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More Evidence Artificial Food and Hair Dye May Be Deadly

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • The FDA believes synthetic food dyes have no effect on health or behavior. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement associating food coloring with exacerbations of ADD/ADHD
  • Food coloring is strictly regulated in Europe, where products must carry warning labels. Many European companies choose to use natural color dyes, but only a few American companies have followed suit
  • Recent data find hair dye and hair straighteners increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, showing the risk disproportionately affected different groups of women
  • There are several modifiable risk factors affecting the level of risk for developing breast cancer, including diet and metabolic flexibility, which improve with a ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting

Color is used to market products and services, including those which affect our health. It appears that the first color used in art drawings was red, derived from ochre. The painting has been dated at 100,000 years old. Red often evokes feelings of strength, virility and fertility.

Blue seems to be the world's favorite color according to various surveys. It may be a result of the calming effect the color has. Students who were given IQ tests with blue color covers had results of a few points higher than those given with red covers.


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