Archive | June 2012


English: Logo of the U.S. Food and Drug Admini...

English: Logo of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (2006) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On March 30 and 31, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a public hearing in response to a petition submitted by Dr. Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) in 2008. The petition called for the banning of the eight artificial dyes now used in our food, and requested that while these steps were taking place the agency should require warning labels on products that have these dyes. This is currently being done in Europe.

At the recommendation of Dr. Jacobson, the FDA invited me to travel to Washington, DC and testify at the hearings. The FDA commissioned a panel of scientists and doctors to review the research on food dyes and behavior problems and listen to presentations from people involved in this work. Called the Advisory Committee, they would then vote on specific questions drafted by the FDA.

via eNews.


FDA Meeting: Do Food Dyes Cause Hyperactivity?

070219 food color

070219 food color (Photo credit: Dan4th)

On Wednesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will host a public meeting to help determine whether a link exists between artificial coloring and hyperactivity in children.

This theory has been debated by researchers and parents for the past 40 years, but was recently given new credence by a 2007 study from South Hampton, UK, which found that children who consumed a mixture of artificial colors and sodium benzoate (a preservative) displayed higher levels of hyperactivity than those who did not.

via FDA Meeting: Do Food Dyes Cause Hyperactivity?.

FDA weighs food dye, hyperactivity link –


Skittles. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

( — Jell-O, Hawaiian Punch, Pop-Tarts, Skittles, and other brightly colored foods designed to appeal to children aren’t exactly health food. But do they make kids hyperactive?

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Serving Up Food Dyes, UK Style | AllergyKids

Dyeing In Progress

Dyeing In Progress (Photo credit: knitting iris)

Right now there is a lot of discussion around the science of food dyes. Do artificial colors contribute to hyperactivity in kids? Are food dyes responsible for ADHD? Is it the government’s job to take these dyes out of our kids’ foods or is it ours?

The fact of the matter is that you are going to get a different answer depending on who you ask.

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via Serving Up Food Dyes, UK Style | AllergyKids.

Die, Dye! The effect of food dyes on children’s behavior and thinking.

Food coloring spreading on a thin water film i...

Food coloring spreading on a thin water film in the International Space Station. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My, What Colorful Food You Have!

Pretty food; ugly effects. What you should know about food dyes.

Have you ever heard the phrase “sugar rush”?

This phrase typically applies to the frenetic behavior of an out of control child who is bouncing off the walls after consuming a large quantity of sweets.

While sugar certainly can have the effect of ‘juicing’ a kid’s system, the food dyes in that pile of sweets are more likely the primary culprit.

Countless kids are taking ADD or ADHD medications when they might just be on food dye over load!

via Die, Dye! The effect of food dyes on children’s behavior and thinking..

Food Coloring and Dyes are VERY BAD for Children!

The Food Coloring

The Food Coloring (Photo credit: Matthew Bland)

I had a very shocking and scary experience with my daughter and red jello yesterday evening. She had a strange reaction to it only minutes after she ate it. I have never experienced anything like this with a child in my entire life, especially because normally I always avoid foods that are high in sugar, preservatives. dyes, and so on. On special occasions like birthdays or holidays I let my daughter, who is 21 months old, have treats like cupcakes and other junky foods, but she never eats that much of them anyway, so I had no idea she would react the way she did. So let me explain what happened:

My husband and I took his mother and my daughter to a really nice seafood and sushi buffet, and when I went to the fruit bar with my daughter, she pointed to the red jello and wanted to try it, so I put one little piece on her plate. She ended up really liking it, so my mother-in-law insisted on giving her more. Despite my better judgement I let it happen, mainly because my mother-in-law and I don’t have the best relationship, and I constantly have to tell her no about things concerning my daughter, so I was trying to be polite and keep my cool. Elena, my daughter, was sitting next to me stuffing this jello in her mouth. That is when I noticed a sudden change in her behavior.

Elena started squishing the jello in her hand, and her eyes became very big and dilated. This was not a tantrum, it was not the normal reaction that young children get when they start becoming restless and bored and want to start exploring the restaurant, and she was not even upset in any way. In fact she was being really good the whole time up until that point. Next she started getting extremely hyper, shouting mama and dada and other toddler babbles at an abnormally loud volume. She was almost twitching with a strange burst of hyperactivity and severe energy. She then proceeded to shout and laugh at the top of her lungs while sprinting all around the room in a circle, something she NEVER does unless she is chasing other kids or is being chased. I know my daughter, she is a very sensitive child who has her share of temper tantrums and toddler boredom, but this reaction was absolutely not normal. It was actually scaring me and my husband because it was so outrageous.

There is only one experience I have had that compares to how Elena was acting: taking ADD medication. Yeah, she was acting like she had taken some kind of drug for sure. She was acting the same way I did after I had taken an Adderall pill my roommate gave me in college one night so we could stay up and study . When you take that stuff without actually having ADD, you become hyperactive and have tons of strange energy, almost like a caffeine rush, except more intense. After I tried Adderall by the way, I could not believe they were giving that stuff to kids. The way you feel and act, not to mention the way your stomach and body feels after it wears off, is horrible even for an adult.

Food coloring is not necessary in our diets, it is only used to make food appear more appetizing, especially to children, so if food needs to be dyed to look edible in the first place, why would we want to put it in our mouths and bodies anyway? Dyes are used to recreate the bright colors we see in nutrient dense foods like fruits and vegetables like brilliant red berries and green salad, foods that we are naturally attracted to. Unhealthy junk that the dye is added to has no nutrition at all, but the bright colors make it seem appealing to us.

Places like the United Kingdom have banned these harmful dyes, but the FDA has refused to acknowledge these dangers in the past (probably because they are bought off by huge food corporations, but that’s a whole other issue). I had read about the reactions children can have from food coloring and about how food dyes are toxic to the body for years, but when you have an experience like this it really puts things into perspective. I am compelled to tell this story so that other parents will keep unsafe foods away from their children. Please believe me when I say, from one devoted parent to another, food dyes are not safe for us and especially not for our small children. I have always been a strong advocate for my daughter by being strict about harmful foods, and I will never let anyone else, including my mother-in-law, influence my decisions about my child’s health.


Teri Nava

For the new doulas, and the seasoned doulas alike, here’s a reminder to trust birth from a recent birth experience that I was blessed to be apart of: Without a lot of personal particulars, let’s suffice to give the info that mom’s water broke Tuesday evening. She began having very light contractions every 12-15 minutes later that night, and remained this way for two days. Midday Thursday, she had a few hours of contractions 5-6 minutes apart. I arrived that evening to find that they’d spaced out again. We did all my usual tricks to get things moving, which worked, until she went to bed. They spaced out again and remained that way until noon on Friday, at which point she consigned herself to be at the hospital and be augmented. The hospital refused to check her, but gave her a dose of cytotec to try to move things along. The monitor had a very hard time picking up her contractions at all, so I wrote them on the white board. For the first 4 hours, contractions picked up a little, only 8 minutes apart. Then the drug wore off and Cx slowed. She refused the second dose. I suggested that she hop in the shower. I kind of ignored that I’d noticed that “birth is imminent” pheromone smell. She hopped in the shower, where things immediately picked up. Contractions 2 minutes apart for the whole half hour she was in there. At the end, I heard a change in her voice. The clear sound of change and my intuition said it was transition. But she got out of the shower and the Cx immediately spaced out again to 10-15 minutes apart. The staff came in to strongly recommend another dose of cytoctec or pitocin, as they were certain she wasn’t in labor yet. Her mood was still her usual self. She could still walk and talk through the contractions. She felt some pressure, but nothing that was any different than anytime during the day. We talked about asking to get checked before deciding which one was the right method and they asked the midwife to do that. Upon checking, we found out that mom was complete, with just an anterior lip, and in the midst of a nice, resting phase plateau. I put her on her hands and knees to get rid of the lip, and baby was born 13 minutes later, in the middle of the night on Friday 🙂 Thanks to everyone on Doulaspace who gave us positive energy while this mom worked through her amazingly non-textbook birthing journey.

via Doulaspace.