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Is Food Coloring Toxic?

Knowing the Dangers of Food ColoringToxic Food Coloring

The holidays are here. With them come those festive colors added to cookies, candy, gelatin, and more. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration was originally developed to protect us from harmful chemicals in our food, drugs and cosmetics. Unfortunately, they do allow many harmful, and even dangerous chemicals to be allowed in all of them because they are difficult to remove.

FD&C dyes are not safe. The foods you eat that contain them have a certain percentage of lead, mercury, arsenic, benzidine, and more. We know that lead damages the brain. The following list of FD&C dyes are known to cause behavioral symptoms including hyperactivity, asthma, depression, moodiness, and anger.

They are contained in foods such as cereal, fruit chews, candy, soda, and much more. They are also in many health and beauty aids, including shampoo, soaps, lotions, and cosmetics. They add pretty colors to things, but they come with a price.

Read Your Labels…..

A List of the FD&C Dyes and Related Health Issues

Blue #2 is known to cause brain tumors called gliomas. Glial tumors are one of the most common type of brain tumors.

Red #2 is very commonly used. Its dangers include tumors, including those in the urinary bladder, hyperactivity, and an increased sensitivity to allergic reactions.

Red #3 was banned from use in cosmetics and topical drugs back in 1990, because the FDA learned it was a thyroid carcinogen. Today it is still allowed in candy, baked goods, and oral medications.

Green #3 causes urinary bladder tumors.

Yellow #5, (tartrazine), is a derivative of coal-tar. This particular yellow food coloring is associated with hyperactivity, asthma, and behavioral problems in children.

Yellow #6 creates adrenal tumors and hypersensitivity. Hypersensitive reactions may be toward external stimuli such as light and noise, or internal, (behavioral), moodiness such as irritability or depression.

FD&C colors in medications are allowed to contain double the amount of lead as food coloring itself, and these medications are being taken by people who already have a compromised immune system.

Also, be aware of avoiding other harmful chemicals such as high fructose corn syrup, monosodium glutamate, aspartame or aspartate. It is best to shop at your local farmers’ market or health food store, if possible. Always read your labels to see if any of the chemicals listed in this article are in the product. If they are, then put it down and walk away.

Get you free copy of the best foods to eat, and the important foods to avoid HERE.

Further details on foods, supplements, environmental toxins, and much more can be found in my book, Naturally Healing Autism: The Complete Step-By-Step Resource Handbook for Parents.

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Leaky Gut – It’s really Inflammation

How Does Inflammation in the Gut Impact You 

Leaky GutMost people think of inflammation as something that happens in the joints or when there is an external injury. The one place commonly unrecognized for inflammation is in the gut. This creates damage to the lining of the intestinal tract which can even create holes that allow undigested food into the bloodstream. This is known as leaky gut and it leaks dangerous toxins into the bloodstream that inflame internal organs such as the brain.

These toxins are seen as a physical invasion by the immune system and it reacts. When the immune system reacts to an undigested food particle it creates an acquired food allergy. This can also lead to autoimmune diseases. The immune system is left on high alert and it eventually wears out.

What Foods Contribute to Leaky Gut?

Some of the most common foods that cause inflammation in the gut are gluten, (the protein in wheat), casein, (the protein in dairy), corn, sugar, and soy. These foods should be reduced or eliminated, especially if digestion is a problem. For additional information on foods impacting the gut read Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall. She talks about using the Specific Carbohydrate Diet to help reduce inflammation and heal the gut. 

How Can You Heal a Leaky Gut?

Some supplements can assist in reducing inflammation in the body. Specific enzymes and probiotics can assist in reducing the inflammation and healing the gut. One of my favorites is also omega 3 fatty acids for their multiple uses. They reduce inflammation, assist vision, and help the brain to function while also protecting it. Bone broth is also very healing to the gut.

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Household Toxins are Often Dangerous

Household toxins are very often more dangerous than we think.

Karen Thomas has written a great blog post discussing the danger of household toxins.

Baby bottle plastic can be harmfulShe tells us that fetuses, infants, and young children are the ones that are the most susceptible due to their immune systems not yet fully developed yet, and so aren’t able to detoxify properly.

She tells us how the toxins are endocrine disruptors which create hormone imbalance and they are also disruptors of the digestive system. They are known to increase bad bacteria in the gut.

Did you know that there are 84,000 chemicals, but the EPA only requires testing on about 200?

Here is a list of the most harmful and dangerous ones:


BPA is a very dangerous chemical found in plastics like drinking bottles, baby bottles, toys, dental sealants, and the linings of food cans.
Also, interestingly, receipts are often coated in plastic which is absorbed into the skin as a toxin.

Most diseases are linked to BPA’s and phthalates They are known to disrupt the function of the gut. They also cause asthma and autoimmune disorders.


PVC is another potentially very harmful compound that may also contain polychlorinated biphenyl also known as PCBs. PCBs are synthetic, organic chemicals and are commonly found in toys, vinyl flooring, countertops, and shower curtains.
There is research to validate that nursing kids take in about fifty times the daily amount of the synthetic, organic compound polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) of adults.

Both PCB and PVC are known to disrupt the hormonal system, and are linked to premature puberty, asthma, allergies, irregular menstrual cycles, breast cancer, and prostate cancer.

Thomas says that one study done in 2009 found that those who lived in homes with vinyl floors were twice as likely to have a child with autism.

PFCs, the polyfluorinated chemicals, are known to be toxic and are used in the coatings of nonstick cookware, stain repellents in carpeting and clothing, and grease-proof paper used in the linings of packaging for certain food items such as popcorn bags.

Read Karen Thomas’s full blog post:

Genetically Modified Foods (GMO)

What is a GMO?

A genetically modified food is one that has had its DNA changed. This is commonly done in laboratories. The purpose is often to make crops grow faster, or change the natural structure of a plant to create a different sort of plant altogether. This is very commonly done to wheat crops. The growing demand for processed foods raises the need for gluten. Gluten is the protein in wheat. It is used as the “glue” or binder of choice. Gluten is known to damage the lining of the digestive tract. Read more… 

Untitled design (28) (1)What is the Negative Impact of GMO’s?

Altering the natural state of foods creates compounds that the body cannot easily identify or digest. These foods are linked to allergies, neurological disorders, fatigue, depression, nausea, loss of mental clarity, and even cancer. Genetically modified foods or GMO’s effect the body’s sulfur metabolism which is involved in the ability to detoxify, and make important neurotransmitters, or brain messengers such as serotonin. Serotonin effects many things including mood, sleep and appetite.

Genetically modified foods are in everything including baby formula, (especially soy-based). Soy products are incredibly high in GMO’s, and they have been linked in studies to anxiety and aggressive behavior. Genetically modified foods are also in farm-raised fish (from the grain they are fed), dairy, and many other grains.

In one study, rats fed with GMO foods were antisocial, irritable and aggressive. Those that were fed with non-GMO foods were calm, and did not express the other characteristics. Pigs were shown to contain the same type of results. When re-started on non-GMO feed these behaviors reduced significantly.

In 1999, The Lancet, which is the world’s leading general medical journal published a study on rats that were fed potatoes loaded with GMO. In less than ten days their stomach lining had become much thinner and had weakened substantially. Similar evidence has been seen in other livestock fed with GMO feed. This raises the concern of what it is doing to the intestinal tract in humans.

These symptoms are comparable to those of children on the autism spectrum. When the lining of the digestive tract is weak it is vulnerable, and therefore, easily permeated. Likely one reason why leaky gut is so common among them.

Avoid genetically modified foods. Eat organically whenever possible, and keep the lining of your digestive tract strong. Get your free guide of 15 foods to help heal your gut and 15 foods to avoid for a healthier gut and better brain function.

Authored by Karen Thomas, Founder of Healing Autism Naturally.

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How to Optimize Your Colon Health

Why Is the Health of the Colon So Important?

The large intestine is also known as the colon. The health and proper functioning of the colon is crucial to the excretion of waste. Bowel movements must happen daily. Any constipation allows time for the toxins in stagnant excrement to be reabsorbed into the body. Toxic waste includes pesticides, hormones, antibiotics in animal feed, and carcinogenic agents in the air we breathe.

Physical health and behavioral issues are both affected by toxic reabsorption. There are neurotransmitters, or brain messengers, that are affected by toxins in the bowel. These brain signaling chemicals include adrenaline, norepinephrine and serotonin. This can cause anxiety, moodiness, irritability, fatigue, the inability to concentrate, and much more. The large intestine also absorbs minerals necessary for our health. An improperly working colon causes nutrient deficiencies.

What To Do

Dehydration and a lack of fiber in the diet can slow down the process of elimination causing constipation. Plenty of pure water is crucial, as is fiber. When the digestive tract is healthy fiber is essential to keep things moving. If digestion is already not moving fiber can make it worse.

When constipation is an issue there are some healthy, safe supplement choices to assist such as:

Probiotics are a great choice. They naturally help regulate the bowels.

Aloe leaf

Magnesium pulls water into the bowel and relaxes the smooth muscle to assist excretion.


-Vitamin C

Some high fiber foods are flax, chia seeds, fruit, especially berries, prunes, apples with the skin on, green leafy vegetables, oat bran, and brown rice. Be sure to avoid binding foods such as gluten, cheese and red meat.

Authored by Karen Thomas, CEO and founder of Naturally Healing Autism. 

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Karen Thomas December 22, 2016