Toxins you might be eating

Here I am with some news you might prefer NOT to know — but it might provide a reason behind your troublesome headaches, skin rash etc. It would be well worthwhile to avoid these additives if only for the reason to lessen your Toxic Burden which is one measure to be taken to stave off cancer.

These details are taken from a pocket-sized book THE CHEMICAL MAZE Shopping Companion, by Bill Stratham and published by Possibility.com in Australia. I believe you’d be most likely to buy it in a Health Shop. I am only dealing with the first half of the book “Food Additives”, but ought to mention that the second half “Cosmetic Ingredients” is worth a look — or two — and a few lifestyle changes!

PRESERVATIVES with a ‘sad face’ (I’ll bold font those with two sad faces) in the list include:  210, 211, 212, 213, 216, 218, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 228, 234, 235, 249, 250, 251, 252, 280, 281, 282 and 283. In a slightly different category are 319, 320 and 321. This is scary because these are in processed food to keep them on the shelf for sale and to keep them usable in our homes. But these contribute nothing to nutrition: it is better to eat fresh!

Items with these preservatives can be responsible for: asthma, hives, hyperactivity, skin irritations, neurotoxicity, hay fever, anaphylaxis, eczema , nausea, itching, hypotension, destruction of vitamins A and B, headaches, dizziness: and might not be suitable for very young babies or those intolerant to aspirin.

COLOURINGS similarly ‘sad face’ include: 102 tartrazine, 104, 110 sunset yellow, 120, 122, 123 amaranth, 124, 127 erythrosine, 129, 132, 133 brilliant blue, 142, 142, 151 brilliant black and 155. These are frequent in beverages as well as food. Notice the six I’ve made bold-font and named, because they have two ‘sad faces’.

I can recall that in bringing up four children with themed birthday cakes each year, and the more frequent coloured popcorn and icing on biscuits…. the amount of food colouring I must have used! Sorry to my offspring! The side effects are very similar to those listed for preservatives, with the added note that some are proven carcinogenic in animals — and it’s likely it would be for us also.

Most processed/packaged food and soups have FLAVOUR ENHANCERS. These are to be avoided: 621 which is MSG, 622, and 635. Looking at the side-effects they are also similar, with the addition of fibromyalgia, depression, mood changes, gout, kidney problems.

And many have SWEETENERS of which some are Not Recommended For Children: 951 which is Aspartame, and 961 and 962 are similar; 952, 954 which is Saccharin; 421 which is Mannitol. Typical side-effects include anxiety, aggression, insomnia, hyperactivity, headache, blindness, epilepsy, irritability, pruritis, nausea… and the list goes on.

It’s worth knowing that Aspartame can mimic the symptoms of many conditions such as Multiple Schlerosis, so in the face of any puzzling health problem the question should be asked “Are you taking any chemical sugar replacements?” Beware “sugar free” or “no added sugar” labels unless it refers to Stevia which is natural — or one of its derivatives.

Some of these Food Additives are in other items as well: There are also EMULSIFIERS 433, 435 and 436; and STABLIZERS 407, 416 and 1201; also hair dye 519 so keep that number for your next “brain-stain”.

I also add that 173 is Aluminium, 553 is talc (which I love to splash around on humid nights to help get comfortable).

However one of the most dangerous is a HUMECTANT called propylene glycol, E1520 which has been linked to cancer, as testified by cancer researchers or doctors who went to the trouble to enquire into patient’s lifestyle habits. So look at your health and beauty products to see if it is also there (shampoos etc).

You may well decide it’s better to eat fresh food, and to use organic toiletries. Becoming conversant with E-numbers and changing over to what won’t hurt you and your family is a big — and likely more expensive — step, mainly because these harmful chemicals are chosen for their cheaper cost to the producers.

For whose advantage is all that added to our products? For the advantage of the producers, distributors and retailers, rather than the consumers.

So, consumer beware!

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