Food Dye, Is It As Innocent As It Looks?


Posted on Monday, September 5, 2016

Written by Jill Dixon, of Clean Living Connection LLC

Copyright of Clean Living Connection LLC

Food Dye and Coloring, is it as innocent as it looks?

Our world is made up of colors, beautiful colors! Colors are a way for us to show our preferences and personalities. Color has been used as symbols in our world, dating back 40,000 years earlier. If you have you ever watched a sun set or a sun rise then you know how marvelous color can be to have in our lives.

Color is also used to sell you something. It is often associated with food especially candy. Did you know that food in commercials is often painted to promote it and make it look more appealing? Have you seen Katy Perry’sCalifornia Girls” video which depicts a land of candy and color in an attempt to gives slight undertones of innocence and sweetness? How about the longtime favorite children’s game, Candy Land and even Candy Crush for adults? We are trained to love color and associate it to our palate at a very early age. But is it as innocent as it looks in our food after we ingest it? The first step is to understand exactly what it is.

Food Dye/Coloring/Additives ~ What is it?

It is important to know how the food industry defines food coloring or color additive. According to the U.S. FDA (Food & Drug Administration) the legal definition is “any substance, the intended use of which results or may reasonably be expected to result – direct or indirectly – in its becoming a component or otherwise affecting the characteristics of any food.”

Around 1900, Food dye was synthesized originally from coal tar and now petroleum.

Well then what is Coal Tar & Petroleum? Coal Tar is a thick liquid or semi-solid obtained as a by-product in the destructive distillation of bituminous coal. In the US, Coal Tar may be used as an active ingredient in OTC drug products. Coal Tar is a known human carcinogen.

Petroleum is a liquid found in sedimentary rocks below the earth’s surface. It is extracted for fossil fuel (crude oil), which eventually becomes the gas that runs our cars or the oil that heats our homes. HIGH Contamination concerns and organ system toxicity. Where would we find petroleum and/or coal tar? You will find them in personal care products, paints, photographic chemicals, asphalt pavements, gasoline and much more. So what is it doing in our food?!

Why is food dye used?

According to the FDA Color Additive is used in foods:

  1. To offset color loss due to exposure to light, air, temperature extremes, moisture, and storage conditions.
  2. To correct natural variations in color
  3. To enhance colors that occur naturally
  4. To provide color to colorless and “fun” foods.

What do you notice about the 4 reasons color additives are used? They are purely for aesthetic purposes. There is no nutritional value to food dye. It is said, we eat with our eyes as much as our mouths.

FDA data shows a dramatic 500% increase in consumption of dyes since 1955, even though the list has gone down from 700 to 7 approved dyes. That increase is a good indication of how Americans increasingly have come to rely on processed foods such as soft drinks, breakfast cereals, candies, snack foods, baked goods, frozen desserts, and even pickles and salad dressings that are colored with dyes.

Every year 15 million pounds of artificial food dyes in the US Food and that only factors in 8 different varieties.

Let’s Take a Deeper Look at Each Food Dye

Blue 1: (E133) FD&C Blue No. 1 – used in dairy products, sweets and drinks. Studies show can cause hyperactivity, skin rashes, bronchoconstriction, and chromosomal damage. As found in cupcakes, sushi, cereals, Poptarts, Fiber One cheesecake, Gatorade, Crystal Light, Hershey’s Chocolate Pudding, Cheetos Flavor, Beggin’ Strips for pets, Special K Protein Shakes in Strawberry and Banana.

Banned in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Norway, Switzerland & Sweden.

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Blue 2: (E132) FD&C Blue No. 2 – aka Indigotine, commonly used in pharma drugs, desserts, beverages,  pet food, and as a medical diagnostic aid. Has been known to cause nausea, vomiting, high blood pressure, skin rashes, breathing problems, brain tumors in male rats, and other allergic reactions. As found in Poptarts, skittles, colored cupcakes.

Banned in Norway.

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Green 3: (E143) or FD&C Green No. 3 – Has been found to have tumorigenic and mutagenic effects in experimental animals; bladder and testes tumors in rats. Rarely used. As found in jellies, fish and some desserts.

Red 3: (E127) FD&C Red No. 3 – aka Erythrosine, recognized in 1990 by FDA as a thyroid carcinogen in animals and banned in cosmetics and externally applied drugs. All uses of Red 3 lakes (combo of dyes & salts that are insoluble) are banned.       However, FDA still permits in ingested drugs & foods with about 200K pounds of dye being used annually. As found in some cupcakes and Special K Protein Shakes in Strawberry and Banana.

Citrus Red 2: Permitted only for coloring the skins of oranges not used for processing, is toxic to rodents at modest levels and caused tumors of the urinary bladder and possibly other organs. Only allowed on orange peels.


Red 40: (E129) FD&C Red No. 40 – aka Allure Red, Most widely used dye, may accelerate the appearance of immune system tumors in mice. Causes hypersensitivity reactions in a number of consumers and might trigger hyperactivity in children. As found in some decorated cupcakes, sushi, caramel syrup, Poptarts, Fiber One Cheesecake, Publix Strawberry Preserves Low Sugar, Fanta, Cheetos Flavor, Beggin’ Strips for pets.

Prohibited throughout Europe.

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Yellow 5: (E102) FD&C Yellow No. 5 – aka Tartrazine, this coal tar dye is considered one of the most dangerous artificial colors due to its high risk of contamination with several cancer-causing chemicals. Causes sometimes severe hypersensitivity reactions in small number of people and might trigger hyperactivity and other behavioral effects in children. As found in some cupcakes, cereals, sushi, Poptarts, Fiber One 90 Calorie Mint Fudge Brownies, Powerade, Fanta, Crystal Light, Pickles, some dressings, Cheetos Puffs, Cheetos Flavor, Beggin’ Strips, Cat Temptations.

Banned in Norway, Austria, and Finland.

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Yellow 6: (E110) FD&C Yellow No. 6 – aka Sunset Yellow, orange shade shown to cause adrenal tumors in animals and linked to allergies, hyperactivity in children, nausea, nasal congestion, and more. It is used in cereals, baked goods, ice cream, drinks, canned fish, and many medications including DayQuil capsules and Extra Strength Tylenol. As found in decorated cupcakes, cereal, caramel syrup, Poptarts, Powerade, Fanta, Cheetos Puffs, Cheetos Flavor, Beggin’ Strips, Cat Temptations. Special K Protein Shakes.

Banned in Finland, Norway and the UK.

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Orange B  – approved for use only in sausage casings, but has not been used for many years. Limited Testing.


So let’s just sum up the studies available on food dye and make it easy for you… “Almost all the toxicological studies on dyes were commissioned, conducted, and analyzed by the chemical industry and academic consultants.”

“Most of the studies were commissioned or conducted by dye manufacturers, so biases could influence design, conduct, or interpretation of the studies. Second, most of the studies lasted no longer than two years, and some were much shorter. Also many did not include an in utero phase. Most studies did not include mixtures of dyes.” Food Dyes, A Rainbow of Risks, Center For Science In The Public Interest, 2010

So the results of many studies are due to a 1.) Bias and financial incentive, 2.) No long term studies 3.) No effective studies on in utero 4.) Mixtures are not studied.

As well as there being a large discrepancy in food dye studies performed and or supported by the food industry themselves, there are no studies on the combination of food dyes. Just go to your grocery store and start picking up packages, you will find plenty of ingredient labels stating the use of more than 1 food dye.

There is a study from 1975 by Benjamin Feingold who published his study “Hyperkinesis and Learning Disabilities Linked to Artificial Food Flavors and Colors.”  The study found a “possible link between the consumption of these artificial colors and a sodium benzoate preservative and increased hyperactivity” in adults and children. He recommended that parents try putting their hyperactive children on an “elimination” diet and further testing was recommended.  Let’s stop and think about how popular and well taken that study must have been among the food industry! The FDA goes so far as to combat this singular study, by still specifically mentioning this study in their food dye marketing brochure so they can attempt, at best, to discredit it.

However Europe took a much different stance to protect its citizens. Take a look back at the list of food dyes that are banned in Europe. Due to the concern of organ damage, birth defects, and allergic reactions, mixtures of dyes cause hyperactivity and other behavioral problems in some children, the British Government advised companies to stop using most food dyes by the end of 2009, and the EU required a warning notice on most dye-containing foods effective after July 20th, 2010.

So Are There Labels or Warnings of Risk?

The only label you will find in the United States is on the FDA’s own Food Ingredients and Colors marketing brochure. “Because of inherent limitations of science, FDA can never be absolutely certain of the absence of any risk from the use of any substance. Therefore, FDA must determine – based on the best science available – if there is a reasonable certainty of no harm to consumers when an additive is used as proposed.” That certainly does nothing for the safety of the consumer. It looks like a CYA for the FDA to me!

See here for the full FDA Food Ingredients and Colors pamphlet

Burden of Proof

We live in an age where the burden of proof lies on the shoulders of the consumer. We are the ones tasked with proving something is not safe to get it off the market but we are negated by profit and science-for-hire.


Some food dyes can and do come from natural sources, so it is definitely available to the food industry if they so choose and we begin demanding it by what we do and do not purchase. Here are some natural sources that provide additional color to food:

  • Beet Juice
  • Beta-carotene
  • Paprika oleoresin
  • Fruit and vegetable juices
  • Saffron
  • Grape-skin extract
  • Elderberry

Closing Thoughts

Yet again it is evident that we need to continue looking deeper into our foods, and to take an active role and personal responsibility in knowing what we are putting into our bodies. We are bombarded by the industry everywhere we turn, from commercials, to games, to music videos, to billboards to grocery store checkout counters and the list goes on. Our children are at the most risk as the market is working hard to ingrain poor eating habits and instant gratification into their daily lives. We as parents must be diligent. One of the best things you can do for you kids is to educate them as they grow. Take them to the store, explain to them how bad it is for their health as most products that include food dye also includes a large amount of sugar. As parents can we complain that our kids are wild and can’t sit still if they are all hopped up on foods that may even give off the slightest question as to a causation? It is up to you to decide how much is enough. If kids are eating very healthy at home and avoiding food dye for the most part, is it bad to allow them to eat that frosty, colored cupcake at a birthday party? In moderation maybe? Only you can decide what’s right for your kids.

I do encourage you to help them to discern between real food grown and taken from the earth versus processed ‘fake’ foods. Just because the food industry tells us we can ingest it, does not mean that we should. I must admit, I love it when my 5 year old tells her grandparents when a food might have dye in it and she knows to avoid it. Momma pride right there! I’ve done my job if I can instill awareness and wise, healthy decisions. Here she is helping me read package ingredients and taking pictures of the offenders.



Real food is flowing with color, I think we have just become to accustomed to shopping on the inside isles and looking at boxes that we forgot how beautiful real food can be!

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See my entire Food Dye presentation on YouTube HERE when I was invited by Dr. Cade Copeland to speak at one of his educational programs for LIFEStrength Health Center‘s Heal Your Gut – Hack Your Health #1.





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Exactly How Fresh Is That Air Freshener?


What image goes through your mind when you think “fresh air?” Well I can probably guess what won’t go through your mind, and that is the bathroom. But probably not for the obvious reasons you are thinking. Most bathrooms are the very opposite of fresh, wouldn’t you agree? They actually may be much worse than you think. We like to mask stinky smells with more stinky smells plus toxic chemicals that may, very well, cause more harm than good.

Enter the world dominance of the air freshener. People love their air fresheners! So much so that according to Research and Markets, “the world air freshener market is estimated to garner $11.04 BILLION by 2020.” Holy cow that is a lot of money! I would imagine those companies wouldn’t appreciate my article quite as much as those looking to live a cleaner, more toxic free life. 😉

Air fresheners are found in aerosols, sprays, solids, candles, and plug-ins and are there to make a bad smell a little better. But what about your health? What about your families health? Could it be making your health better or worse? Well according to studies in recent years they are most likely effecting you in some negative way. How fast can one actually run out of the bathroom without inhaling? Not fast enough, since those chemicals linger and they will drift out of the room and through your air systems. So how can you discern which product is most dangerous? Well here’s the kicker. There are no requirements for those air freshener companies to disclose ingredients. A few companies provide ingredient lists on their website in response to consumer demand, but the word “fragrance” may hide dozens of chemicals, many of which may never have been assessed for safety, and it’s perfectly legal. It turns out we live in a world where we must prove something is dangerous before they have to prove it is safe and harmless to the human body.

In 2008 a University of Washington study of top-selling laundry products and air fresheners found the products emitted dozens of different chemicals. All six products tested gave off at least one chemical regulated as toxic or hazardous under federal laws, but none of those chemicals were listed on the product labels. Anne Steinemann, a UW professor of civil and environmental engineering and public affairs, stated “I was surprised by both the number and the potential toxicity of the chemicals that were found.” Chemicals included acetone, the active ingredient in paint thinner and nail-polish remover; limonene, a molecule with a citrus scent; as well as acetaldehyde, chloromethane and 1,4-dioxane. For more details on the toxicity risk of 1,4-dioxane see here at the EPA. Steinemann also added, “nearly 100 volatile organic compounds were emitted from these six products, and none were listed on any product label. Plus, five of the six products emitted one or more carcinogenic ‘hazardous air pollutants,’ which are considered by the Environmental Protection Agency to have no safe exposure level.”

When EWG (the non-profit, 3rd party, Environmental Working Group) conducted more sensitive testing of the air freshener Febreze Air Effects as part of a 2009 study of cleaning supplies used in California schools, they detected a total of 89 airborne contaminants, including acetaldehyde. Another chemical to watch out for found in many air fresheners is called phthalates, which are endocrine disruptors. They are used because they make fragrances last longer, however, they are linked to problems of the reproductive system, including decreased sperm motility and concentration in men and genital abnormalities in baby boys. More recently they’ve also been linked to asthma and allergies. Synthetic musks are also a risks as they are linked to allergies and hormone disruption.

Are there any alternatives without the risk? Well you can start the fan when you first walk into your bathroom. Maybe there is a window you can open? How about a small HEPA air filter at least in your home. Be advised that “green” products may still contain toxic chemicals that carry a risk, and government regulation or definition for “green” is weak at best.

There is another alternative that you can customize to your own preference. That is making your own air spray using a small spray bottle, water and a couple drops of essential oils. Since I am not the one that enjoys making my own products, I can assure you it takes all of about 1-2 minutes. You can find spray bottles online, or at a local health food store, or even GNC. I enjoy peppermint in mine, sometimes a citrus essential oil, but virtually any of your favorite scents will work. I do advise that the brand be a very high quality oil and use an oil that is one of the less costly options. Look for Grade A, directly from farmer to bottle, versus a large distribution network from other countries and watch out for brands that make up their own ratings. Essential oils are powerful no matter what the use, so purity and quality is important.

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So enjoy your next trip to the bathroom, water closet, loo, latrine, powder room, etc… a little more knowing that you are taking a small, safer, scented step to remove harmful products from your home and your families lives.  – Jill, Founder of Clean Living Connection, LLC.


The Clean Living Connection Community Is Live!

Are you on other social media sites? Do you feel that you are getting lost in the sea of information overload. Well I do. Love my friends, but when it comes to connecting with the natural and holistic community to keep up to date on events, important details, and opportunities to learn more, I find I am missing out, a lot! So what can be done about it? Where can we find an exclusive, “drama-free” community for those looking to live a more clean and toxic free life? A concentrated place for those who believe in the power of being connected to health-conscious, like-minded people, places and events that can help us to live our lives to our full potential through natural and holistic choices WITHOUT all the social media drama and nonsense to weed through and be forced to see? Does it even exist?

Well yes it does now!

I’d love for you to join me in my Clean Living Connection Community: an exclusive community for those looking to learn how to live a more clean and toxic free life. At Clean Living Connection, we believe in the power of being connected to other health-conscious, like-minded people, that also have a passion for learning about natural and holistic options. We connect members and professionals alike within the community to teach, learn, and share valuable knowledge with each other without all the noise and drama found in other social media! We achieve this through education, community involvement, events and developing personal connections within our focused community. We share a constant thirst for knowledge and natural alternatives!

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What Happens To Your Body When You Stop Using Chemical Laden Personal Care Products?


Originally published via April 6, 2016 by .

A new study led by researchers at UC Berkeley and Clinica de Salud del Valle Salinas has demonstrated how taking even a short break from various cosmetics, shampoos, and other personal care products can lead to a substantial drop in the levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals present within the body.

You can actually take a quiz here about your cancer IQ as it is somewhat related to topic of toxic chemical accumulation in the body

The results from the study were published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Researchers gave 100 Latina teenagers various personal care products that were labeled to be free of common chemicals including phthalates, parabens, triclosan, and oxybenzone. These chemicals are used regularly in almost all conventional personal care products such as cosmetics, soap, sunscreen, shampoo, conditioner, and other hair products, and animal studies have shown that they directly interfere with the body’s endocrine system.

“Because women are the primary consumers of many personal care products, they may be disproportionately exposed to these chemicals,” said study lead author Kim Harley, associate director of the UC Berkeley Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health. “Teen girls may be at particular risk since it’s a time of rapid reproductive development, and research has suggested that they use more personal care products per day than the average adult woman.”


After just a three-day trial with the girls using only the lower-chemical products, urine samples showed a significant drop in the level of chemicals in the body. Methyl and propyl parabens, commonly used as preservatives in cosmetics, dropped 44 and 45 percent, metabolites of diethyl phthalate, used often in perfumes, dropped by 27 percent, and both triclosan and benzophenone-3 fell 36 percent. The authors of the study were surprised to see an increase in two lesser common parabens, but those levels were small and could easily be caused by accidental contamination or a substitute not listed on the labels.

Co-director of the study, Kimberly Parra, explains why having local youths participate in the study was of particular importance:

The results of the study are particularly interesting on a scientific level, but the fact that high school students led the study set a new path to engaging youth to learn about science and how it can be used to improve the health of their communities. After learning of the results, the youth took it upon themselves to educate friends and community members, and presented their cause to legislatures in Sacramento.

Included in the CHAMACOS Youth Council were 12 local high school students who helped design and implement the study; one of the teen researchers, Maritza Cárdenas, is now a UC Berkely Undergraduate majoring in molecular and cell biology.

“One of the goals of our study was to create awareness among the participants of the chemicals found in everyday products, to help make people more conscious about what they’re using,” said Cárdenas. “Seeing the drop in chemical levels after just three days shows that simple actions can be taken, such as choosing products with fewer chemicals, and make a difference.”

What Can You Do?

Well, you can be sure to check the labels on any products you purchase. Most personal care products contain a list of ingredients, but unfortunately many cosmetics do not. If you use a particular brand that you really love you can try contacting the manufacturer directly and asking them for an ingredient list.

You can also opt for more natural and organic products, but be sure to keep in mind that in the industry of personal care products, the words “natural” and “organic” are often meaningless. A safe bet would be to buy these products from a health food store and be sure to read the ingredients or ask the sales clerk. Generally, when products do not contain specific chemicals, the manufacturers are happy to label them as such.

Because actually natural and organic products can be a bit more pricey, you may want to consider making your own. You can make a wide array of completely all natural personal care products quite easily with just a few ingredients. Not only is this cheaper, but it allows you to be sure of every ingredient that will go on your body and to customize your creations to suit your specific needs. Check out “Top 5 DIY Everyday Personal Care Products” for some great homemade make-up ideas, or try a quick Google or Pinterest search!

The less demand for these chemically-laden products there is, the less these chemicals will be used. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: VOTE WITH YOUR DOLLAR! We have the power to create the type of world we want. Be the change.

Check out The Story Of Cosmetics below!

Originally published via April 6, 2016 by .

If you are anything like me, you do not have the time or desire to create your own products, so for easy ToxicFree® living with a complete line-up of solutions for personal care, wellness, household, skincare, and Grade A field-to-bottle essential oils you will enjoy visiting GoBeyondNatural by clicking HERE!  ~ Jill 


Premature Births Linked to Toxic Chemicals

Premature Births Linked to Toxic Chemicals

Every baby deserves to be born into this world toxic free.

“Every baby deserves to be born into this world toxic free.”

By Alex Formuzis, EWG Vice President for Strategic Campaigns

The rate of premature births in the U.S. is among the highest in the developed world, with nearly one in 10 babies born in 2014 arriving before 37 weeks of pregnancy.

It’s also the number one cause of infant mortality. Very premature babies who do survive often endure serious problems for the rest of their lives, including diabetes, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities and breathing and vision problems, among other issues.

It’s difficult to pinpoint what causes pre-term birth, but many obstetricians as well as federal health authorities strongly urge pregnant women to avoid smoking, alcohol and illicit drugs. Poor nutrition, infection and carrying twins or triplets can also trigger early births. But research indicates the cause of roughly half of all premature births is unknown.

An emerging body of research is connecting pre-term birth to in uteroexposure to toxic chemicals. You can learn more in this terrific video, Little Things Matter: The Impact of Toxins on Preterm Birth, by Bruce Lanphear, M.D., Ph.D, one of the world’s leading experts in children’s environmental health.

EWG was a pioneer in investigating industrial pollution in the womb, documenting the presence of toxic chemicals in the bodies of newborns.

EWG co-founder and president, Ken Cook, brought the findings of this landmark research to tens of thousands of people through a widely seen presentation titled 10 Americans. It’s a little over 20 minutes long – worth every second of your time if you’re worried about the impacts of toxic chemicals on our children’s health.


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FDA Bans Three Toxic Chemicals From Food Wrapping

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MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2016 via 

Under pressure from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and other environmental and health groups, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is banning three grease-resistant chemical substances linked to cancer and birth defects from use in pizza boxes, microwave popcorn bags, sandwich wrappers and other food packaging.

The FDA’s belated action comes more than a decade after EWG and other advocates sounded alarms and five years after U.S. chemical companies stopped making the chemicals. It does nothing to prevent food processors and packagers from using almost 100 related chemicals that may also be hazardous.

“Industrial chemicals that pollute people’s blood clearly have no place in food packaging,” EWG President Ken Cook said. “But it’s taken the FDA more than 10 years to figure that out and it’s banning only three chemicals that aren’t even made any more.

“This is another egregious example of how, all too often, regulatory actions under the nation’s broken chemical laws are too little and too late to protect Americans’ health. Congress needs to ensure that chemicals that make their way into food, either as deliberate additives or as contaminants from packaging and other outside sources, are thoroughly investigated.”

The packaging substances banned by FDA, in an order that takes effect Feb. 1, are perfluorinated compounds or PFCs, a class that includes the chemicals used to make DuPont’s Teflon and 3M’s Scotchgard. Through their use in thousands of consumer products, PFCs have polluted the blood of virtually all Americans. They can be passed through the umbilical cord to the fetus. They contaminate drinking water for more than 6.5 million people in 27 states, according to water tests conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In 2005, former DuPont engineer Glen Evers revealed that for decades, DuPont had hidden its use of a PFC-based coating in paper food packaging, despite evidence that PFCs were harmful to human health. Following Evers’ disclosures, EWG wrote to the leaders of numerous fast-food companies, asking them to disclose whether their companies used PFCs in food wrappers. Burger King and some other companies said they would stop using wrappers with certain PFCs. In 2008, the California Legislature approved an EWG-backed bill to ban some PFCs in food packaging, but it was vetoed by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Meanwhile, in 2005, the EPA made voluntary agreements with DuPont, 3M and other chemical companies to phase out production and use of some PFCs. But because the EPA regulates chemicals in consumer products while the FDA has authority over chemicals in food, the EPA phaseout did not remove the compounds from the FDA’s list of substances approved for contact with food.

Although the three chemicals were no longer made in the U.S. as of 2011, the possibility remained that food packaging with those chemicals made in other countries could be imported to America. In October 2014, EWG and eight other groups petitioned the FDA to bar them from its list of approved food-contact materials.

Over the past decade, chemical companies have introduced dozens of chemicals similar to those phased out under the EPA-led deal. The FDA has approved almost 100 other PFC compounds for use in food packaging.

In 2008, EWG investigated FDA safety assessments and approvals for those next-generation PFCs and concluded that the agency failed to give adequate attention to the long-term health consequences of exposure to those substances. Since then, FDA has approved 20 more PFC chemicals for use in food wrappers. Public information on the safety of these substances is largely nonexistent.

“We know very little about the safety of these next-generation PFCs in food wrappers,” EWG Senior Scientist David Andrews said, who analyzed the more recent FDA approvals. “But their chemical structure is very similar to the ones that have been phased out and the very limited safety testing that has been done suggests they may have some of the same health hazards. To protect Americans’ health, the FDA and EPA should require that chemicals be proved safe before they are allowed on the marketplace.”

The FDA ban comes in response to a petition filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Center for Food Safety, Breast Cancer Fund, Center for Environmental Health, Clean Water Action, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Children’s Environmental Health Network, Improving Kids’ Environment and EWG.

Original article Dated January 4th, 2016 via
Contact: Monica Amarelo (202) 939-9140

8 Tips To Heal Burns Naturally


Recently a very good friend of mine had a propane tank on his gas grill catch on fire. It shot out a fireball, which engulfed his upper body, arms and face. Though burnt pretty badly, the tank thankfully ran out of gas before it could explode.

Going to the emergency room they gave him pain medication but really did not offer much advice other than the fact that it would take time to heal.

There are a few things that you can do that not only help you heal faster but also feel good and soothing while helping to prevent scars from forming.

#1. Soak the burned area in full fat ice-cold milk.

The fat and protein content in milk soothes burns and promotes healing. Soak the burn for 15 minutes at a time. Full fat yogurt can be used as well to help cool and hydrate.

#2. Mist Yourself! – This feels really good.

Get a small misting bottle.

Fill it with 6oz. of good clean water


30 drops of pure Peppermint Oil

20 drops of pure Lavender Oil

10 drops of Frankincense Oil

*Shake every time you use it because oil floats to the top.
**Mist liberally, you cannot use this too much. This combination of oils is antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial and Frankincense actually contributes to DNA level cellular repair.

#3. Aloe Aloe Aloe!

Aloe Vera is a wonder healer for burns.

Keep a bottle of pure aloe liquid in the refrigerator and spray or smooth on carefully as needed. *You can also add 10-20 drops or more of Peppermint Oil and or the other oils to this for cooling relief.

#4. Cool water only if you are bathing or showering. NO soaps on the burn areas, especially those that are perfumed with anything other than essential oils as they can be drying and that is the last thing a burn needs.

#5. Take extra Vitamins C & E

These not only help to boost your immune system back up, they also help with skin healing and repair.

#6. Eating Collagen boosting foods will help with repair

Fish, Red Vegetables (tomatoes/peppers), Dark green Vegetables (spinach, kale, broccoli), Carrots, Berries, White Tea, Citrus Fruits, Protein (eggs, milks, meats), Bone broth Soups, Garlic, and even Oysters. And though it seems like an odd health suggestion – Gummy Candies.

#7. RAW Honey

Once scabbing starts RAW honey is an amazing healer. Antibiotic in nature it not only helps prevent but can actually reverse scarring. (Just not keloid scars).

Use it like a mask on the burnt area. Leave on for 15-20 minutes daily. You will begin to see results in only a few days.

#8. Rest

This aspect is often over looked.

Your body heals most rapidly when you are asleep. Burns are very taxing to your body and you will require more rest than usual until your skin is healed.

Be easy on yourself and take the time you need.

Original contect created by Author on October 13, 2015.


Is your home making you ill?

By Anna Victoria Rogers / originally created December 17, 2014 at Miss Eco Glam

Is your home making you ill?

81% of people are at risk of suffering  from a respiratory or dermatological condition because of their homeExperts call for an increased awareness of what is being termed “Toxic Home Syndrome”. Professor Peter Howarth comments: “There is a lot of noise about how outdoor air pollution affects your health, but we should look closer to home as this is where we spend most of our time. Indoor air can be more hazardous than outdoor air. ‘Toxic home syndrome’ occurs when families are exposed to a potent mix of airborne pollutants arising from poor home ventilation, causing respiratory and skin diseases to occur more frequently.”

Top Tips for a Healthy Home

Tip 1. Look into different ventilation options such as household mechanical ventilation systems which provide clean air or extractor fans. The bathroom is the most common place in the home where condensation builds up so it is essential that it is properly ventilated to reduce the risk of mold spores growing

Tip 2. Use eco friendly cleaning products – some everyday cleaning products contain chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which can be dangerous for your respiratory health.

Tip 3Consider wood flooring – carpets can harbor dust, dirt, dander, bacteria and cleaning products which can be hard to get out and release potentially harmful substances into the air, worsening your indoor air quality.

Tip 4. Dry your washing outside otherwise make sure your windows are open if you have to dry it inside to reduce VOC levels indoors.

Tip 5Take your shoes off at the door so pollen, dirt, soil etc from outdoors is not spread around your home.

Thank you to my friend ANNA RODGERS for this great article! Be sure to check her out at

Lumber Liquidators Chinese-made Laminate Flooring & Toxic Formaldehyde

A recent report by 60 Minutes with Anderson Cooper unveiled a sickening discovery about non-compliant laminate wood flooring being made in China. You should also know that in June of 2011 after years of delay from the chemical industry which is a 3 Trillion dollar industry, The Department of Health and Human Services, finally classified Formaldehyde as a known human carcinogen (cancer-causing substance).

I personally know families that have been experiencing a host of unknown illnesses and have in fact, just found out this flooring was installed at the beginning of illness. Being that it is a colorless and virtually odorless, flammable chemical, it can leak out into the air without the consumer knowing. Do you have wood flooring in your house? How many of us have their toddlers crawling around on these wood floors? How many of us have loving pets sitting on these floors all day long? Have you or your families experienced difficulty breathing in your own home? Can you correlate the onset of illness at the time of exposure to wood floors containing undisclosed high levels of formaldehyde? In January 2015 there was class action law suite naming Lumber Liquidators a defendant which I have provided:   

The quote that sums up this issue for me is this: “The answer is greed. Plain and simple. Its cheaper and– it reduces the cost by about 10 percent.” When will we say enough is enough from these chemical companies, manufacturers, and retailers out to make a buck on our health and that of our children? It starts with awareness. Then YES, you do have power! As a consumer you do have an option to stop giving them your hard earned dollars. 

For more information on the connection between Formaldehyde and Cancer, please visit the National Cancer Institute at the National Institute of Health HERE. See also the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics website for information on Formaldehyde in your personal care products. Here is a link where you can download information on the National Toxicology Program and find out more about the classification of Formaldehyde as a known human carcinogen.

Below is the video and the report from 60 Minutes, including details of which flooring to begin researching your own. Be sure to subscribe for updates and alerts on this topic and many more from the Clean Living Connection! ~ Jill, Your ToxicFree® Coach


View the Recorded Segment with Anderson Cooper on YouTube Here: 60 Minutes Report on Lumber Liquidators 03/01/2015

The following is a script from “Lumber Liquidators” which aired on March 1, 2015. Anderson Cooper is the correspondent. Katherine Davis and Sam Hornblower, producers, via 

Lumber Liquidators is the largest and fastest-growing retailer of hardwood flooring in North America, with over 360 stores in 46 states and revenues of more than a billion dollars a year. But hardwood isn’t the only product they sell. More than 100 million square feet of the company’s cheaper laminate flooring is installed in American homes every year. Lumber Liquidators is a U.S. company, but much of its laminate flooring is made in China, and as we discovered during our investigation, may fail to meet health and safety standards, because it contains high levels of formaldehyde, a known cancer causing chemical. Lumber Liquidators insists its Chinese-made laminate flooring is safe, but it doesn’t appear that way based on what we learned from our own reporting and from the work of people like Denny Larson.

Anderson Cooper: You want the company to remove all the flooring?

Denny Larson: Every single board. At their cost and replace it with clean flooring.

Anderson Cooper: How much is that gonna cost?

Denny Larson: You know what? I don’t care. Because they’re guilty of selling people product that could make them sick.

These worried California homeowners, who didn’t want to be identified, aren’t waiting for Lumber Liquidators. They are ripping up their floors now. But many can’t afford to replace the flooring on their own.

Denny Larson: They don’t know what to do. They have flooring that they think is making them sick.

Denny Larson, who is executive director of a nonprofit group called Global Community Monitor, teamed up with Richard Drury, a prominent environmental attorney, to test Lumber Liquidators Chinese-made laminate flooring.

Anderson Cooper: Do you have any idea how much of this wood is in people’s homes right now?

Richard Drury: We believe there are probably tens of thousands of households in California that have installed Lumber Liquidators Chinese laminates that may exceed formaldehyde standards

Anderson Cooper: Nationwide?

Richard Drury: Nationwide, its probably hundreds of thousands.

Drury and Larson bought more than 150 boxes of laminate flooring at stores around California and sent them to three certified labs for a series of tests. The results? While laminate flooring from Home Depot and Lowes had acceptable levels of formaldehyde, as did Lumber Liquidators American-made laminates, every single sample of Chinese-made laminate flooring from Lumber Liquidators failed to meet California formaldehyde emissions standards. Many by a large margin.

Richard Drury: The average level in Lumber Liquidators products that we found was over six to seven times above the state standard for formaldehyde. And we found some that were close to 20 times above the level that’s allowed to be sold.

Anderson Cooper: That sounds like a huge amount.

Denny Larson: It’s a huge amount

Richard Drury: It’s a startling amount. It was so high, in fact, that one of our test labs thought their machine was broken.

Anderson Cooper: The lab itself thought…

Denny Larson: It hit the upper limit on the radar gun. And they thought it was broken.

Anderson Cooper and Dr. Philip Landrigan CBS News

Dr. Philip Landrigan: It’s not a safe level, it’s a level that the US EPA calls polluted indoor conditions.

Anderson Cooper: Would you want that in your home?

Dr. Philip Landrigan: No.

Dr. Philip Landrigan of N.Y.’s Mt. Sinai Hospital, specializes in environmental pediatrics and exposure to toxic chemicals. He’s talking about the results of another kind of test Drury and Larson conducted measuring the concentration of formaldehyde emissions coming off the laminates into the air of a typical home.

Dr. Philip Landrigan: I would say long-term exposure at that level would be risky because it would increase the risk for chronic respiratory irritation, change in a person’s lung function, increased risk of asthma. It’s not going to produce symptoms in everyone but children will be the people most likely to show symptoms at that sort of level.

Children are featured prominently in Lumber Liquidators ads, and the company likes to promote the donations of flooring they make to Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House Charities, schools, and community centers.

And on their website, Lumber Liquidators promises that all of their flooring “meets or exceeds rigorous emissions standards” and they say “we not only comply with laws, we exceed them.”

Anderson Cooper: Is that true?

Richard Drury: That is not a true statement.

Anderson Cooper: Is it legal to sell these boxes of wood in California?

Richard Drury: No, it is not. It is illegal to sell these boxes of wood in California. We hope that they will not sell these products anywhere in the nation, because they are above the health-based standards the state law has set.

Drury and Larson, who are backed by short sellers — a group of Wall Street investors who are betting the company is overvalued — have sued Lumber Liquidators, accusing them of violating California’s toxic warning statute. Drury has also launched a class action lawsuit against the company.

It is legal for flooring to contain formaldehyde. The chemical is present in some of the cheap glues used in factories like this one in China. This footage was recorded by investigators hired by 60 Minutes.

Formaldehyde is in the glues used to bind wood particles together to make the core boards in laminate flooring. The laminated top, which covers the core board, keeps most of the formaldehyde emissions trapped inside. But formaldehyde does leak into the air.

How much is inhaled by homeowners depends on how much formaldehyde is in the glue and how much ventilation is in the home.

Denny Larson: You’re in a chamber so you’re living with it. You’re sleeping in there. And you’re constantly exposed. That’s the threat. The constant exposure to a potent carcinogen over a long period of time.

Because formaldehyde can cause myeloid leukemia and nasopharyngeal cancer at high levels and respiratory issues as well as eye, nose and throat irritation at even low levels, California has strict standards for how much of the chemical the core boards in laminate flooring can emit.

Every box of laminate flooring Lumber Liquidators sells carries this label – stating its CARB Phase 2 Compliant – CARB is an acronym for the California Air Resources Board, which sets strict standards for formaldehyde emissions in wood flooring. Congress adopted California’s limits when it passed the Formaldehyde Standards Act in 2010. That law is scheduled to take effect nationwide this year.

Drury and Larson only had wood tested that was being sold in California. But we wondered if the Chinese-made laminate flooring that Lumber Liquidators is selling nationwide also has high levels of formaldehyde. So we went to stores in Virginia, Florida, Texas, Illinois and New York, and bought 31 boxes of it.

We sent the samples for testing at two certified labs. It turns out of the 31 samples of Chinese-made laminate flooring, only one was compliant with formaldehyde emissions standards. Some were more than 13x over the California limit. Both labs told us they had never seen formaldehyde levels that high.

But when we took those test results to Lumber Liquidators’ founder and chairman Tom Sullivan, he refused to accept the methodology as valid and points out the company is not required by law to test their finished products like we did.

Tom Sullivan: It’s not a real world test of the laminate – it’s not the way it’s used.
Anderson Coooper: You say you don’t believe in this test, but what you believe doesn’t really matter. It’s what CARB believes. And they believe in this test.Tom Sullivan: We will do whatever the regulations are.Anderson Cooper: I just don’t understand how a group can do tests on your Chinese-made laminates and every single one of those failed to meet the emissions standards.Tom Sullivan: People have different reasons for this test. This is a group of lawyers who are suing us, selling short on our stock.Anderson Cooper: But the short sellers are not conducting this test, it’s these certified labs.Tom Sullivan: But it started with short sellers.One of the first people to raise questions about Lumber Liquidators back in 2013 was Whitney Tilson, a Wall Street hedge fund manager. He has shorted the company’s stock but is not involved in any lawsuit against it.Whitney Tilson: In 16 years of professional money management, I’ve seen hundreds of companies do all sorts of bad things to get their stock prices up. But this has got to be the worst.Whitney Tilson studies the workings of companies he’s interested in investing in and he noticed the profit margins at Lumber Liquidators seemed unusually high compared to its competitors.Whitney Tilson: When you see a commodity business suddenly double its profit margins, that raises red flags.Anderson Cooper: Because it’s hard to have your profit margin double in two years?

Whitney Tilson: Exactly. It’s almost unprecedented for a company.

Based on those profits, Lumber Liquidators’ stock price had gone from $13 a share in 2011 to $119 in 2013.

Tilson suspected the company might be breaking the law. He learned they were under federal investigation for allegedly buying timber illegally logged in Russia. U.S. agents had raided Lumber Liquidators’ headquarters in September 2013. The company denies buying illegally logged wood but announced just this week the Department of Justice may file criminal charges against them.

Six months after he bet millions the stock would go down, Whitney Tilson got tipped off by someone familiar with Lumber Liquidators’ operations’ in China, who said he was missing the bigger story.

Whitney Tilson: The much bigger story, he said is that Lumber Liquidators was almost certainly purchasing formaldehyde-tainted laminated flooring in China.

Anderson Cooper: Why would Lumber Liquidators purchase wood that’s tainted with formaldehyde?

Whitney Tilson: The answer is greed. Plain and simple. Its cheaper and– it reduces the cost by about 10 percent.

Anderson Cooper: Which in a business with these kinds of profit margins – 10 percent means – it’s a lot of money?

Whitney Tilson: It’s enormous.

Tom Sullivan: Our goal is to sell a good product at a good price. And we don’t get the price by skimping on anything. We get the price by low overhead, huge volume and being very efficient at what we do. And we’re never gonna sell something unsafe.

Anderson Cooper: Do you trust your mills in China?

Tom Sullivan: We do. We have inspectors that doublecheck them. The mills are licensed by California – the Chinese mills we deal with in the laminates are licensed by California.

Anderson Cooper: When you say its licensed by California, what that really means is California says this mill is capable of making CARB 2 Compliant product. California is not saying every piece – every product coming out of this mill is CARB 2 Compliant.

Tom Sullivan: But our specs are to make it to California standards.

But for months, we had been hearing from former Lumber Liquidators employees, suppliers and industry competitors that their Chinese-made laminates are not being made to California standards. So we sent our investigators undercover to the city of Changzhou, the laminate flooring capital of the world.

Posing as buyers, and using hidden cameras, the investigators visited three different mills that manufacture laminates for Lumber Liquidators.

Employees at the mills openly admitted that they use core boards with higher levels of formaldehyde to make Lumber Liquidators laminates, saving the company 10-15 percent on the price. At all three mills they also admitted falsely labeling the company’s laminate flooring as CARB 2, meaning it meets California formaldehyde emissions standards, and the new U.S. federal law.

At this factory, the general manager told investigators Lumber Liquidators is one of their biggest customers.

[Manager: This is a best-seller for Lumber Liquidators.

Investigator: For Lumber Liquidators?

Manager: Yeah.

Investigator: How long have you been selling this?

Manager: From last year.

Investigator: Is this CARB 2?]

CARB 2 means it’s compliant with California law. But listen to what the general manager told us.

[Manager: No, no, no… I have to be honest with you. It’s not CARB 2.

Investigator: Can I get CARB 2?

Manager: Yes, you can. It’s just the price issue. We can make CARB 2 but it would be very expensive.]

And that’s the same thing the undercover team was told at all three mills they visited.

[Investigator: All this stuff here, Lumber Liquidators… All their labeling is CARB 2 right? But it’s not CARB 2?

Employee: Not CARB 2.]

Remember, Lumber Liquidators founder and chairman Tom Sullivan says that he trusts the Chinese mills his company uses.

Anderson Cooper: Employees at all three mills told us the laminates they make are not CARB 2 compliant. I want you to look at this….

We shared some of our hidden camera footage with him.

Tom Sullivan: I don’t know the whole situation here. I will guarantee we’ll be in that mill tomorrow and test it. And that is not anything we can condone in any way, to save a cent.

Anderson Cooper: This concerns you?

Tom Sullivan: Yeah, yeah, of course

Anderson Cooper: Is this acceptable to you?

Tom Sullivan: If it’s true, no.

Anderson Cooper: All three mills told us they falsely label your products as CARB 2 compliant – that’s cheating.

Tom Sullivan: That would be if that’s true.

Anderson Cooper: Nobody’s ever reported this to you?

Tom Sullivan: Again, we will investigate it. If there is anything going on, we will stop it immediately. I don’t know if it’s true or not. I don’t know what the whole story is, but we will investigate it immediately.

Anderson Cooper: It certainly calls into question not just these mills, but it calls into question your oversight of these mills.

Tom Sullivan: It could, yes.


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