Autoimmune Thyroid Disease

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E for Additives by Maurice Hanssen

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“E for Additives” by Maurice Hanssen is an essential guide to E-numbers. Information on each E-number is presented individually, including potential toxicity. It is a British book first published in 1984, and revised and reissued in 1987. Despite its age the contents are not out of date and it continues to describe the situation with E-numbers pretty accurately. Everyone should own a copy of this book.

The book includes sixty pages of information at the start covering everything from the hidden additives in beer and wine, to the reason battery farmed egg yolks are yellow and farmed salmon is pink. One interesting thing to note is that white bread usually contains the undeclared flour bleach, benzoyl peroxide, a chemical to which the salicylate sensitive will react in a high enough dosage.

Included is a very useful chapter examining the connections between hyperactivity, misbehaviour and poor academic performance in children, and additives in food. The Feingold diet (the precursor of failsafe) is discussed, including the illuminating results of a study (Schoenthaler SJ, Doraz WE, Wakefield JA, International Journal of Biosocial Research, 1986, 8(2); 185-195. “The Impact of a Low Food Additive and Sucrose Diet on Academic Performance in 803 New York City Public Schools”), in which a first-phase Feingold diet resulted in a 15.7% increase in mean academic ranking over and above the national average. The diet did not eliminate amines or salicylates, and obviously meals eaten at home were beyond the control of the study. One wonders what would have occurred on a strict elimination diet!


Written by alienrobotgirl

17 July, 2006 at 11:21 am

Posted in The Science of FCI

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