Category Archives: 2016-2020

Choudhary 2017: Neurophysiological symptoms and aspartame: What is the connection?

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Nutritional Neuroscience, 2017 Feb 15:1-11. This is a review of studies linking neuro-physiological symptoms to aspartame usage which concludes that aspartame may be responsible for adverse neurobehavioral health outcomes. QUOTE:  “Aspartame consumption needs to be approached with caution due to … Continue reading

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Soffer 2016: A case of chronic contact dermatitis resulting from the use of blue hair dye

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Contact Dermatitis. 2016 Oct;75(4): 258-9 This is a case report about a 45-year-old woman who began to dye her hair blue.  After several years of rashes and itching on her scalp, face, and neck, she sought help from an allergist.  … Continue reading

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Mawson 2017: Pilot comparative study on the health of vaccinated and unvaccinated 6- to 12-year-old U.S. children

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Journal of Translational Science, Volume 3(3): 1-12.  doi: 10.15761/JTS.1000186 This is one of the first studies done to address the questions raised by the U.S. Institute of Medicine about the long term health outcomes of the vaccination schedule as used … Continue reading

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Senate Health Committee approves Wieckowski bill to study dangers of synthetic food dyes on children

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SB 504 calls for state office to conduct independent review of evidence and options for the Legislature April 26, 2017 The Senate Health Committee today approved a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to direct a state agency to review … Continue reading

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Khayyat 2017: Tartrazine induces structural and functional aberrations and genotoxic effects in vivo

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PeerJ. 2017 Feb 23;5: e3041. This study was done to evaluate the possible adverse effects of the color Tartrazine (Yellow 5) on kidney and liver function and structure in rats, as well as its affect on white blood cells.  For … Continue reading

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Feitosa 2017: Estimate of the theoretical maximum daily intake of Sunset Yellow FCF by the Brazilian population

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Food Additives & Contaminants Part A. 2017 Feb 20:1-8 This study was  able to estimate daily intake of foods containing Sunset Yellow (Yellow 6) using the 2008-2009 data collections of food purchases by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics.  … Continue reading

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Bastaki 2017: Estimated Daily Intake and Safety of FD&C Food Colour Additives in the US Population

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Food Additives & Contaminants, Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment. 2017 March 23. Using complex statistics and a database of product  labels, rather than direct measurements, an  “estimate of daily intake” of the amounts of synthetic food … Continue reading

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O’Nions 2016: Identifying features of ‘pathological demand avoidance’ using the Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders (DISCO)

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European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. 2016 April; 25(4): 407-19 The term “pathological demand avoidance” (PDA) describes children or adults within the autism spectrum who exhibit obsessive resistance to everyday demands and requests.  In this study, the authors determined specific differences … Continue reading

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Rafati 2017: Using vitamin E to prevent the impairment in behavioral test, cell loss and dendrite changes in medial prefrontal cortex induced by tartrazine in rats

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Acta Histochemica. 2017 March; 119(2): 172-180 The authors used a rat model to answer the following questions: Does exposure to tartrazine (Yellow 5)  influence the rats’ memory and learning? Does the tartrazine exposure have any effects on the volume of … Continue reading

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Hutcheon 2016: Detectable Risks in Studies of the Fetal Benefits of Maternal Influenza Vaccination

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American Journal of Epidemiology, 2016 Aug 1; 184(3):227-32 Giving pregnant women the flu shot is expected not only to prevent the flu in both mothers and newborns, but also to prevent adverse pregnancy outcomes such as preterm birth.  According to … Continue reading

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Ly 2017: Elimination diets’ efficacy and mechanisms in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder.

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European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.  2017.  Feb 11.    doi: 10.1007/s00787-017-0959-1 In her review of the research, Dr. Ly discusses the use of elimination diets for ADHD and autism from the point of view of the interaction of the metabolic, immune, … Continue reading

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Ríos-Hernández 2017: The Mediterranean Diet and ADHD in Children and Adolescents

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Pediatrics,  2017 Jan 30. pii: e20162027 This study took place in Spain, where families have a long tradition of eating the Mediterranean diet.  As diets today veer away from traditional healthful foods towards junk food, candies and convenience foods, behavior … Continue reading

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Silent Epidemic; The Untold Story of Vaccines

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This Gary Null Production is a long film – almost 2 hours – so get comfortable before you start.   Although some parents are quoted in this film, most of the participants are medical doctors and researchers. Please share this film … Continue reading

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Saunders 2016: Reconsidering dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids in bipolar disorder: A translational picture

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The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 2016 Oct;77(10): e1342-e1347 Drugs used for bipolar disorder often work by down-regulating the brain metabolism of a long-chain omega-6 (or n-6) essential fatty acid called arichidonic acid (AA).  The shorter-chain omega-6 (or n-6) essential fatty … Continue reading

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Sommer 2016: A novel treatment adjunct for aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease: the low-salicylate diet: a multicenter randomized control crossover trial

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International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology. 2016. April; 6(4): 385-91 30 patients diagnosed with aspirin sensitivity and aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD) were entered into a diet trial.   They ate either a regular diet or a low-salicylate diet for 6 … Continue reading

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Li 2016: Pigeons home faster through polluted air

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Scientific Reports, 2016 Jan 5;6:18989. Air pollution is good for something …. if you are a pigeon racer.  It seems that in northern China, homing pigeons fly home lots faster through polluted air. The authors say it isn’t yet clear … Continue reading

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Kubo-Irie 2016: The transfer of titanium dioxide nanoparticles from the host plant to butterfly larvae through a food chain

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Scientific Reports, 2016 March 31;6:23819 The purpose of this study was to better  understand how the widely used titanium dioxide may impact the environment.  The researchers used swallowtail butterfly larvae which were hatched on plants growing in water containing titanium … Continue reading

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Mansouri 2016: Histopathological effects following short-term coexposure of Cyprinus carpio to nanoparticles of TiO2 and CuO

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Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. (2016) 188:575 This Swiss study looks at the effect of two kinds of nanoparticles, separately and combined.  Both copper oxide (CuO) and titanium dioxide (TiO2) ultrafine particles (nanoparticles or NP) are widely used in many things … Continue reading

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Jovanovic 2016: Food web effects of titanium dioxide nanoparticles in an outdoor freshwater mesocosm experiment.

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Nanotoxicology. 2016 Sep;10(7):902-12. In this study, 25 µg/L and 250 µg/L of the food color additive titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles were added to outdoor mesocosms* placed in a lake.  The control mesocosm was not treated with any TiO2. * A … Continue reading

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Balestrieri 2016: Transcriptional activity of human endogenous retrovirus in Albanian children with autism spectrum disorders

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The New Microbiologica, 2016.  July ;39(3): 228-231. Endogenous Retroviruses in humans (HERVs) are derived from ancient viral infections which over time became part of the usual human genome. In fact, they make up 8% of the total genome (98,000 fragments, … Continue reading

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Mossin 2016: Inverse associations between cord vitamin D and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms: A child cohort study

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The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 2016 Sep 30.   doi: 10.1177/0004867416670013 The researchers analyzed the records of 1,233 infants, whose parents filled out an ADHD questionnaire when the child was a little less than 3 years old. They … Continue reading

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Edlow 2016: Maternal Obesity and Neurodevelopmental and Psychiatric Disorders in Offspring

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Prenatal Diagnosis. 2016, Sep 29. doi: 10.1002/pd.4932 Edlow reviews the current animal and human research showing a connection between maternal (and sometimes paternal) obesity and high fat diets on  neuro-developmental and psychiatric disorders in the offspring. These disorders include cognitive … Continue reading

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Yu 2016: Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption Is Adversely Associated with Childhood Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

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International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2016 July 4;13(7). pii: E678. In this study of Taiwanese children, a strong correlation was found between amount of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) consumed per day and ADHD.  A dose-response effect was observed, … Continue reading

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Wang 2016: Sucralose promotes food intake through NPY and a neuronal fasting response

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Cell Metabolism, 2016 July 12;24(1): 75-90 Both flies and mice have the same pathways which are triggered by sucralose (Splenda) to make the body think it is starving and increase the desire to eat.   Wang explains that a sweet taste … Continue reading

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New FDA Data Show High Levels of Dyes in Brand-name Foods

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Little Debbie Swiss Rolls Use Yellow, Red, and Blue Dyes to Make ‘Chocolate’ Cake Reprinted from article published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, July 18, 2016 Little Debbie Swiss Rolls have a combined 32 milligrams of … Continue reading

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Batada 2016: Prevalence of Artificial Food Colors in Grocery Store Products Marketed to Children

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Clinical Pediatrics, 2016 Oct; 55(12): 1113-1119. In this study, 810 products commonly marketed to children and found in a local grocery store were evaluated.  43.2% of them contained artificial food colors (AFC), mostly Red 40, Blue 1, Yellow 5, and … Continue reading

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Artificial sweeteners are worse than we thought

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We already know too much sugar is bad for you ………but ARTIFICIAL sugar is worse. Click on the picture to see a short but important video from an article in TIME, May 20, 2016. Related studies: Azad 2016 — Association … Continue reading

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