Fake or Real – which are you? (Coloring Food Beautiful Summary)


The healthiest diet consists of a rainbow of colors from the garden, but has been hijacked with artificial colors.  In this series I have attempted to expose the detrimental effects from artificial colors we have grown used to eating.  I have covered eating the real rainbow in my Color Me Beautiful Series: RED, YELLOW, BLUE, GREEN, and ORANGE.  You will see the difference between the two (artificial vs authentic), so I encourage you to check out those articles and find out the different between them and the artificial food dye rainbow.

FDA (Food & Drug Administration)

Do you think the FDA has your best health in mind?  According to it’s regulatory guidelines, a declaration of all colorings added to butter, cheese, and ice cream, is voluntary according to § 101.22 – Foods; labeling of spices, flavorings, colorings and chemical preservatives.  I would encourage you to read up on the government’s regulations.

There are no warnings in the U.S. (as there is in the European Union) that alert parents that the dyes contained in the foods have been shown to cause behavioral changes and attention issues in children. Today’s artificial dyes are mostly derived from petroleum – the same petroleum we use to fuel our cars.

Did you know that the color of your food, dishes, table linens, and even wall color can all have an affect on your appetite? Some color can excite your senses and entice you to eat more, while others can actually help curb mindless snacking. Here is a chart to put it all in perspective…For instance dish-ware that’s all white can encourage over eating and leave you feeling less satisfied.

Perceived affects of colors: food marketers capitalize on emotional eating.

  • Red This is appetizing.
  • Yellow This will make you happy.  
  • Green This is natural and healthy.  Eat without risk.
  • Orange This will satisfy you.
  • Blue Suppresses appetite.  

Color & Shopping

A study on the impact of coloin marketing found that as many as 90% of shoppers make snap judgments about products based on color alone—in 90 seconds or less.(1)

Why does the food industry go artificial?

Why bother with artificial or synthetic, food colorings? Aren’t there enough natural colors to go around? A big reason to go artificial is cost. Synthetic dyes can be mass-produced at a fraction of the cost of gathering and processing the materials used to make natural colorings.

Another reason is shelf life. Artificial dyes might be longer-lasting than natural ones of the same color. Also, although nature produces an impressive hue of colors, those suitable for use as a food dye are limited. But there is no limit to the variety of colors that can be artificially produced in a lab.

  1. Companies like using them because they are cheaper, more stable, and brighter than most natural colorings.  The dyes protect against color loss, even out natural variations in food color and make “fun foods” colorful and more visually appealing.
  2. Food manufacturers use synthetic dyes mainly for marketing reasons and to meet new consumer demand.  (This means we, the consumer, have influence with our pocket books.)
  3. Food industries are ignoring the guidelines provided by these regulatory agencies to sell their products in a large scale.

Enticing consumers to buy and especially children.  Children are the Main Victims of Food Dye.

Let’s take a look at Be Food Smart’s report cards on each of the acceptable FDA colors:

Report Card/Grade:  “D

Alternate Names:  Allura Red AC, FD&C Red. No. 40 Calcium Lake, FD&C Red. No. 40 – Aluminum Lake (2)

Found in: soft drinks, candy, children’s medications, cereal, beverages, snacks, gelatin desserts, baked goods, ice cream

You can read the full article of Red40 here.

Report Card/Grade:  “D”  You can read the full article of Yellow 5 & 6 here.

Alternate Names: Tartrazine, Y4, Coal Tar Dye

Found in: candy, soft drinks, cereal, gelatin desserts, baked goods, ice cream, pudding, snack foods, energy drinks, flavored chips, jam, yogurt, pickles, dessert powders, custard. (2)

You can read the full article of Yellow 5 & 6 here.





Report Card/Grade:  “D”.  

Found in:  baked goods, cereals, ice cream, snacks, candies and cherries. (2)

You can read the full article of Blue here.

Report Card Grade: “F”  Found in: salad dressings, cereal, pre-cooked pasta, baked foods, candied fruit, candy, yogurt. (2)

You can read the full article of Green here.


Report/Grade: “F”  Orange

Used for coloring surfaces and casings of frankfurters and sausage. (2)

You can read the full article of Orange here.

Reported reactions to artificial dyes include:

  • ADHD
  • Anaphylactic reactions
  • Bedwetting
  • Confusion
  • Ear infections
  • Eczema
  • Frustration
  • Hives
  • Hyperactivity
  • Itchiness
  • Lack of concentration
  • Mood swings
  • Obsessive/compulsive behavior
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Temper tantrums
  • Violent outbursts

Prevalence of Artificial Food Colors in Grocery Store Products Marketed to Children.

Artificial food colors (AFCs) in foods and beverages may be harmful to children. This study assesses the percentage of grocery store products marketed to children that contain AFCs, by category and company. The research team collected product and food-color information about 810 products in one grocery store in North Carolina in 2014. Overall, 350 products (43.2%) contained AFCs. The most common AFCs were Red 40 (29.8% of products), Blue 1 (24.2%), Yellow 5 (20.5%), and Yellow 6 (19.5%). (3)

Percentage of products with AFC’s:

  • in candies (96.3%)
  • fruit-flavored snacks (94%)
  • drink mixes/powders (89.7%)

Behavioral measures:

A study enrolled about 300 preschool and elementary school children in the United Kingdom.  They were challenged with behavioral measures used by   The study used two different mixtures: Mix A included 20 mg artificial food colorings for 3-year-old children and 24.98 mg for 8- to 9-year old children. Mix B included 30 mg for the younger children and 62.4 mg for the older children. The doses for the 3-year-old children corresponded roughly to the amounts found in 112 g of candy.  Some of these measures are used in ADHD research and diagnosis, while the Southampton study was aimed more general question of behaviors evoked by food colors.  Combined into a single score it was demonstrated that there were statistically a significant adverse responses in both groups of children to the food color challenge. (4)

Who would have thought that our government would condone dyes made from the same petroleum that fuels our vehicles.  What is crazier yet in my mind is that most consumers don’t seem to be disturbed by it.  Most consumers blindly trust the government and those scientists who falsely educate the public to line their pockets.  I hope you learned something from this series as I did. Why compromise with fake beauty when real beauty is life giving?  It is my hope that this series educated and influenced all of you to vote with your dollars. I truly believe that if consumers stop purchasing artificially dyed and flavored foods we can make an impact.  Buy real foods to create those beautiful colors that have lasting value for you and your families health.

So what will the food of the future look like? You may already know about edible spray paint developed by a German food company, The Deli Garage.  It came up with World’s First Edible Spray Paint called Food Finish, it has absolutely no taste itself and can be applied to all foods. has already manufactured an edible spray paint called Food Finish, which can be applied to any food. It comes in red, blue, gold, and silver colors.


Eating involves more than just taste. It is a full sensory experience. Both food scientists and chefs will tell you that the smell, sound, feel, and, yes, the sight of your food are just as important as taste to fully appreciate what you eat. It is a powerful tool to help you make better choices, but it will take practice.

Beyond taste, the bigger question you should start ask yourself when deciding what to eat is…“How will eating this make me feel?” The next time you sit down to eat, before taking that first bite, pause for 20 seconds and be aware of how you feel at the present moment. Are you focused, tired, low energy, high energy, jittery? Take stock of this feeling, and then go ahead and eat your meal.  Pay attention to your energy levels, your cognitive function, your anxiety levels, and your focus. And a really big one…are you sleepy?  (5)

Preparing Natural Dyes

With hyperactivity in children, increased food sensitivities, and even rashes and eczema, it’s more and more important to know how to make your own homemade food coloring versus the traditional rainbow of risks using artificial dyes.  If you’re making Easter eggs:

Why Add Vinegar to Egg Dye?

Most instructions for dyeing an egg say to add vinegar to the dye mixture, but why? When an egg is soaked in an acidic mixture, two things happen. First, the eggshell reacts with the acid and produces carbon dioxide gas. (That’s why bubbles form on the surface of the eggshell while it soaks.) The shell then starts to dissolve, which increases the surface area of the egg and exposes more of the egg to the dye.

There are two types of natural ingredients to make dyes:

  1. those that are sufficient as dyes on their own (e.g. espresso, beet juice, or wine)
  2. those that need to steep in water in order to create the dye (e.g. spices, onion skins, and cabbage leaves). I’ve marked the ingredients that need to be steeped first with an asterisk (*).  Please visit Nourishing Joy for the asterisk (*) list.

How to make steeped dyes:

To make the steeped dyes, combine the water and colorant and bring to a boil. Boil gently for approximately 15 minutes, then cool the liquid to room temperature.

As for how much of each ingredient to use, count on 4 tablespoons of spice or 4 cups of coarsely chopped vegetables per quart of water.

For example:

  • if you want to use chili powder as your colorant and you want to make 2 cups of dye, you would use 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of chili powder;
  • if you want to use beets as your colorant and you want to make 1 quart of dye, you would use boil 4 cups of water with 4 cups of cubed beets.


Two cups water + two cups peeled, grated beets + vinegar (1 tablespoon per cup of liquid that remains after you simmer the grated beets and water)


2 cups yellow onion peels + enough water to cover skins by 1 inch + vinegar (1 tablespoon per cup of liquid that remains after you simmer the onion peels and water)


Two cups water + 1 tablespoon turmeric + 2 tablespoons vinegar creates this vibrant yellow on white eggs and a deep gold on brown ones. The egg to the left of the one marked “turmeric” above is an example of what a brown egg looks like.

Green / Blue

2 cups shredded purple cabbage + enough water to cover cabbage by 1 inch + vinegar (1 tablespoon per remaining cup after the dye is boiled)

To make green frosting, mix 1/2 tsp spinach juice with 2 Tbsp frosting.


1-2 cups beet kvass – as much as is needed to cover the eggs.

To make purple frosting, mix 1/4 tsp grape juice concentrate with 2 Tbsp frosting.


  1. Bring dye matter and water to a boil. Turn heat down to low and simmer, covered, for 15-60 minutes until desired color is reached. Keep in mind that the eggs will be several shades lighter so it’s best to go for deep, rich hues.
  2. Remove liquid from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  3. Pour dye through a mesh strainer into bowls/mason jars and add 1 tablespoon of vinegar for each cup of dye liquid.
  4. Add hardboiled eggs to dye and place in fridge until desired color is reached. I started mine in the early afternoon and let them set overnight.

Please take a look at the following colors to find some other helpful tips and ways to color food naturally:  red, yellow, blue, green, and orange.

Color are so much fun, and add so much to our eating pleasure.  I hope you enjoyed learning how to use real colors.  Join me next time as we begin a new series on how to enhance your eating pleasure on how to Spice Up Your Life.  Until next time.

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Clever Orange

The companies know how color effects and consumer and are willing to take a risk on the consumer banking on them not being educated or the power of the enticing color stimulates the consumer beyond control.  Take a look at just a couple of the psychological effects of the color orange:

  • Orange is associated with healthy food and it stimulates the appetite.
  • Orange motivates people talk and eat for a long time.
  • Orange also relates to adventure and risk-taking.
  • Orange is a warm and inviting color, it is both physically and mentally stimulating, so it gets people thinking and talking!

The food industry is quiet clever for sure.  Let’s take a look at how clever.

Skittles® Original | Taste The Rainbow® slogan is just a taste of how these companies market their products.  But, they are nowhere near as beneficial as the true plant chemicals you see in fruits and vegetables.  I would encourage you to browse the Color Me Beautiful series.  Under the Home tab you can click to find the true colors of the rainbow in this series.

There are many foods that you would never guess were artificially colored.  To name a couple, did you know…

Cheese comes in orange and white, right? Well, not exactly. The truth is cheese, especially cheddar, is naturally white or light yellowish. The yellow pigment comes from beta carotene, a colorful plant nutrient that’s transferred from the grass cows eat into their milk. In the 17th century, English cheesemakers realized they could skim off the cream, which contains most of the beta carotene, and sell it separately for more profit. To keep the yellow-orange color that people expected, they started adding coloring from saffron, carrot juice and currently annatto (a natural coloring made from the seeds of the achiote tree, though some is synthetically made).

Oranges aren’t orange all the time. Some growers looking for year-round sales spray the skins with Citrus Red #2, an artificial dye certified by the FDA to give oranges the consumer-pleasing eye-popping look of their namesake color.  Buy organic brands (which don’t allow dyes) or select those grown in California or Arizona (two states that prohibit Citrus Red #2).


  • D&C Orange #5 – Drugs: mouthwashes and dentifrices that are ingested drugs (GMP), and external drugs (at most 5 mg per day). Cosmetics: lipsticks (at most 5% by wt. of finished product), mouthwashes and dentifrices that are ingested cosmetics, and external cosmetics (GMP) 74.1255, 74.2255, 82.1255
  • D&C Orange #1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 14-17 – Sep. 4, 1966 – 81.30(d) no longer authorized or has been restricted.

In 1978, FDA proposed Banning Orange B, but it never finalized the ban because companies stopped using it. However, in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 21, Volume 1, Revised as of April 1, 2018, Cite: 21CFR74.250, Orange B an azo dye has received approval by the FDA for safe uses and restrictions for coloring the casings or surfaces of frankfurters and sausages subject to the restriction that the quantity of the color additive does not exceed 150 parts per million by weight of the finished food.

In animal studies potential problems are shown with the spleen, lymphatic system, and kidneys when exposed to Orange B.

In addition, as you learn in elementary school, all you do is mix two colors and you get another color.  Where does the orange that you see in Skittles (red 40 lake, yellow 6 lake, yellow 6).  What about beverages like Crush Orange (Yellow 6, RED40) etc. Again take a look at the orangish colors in food such as cereals, baked goods, snack foods, ice cream, beverages, dessert powders, and confections.  You can educate yourself more on the Yellow 5 & 6 and RED40 by clicking the following article links: Yellow 5 & 6 and RED40.

According to Be Food Smart’s report card, FD&C Orange 3 receives a failing grade: “F”.  (click the “F” and find out why.)

If Kraft Dumps artificial food dyes after a massive petition led by activist, Vani Hari, the Food Babe in 2015, then consumers can do the same thing now by voting with their dollars.  We need to let the food industry know that it doesn’t “pay” to buy these food stuffs.  By food stuffs I mean “fake food”.  Dare I say it?  A majority of food on the shelves is artificial, not real anyway.  If we want to feel good about the foods that we eat and serve your family, we need to step up and put a little fire under these giants seats.

What can you do? Use the following natural spices.

  • Paprika          Ground chili peppers          Orange-red
  • Saffron          Crocus flowers                    Orange-yellow

What would stimulate you to become an activist and let the fake food industry know that it doesn’t “pay” to mess with our food?

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Acid Green


The History of Green Dye Is a History of Death

The use of green dye has a deadly history.  In Victorian days an “emerald green” was bringing nature and greenery into the dull drab Victorian cities that proved to be fatal. One of the first green dresses ever, from around 1778, at the Bata Shoe Museum was a bold shade of green and was so jewel-like that it quickly began being called “emerald green.” And women loved it.  Before long, illustrations were being run in newspapers depicting skeletons dancing in green dresses.  This green produced ulcers all over the skin and hair fell out.  Vomiting of blood before shutting down their livers and kidneys was possible.  Baby’s died in their nurseries after playing on green carpets or rubbing up against green wallpaper.  Matilda Scheurer, a 19-year-old woman who applied the green dye to fake flowers, died in a way that horrified the populace in 1861.  

Consumers throughout history have engaged in all manner of wildly unhealthy behaviors for the sake of fashion, and you cannot leave out eating pleasures here either.  We all like color because it is pleasing to the eye and in my opinion the production of colors still remains a huge industry!

What could have caused such distress in all these cases?  They tested positive for arsenic in the dye (acid green).  It was public knowledge that arsenic was poisonous so it was certainly not a secret; every Victorian home had a bit of the powder lying around for rats and mice.(1) 

Fortunately, by 1895, “in the absence of government intervention, the people of Britain had used the power of their pocketbooks” to demand alternatives to the arsenic-based dye.  We have the same pocketbook power today.

I know I have veered a little from food color additives.  If these color additives affect our physiology even in our clothing, imagine what these colors do ingesting them.  We would be wise to know some of these things and take the time to research and understand it.  We also need to keep our government and the industry accountable.

Green is strongly associated with health, renewal, nature, fertility, energy, and is the color of balance.  It is a relaxing color that is pleasing to the eye.

Chlorophyll is natural pigment found in all green plants   This Sea green colored synthetic dye is not permitted in the European Union due to animal studies showing Fast Green to be a possible carcinogen.

Here is a list of the following color additives is no longer authorized or has been restricted:  

  • FD&C Green #1 – Removed from list – Nov. 29, 1977
  • FD&C Green #2 – Removed from list – 81.30(d)
  • C.I. ACID GREEN 3 is a dull dark green powder. Used as a dye for silk or wool and biological stains.
  • Green 4; E142 – Not permitted in U.S. or Canada.
  • D&C Green #5 – exists and is used for drugs and cosmetics including drugs and cosmetics for eye area
  • D&C Green #6 – Use in ingested drugs and ingested cosmetics is no longer authorized Mar. 27, 1981 – 81.10(o).  Use in external drugs external cosmetics, and sutures is allowed
  • D&C Green #7 – Sep. 4, 1966
  • D&C Green #8 – a fluorescent green dye.  Limited in Highlighter Ink, Leak Tracing, Dishwasher Liquid, etc

The meaning of the initials:  Food, Drug, & Cosmetics (FD&C); Drug & Cosmetics (D&C)

Fast Green FCF, also called Food Green 3, FD&C Green No. 3, Green 1724, Solid Green FCF, and C.I. 42053, is a sea green triarylmethane food dye. Its E number is E143. (CI=Color Index) The color is principally the disodium salt. It is soluble in water, sparingly soluble in ethanol and insoluble in vegetable oils.


According to Merck’s specification records we see the following information:

The molecular structure of Green 3: Triarylmethane a group of any of a class of basic molecules; acid, mordant acid, and direct dyes. (Solid dark powder or granules with a metallic luster)

Health Hazard, Warning

The history of Green 3 has caution written all over it.  Below is an abbreviated list of precautionary codes for Food Green 3:

  • P201 – Obtain special instructions before use.
  • P202 -Do not handle until all safety precautions have been read and understood.
  • P280 – Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection.
  • P282 – Wear cold insulating gloves/face shield/eye protection.
  • P284 – Wear respiratory protection.

Health Hazard Category GHS08: mutagenic

> Respiratory sensitization, category 1
> Germ cell mutagenicity, categories 1A,1B,2
> Carcinogenicity, categories 1A,1B,2
> Reproductive toxicity, categories 1A,1B,2
> Specific Target Organ Toxicity – Single exposure, categories 1,2
> Specific Target Organ Toxicity – Repeated exposure, categories 1,2
> Aspiration Hazard, category 1

Carcinogens and mutagens:  A carcinogen is a substance that may cause cancer or increase its incidence by inhalation, ingestion or skin absorption.

Health Hazard, Danger

Understanding Category 1A and Category 1B: Known or presumed human carcinogens

A substance is classified in Category 1 for carcinogenicity on the basis of epidemiological and/or animal data.  A substance may also be included in category 1A if it is known that it is a human carcinogen, based on the existence of human testing, or category 1B if it is supposed to be a human carcinogen, based on the existence of animal testing.

There is not a safe environmental or occupational exposure dose to carcinogens. Due to the severity of harm from exposure to carcinogens and mutagens they should be regarded as substances of very high concern, and their elimination/substitution should be promoted as a precautionary measure, following the principles of preventive action according to Directive 89/391/EEC on the safety and health of workers at work, that applies only to chemicals that meet the criteria for classification as carcinogens or mutagens of categories 1A or 1B (according to CLP Regulation) or 1 or 2 (according to DSD).  (Please go to ISTAS and read more about these codes.)

Here is a list of some of the possible risks:

  1. Besides being used as a food dye, it is used to stain living cells. It is commonly used in ophthalmology to diagnose problems on the surface of eyes.
  2. In animal studies, Green #3, caused malignant tumors at site of injection. It may cause allergic reaction in sensitive individuals.
  3. Fast green is not absorbed by the intestines very well. This means most of what is eaten is excreted.
  4. However, there have been studies that show it might produced tumors in lab animals. In its undiluted form, it may pose a risk of irritation of eyes, skin, digestive tract, and respiratory tract.(3)

In 1906, federal agencies stepped in and Congress passed the United States Food and Drugs Act, which prohibited the use of poisonous or harmful colors in confectionery and the coloring or staining of food to conceal spoiling, damage, or inferiority. Today, the natural look of unadulterated foods is highly valued.(4)

So why is Green 3 approved by the FD&C and still allowed to be used in the U.S.?  That is a good question!


According to Be Food Smart’s report card, FD&C Green no. 3 receives a failing grade: “F”.  (click the “F” and find out why.)


Common uses for Green No.3 have been used in the US since 1927 to provide a pleasing sea green color to various foods including beverages, puddings, ice cream, sherbet, confections, candies, baked goods, cherries, dairy fats and oil, meat, seafood, snacks, dry mixes and seasonings, fruit preparations, convenient food, flavors and dairy products. It is also used in pharmaceutical products, personal care products, and cosmetics (lipsticks).(2) Green No.3 can be found to be used for tinned green peas and other vegetables, jellies, sauces, fish, desserts, mint Listerine, and dry bakery mixes at level of up to 100 mg/kg.(3) 


1.  Be your own investigator.

2.  Use your pocketbook to speak.

3.  Get your colors from natural resources. It can provide a little added nutritional benefit like added fiber, Vitamin C among other vitamins and minerals.

I do not benefit from sales from any of the above mentioned products.

Making your own green food coloring with Spinach:

  • 1 cup (30 grams) spinach, fresh or frozen (if frozen, thaw and drain)
  • 3 tablespoons water, plus more as needed

If using fresh spinach, in a small saucepan, boil the spinach in enough water to cover and simmer for 2-3 minutes.  Cooking it too long will cause the spinach to lose its color.  Drain, discarding the cooking liquid. If using frozen and thawed spinach, skip to the next step.

In a high-speed blender or food processor, blend the spinach and water together until completely smooth. If the mixture clumps or stubbornly refuses to blend, add more water as needed, 1 tablespoon at a time. Strain, if desired, and let cool.

Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator or freeze for up to 4 months.  Add 1 teaspoon to icings, frostings or batter for starters to impart a green hue. Add more coloring, if necessary.

Spinach is not the only green food you can use.  Any leafy green that has a rich color will be fine.

If you would prefer to buy it, here are a few places you can go.

  1. Color Kitchen Food Coloring
  2. Natural Baking Decorations
  3. India Tree
  4. Color Garden
  5. TruColor, King Arthur (but most they sell are artificial from Americolor)
  6. Uncle Roy’s (UK brand)

Using Color Kitchen colored powdered mixes won’t affect the frosting’s texture.  Simply mix the blue and yellow together until you get a green you like.

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner it may be challenging to avoid green food dyes. Believe it or not Green No. 3 has been linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer.  Green food coloring is made by combining blue and yellow dyes and is always synthetic. Chlorophyll could work as a replacement but it’s not approved for use as a food coloring in the United States. Chlorophyll is ironically considered a superfood and has countless health benefits protecting the body. There are several reasons why green foods are considered as blood-building foods because of the similarity in structures of the two colored pigments, the red heme and the green chlorophyll.

Please take the time to read more about the benefits of the green color in natural foods in my blog post Put A Spring Into Your Step.

How do you dye your food naturally?

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Shades of Blue


The color blue is so rare in food items, probably because blue foods aren’t particularly appealing to humans (or animals for that matter). “Almost universally, it is difficult to get a consumer to try a blue-colored food,” Gary Blumenthal, a representative from International Food Strategies.  Blue, purple and black were “color warning signs” of potentially lethal food.  In fact, the color blue actively suppresses our appetites and it is even recommended to put a blue lightbulb in the refrigerator to curb overeating.

So if the food industry uses food coloring giving the food appeal to consumers, why use the color blue an unappealing color to the consumer?  They have kept the ‘blue’ in fun foods such as candies and sports drinks.  Aside from Blue the unappetizing nature of blue foods, they are predicted to be seen more in the near future.

If using natural colorings, the color blue is full of antioxidants, which have been associated with prevention of diseases like cancers, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s, health-conscious eaters are starting to pay more attention to them.

But first, let’s take a look at the artificially blue colors accepted by the FDA and why you should think twice about using it or consuming it.

Blue #1 (E133) and Blue #2 (E132):

These colors have been banned in Norway, Finland, and France, due to studies showing them to cause brain cancer and inhibit nerve-cell development.  

FD&C Blue No. 1 (E133) Names: Brilliant Blue FCF, FD&C Blue No. 1-Calcium Lake, B1, Coal Tar Dye.

It is a synthetic version of the plant-based indigo that has a long history as a textile dye.  It is a greenish-blue dye and is served in 711,659 Pounds of Total Dye Certified (includes lakes) The Hyperactive Children’s Support Group (HACSG) recommends to avoid Blue #1 because this substance may cause allergic reactions.

    • Bronchoconstriction (combined with Erythrosine, Indigo Carmine)
    • Eosinophilotactic response – a specific effect of injections of allergenic extracts. Esophagitis is inflammation that damages the lining of the esophagus.
    • Chromosomal damage
    • Negative effects on the CNS (central nervous system) of human cell lines. NCBI

This dye is used in ice cream, canned peas, packaged soups, popsicles and icings. 

FD&C Blue No. 2 (E132) Names: Indigotin, Indogotine, Indigo Carmine, Coal Tar Dye

is a deep blue dye that provides a violet to blue shade in applications. Introduced in the early 1900s, FD&C Blue No. 2 is one of the oldest certified food color additives used in the US. It is distinguished by its rich royal blue color, which may be used in baked goods, biscuits, ice cream, candy, confections, cherries, sausage, sherbet, dairy products, dessert powders, cereals, snack foods, convenient foods, and pharmaceuticalsIt is also called indigo blue or Indigotine.  Indigotine is a petroleum product – 550,883 Pounds of Coal Dye Certified (includes lakes).  From all these products, you can understand the volume reported above.

Blue #2 is linked to and may cause:  (People with allergies should avoid it.)

    1. Asthma (Breathing problems)
    2. Brain tumors
    3. Bronchoconstriction (combined with Brilliant Blue, Erythrosine)
    4. High Blood Pressure
    5. Hives
    6. Nausea
    7. Skin rashes
    8. Vomiting
    9. Other Allergic Reactions. 

Hyperactivity. Nearly 300 children in a study were given a beverage with artificial colors and a preservative. Drinking the beverage resulted in increased hyperactivity in the children. 

As a result of the study, one candy company, Nestlé-Rowntree, stopped selling one of its candies with a blue shell until it replaced the artificial color with a new blue color made from spirulina, a blue-green algae. 

In Male rats, high doses of blue #2 have statistically significant increases in brain cancers and other abnormal cell development.  No human studies have been reported, and experts disagree about the safety of Blue No. 2  Yet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that FD&C blue no. 2 is safe for use in food and supplements. Since it adds nothing to the nutritive value of food and evidence for its safety is questionable, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) recommends it not be used in foods at all. 


According to Be Food Smart’s report card, FD&C blue no. 2  receives a failing grade: “D”.  (click the “D” and find out what the requirements are for such a grade.)

The meaning of Dyes & Lakes:  Dyes are liquid colorants soluble in water, ethanol or propylene glycol. Lakes are dry, non-soluble dyes used to coat products such as candies or pills.


The colors are found in many baked goods, beverages (soda and sports drinks), dessert powders, candies, cereals, drugs, and other products including pet food.

In 1969, Blue #1 received FDA approval for general use in foods and
ingested drugs.

In 1982, the FDA permanently approved the color for use in externally applied drugs and general use in cosmetics excluding the area of the eye.


They don’t kill you, they just maim you overtime and sometimes immediately.


Get your colors from natural resources and be cool with blue.

Homemade BLUE coloring ideas:

  1. Mashed Blueberries – for colored eggs, cover in juice enough to completely cover the eggs
  2. Red Cabbage Leaves:  How to video
  3. Spirulina – Mix powder in water.
    1. Suncore Foods – 100% Pure Blue Butterfly Pea Natural Supercolor Powder


  1. Purple Grape Juice
  2. Red Onion Skins heavily steeped

Thankfully,  consumers’ have a growing preference for natural foods is leading some companies to either not add colorings or to switch to safe natural colorings.  And, since the visual aspect is considered to be an important factor for the selection of products by final consumers, you have a bigger voice and a loud voice to encourage industry to change.

Please visit my blog post Be Cool With Blue of the benefits of natural blues.

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A Cosmetic Shame – Yellow 5 & 6

Yellow, the color that stimulates appetite and triggers the feelings of happiness and friendliness, gives us a warm fuzzy feeling like the sun.  When the LORD God created light, this literally created the possibility for us to see living beautiful colors for our benefit in so many ways.  

Since we eat with our eye’s first, it is no wonder the food industry uses color in their fake food because of the psychological nature of it to the consumer.  But, we must remember the purpose of these chemicals is often to mask the absence of real food, to increase the appeal of a low-nutrition product to children.  These artificial colors continue to be known as the secret shame of the food industry and the regulators who watch over it.

  • quinoline yellow (E104)
  • FD&C Yellow 6 – *sunset yellow-orange shade FCF (E110) (3,558,351
  • FD&C Yellow 5 Tartrazine (E102) Yellow shade (3,756,551 pounds of dye)
  • Alternative names – Tartrazine, Y4, Coal Tar Dyes
  • Yellow No. 5 and Yellow No. 6water-soluble food colorings used in some medicines, most foods, and often beauty products.  They are banned in Norway, Austria, and Germany. Delisted are FD&C Yellows No. 1, 2, 3, and 4.


Yellow 5 (aka Tartazine, E102): synthetic lemon yellow that is made from petroleum (crude oil from the ground).

  • it contains the cancer-causing compounds benzidine and 4-aminobiphenyl. 
  • Six of the 11 studies on Yellow 5 showed that it caused genotoxicity, a deterioration of the cell’s genetic material with potential to mutate healthy DNA. 
  • Yellow 5 combined with sodium benzoate could result in hyperactivity in children.

It’s found in gelatin desserts, candy, pet food, and baked goods.  It is often fed to chickens to make their egg yolks more appealing.

Side effects of yellow 5: ingestion, anxiety, migraines, clinical depression, blurred vision, itching, general weakness, heatwaves, worsen asthma symptoms, feeling of suffocation, cause allergy-like hypersensitivity reactions, purple skin patches, and sleep disturbance. Tartazine, Yellow 5 (watch video)


YELLOW 6 LAKE is really bad stuff combined together from lots of chemicals. Benzenesulphonic acid treated with hydrochloric acid and sodium nitrite.  Since it is a lake, salt has been added to it so it is insoluble in liquids.  The resulting dye is purified and isolated as the sodium salt.  Out of the numerous artificial dyes under the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetics Act (FD&C).

Yellow #6 belongs to the monoazo class of colorants that is yelloworange in color.

  • is a toxic chemical
  • is a sulfonated form of Sudan I

Sudan l is a poisonous substance that was one of the original petroleum azo compound dyes developed in the late 19th century during the European textile boom.  A tiny proportion of people express an allergy to yellow #6 and experience symptoms, such as hives, asthma and skin rashes.  70 percent of the global use of dyes are azo dyes, which are among the most hazardous.

  • it is heavily correlated with hyperactivity, especially in children.
  • is linked to some types of tumors. 
  • may have a relationship to adrenal and kidney malfunction
  • *Yellow #6 (E110): Banned in Norway and Finland. Due to the same cancer-causing compounds as Yellow #5, it causes tumors in the kidneys and adrenal glands of laboratory animals.
  • In “Food and Chemical Toxicology” in 2010 noted that both Yellow No. 5 and Yellow No. 6 food dyes changed the chemical functions of the liver and kidneys.

Side effects – gastric upset, diarrhea, vomiting, nettle rash (urticaria), swelling of the skin (angioedema) and migraines, linked to hyperactivity in young children

Further reading:  Is It Bad For You

What’s the Big Deal?

Regardless of how many of these turn out to be proven or not, I am not sure how eating a product that was made from industrial coal-tar can be good for you.  At best, there is no nutritional value.  At worst, it may be causing a whole host of problems.  Even if you’re not sensitive to Yellow Dye, would you knowingly feed your children coal-tar? Which has nothing to do but give dangerous diseases or conditions to people?

Why would the FDA allow an industry to put yellow dye in anything?

It may ATTRACT the children.

But then, adults are children at heart also, aren’t we?

The FDA continues to justify the negative effects of artificial dyes on human health, in spite of numerous studies highlighting these effects.

What Yellow No. 5 and Yellow No. 6 is in: skittles, jello, gelatin desserts, dessert powders, pet foods, American cheese, macaroni and cheese, Starburst, frostings, Oreos, ice creams, flavored milk, yogurt, carbonated beverages. color bakery goods, cereals, crackers, beverages, dessert powders, candies, gelatin desserts, sausage, pickles, hot dogs, cosmetics, drugs (yellow vitamin capsules) and on and on.  Allergy-symptoms

Don’t assume that only yellow color foods include this dye, but few white cup cakes also contain yellow dye as an ingredient.  It is best to read the labels.

Where can you find easy, natural dyes?

Does Trader Joe’s sell natural dyes?  Not a single one.  If you shop there, encourage them to carry the products you see below and in this Red – Appealing Danger Color Food Beautiful series. (Click link for last months suggested coloring producers.)

Americolor food coloring natural?  Sorry, what may be the best-selling premium brand still uses the synthetics.

Here is a list of safe food coloring manufacturers: Have you made your Christmas cookies yet?

Using Color Gardens colors

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What can you do?

  1. Use a smidgen of Tumeric Powder for a truer yellow color.
  2. Using annatto or paprika will produce more of a rusty orange versus a yellowish.
  3. For your non-dessert recipes, such as if you want to make vegan cheddar cheese using ground nuts, then mustard seed powder along with nutritional yeast is a good alternative for creating that yellow-orange hue.
  4. Please visit my blog post Yellow, The Vision Vitamin of the benefits of natural yellows.

Several major multinational companies that do not use dyes in Europe said that they don’t use dyes in Europe because government has urged them not to—but that they would continue to use dyes in the United States until they were ordered not to or consumers demanded such foods.

Consumers should not have to wait decades, if not forever, for companies to voluntarily remove questionable dyes from their products. The FDA, which is charged with protecting the public from unsafe food ingredients, should ban all of the dyes.

It is reported that 90 percent of all dyes used in the US involve these three food dyes —red #40, yellow #5, and yellow #6.

What else can you do?

  • Lobby your government Representatives to push for the removal of toxic dyes
  • *Get educated about what is in your food.  READ LABELS.  Read more in the Food Dyes Rainbow of Risk.
  • *Use your purchasing power and avoid foods with toxic dyes
  • Right to companies expressing your views
  • Reduce or stop consuming processed food
  • *Buy organic, but still look for dyes.
  • Cleanse and detox your body to remove the cumulative chemicals

 You have more influencing power than you think!

In the US, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese contains the artificial food dyes Yellow 5 and Yellow 6. These unnecessary – yet potentially harmful – dyes are not in Kraft Macaroni and Cheese in other countries, including the UK, because they were removed due to consumer outcry.  Isn’t it time we cried out, enough is enough.  We need to get smart, be wise with our food choices for our families health.

Why not sleep well at night knowing you are using beneficial colors to liven up your food?  Just think about all the nutritional benefits you gain from these real and beneficial colors.  Hmmm, I think I need to cover the nutritional benefits of these at some point.

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What is that ingredient

What is YELLOW


U.S.Department of Health & Human Services – Yellow 5 Lists other household items

U.S.Department of Health & Human Services – Yellow 6 Lists other household items

RED – Appealing Danger


Dactylopius coccus costa (female bug) carmine or cochineal extract (Carminic acid)

Red happens to be the most used color out of all the colors in the food industry, especially the most prolific artificially colors in candy.  In nature, red is a very appealing food color; many fruits are colored red to indicate ripeness.  Some of the red coloring we use in food is actually made of crushed bugs (Soylant Red – Carminic acid). Carmine is a beetle native to South America used over many hundreds of years as a dye for blankets and cotton.  Now, it is found in our food.  Eew, creepy, crawly bugs.  Although it is natural, and many cultures eat beetles and other bugs, this one can cause severe allergic reactions.  I don’t know which is worse, the Carmine or the artificially made one from coal tar sludge.

I have learned to extremely enjoy history and how things come to be.  Here is a little history of our appealing first color in this series, the RED40!  History tells us that color additives typically came from substances found in nature, such as turmeric, paprika and saffron.  By the 20th century, new kinds of colors appeared that offered marketers wider coloring possibilities.

In the 1800’s, some manufacturers colored products with potentially poisonous mineral- and metal-based compounds resulting in injury and even death.  To mask poor product quality or spoiled stock, food producers deceived customers by using color additives.  By the 1900’s, unmonitored food colorings spread through many food items that were derived from aniline, a petroleum product that in pure form is toxic and dubbed “coal-tar”.  Strong economic incentives phased out the use of plant, animal, and mineral sources.  In the passage of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938 the FDA’s mandate included the full range of color designations to separate their hues.  Consumers can still read these on product packages: “FD&C” (permitted in food, drugs and cosmetic); “D&C” (for use in drugs and cosmetics) and “Ext. D&C” (colors for external-use drug and cosmetics).  We would be wise to take advantage of this information on packages and become knowledgable of what it all means for our own benefit.

FD&C RED No. 1 – BANNED in 1961 – due to cancer concerns

FD&C RED No. 2 – BANNED in 1976 – carcinogenic; increases bladder tumor risk (found on Florida oranges)

FD&C RED No. 4 – BANNED in 1964 – due to cancer concerns.  They were banned by FDA in foods, ingested drugs, and ingested cosmetics in 1964, but are permitted for external use only.

What happened to FD&C RED 3?

FD&C RED No. 3 (Erythrosine) – was recognized in 1990 by the FDA as a thyroid carcinogen in animals and is banned in cosmetics such as lipsticks, in externally applied drugs and as a pigment form called ‘lakes’ in food, drugs, and cosmetics. The FDA still permits Red 3 in ingested drugs and foods.  It is known to be linked to Thyroid Cancer/linked to allergies and ADHD in children.

Can food dye cause hyperactivity?

Erythrosine, also known as Red No. 3, is an organoiodine compound, specifically a derivative of fluorone.  FD&C RED No. 3 is a synthetic dye with a cherry-pink stain used primarily for food coloring. In foods it is used to dye cake decorating gel, candies and popsicles, among other food items such as sausage to maraschino cherries.

Red 3 was found to cause DNA damage in human liver cells in vitro, comparable to the damage caused by a chemotherapy drug whose whole purpose is to break down DNA, but Red No. 3 was also found to influence children’s behavior over 30 years ago and to interfere with thyroid function over 40 years ago.  Many parents were desperately searching for a solution to their children’s behavior problems.  They knew how debilitating hyperactivity (now called attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD) was to their children and their family.  It is estimated that over half a million children in the United States suffer adverse behavioral reactions after ingesting food dyes.  A good read on the topic of ADHD and food coloring is in this SEEING RED.pdf.

Why is it still legal?

Good question!  By 1985, the FDA had already postponed action on banning the Red No. 3 twenty-six times, even though the Acting Commissioner of the FDA said Red No. 3 was “of greatest public health concern,” imploring his agency to not knowingly allow continued exposure (at high levels in the case of Red No. 3) of the public to “a provisionally listed color additive that has clearly been shown to induce cancer while questions of mechanism are explored.”

That was over 30 years ago and it’s still in our food supply.

In 1990, concerned about cancer risk, the FDA banned the use of Red No. 3 in anything going on our skin, but it remained legal to continue to put it in anything going in our mouths.  Seriously?!

Then we have the BIG RED!

FD&C RED No. 40 – Allura Red AC

FDA regulations state that Red40 must be listed on labels as “FD&C Red No. 40” or “Red40.” However, manufacturers don’t have to specify how much is in their product.

As mentioned above, RED40 Is the most-widely used dye and is a certified color that comes from petroleum distillates or coal tars.  Red is one of the most prolific artificial colors in candy.  Allura Red (AC) was originally introduced in the United States as
a replacement for the use of amaranth as a food coloring.  However, Allura Red (AC) is banned in many European countries solely.

Dyes lack nutritional value and are often used as cheap replacements for healthful ingredients. For example, most of the color in the “carrot- flavored pieces” in Betty Crocker’s Super Moist Carrot Cake Mix comes not from the smidgen of carrot powder, but from the Yellow 6 and Red40 dyes.  Similarly, there are no cherries or berries in Tropicana Twister Cherry Berry Blast.  The color comes primarily from Red40.

Foods that aren’t red or orange can still include Red 40.

  • You can find it, and other artificial food colors (AFCs), in cheeses, peanut butter crackers, salad dressings, and marshmallows.  Do you consume any of these products?  Bakery, Candy, Cereals, Dairy, Drinks, Sauces, Snacks

  • You can also find red dye in drinks marketed as healthy, such as sports drinks and nutritional shakes.  
  • Red dyes are also found in these foods that are not red. For example red dye is used in combination with yellow food coloring to give peanut butter-flavored food a golden color.
  • Even unexpected foods such as pizza may contain red dye, so it’s necessary to scan or read the labels of everything you purchase. This includes foods marketed as healthy such as fiber bars and oatmeal with fruit.

I wouldn’t be surprised if there are more products with RED40 under these categories.  Learning a new habit to read the labels would be better.  Here is a list of the different RED40 names.

  1. Red 40
  2. Red No. 40
  3. FD & C Red No. 40
  4. FD and C Red No. 40
  5. Allura Red
  6. Allura Red AC
  7. C. I. 16035
  8. C.I. Food Red 17
  • Allura Red has been determined to cause behavioral & developmental problems in children (increased hyperactivity in 8‐ to 9‐years old children) and is a carcinogenic & mutagenic azo dye causing cancer growth in cells.
  • Red40 lowers reproductive success in rats. It also reduced parental and offspring weight, decreased brain weight, and lowered chances for survival in newborn rats.
  • Artificial red is known as a toxic endocrine disruptor.  This means it disrupts normal hormone function.

The allowed amount of food dyes certified per person has more than doubled over the past four decades:  10 mg was the typical daily challenge dose of Red40, 14 people may consume as much as 52 mg of Red40 in a day, according to the FDA in 2014, and some children between the ages of 2 and 5 consume 38 mg of Red40 in a day.  Ironically, two-forms of the drug Ritalin, which is often used to treat children with ADHD, contain dyes as the first inactive ingredient.

After receiving much backlash from concerned consumers, some companies are now using natural dyes as alternatives to Red40. These Red40 alternatives can be derived from natural products such as beets, elderberry, and purple sweet potatoes.

It is very encouraging to see that major companies including Kraft, Campbell Soup, Frito-Lay, General Mills, Kellogg, Chick- l-A, Panera, Subway, and Taco Bell have pledged to stop using AFCs in their products.  For these companies to make such a commitment is huge, but the battle continues on and are still commonplace in supermarkets, schools, and restaurants, which puts the burden on families to learn of dyes’ effects and try to keep their children from eating artificially dyed foods.


  1. Avoid using any foods with artificial dyes
  2. Read the ingredient list before using them.
  3. Learn how to make your own colors from plants:
  4. Please visit my blog post Power & Passion of the benefits of natural red foods.

Vegetable powders are great ways to add vivid colors without adding excess liquid, so if you’re wanting a deep red, for example, use beet powder rather than beet juice.


  • pure beet juice
  • beet powder
  • pure pomegranate juice
  • red raspberry purée, strained to remove seeds

To make a concentrate, place about 1 cup of freshly squeezed juice over very low heat. The only way Nourishing Joy has been able to do this successfully is with a mini-crockpot. She uses this one.  (I do not benefit from this sale.)

Leave the lid off the pot so the liquid can evaporate and heat until the juice begins to thicken and drips slowly off a spoon rather than running off easily, about 24 hours, give or take 8 hours depending on your climate and pot. The liquid will be less than 1/4 of its original volume.  Store in the refrigerator for 2-4 weeks.

Red Sprinkles

1. Peel, then thinly and evenly slice or grate beets and place on a dehydrator sheet.

2. Set temperature to 150′ and dehydrate until crispy.

3. Allow to cool then remove and pulse in blender. For small jobs you can use this.

4. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

Red Liquid

  1. 1/2 cup cooked beets canned
  2. 1/2 cup of beet juice

Blend until smooth.  Strain.  Pour in glass container and store in fridge for up to 4-6 weeks

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If you do not want to make your own, here is Natures Flavors in powder and liquid forms.  (I do not benefit from a sale.)

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Gluten-free vegan red velvet cupcakes with a natural red hue, a tangy frosting, and a secret chocolate center. Delicious, healthy, and with no oil or sugar!

For a visual live demonstration click here.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cupcakes


  • 1 cup [pitted Medjool dates (about 12)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 small beet (about 1.5 inch diameter, peeled)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsps cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup oat flour


  • 8 pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk or water
  • 2 tbsps cacao powder


  • 6 oz . coconut yogurt (So Delicious Plain Greek Cultured Coconut Milk)


  1. Cupcakes: Blend the water, dates, vanilla, and beet on high till there are no chunks.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients. Blend till combined.
  3. Spoon into a cupcake pan that is lightly oiled or use paper liners.
  4. Bake for 22-24 minutes at 350F.
  5. Cool completely.
  6. Chocolate Filling: Blend all the ingredients till smooth. Remove the center of the cupcakes with a cupcake corer or a small cooke cutter. Spoon in the filling.
  7. Frosting: If the yogurt is lumpy, whisk first, then pipe or spread onto cooled and filled cupcakes. Serve immediately.

If you try any of these, I would love to hear your thoughts about it and what you used the color red for.

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A Rainbow of Risks

We need to celebrate!  LIFE is to be celebrated, and with full color!!

We are all geared to celebrating as much as we can, right?  We have even come up with reasons beyond the normal holidays as reasons to celebrate.  Take the Gender Reveal Parties for instance. The opportunities are endless.

Why do we celebrate?  

It brings people together, as a collective whole to remember, celebrate, support one another, to encourage one another, and to build bridges amongst one another.  We live in a world with so much negativity, and we want to forget the troubles we face.  Celebrating allows us to be happy and experience the peace that is required to improve and help the world.  Celebrating make us pause and be mindful and also boosts our well-being.

What reasons have you come up with to celebrate?

But with all of our celebrating, we are also partaking in a rainbow of risks.  

What do I mean by rainbow of risks?  All synthetic (chemical imitation of a natural product) colors additives (dyes) that are certified by the FDA.  Certified colors are synthetically produced (or human made) and used widely.  These dyes are complex organic chemicals that were originally derived from coal-tar, but now from petroleum.  Petroleum is estrogen dominant linked to infertility, menstrual problems, accelerated aging, allergies and autoimmune problems as well as nutrient deficiencies, sleep problems, and even some types of cancers.  Antifreeze may be added to the chemical cocktail to help retain its color.

As far back as the 1870s and 1880s and the early 20th century, food dye was normalized with the artificial coloring of food.  In the 1960s and ’70s, there was a return to a back-to-nature movement and against chemicals.  In the 14th century, European farmers colored butter carrot juice and annatto (red-orange pulp from a tropical fruit). In the mid- to late 19th century American farmers began coloring butter by using food dyes.  In the early 20th century, many consumers were frightened by those bright-red foods, but they still liked them because they hadn’t seen such bright color’s like that before.  Food company’s advertised they were using FDA approved colors, but there were very real dangers.  People actually died from eating some candy.

Here is a list of the FDA’s 9 accepted food dyes:  The Rainbow of Risks

  1. Citrus Red No. 2
  2. Red No. 3 (Erythrosine)
  3. Red No. 40 (Allura Red)
  4. Yellow No. 5 (Tartrazine)
  5. Yellow No. 6 (Sunset Yellow)
  6. Blue No. 1 (Brilliant Blue)
  7. Blue No. 2 (Indigo Carmine)
  8. Green No 3.
  9. Orange B

There are some potential problems with food dyes, specifically:

  • Carcinogenicity – leading to cancer development
  • Genotoxicity – leading to mutations or damaging chromosomes
  • Neurotoxicity – leading to the damage of nerve tissue

The most popular food dyes are Red 40, Yellow 5 and Yellow 6. These three make up 90% of all the food dye used in the US, in particular breakfast cereals, candy, snacks, beverages, vitamins, and other products aimed at children are colored with dyes. Even some fresh oranges are dipped in dye to brighten them and provide uniform color, says Michael Jacobson, executive director at CSPI.

Food dyes are one of the most widely used artificial chemicals added to our food supply and are deceptively dangerous.  Color additives are categorized as either dyes or lakes.

Dyes dissolve in water and are manufactured as powders, granules, liquids or other special-purpose forms. They can be used in beverages, dry mixes, baked goods, dairy products, jams, pudding, pie filling, yogurt, popsicles, pet foods and a variety of other products.

Lakes are the water-insoluble form of the dye. Lakes are more stable than dyes and are ideal for coloring products containing fats and oils, or items without enough moisture to dissolve dyes. Typical uses include coated tablets, cake and donut mixes, cheese, margarine, candy and chewing gums.

Why Companies Go Artificial (synthetic, fake)

Food manufacturers know that we eat with our eyes, and apparently the brighter the better.  Brighter is more exciting.  It is good marketing.  They create an appeal to the consumer, grabbing our attention. Think of food coloring like cosmetics to give the food a face lift.

Artificial food dye consumption has increased by 500% in the last 50 years, and children are the biggest consumers.  In the favorite classical movie “Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang” we all remember the child catcher who entices the children to come out of hiding with all his goodies.  This is what the food manufacturers are doing, enticing the masses with fun, colorful treats to lure us into their lair and appease the kid inside each of us.  Once the consumer buys the product they find themselves a slave, a prisoner to the artificial, fake food.

The certified colors are used widely for intense, uniformity of color, and because they blend easily to create a variety of hues. Certain colors are approved for a specific food types.  Companies like using them because they are cheaper, more stable, and brighter than most natural colorings.  They bring foods a longer lasting shelf life.  These dyes are also used in drugs and cosmetics mainly for identifying purposes, and are hiding in places we may not expect like toothpaste, pickles, and yogurt.  When certain colors are used they automatically bring to mind an identification of the real food, ie. blue for blueberries.  Just think without food coloring your hot dogs would be grey.  How many people would buy a grey colored hot dog?

About 70% of the diet of the average U.S. resident is from processed foods.  15,016,634 dyes of all nine colors are certified through the FDA in these processed foods.  Now that’s an unbelievable amount!

From their own web site, the FDA claims no harmful results come from the consumption, yet the variety of artificial chemical colors are linked to health concerns, including allergic reactions, behavioral changes including ADD & ADHD, and even cancer. Even after continual efforts, the FDA continues to do nothing.  The FDA’s data show a dramatic five-fold increase in consumption of dyes since 1955.  It looks like American’s have increased their intake of processed foods.

“These synthetic chemicals do absolutely nothing to improve the nutritional quality or safety of foods, but trigger behavior problems in children and, possibly, cancer in anybody,” said CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson, co-author of the 58-page report, “Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks.”

These same dyes rainbow of risks have been banned from our animal laboratories continue to be manufactured and stocked on grocery shelves and finally grabbed by parents making their way to the shelves at home without giving any further thought to the risks involved in their family’s health.  I believe that all parents want fun and goodies to give to their children, but rarely think of the consequences these goodies offer from these trusted food giants.  Most tragic thing of all are that the children who rely on their parents to provide healthy, wholesome, nutritious foods are being taken by the villain (food manufacturers) right out from underneath the parents noses.

In a 58-page 2010 report, “Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks,” CSPI reveals nine food dyes that are currently approved for use in the United States linking to a range of health issues ranging from cancer and hyperactivity to allergy-like reactions. These results were from studies conducted by the chemical industry itself.  It is worth noting that dyes are not pure chemicals, but may contain upwards of 10 percent impurities that are in the chemicals from which dyes are made or develop in the manufacturing process.  (FDA 2018 approved colors)

Are you or your children sensitive to synthetic food coloring?

You cannot look to the FDA for help.  The FDA blames sensitive individuals, not dyes.  We must take action with our “pocket books”.  You can continue to provide fun, colorful celebrations just find alternatives.
But, we cannot just blame the FDA’s regulation and the food manufacturers alone, the consumer’s demands can drive change. That’s right.  We are partially to blame.  We can break away from our addiction to these processed foods.  Here are some ways:

  1. Focus on real foods from the produce section.
  2. Buy organic.
  3. Read Labels looking for real ingredients.  Most eight-year-olds reading labels. Not many adults do either.
  4. Educate yourself – begin by following this series.
  5. Start making your own foods and stay away from the processed.

Considering the adverse impact of these chemicals on children, and considering how easily they can be replaced with safe, natural ingredients.

Most synthetic dyes have dropped out of the food supply in Europe, yet they still sell the same foods in the U.S.  Half a million in the U.S. suffer from the above mentioned conditions.

I would like to help you discover the risks and dangers of the common nine artificial colors used in the food that lines our grocer’s shelves.  But, I won’t leave you hanging without giving you some great alternatives.  Dare I suggest conquering the growing everyday tensions and anxieties we face by having a Detox Party?

If you eat processed food, you are most likely eating food color additives. Many experts have raised health concerns about food color additives.

Consumers have used change.org to successfully communicate to these giant companies.  This communication has resulted in the following companies, as of July 28, 2015, that have promised to removed artificial dyes from their products by 2018.   Kraft who has removed artificial dyes from Mac & Cheese products, Subway, Pizza Hut, Chipotle, Nestle, Papa John’s, Campbell Soup, Taco Bell and Panera eliminated these dyes, and General Mills and Mars announced they’re doing away with them as well!  

It would be great to support those places that have removed these artificial dyes from their product lines.  We, the consumer, must keep these giants accountable.  Keep an eye on their products and ask to read labels.  In addition, if you would like to take action, tell the FDA to Ban Harmful Synthetic Food Dyes here.

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Purple – Royal Nutrition

The Royalty of Purple

Purple was called a “royal color” because it was very rare in nature and expensive to make.

The color dates back to the ancient world of kings and queens.  The Persian King Cyrus adopted a purple tunic as his royal uniform, and some Roman emperors forbid their citizens from wearing purple clothing under penalty of death.

The reason for purple’s regal reputation comes down to a simple case of supply and demand. For centuries, the purple dye trade was centered in the ancient Phoenician city of Tyre in modern-day Lebanon. The Phoenicians’ “Tyrian purple” came from a species of sea snail now known as Bolinus brandaris, and it was so exceedingly rare that it became worth its weight in gold. To harvest it, dye-makers had to crack open the snail’s shell, extract a purple-producing mucus and expose it to sunlight for a precise amount of time. It took as many as 250,000 mollusks to yield just one ounce of usable dye, but the result was a vibrant and long-lasting shade of purple.

Clothes made from the dye were exorbitantly expensive—a pound of purple wool cost more than most people earned in a year—so they naturally became the calling card of the rich and powerful.

“Purple is . . . the most powerful wavelength of the rainbow – and it’s a color with a powerful history . . . purple symbolizes luxury, romancemystery, spirituality, the sub-conscious, creativity, dignity, royalty – and it captures all of these meanings more so than any other color.” (ColorMatters.com)

Long associated with royalty, purple creates an air of luxury, even decadence. Using a purple dominantly is a quick way to create a sense of elegance or high-end appeal.

Lighter shades of purple – especially lavender – bring to mind spring and romance. Darker shades add more mystery, and can even symbolise creativity. Darkening the shade will also turn the romantic elements more sensual.

Purple fits in the realm of food in its “royalty” regarding nutrition.

Purple is the new trend in food.  Why?

The Pantone predicted purple foods to trend in 2017.  Throughout 2017, purple foods seemed to come out of hiding and showing up everywhere.  Chef’s menus elaborated on these richly trend setting recipes colored purple foods which include:  Berry & Beet Smoothie, Roasted Baby Purple Cauliflower, Roasted Beets, Baked Purple Sweet Potato, Purple Cabbage, Eggplant parmesan. Other foods including Blackberries, Purple Asparagus, Elderberries, Acai, Purple Carrots,  Pomegranate, Purple sweet potatoes, Concord Grapes, Blueberries, Darker Skinned grapes, Plum’s, Purple Corn, Black rice (has more anthocyanins per gram than blueberries).

The Pantone Color Institute, the global authority on color trends, has chosen Ultra Violet as the color of 2018.  For a second year in a row, purple is at the top of food trends.

What is so special about purple food?

In a nut shell, the color purple is a protector of the outer nervous system of brain, eyes, and skin, and inner nervous system how of our digestive system.  This vibrant color often indicates nutrient density and antioxidants.

Purple Foods are “superheroes” of nutrition

Purple foods harbor some of the most royally amazing nutritional benefits possible fit for a king, but are there for each one of us. Imagine a drug that could fight cancer, reduce cholesterol, improve blood sugar and protect against cellular damage that was also safe, without side effects and taste great!

A government report sharing how “nearly 90 percent of Americans don’t eat enough produce from this color family [purple], which is linked to a slew of health benefits, from protecting memory, slowing the aging process and safeguarding your heart, to warding off Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.” This article was written by a registered dietitian with master’s degrees in both nutrition science and public health.

1. Purple foods kill cancer

2. Purple foods are ulcer-fighters

3. Purple foods are good for your liver

4. Purple foods are good for the heart

5. Purple foods prevent urinary tract infections

Many purple foods contain anthocyanidins and anthocyanins:

Anthocyanins are colored water-soluble pigments belonging to the phenolic group. The pigments are in glycosylated forms.   Glycans serve a variety of structural and functional roles in membrane and secreted proteins. It is the enzymatic process that attaches glycans to proteins, lipids, or other organic molecules. Anthocyanins are responsible for the colors, red, purple, and blue, are in fruits and vegetables.  Anthocyanins are particularly found in fruits such as grapes, purple grapes, black berries, strawberries, raspberries and some tropical fruits.  They are powerful antioxidants that also possess anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and anticancer properties. In acidic condition, anthocyanins appear as red but turn blue when the pH increases.  Anthocyanins are water-soluble pigment in the Plant Kingdom that, depending on their pH, may appear red, purple, or blue.  An anthocyanidin is a steroid molecule.  Vacuolar is a small cavity or space in tissue.

Anthocyanins possess the following health benefits:

  • antidiabetic
  • anticancer
  • anti-inflammatory – inflammation is at the root of all major diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and immune dysfunction.
  • antimicrobial
  • anti-obesity effects
  • prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

Anthocyanins have been credited with capacity to modulate cognitive and motor function, to enhance memory, and to have a role in preventing age-related declines in neural function.

Anthocyanins have demonstrated marked ability to reduce cancer cell proliferation and to inhibit tumor formation.

Human clinical trials, show that anthocyanidins and anthocyanins possess antioxidative and antimicrobial activities, improve visual and neurological health, and protect against various non-communicable diseases.

  • Purple is associated with calm and relaxing.
  • Purple has the property to restore capillaries.
  • Purple has antibacterial properties to help treat UTI’s.
  • Purple helps with eye strain and prevent deterioration of other eye health issues such as conjunctivitis, cataracts, glaucoma,


Harvard University scientist and professor David Sinclair is an Australian biologist and Professor of Genetics best known for his research on the biology of lifespan extension and driving research towards treating diseases of aging. A resveratrol formulation that Sinclair became known for making, states resveratrol like: “(It’s) as close to a miraculous molecule as you can find…. One hundred years from now, people will maybe be taking these molecules on a daily basis to prevent heart disease, stroke, and cancer.

  • Resveratrol is typically known as an antioxidant, an anti-cancer agent, and a phytoestrogen.  It is Anti-aging & Anti-cancer effects, Neuroprotective, contributes to heart health, Helps Protect the Brain and Cognitive/Mental Health.
  • Resveratrol is shown to have cancer chemopreventive activity in assays representing three major stages of carcinogenesis.
  • Resveratrol was found to act as an antioxidant and antimutagen
  • Resveratrol helps relax the arterial walls, decreases the pressure in the arteries and allows better circulation.
  • Resveratrol responds to injury or, when the plant is under attack by pathogens such as bacteria or fungi.  It helps relax the arterial walls, decrease arterial pressure and promote healthful blood circulation. It has been shown to prevent cancer, lessen inflammation, improve blood sugar control, reduce blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels.


Like anthocyanins, betalains have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Eating more purple food is really critical when it comes to fighting the age process, preventing diseases such as cancer, and also helping to fight inflammation.  It helps relax the arterial walls, decreases arterial pressure and promotes healthful blood circulation. It has been shown to prevent cancer, lessen inflammation, improve blood sugar control, reduce blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels and boosts immunity in healthy middle-aged adults.  Cholesterol levels significantly dropped and the walls of their blood vessels relaxed, to improve circulation and blood flow and reduce stress on the heart. Decreases oxidative stress.

No wonder they are at the top of the list of foods to be consumed for the second year in a row.

https://www.theholisticingredient.com/blogs/wholesome-food/10369150-berry-delicious-ice-cream-with-macadamia-crunchIt helps to have a high-powered blender to make this ‘ice cream’, you will simply need a little more patience without, that’s all. If you are without maqui berry, never fear, it’ll be very scrumptious with blueberries alone.  * Maqui berry can be purchased online or via many health food stores.  Recipe by The Holistic Ingredient.

2 bananas, frozen
1/2 cup blueberries, frozen
1/4 cup macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
1 heaped tablespoon maqui berry *

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TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions: The BIG Three (Summary)

Here is the list of the TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions:

  1. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 1 of 10: Heart Matters. 1 in 3 (633,842)
  2. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 2 of 10: Cancer Wars. 1 in 3 (595,930)
  3. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 3 of 10: You Take My Breath Away (155,041)
  4. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 4 of 10: Accidents Happen unintentional injuries; 5.2% (146,571)
  5. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 5 of 10: Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases) 1 in 6 (140,323)
  6. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 6 of 10: Alzheimer’s disease 1 in 10 (110,561)
  7. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 7 of 10:  Diabetes 1 in 4 (79,535)
  8. TOP 10 Diseases & Condition Part 8a of 10:  Influenza (part one) 1 in 10 (57,062) 8b of 10 Pneumonia “The Winter Fever” (part one)
  9. TOP 10 Diseases & Condition Part 9 of 10:  Kidney Disease 1 in 7 (57,062)
  10. Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 10 of 10: Depression * Suicide * Self-Harm (Supercharge Your Happy Chemicals)

75% of our health care spending is on chronic preventable illnesses.  These illness are not separate disorders, they are different expressions of the same unhealthy lifestyle that have the same treatment.  If you make destructive dietary decisions on a daily basis, imagine the strife and sorrow it you may cause your family, friends, and loved ones if such decisions result in TOP 10 above or a premature death.  The only hurdle to jump is to care enough about your own health to LIVE now and make serious critical lifestyle changes.

Have you ever wondered what is the root cause of all these diseases are?  Have you ever considered looking further into it?  There are a number of alternative healing therapies that work so well and cost so little (compared to conventional treatment), that Organized Medicine, the Food & Drug Administration, and their overlords in the Pharmaceutical Industry (The BIG Three) would rather the public not know about them.

Did you know that most of these TOP 10 are man-made?

As late as 1900, infectious diseases were the most common cause of death throughout human history.  The 10 leading causes of death in 1850 were all infectious diseases.  What do you conclude as you look over the years?

Notice how heart disease and cancer have surged to become two of America’s top killers.  What do I see in our present day condition from these lists?

Lifestyle/man-made issues.  Lack of exercise, obesity, dietary excess, drinking, and smoking would greatly reduce our risks from the top ten killers today.  Consumerism that indulges in artificial, fake foods of the standard American diet (SAD) that line our shelves with addictive chemicals that is too busy to care about or question the giants of BIG industry.

Stress is a BIG deal that aggravates these conditions.  It includes physical, emotional, cognitive, and oxidative stresses. Some stress is rather normal even necessary.  With a society that does not seem to want to slow down, we place ourselves in a constant state of “fight or flight” when that natural chemical reaction was only meant to be used sparingly.  Individualistically, each one of us has our own stress threshold.  What my husband can handle is quite different from my own.  It really all comes down to how your brain sees, perceives, and interpret the stress.

Medicine.  “Medicine is undergoing an existential crisis today. Its core value proposition – to help and not hurt — is failing to manifest. Patients are suffering. Doctors are suffering. The only exuberant party on the battlefield against disease is the pharmaceutical industry…”  Sayer Ji, founder of Greenmedinfo.com.

Sayer further comments about “…An industry whose annual casualties far exceed the death total from our two decade long involvement in the Vietnam war.”  “The irony is that the system has become so ineffective and dangerous that avoiding medical treatment (excluding perhaps emergency care) has become one of if not the best healthcare strategy you can implement to protect your health and well-being.”

Feel free to explore the 28,000 + biomedical citations posted on GreenMedInfo.com that vindicate the safety and efficacy of natural substances in the prevention and treatment of disease. View the Research Dashaboard here.

There are many fine, caring physicians, please don’t misunderstand me. When a person experiences a trauma from an accident, a severe laceration, by all means, of course you require medical treatment. But, let’s not mix compassion with profit. Medicine started out based on compassion.  Before I go any further please know that I am about exposing the truth here only.

Turning Disease Into Gold With The Drug-Based Printing Press

Dr. Robert Sharpe, “… in our culture treating disease is enormously profitable, preventing it is not. Preventing the disease benefits no one except the patient. Just as the drug industry thrives on the ‘pill for every ill’ mentality, so many of the leading medical charities are financially sustained by the dream of a miracle cure, just around the corner.”

Investigative reporters Robert Houston and Gary Null (Death by Medicine) concluded that these institutions had become self-perpetuating organizations whose survival depended on the state of no cure.

They wrote, “a solution to cancer would mean the termination of research programs, the obsolescence of skills, the end of dreams of personal glory, triumph over cancer would dry up contributions to self-perpetuating charities and cut off funding from Congress, it would mortally threaten the present clinical establishments by rendering obsolete the expensive surgical, radiological and chemotherapeutic treatments in which so much money, training and equipment is invested.

The reason is obvious: Alternative, non-toxic therapies represent a potential loss of billions of dollars to allopathic (drug) medicine and drug companies.

The BIG Three have collectively engaged in a medical conspiracy for the better part of 70 years to influence legislative bodies on both the state and federal level to create regulations that promote the use of drug medicine while simultaneously creating restrictive, controlling mechanisms (licensing, government approval, etc) designed to limit and stifle the availability of non-drug, alternative modalities.

Here in America, as you have read throughout this series, a relentless campaign of misinformation, fraud, deception, and suppression of alternative therapies and healers has been in place for the better part of this century in order to keep highly effective alternative therapies from reaching any significant plateau of public awareness.

Control is exerted through “news items” and propaganda from pro-establishment organizations like:  …with the full cooperation of main-stream media of course.

  • The American Medical Association
  • The American Cancer Society
  • The Diabetes Foundation, etc.
  • Local Medical Boards
  • Government Agencies like:
    • the FDA
    • The National Institute of Health (NIH)
    • The National Cancer Institute (NCI)
    • The National Academy of Science, etc.

Over the past decades, hundreds of caring, concerned, and conscientious alternative healers have been jailed and abused like common criminals for the “crime” of curing people of life-threatening diseases in an “unapproved” manner by heavy-handed government agents who swoop down on clinics with drawn guns, flax jackets, and Gestapo manners.

BIG Pharma’s BIG/Deep Pockets – Let’s follow the money trail

When I say BIG Pharma, who are the players in the pharmaceutical industry?

Tackling BIG government/BIG Pharma is difficult and sometimes dangerous.  The federal government issues massive fines to keep companies in check.  BIG Pharma itself is a significant contributor to the Food and Drug Administration’s budget.  This leads to concerns of conflicts of interest and outright bribery. This is where “the pharmaceutical industry” becomes “Big Pharma.”

  • Johnson & Johnson ($276 billion market value)
  • Novartis ($273 billion)
  • Pfizer ($212 billion)
  • Merck ($164 billion)
  • GlaxoSmithKline ($103 billion)
  • Eli Lilly ($98 billion)
  • DuPont
  • The list goes on…

How deep are their pockets?  Are you a “share holder”? I encourage you to take a look at these “7 Facts You Probably Don’t Know About Big Pharma.” (July 2015). The Motley Fool. Accessed July 25, 2016.

1 Timothy 6:10 (KJV)  

For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Purdue Pharma and the American Opiate Epidemic

The Sackler family, who owns Purdue Pharma, is worth $14 billion, amounting to the 16th-largest fortune in the United States.  Purdue Pharma, a seller of OxyContin, the brand name of the generic form of oxycodone, a semisynthetic opioid has had lots of help by employing 318 sales representatives (through doctors and “thought leaders) who receive yearly bonuses to the tune of $70,000. “The OxyContin Clan: The $14 Billion Newcomer to Forbes 2015 List of Richest U.S. Families.”(July 2015). Forbes. Accessed July 27, 2016

But BIG Pharma does not appear to be going away anytime soon and they have the money to stay in business.  Pharmaceutical companies have agreed to pay the Department of Justice in fines and penalties for fraudulent market practices, such as promoting medications for uses that violate the approval standards of the Food and Drug Administration, exceeded $13 billion.  “Big Pharma’s Big Fines.” (February 2014). ProPublica. Accessed July 27, 2016.

War On Microbes Through Vaccines

BIG Pharma’s drugs (a stunning statistic of the total number of deaths caused by conventional medicine is an astounding 783,936 per year.)  In an article Death By Medicine” written by By Gary Null, PhD; Carolyn Dean MD, ND; Martin Feldman, MD; Debora Rasio, MD; and Dorothy Smith, PhD, over 700,000 Americans die each year at the hands of government-sanctioned medicine, while the FDA and other government agencies pretend to protect the public by harassing those who offer safe alternatives.  A definitive review of medical peer-reviewed journals and government health statistics shows that American medicine frequently causes more harm than good.

Today, all children in America are being required to get dozens of doses of vaccines, whether or not the disease is deadly or high communicable, whether or not there is a disease outbreak, and whether or not a child is biologically at higher risk for being harmed by vaccination.

BUT, we cannot just blame the BIG guys.  We must take responsibility.  No one can do it for you. Not your family, your friends, or your therapist.  Journal of the American Medical Association in noting that many doctors acquiesce to their patients’ demands.  “When Patients Demand A Brand-Name Drug, Many Doctors Likely To Give In.” (January 2013). Consumer Reports. Accessed July 26, 2016.

Let’s take a look at the definition of pharmacia:

A pharmakós (Greek: φαρμακός, plural pharmakoi) in Ancient Greek religion was the ritualistic sacrifice or exile of a human scapegoat or victim.  The term “pharmakos” later became the term “pharmakeus” which refers to “a drug, spell-giving potion, druggist, poisoner, by extension a magician or a sorcerer.”  A variation of this term is “pharmakon” (φάρμακον) a complex term meaning sacrament, remedy, poison, talisman, cosmetic, perfume or intoxicant.  From this, the modern term “pharmacology” emerged.

Sounds like witchcraft.

So, how does one persuade trusting citizens that an emperor is naked? In the fairy story, it takes the naïve candour of the little boy who is too young to realize the consequences of speaking out of turn. But once he does speak, the rest of the people look up and see that what he says is true, that their ruler is behaving with an imperial disregard for both truth and decency.

Maybe being bold enough to tell the truth.  We must think outside the box!  We must also beat them by their own game: using our “pocket-book” wisely!  Find and choose alternatives!  There are so many out there! 

Man-made diseases come in many forms of offensive biological and chemical warfare attacks, some from an intense focus of U.S. army and CIA biological warfare.

Man-Made Pollution and Chemicals are linked to 200 Diseases – Doctors from the Boston Medical Center and the University of California San Francisco state that “More than 80,000 chemicals have been developed, used, distributed, and discarded into the environment over the past 50 years.”

Harmful chemicals are found everywhere.  Chemical preservatives are sprayed on foods which lower their quality.  Florida is found in our water to drink and bathe. Fluoride is a known endocrine disruptor and other evidence shows fluoride is even a neurotoxin.  Understanding Fluoride.

Chemicals are found in cleaning products, even in our clothes, and vehicles (like the new smell things have).  These all play a major role in our health.

We have raped our land.

We have land that is stripped bare of the vital nutrients from the soil our foods are grown in.  Because of this there is need for supplementation; but not just any generic supplement.  It is important to find high-quality supplements.  Even the highest-quality supplements tend to undergo some type of processing and incorporate additional ingredients, fillers, binders, or other excipients (inactive substances included in the formulation for stabilizing, bulking, or otherwise helping deliver the active ingredients). In some cases, they are necessary because of the equipment or the delivery system.

Natural Healing Through Nutrient Diversity

Eat organic foods.

Eat the rainbow.  I encourage you to read through my Color Me Beautiful series under the Home tab.  Growing our own food through our own blood, sweat, and tears through organic gardening, learning what it takes to prevent using harmful commercialized pesticides.

Gardening is great exercise!

Or, it is a wise investment is to support Organic Farmers that do.  Investing in our health this way costs way less than pharmaceuticals in addition to feeling better

Herbal Medicine

The patient’s immune system and the immune system alone is responsible for healing and recovery from ill-health.  The human body is predisposed to heal itself and to exist as a healthy, thriving organism. We inhibit that process by ingesting unhealthy foods, fouling our inner environment with toxins, and relying upon poisonous substances to treat disease conditions.

Around 1776 in Benjamin Rush’s time, herbs were still considered and employed as legitimate medicines. Even if many wise women herbalists were eliminated as competition by being branded witches and sometimes murdered, the herbs themselves were not categorically demonized because no vast armory of pharmaceutical drugs had yet been created to supplant them. The herbs and foods themselves have now been both vilified as dangerous and lampooned as completely ineffectual, generating the ridiculous contradiction. the positive association between food and healing has been outright denied by medical authorities.  It is illegal for non-doctors to make health claims for natural substances even if thousands of years of use in folk medicine and a vast emerging body of scientific research now confirms their benefits.   You can’t say cherries cure gout even if its true. (Truth is no longer the criteria that decides what you can or cannot say).  From the growing acceptance of  traditional Chinese medicine to India, Ayurvedic medicine, herbal medicines can be grown from seed or gathered from nature for little or no cost.  Herbs also commonly featured in the medicine of ancient India, where the principal treatment for diseases was diet.

The use of drugs and vaccines represents an assault on the immune system. In some cases, the use of a particular drug might be a wise choice to speed healing and recovery for the patient, but the use of natural, orthomolecular therapies and substances (substances normally found in Nature) that can more effectively address the cause of the disease should be considered first because natural substances work in harmony with Nature.  They aid and stimulate the body to truly cure itself, without the terrible millstone of drug side-effects.

The first written record of medicinal plants was created on clay tablets over 5000 years ago by the Sumerians, in ancient Mesopotamia (Iraq). Around 1500 BCE the Ancient Egyptians wrote the Ebers Papyrus which listed over 850 herbal medicines.

  • Aloe vera –  worms, relieves headaches, soothes chest pain, ulcers and for skin diseases and allergies.
  • Basil (Ocimum basillicum) – excellent for heart
  • Garlic (Allium sativa) – gives vitality, aids digestion, is a mild laxative, and shrinks hemorrhoids
  • Honey – was widely used, a natural antibiotic and used to dress wounds and a base for healing ungaunts, as was castor oil, coriander, beer and other foods.
  • Onion (Allium cepa) – diuretic, induces perspiration, prevents colds, soothes sciatica, relieves pains and other cardiovascular problems.
  • Parsley (Apium petroselinum) – diuretic.
  • Mint (Mentha piperita) – soothes flatulence, aids digestion, stops vomiting, breath freshener.
  • Sesame (Sesamum indicum) – soothes asthma.
  • Thyme (Thymus/Thimbra) – pain reliever.
  • Tumeric (Curcumae longa) – close open wounds (also was used to dye skin and cloth).

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Hippocrates used many herbal remedies in his practice and wrote the famous words “let your foods be your medicines, and your medicines your food.”  God gave us herbs for the service of man as is stated in Psalm 104:14.  Happily, herbalism is once again gaining in popularity and being recognized and accepted in our expanding medical environment.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 80 percent of the population of some Asian and African countries presently use herbal medicine for some aspect of primary health care.  Pharmaceuticals are prohibitively expensive for most of the world’s population, half of whom lived on less than $2 U.S. per day in 2002.

The burden of these diseases has shifted to chronic and epidemic levels. These diseases, which are often referred to as Western diseases, are more appropriately thought of as man-made diseases.  The list of these TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions are largely man-made and iatrogenic (illness caused by medical examination or treatment) in origin, yet we ignorantly dismiss their growing incidence to factors which we assume are not preventable or curable.  The current failing medical system suppresses a cure to anything, because there is a lot of money to be made. Prevention is not profitable.

America as a Role Model

We take a lot of pride in the fact that for decades the U.S. has been a champion in scientific and medical research.

America’s eating habits have not only put its own people on a path toward obesity and heart disease — a path of destruction in the US but others as well.

America’s high-carb/low-fat obsession has affected the health and waistlines outside its borders, as other countries seek to emulate the American way, sadly, in the worst way.

Mexico being a prime example of this type of terrible “American culture trickle down”.  For centuries Mexico subsisted on fiber-rich beans, hearty meat and vegetable broths, and hand-made stoneground tortillas and tamales.  Mexicans have experienced a health crisis of their own. Obesity rates tripled from 7% in 1980 to 20.3% in 2016!

Mexico is not alone.  Africa, Haiti, South America and others all try to emulate America.

America is coveted and looked at from across the ocean as the land of freedom and where money grows on trees.  America eats the “rich man’s” diet, but it also is dying and digging its own grave.  We have become “gluttonous” the habitual greed or excess in eating, over-indulgence and over-consumption of food, drink, or wealth items.  Is America being a stumbling block to the poor by its example of eating unclean, artificial foods?

Proverbs 23:2, 21

And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite…21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.

What Is The Next Step?

Are you a sheep dog with a mission and purpose driven and love your flock even when they don’t love you back?  Are you a sheep going along with the herd and you do not want to see trouble?

It’s time to take back control and actually eat in a clean way that supports your body and how it was meant to function. We cannot expect our bodies to be vibrant on junk, artificial, phony food.  Here are some tips that may help:

  1. Do not get too angry, too lonely, too tired, or too hungry.  Any of these lead to the risk of eating the wrong foods.

a. Using food for comfort isn’t helpful (Avoid compulsions (including with food) of all kinds to honor God) 1 Corinthians 6:12, 20b  

b. Think before you eat: What am I feeling? How much do I really need?

c.  Bring your anxieties to God (not to food) Philippians 4:6-7

d.  Nourish your body and appearance eat vegetables and drink lots of water! Daniel 1:8, 12,13,15  

e.  Physical training can positively relate to spiritual training.  Discipline is the road to the good life (Proverbs 10:17)

  1. Eat smart, eat high nutrient dense foods:

> The right healthy fats 42% less risk of Alzheimer’s (The Great Cholesterol Myth– LDL’s A is fine, B is not.) Some good fats are – Avocados, coconuts, olives, seeds and nuts. They contain omega-3 fatty acids, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that satisfy cravings and hunger.  Coconuts are a winner, because they contain the highest amount of MCTs, medium-chain triglycerides, that the body burns instantly as fuel.  60 percent of your brain matter consists of fats that create all the cell membranes in your body.  We’ve learned in recent years that fatty acids are among the most crucial molecules that determine your brain’s integrity and ability to perform.  Do not use SKIM or low-fat foods! Your brain can only make low-quality nerve cell membranes that don’t function well on low-fat.

> Clean Quality Organic Protein (21% less risk of Alzheimer’s) – It turns out that the right amount of protein for any one individual depends on many factors, including their activity level, age, muscle mass, physique goals and current state of health.  A good rule of thumb to start with is to eat protein the size of your fist.  Why?  Protein is a negative energy food and more is not necessarily better.

> Smart carbs  (not simple carbs like rice, pasta, potatoes, sugar, breads 200% increased risk of Alzheimer’s) Vegetables, fruit, Quinoa, Beans and legumes, Oatmeal, Sorghum, Millet, Amaranth, Teff.

A Deadly Plague Spreading Fast, That Attacks the Heart

Perhaps the deadliest of all diseases is the deadly plague that is spreading fast and that attacks the heart!  Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”  

From the Lord God’s perspective, have you ever wondered what your heart looks like?  Does it look good, sweet, and full of beautiful things?  Or, does it look mediocre, meeting status quo’s?  Or, does it look very dark, corrupt, full of secrets, and wicked in the eyes of the Lord God.

You may ask, how can I know the condition of my heart or what can I do about the condition of my heart?  How can I ensure my heart is right before the Lord God?  What we speak and do come from our heart and reveals our hearts.  Consider pondering what we think about, what we say to other people, what we do or get involved in.  Then weigh or measure those things with God’s Word.  If they do not line up with God’s Word, we know we are saying and doing things that are not pleasing to the Lord God.

Proverbs 4:23 states, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

You can ask the Lord God to reveal the condition of your heart.  Ask for help from the Holy Spirit because we can do nothing but allow Him to cleanse our heart and make it whole and healthy again.  Why does he care about what you think, say, or do?  Because we are his children, we are his pride, and joy!

My closing comment is this.  People are waking up!  Praise the Lord for that!!  The more you educate yourself the more you will wake up.  Each one of us has a choice.  Either we deny what is happening or we deal with it.  I encourage you to choose LIFE.  As long as you are living, I believe there is a reason for your life and there is a way to improve your life and live your best life now.

More than anything else are you hungry for the LORD God. We need to feed our souls with God’s Word.  Matthew 4:4

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Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 10 of 10: Depression * Suicide * Self-Harm (Supercharge Your Happy Chemicals)

  1. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 1 of 10: Heart Matters. 1 in 3 (633,842)
  2. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 2 of 10: Cancer Wars. 1 in 3 (595,930)
  3. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 3 of 10: You Take My Breath Away (155,041)
  4. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 4 of 10: Accidents Happen unintentional injuries; 5.2% (146,571)
  5. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 5 of 10: Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases) 1 in 6 (140,323)
  6. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 6 of 10: Alzheimer’s disease 1 in 10 (110,561)
  7. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 7 of 10:  Diabetes 1 in 4 (79,535)
  8. TOP 10 Diseases & Condition Part 8a of 10:  Influenza (part one) 1 in 10 (57,062) 8b of 10 Pneumonia “The Winter Fever” (part one)
  9. TOP 10 Diseases & Condition Part 9 of 10:  Kidney Disease 1 in 7 (57,062)

There are certainly many more conditions that need attention, but this finishes the TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Series.  I hope to do a summary report next time to end this series.  Be sure to stick around for the next series.  I am sure you won’t be disappointed.

Intentional self-harm (suicide): 844,193

Additional Facts About Suicide in the US

  • According to the World Health Organization, roughly one every 40 seconds or so someone takes their own life in suicide.
  • For every person who takes their own life, 20 more attempt it.
  • The annual age-adjusted suicide rate is 13.42 per 100,000 individuals.
  • Men die by suicide 3.53x more often than women.
  • On average, there are 123 suicides per day.
  • White males accounted for 7 of 10 suicides in 2016.
  • Firearms account for 51% of all suicides in 2016.
  • Males take their lives four times the rate more than females and represent 77.9% of all suicides.
  • The rate of suicide is highest in middle age — white men in particular.
  • Females are most likely to have suicidal thoughts.
  • 34.8% Poisoning is the most common method of suicide for females.
  • 56.9% Firearms are the most commonly used form of suicide in males.
  • Officially, over 160,000 people under the age of 25 will kill themselves this year—that’s over 50 times more than died in the September 11 terrorist attacks (unofficially, that’s described as a “gross underestimate”).  There’s a killer in our midst, stalking the youngest and most vulnerable. A new black death.
  • Every 40 seconds a person dies by suicide somewhere in the world.
  • Over 800 000 people die by suicide every year.

Suicide is an extremely complex issue, and while it is not possible to pin down its causes, there are some risk factors that have been identified, mainly through correlations. Mental health, specifically depression, is widely recognized as the most important risk factor.

Suicide is more common in older people: in most parts of the world, the over 70s (particularly the widowed and divorced) are most likely to kill themselves.

Suicide rates are increasing, with suicide accounting for nearly 45,000 deaths in the United States in 2016; 25 percent more than in 2000, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.  High-risk groups include: adolescents and young adults at highest risk, American Indians, and Alaska Natives across all ages.

18 or older 2.9% among blacks, 3.3% among Asians, 3.6% among Hispanics, 4.1% among Whites, 4.6% among Native Hawaiians/other Pacific Islanders, 4.8% among American Indian/Alaska Natives, 7.9% among adults reporting two or more races.

Most of those people will say they’d never seriously consider actually trying to harm themselves.  Tragically, however, there’s a large percentage of people around the world who think differently.  Self-harm types of behaviors directed toward oneself include cutting, burning, hitting, hair pulling, and other acts of intentional self-injury.

I hope to shed light on a dark subject with information that brings hope when there seems to be no hope.  Take a small journey with me as we take a look at positive answers that shed light on possible interventions to prevent suicide because all life is valuable, and best news of all,…

Suicides are preventable!

We only have one life to live.  Your best life CAN be now.

Topic Lineup:

  • Suicide: Related Medical Conditions
  • Understanding Depression/Suicide
  • The Mystery of the Human Brain
  • Stress-Related Factors
  • Depression Linked to Nutrient Deficiencies 
  • Other nutrients for brain health: Probiotics
  • Anti-Depression Diet

Suicide: Related Medical Conditions

  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Antidepressants
  • Schizophrenia
  • Personality disorder
  • Schizophrenia form disorder
  • Post traumatic disorder

Understanding Depression/Suicide

What could cause suicide (self-destruction)? 

1. Biological

  • Some mental illnesses have been linked to abnormal balance of special chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters help nerve cells in the brain communicate with each other. If these chemicals are out of balance or are not working properly, messages may not make it through the brain correctly, leading to symptoms of mental illness.
  • Poor nutrition and exposure to toxins, such as lead, may play a role in the development of mental illnesses.

2. Psychological factors that may contribute to mental illness include:

  • Severe psychological trauma suffered as a child, such as emotional, physical, or sexual abuse
  • Coping with past or current traumatic experiences such as abuse, bereavement or divorce will strongly influence an individual’s mental and emotional state which can in turn have an influence on mental health
  • An important early loss, such as the loss of a parent
  • Neglect
  • Poor ability to relate to others

3. Certain stressors can trigger an illness in a person who is susceptible to mental illness. These stressors include:

  • A dysfunctional family life
  • Living in poverty
  • Significant life changes
  • Social or cultural expectations
  • overwhelmingly painful emotions, perhaps of deep sadness, intense fear, rage or self-loathing.

You have the ideal recipe for happiness inside you.

I can hardly wait for you to read further.  Your body has the amazing ability to make “happy chemicals” naturally – no drugs, no side effects, no danger of addiction – that will leave you feeling better than you might believe possible. You have access to these feel good compounds today.

The Mystery of the Human Brain

All of us are born with a factory just waiting to manufacture feelings of happiness – bliss even – yet we’ve forgotten how to turn on the machines.  Brain chemistry is a field researched all over the world. Your brain is capable of so much that scientists can search for years to discover the answer to one small aspect of how it works. It is only recently that they began to understand that the dance of neurotransmitters and hormones inside your body determine the bulk of your moods and personal satisfaction.

The Hippocampus is involved in the emotional, mood, depression, Post-Traumatic Syndrome (PTS), and bipolar disorders. A small hippocampus generally shows the symptoms of these disorders.  It’s structure is effected positively or negatively by our thoughts and actions.  Imagine that for a minute!  If we can control our thoughts and actions, we are better able to control our environment.  Our conscience is formed by our choices; and, our senses of sight, touch, taste, smell, and hearing are all inputs.

Reprogram your subconscience through repetition – Habits that change emotions.  Emotions are chemicals.

The brain is very elastic and constantly receiving communication:


Consistent firing = Consistent Chemical Production = Constant Emotions


Learning = Repetition = Reprogramming


Both our conscious and unconscious minds lead to our body’s response.

Memorizing the scriptures with promises that bring hope that will restore your mind.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Stress-Related Factors

STRESS – physical, chemical, emotional stresses the source of mental illness your body doesn’t know the difference.  You will be in constant fight or flight state.

Stress is something everyone in modern society seems to understand. There are two basic kinds of stress: inner stress from previous traumas or wounds that affect one’s present life; and outer stress, or the environmental issues that complicate life on a daily basis, such as work or family problems.

The interplay of these two forms of stress affects brain chemistry just as it can affect physical health. Numerous studies have shown that when people are chronically stressed in life, they are vulnerable to depression, anxiety, and other disorders.  What can be done to reduce the stresses in our lives?

Tip 1:  Confide in someone

The first step is to confide in another person. It can be scary to talk about the very thing you have worked so hard to hide, but it can also be a huge relief to finally let go of your secret and share what you’re going through. Deciding whom you can trust with such personal information can be difficult. Choose someone who isn’t going to gossip or try to take control of your recovery. Ask yourself who in your life makes you feel accepted and supported.  We are encouraged to bear one another’s burdens.

Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

In the world of psychiatry, they use the term “talk therapy”.  There are many different kinds of talk therapy. The two most commonly used for depression are cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal therapy. CBT focuses on looking at how negative thought patterns may be affecting your mood. The therapist helps you learn how to make positive changes in your thoughts and behaviors.  While this type of therapy may be helpful at times, it doesn’t have answers that target the deep areas of hurt.  There is a counselor that does and His name is Jesus.  Isaiah 9:6 tells us He is the … counselor ….  He consults, guides, and gives purpose and hope through His Word like no man can.

1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Tip 2:  Identifying triggers

Understanding what triggers to cut or self-harm is a vital step towards recovery.  Self-harm is most often a way of dealing with emotional pain. What feelings make someone want to cut or hurt themselves? Sadness? Anxiety? Anger? Loneliness? Shame? Emptiness?

No matter how lonely, worthless, or trapped a person may be feeling at the moment, there are many other, more effective ways to overcome the underlying issues that drive self-harm.

Tip 3:  Release tension or vent anger through exercise.

Tip 4:  Listen to calming music

Tip 5:  Start a journal to express feelings.

TIP 6:  Helping a someone who cuts or self-harms

TIP 7:  Learn about the problem.

TIP 8:  Don’t judge. Avoid judgmental comments and criticism—they’ll only make things worse. Remember, the self-harming person already feels distressed, ashamed and alone.  Be sympathetic.

TIP 9:  Offer support, not ultimatums.

TIP 10:  Encourage communication. Encourage your loved one to express whatever they’re feeling, even if it’s something you might be uncomfortable with.

  • Matthew 10:31 – Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
  • Psalm 118:5-6 5 I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.
  • The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
  • Psalm 94:19 In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.

Depression Linked to Nutrient Deficiencies

Over the past few decades, we’ve gradually shut down the production of the substances Melatonin, Anandamide, Dopamine, Serotonin, Endorphins, with our diet and lifestyle choices. The result has been a dramatic increase in depression, eating disorders, suicide rates, substance abuse, and general unhappiness that affects every part of your daily life.

The pharmaceutical industry responded to these issues with dozens of “feel good drugs” that come weighted with dangerous side effects and the possibility of addiction.

First Resort and/or Last Resort – Test to make sure these drugs are absolutely necessary. Medication may be needed when your depression is severe, self-harm has happened, or you begin feeling suicidal thoughts. Natural cures do not work fast enough or strong enough to bring quick change that is needed to preserve life.  Once people start feeling better, they should seek out treatments for depression without medication. That way the body can begin to take over regulating its own hormones and you do not need to rely on the prescription medication.

Prescription medication, otherwise known as drugs, have dangerous antidepressant side effects.  Freedom of Information Act (FIA) has exposed these medications that can cause brain shrinkage, cause the “blunt effect” a condition of reduced emotional reactivity in an individual. It manifests as a failure to express feelings. This is also a part of Frontal Lobe Syndrome (FLS).

One of the side effects of medication for depression is weight gain. During the depression, the hormones that regulate hunger and fullness are disrupted. As your hormones become regulated, you will begin to feel hungry again. The biggest reason for weight gain is that you become hungry for foods that lack nutritional value and are high in sugars. These appetite changes are stoppable. Normally, serotonin, acting on certain receptors on brain cells, produces a sense of satiation or fullness.  If you can control yourself, which is very difficult coming out of depression, choose healthy fruits and vegetables. This will help prevent any weight gain and give your body the nutrition to fight the depression.

No drug has ever gotten rid of the problem.  It only covers the symptom like a bandage and it always has side effects.


Your pineal gland produces a hormone called melatonin. It is responsible for quality sleep – something the majority of Americans do not get – as well as adjusting to new sleep cycles (such as changing your work schedule), jet lag, and chronic fatigue. When darkness falls, your body produces more melatonin to get you ready to sleep.

Foods such as Bing Cherries, Walnut (tryptophan for sleeping), pineapples (B vitamins), bananas (tryptophan converts to melatonin), oranges, and tomatoes help to boost your body’s natural production of melatonin. Leafy greens contain calcium which helps the brain use tryptophan to make melatonin). Better sleep quality means better mood, more energy, and a happier you!

Green Juice is very healing.  Drink when you rise, before you go to bed, and 30 minutes before meals.


It’s been called the “bliss molecule,” aptly named after ananda, the Sanskrit word for “joy, bliss, or happiness.”  The neurotransmitter anandamide is responsible for easing pain in the body, improving mood, and boosting brain function. It is a fragile compound Located in the higher thought areas of your brain. By increasing neurogenesis — the formation of new nerve cells — anandamide exhibits both anti-anxiety and antidepressant properties. Anandamide, like all neurotransmitters, is fragile and breaks down quickly.

Chocolate is one of the most beloved foods on the planet. It’s rare to meet anyone who doesn’t enjoy chocolate.  It’s known for sure that chocolate contains mood-boosting caffeine and phenylethylamine, a substance called the “love molecule” that simulates the feeling of being in love. It also contains theobromine, a substance related to caffeine, that acts as a relaxant rather than a stimulant. It’s thought that theobromine causes the brain to produce more anandamide. more of a neurotransmitter, anandamide, account for the euphoric sensation.  Chocolate contains compounds that slow anandamide’s breakdown.


The neurotransmitter dopamine is well-known as a happy chemical released by your nerve cells and sends signals to other nerve cells and a precursor of other substances including epinephrine (another term for adrenaline). Its biggest job is controlling the pleasure and reward centers of your brain.  Believe it or not it also plays a big role in maintaining a healthy weight. When you have adequate levels of dopamine in your system you eat less, make wiser choices, and are more focused.  Dopamine motivates us to take action toward goals, desires, and needs, and gives a surge of reinforcing pleasure when achieving them.

Foods like almonds and walnuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.  All contain l-phenylalanine which convert into tyrosine which then converts into dopamine.  Bananas, apples, beets

Serotonin – the brain in your head “The feel good hormone”

When you feel significant or important you have good serotonin levels.  Serotonin is a compound present in blood platelets and serum that constricts the blood vessels and acts as a neurotransmitter. It may come as a surprise to learn that the majority of the feel good neurotransmitter serotonin is manufactured and resides in your gut. This compound is responsible for mood, appetite, quality of sleep, feelings of sexual desire, and high-level brain function such as memory and learning.  Works good with dopamine.

Serotonin and norepinephrine are most highly implicated in depression, panic disorder and anxiety, as well as OCD.

Protein prevents an amino acid tryptophan from getting into the brain (even though protein contains tryptophan) and making new serotonin.

Food like almonds, walnut, cashews, help formation of serotonin.  Eat a handful of nuts a day.  Flaxseeds or flaxseed oil helps maintain serotonin.  Banana’s have tryptophan that helps with formation.  Dark chocolate is high in serotonin. pineapples contain high levels of serotonin.  Always use fresh not canned.

Expose yourself to the sun for 20 minutes; our skin absorbs UV rays, which promotes vitamin D and serotonin production.


The hormones known as endorphins are produced in the pituitary gland and central nervous system and are also considered neurotransmitters. They are in charge of many functions that relate to overall feelings of happiness and wellbeing. These hormones are your body’s first line of defense against pain called peptides, provide an opiate effect (similar to morphine causing an analgesic effect (relieve pain) after exercise or trauma, and basically make you feel pretty fantastic. They can be stimulated by foods such as cacao (dark chocolate) boost endorphins naturally, and nuts.  Exercise is usually attributed to endorphins known as “Runners high”.


Oxytocin creates intimacy, trust, and builds healthy relationships. Often referred to as the cuddle hormone, a simple way to keep oxytocin flowing is to give someone a hug.  When someone receives a gift, their oxytocin levels can rise.

Other nutrients for brain health:

MUSIC: Regulate your mood with the help of music.  Music can help people cope with physical pain.

EXERCISE: is also crucial to preventing weight gain. Your physician may not mention it so it is up to you to find a way to move.

Eliminate depression from your life with the help of probiotics!

Both the University of Virginia School of Medicine and McMaster University have found that consuming the friendly bacteria causes a natural antidepressant effect.  The environment of the gut seems to be in direct communication with the brain.  Probiotics offer a non-toxic way of overcoming the unwanted consequences of depression.

In a study published in the medical journal Gastroenterology, researchers of the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute found that consumption of a specific probiotic can improve both gut symptoms and psychological issues in IBS.  IBS is the most common gastrointestinal disorder in the world.  It affects the large intestine and patients suffer from abdominal pain and altered bowel habits like diarrhea and constipation. They are also frequently affected by chronic anxiety or depression.  Signals generated by the brain can influence the composition of microbes residing in the intestine and that the chemicals in the gut can shape the human brain’s structure.

A study out of McMaster University Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute linked probiotics and improvement in symptoms of depression as well as gastrointestinal upset.

The research looked at adults with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and found they reported improvements from both their gastrointestinal issues and depression from a specific probiotic versus those taking a placebo.

1. Lactobacillus bacteria (in particular) was found to reverse depressive behavior in mice. The researchers determined that it did so by altering their gut microbiome – which refers to the population of friendly microorganisms in the intestines.

Stress seems to lead to the loss of Lactobacillus in the gut – which in turn paves the way for the symptoms of depression. Lactobacillus levels in the gut microbiome also influence kynurenine (made in many tissues in response to immune activation) levels, a blood metabolite associated with the onset of depression and suicide.  Low levels of Lactobacillus bacteria should be avoided to preserve emotional wellbeing

2. Bifidobacterium longum NCC3001 eases symptoms of IBS and depression

10 week Study – 44 adults with mild to moderate anxiety or depression and IBS were followed.  After six weeks, 64 percent of those taking the probiotic showed reduced depression markers.  It can also reduce anxiety.

Researchers have even figured out that it works by acting through the vagus nerve.  The vagus nerve is the longest cranial nerve in your body.

It connects your brain to many important organs throughout the body, including the gut (intestines, stomach), heart and lungs.

In fact, the word “vagus” means “wanderer” in Latin, which accurately represents how the nerve wanders all over the body and reaches various organs.

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3. Bifidobacterium longum (strain R0175) Researchers have concluded that this strain can reduce cortisol and alleviate psychological distress in humans (including obsessions, compulsions, paranoia, anxiety)

4. Lactobacillus rhamnosus (strain GG) Can lower anxiety in humans.  GABA is the main inhibitory and relaxing neurotransmitter in the central nervous system, and studies suggest that lactobacillus rhamnosus (strain JB-1) may reduce anxiety by changing the expression of GABA receptors.

Has also been shown to reduce obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)-like behaviour in mice. In fact, researchers found it was just as effective as fluoxetine, an SSRI antidepressant commonly used to treat OCD

5. Lactobacillus plantarum (strains CECT7484 and CECT7485) to patients with irritable bowel syndrome and it significantly reduced their anxiety and improved their quality of life.

6. Lactobacillus plantarum (strain PS128) can cause positive changes in emotional behaviours and significantly reduce anxiety-like behaviours. It does this by increasing dopamine and serotonin, lowering stress hormone levels, and reducing inflammation.  It has psychotropic properties without physical side effects, and has great potential for treating neuropsychiatric disorders, including anxiety.

Lactobacillus plantarum is also commonly found in many fermented vegetables including sauerkraut, pickles, brined olives, kimchi.

7. Lactobacillus helveticus (R0052) is a probiotic strain that has been shown to reduce cortisol and have anti-anxiety effects in humans.  It can even reduce paranoid and obsessive-compulsive thoughts.

Animal research shows that a Western-style diet can negatively change the gut microbiome, increase brain inflammation, and contribute to anxiety. But lactobacillus helveticus (strains ROO52 and NS8) can protect against this, reducing both neuroinflammation and anxiety.   Lactobacillus helveticus (strain NS8) works better than citalopram, a common SSRI antidepressant, at reducing anxiety-like behaviour in rats. It also reduced their stress hormone levels and increased their serotonin levels

8. Lactobacillus reuteri (strain 23272) can reduce anxiety-like behaviours in animals by reducing stress hormone levels and altering the expression of GABA receptors

9. Lactobacillus fermentum is another species that is part of the human microbiome and commonly found in fermented vegetables.  But there still is some evidence that is may be able to help treat anxiety, especially if you have a long history of antibiotic treatment.

Typically, it is recommended that people try one probiotic strain at a time to figure out how they respond to each one.  You can click here to find the perfect probiotic for your symptoms.

The role diet plays in mood as well as overall physical health. Research from 2014 linked friendly gut bacteria with reduced stress and anxiety in human adults.

Berries: The National Institute of Health (NIH) conducted a study that found compounds in berries – blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and cranberries that block chemicals in our brain that depression and anxiety.

Papayas (reduce stress):  Studies have found out that this fruit contains powerful compounds that help to create a chemical in our body that decreases pain and gives us a sense of calm and well-being.  Folic Acid and Vitamin B6 to Remove Homocysteine play an important part in stress management.  Folic acid also acts on your hypothalamus to aid in the production of an anti-stress hormone.

Radish:  Research has found that every different kind of radish has compounds that increase chemicals in our brain that produce a better mood such as dopamine and norepinephrine.

Avocado:  Studies have discovered two compounds in avocado that play a key role in fighting depression – tryptophan and omega-3 fatty acid.

Collard Greens:  Collard greens are high in magnesium which powerfully assists in fighting depression by producing serotonin.

Mango:  This tropical fruit is rich in B-6 which promotes the production of serotonin, a powerful and natural mood-lifting compound in the brain.

Citrus:  All citrus fruit is rich in vitamin C and folate which increase the production of dopamine and have an antidepressant effect.

Anti-Depression Diet – eat to change the mood (food drives mood) Colorful foods like the rainbow brighten your day.  Eat more of them.

NUTRITIONAL FACTORS. There is no doubt that poor nutrition leads to mental imbalances. While few people in the United States are truly starving or completely depleted nutritionally, instances of mental disorders related to malnutrition still occur in this country.  In fact the U.S. is well fed but malnourished.  The statistics prove it!

All natural foods contained antidepressant qualities. None of them act as antidepressants, but every single fruit and vegetable will contribute to keeping you happy and healthy.  The foods that help the most with depression are the ones that you may not seek out. They are going to be the ones that are darker in color, a little bit more bitter in taste, and low in carbohydrates. In other words, any fruit or vegetable but not potatoes.

Here are a couple of recipes that should be uplifting:

Savory Roasted Nut

  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp Avocado oil
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan Pink Sea Salt (HPSS)
  • 1 cup Almonds
  • 1 cup Cashews
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 cup Pecans
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke

Soak all nuts for at least 12 hours.  Rinse well.  Put all ingredients in a bowl and stir.  Put in oven and roast.

Hot Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie

1 1/4 cup Vanilla almond milk, unsweetened
1/2 cup Rolled oats
1 tbsp Maple syrup
2 tbsp Cocoa powder, unsweetened
1 tbsp Almond Nut butter or dairy-free chocolate chips
1/2 tsp Vanilla extra
Drink your blues away in a healthy way with the most powerful fruits and vegetables for fighting depression according to the latest nutritional research. Compounds recently discovered in each will help lift your spirits. Add 1 or more to your daily juice or smoothie recipes. For best results try this super depression-fighting juice and smoothie recipe – the spices and green tea fight depression as well!

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