The Hidden Health Risks of Food Dyes | EatingWell


Milton Stokes, M.P.H., R.D.

How bad is Red 40 and more synthetic dyes?

Americans are now eating five times as much food dye as we did in 1955. That statistic isn’t as surprising when you consider that since then food dyes have made more and more of our foods colorful-from breakfast cereals to ice creams. While natural colorants made from foods like beets are available, many manufacturers opt for synthetic dyes-which may have dangerous health consequences, particularly for children, according to a recent report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest. This is why the nonprofit Washington, D.C.-based consumer-watchdog group has asked the Food and Drug Administration to ban them. Such man-made food dyes appear in ingredient lists as a name of a color with a number following it: Blue 1 and 2, Citrus Red 2, Green 3, Red 3 and 40, Yellow 5 and 6.

The three most widely used culprits-Yellow 5, Yellow 6 and Red 40-contain compounds, including benzidine and 4-aminobiphenyl, that research has linked with cancer.

Research has also associated food dyes with problems in children including allergies, hyperactivity, learning impairment, irritability and aggressiveness. A U.S. study published in Science found that when children who scored high on a scale measuring hyperactivity consumed a food-dye blend they performed worse on tests that measured their ability to recall images than when they drank a placebo. A 2007 British study found that children who consumed a mixture of common synthetic dyes displayed hyperactive behavior within an hour of consumption. (These children had not been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD.) The results, published in The Lancet, prompted Britain’s Food Standards Agency to encourage manufacturers to find


BBC – Earth – Why do leaves change colour in autumn? By Chris Packham

The glory of autumn explained: Chris Packham reveals why leaves change from greens to reds and golden yellows.

The spectacle of green leaves turning rich reds and yellows in autumn happens when trees have taken all the food they can from the leaves that are filled with chlorophyll – the biomolecule that absorbs energy from sunlight and gives leaves their green colour.

When sunlight wanes and leaves stop making food, this green pigment is broken down into colourless compounds. Yellow pigments are then revealed and other chemical changes cause red colouration.

Enjoy the splendour of this wonderful transition of the seasons in this video.

How to Make Your Bedroom Warm & Cozy for Fall. Restonic

warm and cozy bedroom

Snuggle up and sleep better this autumn

Fall breezes transport the sweet smell of changing leaves, warm color schemes and the need to feel a little cozier in our living spaces. Want to spice up your bedroom and embrace that fall feeling? By making a few changes you can enjoy the beauty of the fall, inviting a healthy dose of snug and comfy into your bedroom.

Autumn additions

Throw blankets are a fun and simple way to spice up your décor while also keeping you toasty. Place a throw on your bed to play with color, on a reading chair to make it more inviting to you and your favorite novel.

Changing up decorative pillows with rusts and other darker hues freshens the room with a fall vibe. Experiment with new pillow cases with fall patterns and warm colors that welcome autumn inside without the crisp air.

Candles are perfect to, not only add warmth to a room but also to surround yourself with the signature scents of fall—pumpkin, apple, vanilla and cinnamon to name a few.

Layering isn’t just for your wardrobe. Layer throw rugs to create contrasting textures and patterns while introducing relaxing and inviting tones into your bedroom. You can also layer your window treatments to play with colors and textures while helping to keep the cold from filtering in through drafty casements.

Autumn decoration on rustic background

Dig into your attic to add personalized pieces to your fall décor. Use kids’ artwork or family heirlooms to impart a different kind of comfort to your fall design.

Other ways to bring that pleasant and cozy feeling into your bedroom is with faux furs. Try furs while layering your rugs, thrown over a chair or adding a throw blanket at the foot of the bed. Changing your lighting to a softer feel allows you to indulge in the glow of fall and save money by using a lower wattage bulb. Use a 40 watt bulb or lower to add to the ambiance.

Play with colors

With the variety of deep and rich colors in the autumn, creativity is as easy as a look to Mother Nature. Mix what you already have with her palate of colors from outdoors. Monochromatic and matchy can be boring. Use a combination of 2 or 3 colors in your bedding, punctuating with a warm color scheme (reds, oranges, yellows etc.) or a cool color scheme (blues, greys, greens, etc.).

If you’re not confident in your decorating abilities, copy what you love from a picture or post until you find your own style. For an easy way to cheat your way to a designer bed set follow these tips:

  • Medium color choice – display with your top sheet and 2 of your pillows.
  • Dark color choice – display with your duvet cover and bottom fitted sheet.
  • Light color choice – use a white or off white to display with 2 of your pillows.

When in doubt, use a throw blanket to play with color. This a great way to find out if you like a color combination without investing in a complete overhaul of your bedding.

Create your own warm space

When the weather becomes chilly, creating your snuggle sanctuary is more than a luxury – it’s a need. Picture it. A soothing reading nook to cozy up with a good book and some hot chocolate – a picture-perfect way to enjoy a



Color Magick

Witches often incorporate the energies associated with various colors into their spells.  Every color in the rainbow has an energy signature that is suitable for magick, but most Witches stick to a correspondence that includes mostly the primary and secondary color palette.

Once you know what color has what kind of energy, it becomes second nature to seek out specifically colored items when crafting a spell.  The color of every single item incorporated into a spell is not going to be the same.  If you are using herbs in your spell, most of them are going to be green no matter if you are doing a spell for love which is associated with red, or a spell for your sick cat which is associated with brown.  Essential and blended oils will, of course, be clear or amber in color.  Likewise, incense cones and sticks are probably going to be brown or black.  It is the items you can control the color of that you should be concerned with.  For example, you can make a point to choose a red candle for your love spell, or a brown piece of cloth to heal your sick cat.

Use the color charts to choose the colors you can control:  Candles, Cloth, Ribbons, Bags, Clothing, Paper, Ink Colors, Gemstones, and similar items.  The universal color substitute is White, so if you are doing a healing spell and don’t have anything Blue, Green or Purple available, it is acceptable to use White.


Banishing ~ Exorcism ~ Protection ~ Releasing ~ Reversing ~ Uncrossing


Change ~ Depression ~ Fidelity ~ Flexibility ~ Happiness ~ Harmony ~ Healing ~ Health ~ Impulsiveness ~ Magickal Power ~ Patience ~ Protection ~ Psychism ~ Sleep Tranquility ~ Truth ~ Understanding ~ Wisdom


Agriculture ~ Animals ~ Balance ~ Concentration ~ Finances ~ Home ~ Money ~ Neutrality ~ Psychism ~ Sorrow ~ Study


Attraction ~ Divination ~ Finances ~ Fortune ~ Intuition ~ Luck ~ Money ~ PersuasionUnderstanding


Mediation ~ Neutrality ~ Psychism ~ Stability ~ Victory


Abundance ~ Balance ~ Employment ~ Fertility ~ Finances ~ Fortune ~ Generosity  Growth ~ Happiness ~ Healing ~ Luck ~ Marriage ~ Money ~ Prosperity ~ Purification      Renewal ~ Success ~ Wealth


Adaptability ~ Attraction ~







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