Wed. Oct. 24, 2012 by Roy Dittman, OMD, MH, DM
This Halloween, instead of your kids gorging themselves on candy, consider playing a game with them. Consider buying their unhealthy candy off of them (and throwing it in the trash) for $0.05 a piece. Trust me… you’ll save money in the long run on medical bills.
Halloween candy is packed with artificial food colorings that were never properly tested on humans before they were allowed into the market. Each of these food colorings are allowed to have certain amounts of heavy metals. Forget about toys and candy from China tainted with lead, the candy here at home is toxic enough to keep the birth defects and childhood diseases coming – for generations.
Halloween candy – a witches brew of heavy metals
Let’s do the math. According to experts, blood levels of lead as low as 5 mcg/dl (50 mcg/liter of blood) is considered toxic in children. A small child’s body contains about 3 liters (30 deciliters) of blood (adults have around 6).
“Double, Double, Boil & Trouble”
So, if your “trick or treater” ingested just 150 mcg of lead, he or she would experience a toxic load. However, according to published research (see below), if the candy your child eats also contains other heavy metals such as mercury, your child only needs to ingest 1/100 of this amount (or 1.5 mcg total) to be considered toxic.(1) Now, throw in a third and fourth heavy metal (e.g. arsenic and metallic- or hexavalent- chromium) and you have created a “witches brew”.
What’s inside that creepy candy?
Unless your child is trick or treating in some make-believe eco-healthy community, he or she is likely to end up with a “cauldron” of lead, mercury, and arsenic in that bag. Below is a list of the amount of lead, mercury, and arsenic allowed in common food dyes – food dyes commonly included in Halloween candy. (Note: 1 ppm (part per million) is equal to 1 milligram per liter (mg/L) or 1 microgram per milliliter (mcg/ml))
FD&C Blue No. 1: Arsenic < 3 mcg/ml; Lead < 10 mcg/ml
FD&C Blue No. 2: Lead < 10 mcg/ml; Mercury < 1 mcg/ml
FD&C Green No. 3: Arsenic < 3 mcg/ml; Lead < 10 mcg/ml; Mercury < 1 mcg/ml
Orange B: Arsenic < 1 mcg/ml; Lead < 10 mcg/ml
Citrus Red No. 2: Arsenic < 1 mcg/ml; Lead < 10 mcg/ml
FD&C Red No. 3: Arsenic < 3 mcg/ml; Lead < 10 mcg/ml
FD&C Red No. 40: Arsenic < 3 mcg/ml; Lead < 10 mcg/ml
FD&C Yellow No. 5: Arsenic < 3 mcg/ml; Lead < 10 mcg/ml; Mercury < 1 mcg/ml
FD&C Yellow No. 6: Arsenic < 3 mcg/ml; Lead < 10 mcg/ml; Mercury < 1 mcg/ml
The bottom line is: stay away from highly colored and dyed candy and other creepy stuff!
When mercury & lead were ingested together – all the rats died!
When you, your partner, or your future baby are exposed to two or more heavy metals, the compounded effects can be devastating. An animal study done on rats looked at what would happen when a mildly lethal dose of mercury was mixed with a mildly lethal dose of lead. The results were shocking.
When rats were given just enough mercury to kill one in 100 rats and then given just enough lead to kill one in 100 rats, researchers expected to kill a total of between one and two rats. Instead, 100 percent of the 100 rats died. While our physiology is much more sophisticated than a rat’s, the research awakens us to the compounded devastation of heavy metal exposure.
Heavy metals, autism & Alzheimer’s disease
Dr. Boyd Haley, retired professor of bio-organic chemistry at the University of Kentucky, has been researching the synergistic effects of heavy metal toxicity on autism and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Haley’s research on birth-hair mineral analysis demonstrated that children diagnosed with autism eliminate less mercury than the average population (and as a result accumulate a higher toxic burden). He also demonstrated that exposure to low levels of mercury vapor causes a dramatic increase in mercury in rat brains, suggesting that mercury (along with aluminum) plays a significant role in autism and Alzheimer’s disease.(3)
Can your body detox heavy metals? Now, you can take a test.
Dr. Haley discovered that a simple genetic test called, Apo-E, could be done to determine an individual’s ability to detox heavy metals, such as mercury. Specifically, the more cysteine molecules present on the Apo-E, the better the person’s ability to detox.
About the author: Dr. Roy Dittman is author of Brighton Baby: A Revolutionary Organic Approach to Having an Extraordinary Child, a ground-breaking, three-book trilogy. To order a copy of Dr. Dittman’s book – visit: BrightonBaby.com
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2. Schubert J, Riley EJ, Tyler SA. Combined effects in toxicology–a rapid systematic testing procedure: cadmium, mercury, and lead. J Toxicol Environ Health, Sep-Nov 1978; Volume 4, Numbers (5-6), pp. 763-76. Available online at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/731728
3. Pendergrass J, Haley B, et al. Mercury vapor inhalation inhibits binding of GTP to tubulin in rat brain: similarity to a molecular lesion in Alzheimer diseased brain. Neurotoxicology, 1997; Volume 18, Number 2, pp. 315-324.