.  Research also shows that high levels of omega-3 fatty acids promote cardiovascular health and help retain normal blood pressure and triglyceride levels. Omega-3s also support healthy brain, vision, and joint function.*

Involving more that 35,000 postmenopausal women, each completed a questionnaire about their use of supplements.  Included in the list of supplements was Fish Oil (Omega 3’s), St. John’s wort, acidophilus,soy, black cohosh, glucosamine, chondroitin, dong quai, methylsulfonylmethane, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, melatonin and garlic pills .

Consistent use of Omega-3 fatty acids was linked to a “32 per cent reduced risk of breast cancer, according to the findings published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention”  The reduction was in the most common type of breast cancer, invasive ductal carcinoma.

Seems the anti-inflammatory properties of Omega-3’s was the key to the prevention.  Since inflammation causes cells to divide, and when cells divide there is an opportunity for genetic errors and those errors lead to cancer according to Dr. White.   Harvard University is launching a major clinical trial to access Omega-3’s.


Now remember a previous post that referred to the findings that some Omega 3’s had high amounts of contaminants, but that there is one source for pure Omega 3’s.  Shaklee Corporation’s OmegaGuard is:

Ultrapure and Pharmaceutical Grade
OmegaGuard is made with a proprietary, triple molecular distillation process that concentrates the natural beneficial omega-3 fatty acids while removing harmful compounds like mercury and lead that are found in many types of fish.

World’s Finest Fish Oil
Contains a full spectrum of seven naturally occurring omega-3 fatty acids: EPA, DHA, ALA, and more. EPA benefits your heart and joints, while DHA is critical for brain development and function.*

  • Helps reduce the risk of heart disease†
  • Ultra pure, pharmaceutical grade, triple molecular distillation
  • World’s finest fish oil with full spectrum potency of seven omega-3s

One serving of OmegaGuard provides 905 mg of EBP & DHA Omega-3 fatty acids.

I just wonder what the results would have been if these women had been taking a Resveratrol product like Vivix?  Makes you wonder…

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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