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Food additives

Feeling deprived of time, we often choose processed and packaged foods to meet our dietary needs, which simply means additives are needed. In America for example, more than 10.000 chemical and food additives are approved by the FDA. The majority of additives are safe, but there are some that are harmful and many haven't been adequately tested.

It's interesting that nutritionists and food scientists say that food additives are harmless if consumed in the tiny amounts regulated by the FDA. Unfortunately, the use and over-use of food additives has shown to make a (negative) difference!

Examples of scientific studies are listed here:

Avoid these Food Additives

This is just a small selection taken from the handy little book “The Chemical Maze” by Bill Statham.

Names Function Potential Health Effects Typically found in

Sulphites, also sodium sulphite (E221) &potassium sulphite(E225) Preservative, Antioxidant Asthma, anaphylactic shock, skin rash, nausea, stomach irritation, diarrhoea, swelling, destroys B1 Dried fruit, peeled and processed potato products, shrimp, gelatine, beer, wine, fruit juice, soft drinks, cellophane for food packaging

Sucrose, processed cane sugar Sweetener, Preservative Dental caries, obesity, neuro-toxicity, devoid of nutrition, teratogen;on NIH hazards list Sweets &treats, medications

Aspartame (E951), also called Nutrasweet, Spoonful, Equal Measure. Derived from phenylalanine,aspartic acid &methanol, may be of animal origin. It accounts for over 75% of adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA Artificial sweetener Cancer, asthma, MS-like symptoms, headache, hyperactivity, fatigue, anxiety, dizziness, migraine, memory loss, depression, insomnia, irritability,, impotence, epilepsy, diabetes, neuralgia, seizures, plus at least 80 others Artificial sweeteners, diet drinks, low-joule foods &chewing gum, confectionery, brewed soft drinks, anything which is sugar free or without added sugar, found in over 5.000 products

Saccharin (E954),restricted or banned in many countries Artificial Sweetener Headache, urticaria, cancer, lowered testosterone levels, mutagen Artificial sweeteners, chewing gum, brewed soft drinks, dietetic food, toothpaste, mouthwash, lipstick

Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) (E320), coal tar dye &petroleum derivative Antioxidant, Preservative Asthma, cancer, skin blistering, dermatitis, hyperactivity, extreme weakness, fatigue Instant mashed potato, margarine, chewing gum, ice cream, edible oils, cosmetics, plastic food wrap

Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) (E321),coal tar dye &petroleum derivative Antioxidant, Preservative Asthma, cancer, skin &eye irritation, contact dermatitis, hyperactivity, allergic reactions in aspirin-sensitive people Chewing gum, fish products, fats &oils, potato flakes,, breakfast cereals, pork sausage, cosmetics, plastic food wrap


Brilliant Blue FCF, FD &C Blue No.1 (E133), (coal tar dye, banned in Austria, Belgium, France, Switzerland and others) Colouring (blue) Cancer, malignant tumours, allergic reactions in chemical sensitive people, asthma, hyperactivity Soft drinks, canned processed peas, dairy products, gelatine, desserts, cereal, sweets, ice cream, baked goods and more...

Amaranth, FD &C Citrus Red No. 2 (E 123), (coal tar dye &azo dye), banned in some countries Colouring (purplish to bright red) Cancer, asthma, hyperactivity, nettle rash, hay fever, allergic reactions in aspirin sensitive people, malignant tumours teratogen Packet cake mix, packet trifle mix, jelly crystals, soft drinks, blackcurrant products, cereal, orange skins, cosmetics

Food Green S (E 142) Colouring (green) Hyperactivity, asthma, skin rashes Baked goods, candy, cereals, confections, frozen desserts, mint-flavoured jelly

Erythrosine, FD &C Red No.3 (E127) (coal tar dye), banned in Norway Colouring (bluish pink) Interference with the brain's neurotransmitters, breast cancer, cancer, hyperactivity, skin rash, hyperthyroidism, gene damage, asthma, light sensitivity, learning difficulties, benign tumours Sweets, canned red cherries, snack food, scotch eggs, canned fruit cocktail, cereal, gelatine based desserts and more

Tartrazine,FD &C Yellow No.5 (E102), (coal tar dye &azo dye), banned in Norway &Finland Colouring (yellow) Hyperactivity, thyroid tumours,, aggression, headache, migraine, nettle rash, hay fever,, asthma, tingling of the mouth, insomnia, confusion,itching, blurred vision, swelling of lips &tongue, cancer, teratogen Confectionery, sweet corn, soft drinks, Marzipan, canned peas, cheese crackers, mint sauce, fruit juice cordial, jam, pickles, cereal, packaged soup, lollies, snack food

Sunset Yellow FCF, FD &C Yellow No. 6 (E110), (coal tar dye)banned from foods in the UK, Norway &Finland Colouring (yellow) Allergic reactions in aspirin sensitive people, nettle rash, gastric upset, swelling of the skin, asthma, hyperactivity, hives, cancer, hay-fever, abdominal pain Fruit juice cordial, hot chocolate mix, cereal, Marzipan, ice cream, packet soup, canned fish, confectionery, drink powders, snack food, carbonated beverages

Mono-sodium L Glutamate MSG,(E621), (synthetic manufactured product, may be GE) Flavour enhancer, Additive Asthma, hyperactivity,depression, irritability, mood changes, chest pain, nausea, numbness, migraine, headache, infertility, convulsions, abdominal discomfort Packet soup, soy sauce, flavoured noodles, meats, malt extract, quick soup, gelatine, maltodextrin,bouillon cubes, hot dogs, salad, stews dressings...also in soap, shampoo, cosmetics

Dis-odium Guanylate (E627)(isolated from sardines or yeast extract, often used with MSG) Flavour enhancer, Additive Asthmatics &aspirin sensitive people should avoid, gout, hyperactivity, prohibited in or on foods for infants Foods with added artificial flavouring

Nitrates & Nitrites, Potassium Nitrate (E294), Sodium Nitrate (E250),Sodium Nitrate (E251), Potassium Nitrate (E252) Antimicrobial Preservatives,

Colour fixative May form tiny amounts of nitrosamines, known as cancer causing chemicals.

Ascorbic or erythorbic acids may counteract negative effects to a degree. Bacon, Bologna, corned beef, ham ,hot dogs, luncheon meats, smoked fish &other processed meats, cosmetics

Hydrogenated Fats -

trans-fatty acids

 Fat Substitute Increase LDL blood cholesterol, increases  the risk of coronary heart disease Margarine, crackers, cookies, snack foods, fried foods, restaurant foods, vegetable shortening, chips

Propylene Glycol, Propan 1,2 – Diol (E1520) Humectant, Solvent, De-foaming agent Kidney damage, liver abnormalities, dermatitis, neurotoxicity, CNS depression, dry skin, on NIH hazards list Baked goods, ice cream emulsifiers, confectionery, icing, chocolate products, toppings

Brown HT (E155), (coal tar dye) Colouring (brown) Allergic reactions in asthmatics &aspirin sensitive people, hyperactivity, cancer Chocolate cake mix, chocolate biscuits

Does ADD, ADHD or affect your child?
  So much effort is made to correct the symptoms rather than the

  causes of the problem!

Does this sound like your child -or you?

You might be amazed to hear that what sounds like the diagnostic guidelines of ADD or ADHD is actually a list put together by the American Foundation for Gifted and Creative Children!

According to many researchers and health professionals ADHD and ADD is a very complex condition - but if the underlying causes are dealt with, it opens the way for a successful outcome.

Following are a few examples of stress-causing factors that may be indicated through muscle testing. These stresses have often shown to be relevant for children and adults with ADD, ADHD or learning difficulties (not everything is showing for one person):

Click on a stress below

Learning and ADHD