Poisoning our “Food” with Unnecessary Chemical Preservatives and Fillers: Diacetyl, Diazolidinyl Urea, Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), DEA, Diethanolamine, Dimethicone, Dioforms, Disodium EDTA, D&C Yellow 11, DMDM Hydantoin

Poisoning our “Food”  with Unnecessary Chemicals and Fillers –  Round Four

Round four of the chemical poisoning of our food

The work must continue.  As I stated previously there is a lot of contradictory facts; however, your body is not meant to filter out the continuous bombardment of chemical poisoning it is subjected too on a daily basis. 

I do realize that it is the confusing aspect of understanding all these chemicals that keep people from realizing exactly what it is that is going in or on their body.  A statement from many people is “I don’t want to know” or “If I eliminate everything with chemicals, I won’t have anything to eat.”  It is more than obvious that in today’s society eating non-processed food is totally unheard of.  This is totally too bad, because non-chemicalized food taste so much better.  Some things have flavors that are “to die for”!!

This list of chemical is just so hard to bring down to the average person’s level of understanding, namely me!

Diacetyl (Diecetyl): an organic (carbon-based) yellow to green liquid or powder compound. It has a slick texture at low temps and a butterscotch flavor at higher temps.  This chemical is also a natural by-product from the conversion of glucose to ethanol by yeast during the fermentation of alcohol.

Used for or Found in:

  • Responsible for the aroma of microwave popcorn.
  • additive that tastes like butter, it is butter flavor without the butter
  • naturally occurs in low concentrations in coffee, vinegar, dairy, honey, and fruits
  • primarily used as an artificial food additive in:
    • flours
    • chocolate
    • cooking oils
    • candy
    • chips
    • frosting
    • Mosquito repellant.

Side effects or Risks:

  • There have been concerns about exposure to this chemical.
  • Very volatile substances that readily evaporate into the air and heat increases the evaporation and aroma.
  • Persistent dry cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, phlegm production, redness, rash, and sore throat.
  • Fatigue, drowsiness, headache, fever, aches, and nausea.
  • Vapors may irritate the eyes, skin, nose, and throat and generate pain, burning, causes a serious lung condition called bronchiolitis obliterans or “popcorn workers’ lung.
  • Chronic inflammation, scarring and severe narrowing of the bronchiole airways.

If eating microwave popcorn is a must, my suggestion is to not stand around the micro-wave waiting for your popcorn to finish and above all “Do not inhale the vapors from the popcorn bag as you open it”.  The vapors may smell really good; however, they are very poisonous to your lungs and the vapors leave you with irreversible lung damage.

http://www.ehow.com/about_5369198_diacetyl.html

http://www.toxipedia.org/display/toxipedia/Diacetyl

 

Diazolidinyl Urea:  A chemical that is formed when formaldehyde and allatoin are heated in a sodium hydroxide solution.  The reaction mixture is then neutralized with hydrochloric acid and evaporated, it then releases formaldehyde.

Although there are concerns about the use of this chemical in skin care and beauty products; the risk appears to be minimal according to the Food and Drug Administration agency with the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Board ruled its use to be reasonably safe.

Used for or Found in:

  • Very effective commercially available, antimicrobial preservative,
  • Facial cleansers
  • shampoos and conditioners
  • bubble baths
  • baby wipes
  • household detergents and disinfectants

Side effects or Risks:

  • formaldehyde is a probable human carcinogen
    • Prolonged contact with this chemical may increase the risk of cancer.
    • Some may experience allergic reactions from contact
    • Milder symptoms may include:
      • Itching
      • burning
      • more aggravated symptoms may include:
        • scaling
        • blistering
        • Flaking of the skin.
        • Linked to neurotoxicity and immunotoxicity

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-diazolidinyl-urea.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diazolidinyl_urea

 

Dibutyl phthalate (DBP):  a colorless oily liquid with a very weak, aromatic odor that is not soluble in water,

Used or Found in:

  • keeps nail polish from chipping
  • colognes and perfumes
  • cosmetics
  • hairspray
  • a solvent
  • insect repellent
  • paints undercoats and primers
  • floor polish
  • window cleaning products
  • caulks and sealants
  • latex type adhesives
  • resin and rubber adhesives
  • safety glass
  • vinyl floors
  • plasticizer
  • common plastic products
    • shower curtains
    • raincoats
    • food wraps
    • car interiors
    • vinyl fabrics
    • Floor tiles.

Side effects or Risks:

  • release of toxic gases in a fire
  • A possible trigger of asthma attacks
  • shown to cause developmental defects
  • cancer in lab animal testing
  • Very toxic to aquatic organisms.
  • May cause liver and kidney failure in young children when products containing phthalates are sucked or chewed for an extended time.
  • toxic to male reproductive system – hormone disruptor (changes in the testes and prostate, and reduced sperm counts)
  • carcinogenic
  • genetic mutagenic

This chemical is banned in Europe in all toys, childcare products and cosmetics, including nail polish mainly due to the last three reasons listed right above.  Unfortunately it is still used in the US in nail polish.

Health Canada recently announced regulations banning six phthalates (including DBP) in soft vinyl children’s toys and child care articles, but its use in cosmetics is not restricted.

Read more: Non-Toxic Nail Polish – DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde in Nail Polish – The Daily Green

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http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/dibutyl-phthalate

http://www.thedailygreen.com/living-green/safe-nail-polish#slide-2

http://www.dibutylphthalatedbp.com/

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/chemicals-in-your-cosmetics—dibutyl-phthalate/

http://www.ourstolenfuture.org/NEWSCIENCE/oncompounds/phthalates/phthalates.htm#phthalates

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-6506892.html

 

DEA: Diethanolamine:  an organic compound synthesized from a reaction of ethylene oxide and ammonia.  It may be a clear, hygroscopic liquid that attracts moisture from the air.  If it is not clear then it will be a white crystalline solid that may have a slight smell of ammonia when the temperature rises.

Used for or Found in:

  • a wetting agent in shampoos; providing a thick, rich lather when mixed with water
  • a wetting agent in providing a creamy consistency in lotions
  • a wetting agent in creams and other cosmetics
  • a wetting or thickening agent in soaps, hairsprays and sunscreens
  • used in the manufacture of textiles
  • used in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals
  • used in the manufacture of herbicides
  • As a gas scrubber in the petroleum and natural gas industries to remove dangerous hydrogen sulfide gas byproducts produced in refining.

Side effects or Risks:

  • Blocks absorption of the nutrient choline, which is essential to brain development in a fetus. .
  • Sitting on the shelves it can react with other ingredients in the cosmetic formula to form an extremely potent carcinogen called nitrosodiethanolamine (NDEA) which is readily absorbed through the skin and has been linked with stomach, esophagus, liver and bladder cancers.
  • Creates health risks upon exposure in the many industries where it is used, including as an ingredient in hand-applied waxes, polishes, and corrosion inhibitors.
  • The greatest risk to human health is when this ingredient is included in cosmetic products and applied directly to the skin day after day. Research has proven that DEA will chemically react with other ingredients in these products to create an extremely potent carcinogenic chemical called nitrosodiethanolamine (NDEA).

Available in different concentration levels by chemical producers and this chemical may contain trace elements of related amine compounds (monoethanolamine and triethanolamine). Therefore, as with other dangerous chemicals that are in our foods or in other body products like MSG: DEA is labeled in many different ways.

Other trade names:

  • cocamide DEA
  • TEA-lauryl sulfate
  • cocamide MEA, DEA oleth-3 phosphate
  • lauramide DEA
  • DEA-cetyl phosphate
  • linoleamide MEA
  • oleamide DEA
  • stearamide MEA
  • myristamide DEA
  • Triethanolamine.

Each of these compounds in this list may contain trace elements of diethanolamine, or it can be the major ingredient because it easily binds with related amine or ammonia and diol- or ethylene-based compounds.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) acknowledge the health risks of this chemical; unfortunately, there is very little tested or documented by the US federal government because the cosmetic industry has their own regulators.

It may be wise to limit or reconsider your usage of any products containing this chemical.

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-diethanolamine.htm

http://greenplanetcompany.net/newspdf/DEA.pdf

http://www.preventcancer.com/consumers/cosmetics/diethanolamine.htm

http://www.preventcancer.com/consumers/cosmetics/diethanolamine.htm

http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/hlthef/diethano.html

 

Dimethicone:  The prefix “dimeth” refers to the two methyl groups that are attached to the silicone molecule, combining the compounds to form dimethicone.

Used for or found in:

  • additive in some foods
  • many industrial lubricants
  • hair conditioners and shampoos to make combing tangled hair easier and for the shine
  • skin protectant and emollient, moisturizing lotions and skin creams
  • cosmetics
  • diaper rash creams
  • In processed foods to prevent caking and foaming

 

Types of silicone:

  • Dimethicone
  • phenyl trimethicone – is highly water resistant and is used to trap water in skin or hair and add flexibility.
  • Dimethicone copolyol – a water-soluble version dimethicone.
  • cyclomethicone – is a more resistant variety of dimethicone that performs the same function,
  • Phenyl trimethicone
  • Amodimethicone
  • Stearoxy Dimethicone
  • Behenoxy Dimethicone
  • polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)), is a silicone oil, known for its corrosion-inhibiting properties.

Side effects or Risks:

  • Coats the skin not allowing toxins out. ,
  • May promote tumors and accumulate in the liver and lymph nodes
  • Mild itching, stinging, burning, and/or redness sensations of the skin.
  • Allergic reactions such as:
    • hives,
    • sudden respiratory problems
    • swelling in any part of the mouth or face
    • severe, persistent itching or skin irritation
    • worsens dryness in some people which may be an indication of an allergic reaction that should not be ignored
    • discoloration of the skin

 

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/about_5076410_dimethicone.html#ixzz2acXUg7v0

http://www.ehow.com/about_5076410_dimethicone.html

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/about_5659828_dimethicone-vs_-silicone.html#ixzz2acZeC4EG

http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-dimethicone.htm

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/about_5659828_dimethicone-vs_-silicone.html#ixzz2aca6eFyg

Dioforms:  Hydrated silica and cellulose, which is primarily used as an abrasive in toothpaste, is made from a crystallized compound found in quartz, sand, and flint.

 

Used for or Found in:

  • Tooth whitening products.

Side effects or Risks:

  • may do harm to dental health by altering the acidic balance of the mouth, gums and tongue,
  • Damages and weakens tooth enamel allowing more staining and discoloration to take place.

http://crazyjamaica.com/?p=1934

http://www.ebay.co.uk/gds/the-5-harmful-ingredients-in-toothpaste-read-this/10000000003239604/g.html

 

Disodium EDTA:  purely a chemical, synthesized from ethylenediamine which contains ammonia and other agents. (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid)

Used for or Found in:

  • contact solution
  • eye drops
  • shower and bath products
  • skin care preparations and cosmetics
  • preservative and stabilizer in many processed foods and beverages
  • Laundry detergent, as a water softener and detergent enhancer, improves the bleaching and cleansing performance of non-chlorine cleansers. softens hard water and prevents impurities from discoloring dyed fabrics
  • Industrial supplies for the maintenance, cleaning and priming of equipment and machinery.
  • It is a cleaning agent to remove residue and scale left on industrial equipment that operate under high temperature, such as broilers
  • Textiles and paper pulp industry for bleaching and maintaining colors and dyes.
  • Helps the topical penetration of active ingredients in skin care.
  • In food and beverages as a preservative, stabilizer, and protects food products from discoloration and oxidation.
    • crabmeat, shrimp, and clams
    • Canned white potatoes
    • canned mushrooms
    • potato salad
    • pickled cabbage or cucumbers
    • treats mercury, lead, and other heavy metal poisoning
    • Removes excessive iron and calcium from the body.
    • An effective anticoagulant, used in blood transfusions and blood sample testing.

Side effects or Risks:

  • reacts negatively with
    • Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
    • Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) in sodas and soft drinks, with higher propensity to form benzene, a potent carcinogen.
    • Becoming an environmental pollutant due to large quantities used in industrial applications, medical applications and manufacturing.
    • Can cause abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, low blood pressure, skin problems, and fever.
    • Harmful if swallowed or inhaled, causes irritation to skin, eyes and respiratory tract.
    • UNSAFE to use more than 3 grams of EDTA per day or to take it longer than 5 to 7 day
    • Causes kidney damage, dangerously low calcium levels, and death.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

  • Can cause the breathing tubes to narrow in some people with asthma
  • May make heart rhythm problems worse.
  • May interfere with blood sugar control because it can interact with insulin.
  • Can decrease serum calcium levels, making hypocalcemia worse.
  • May cause potassium levels to drop too low, especially in people who have low levels to begin with.
  • May cause magnesium levels to drop too low, especially in people who have low levels to begin with.
  • May make liver disease worse.
  • Can harm the kidney and might make kidney disease worse.
  • May increase the risk of seizure in people with epilepsy or those who tend to have seizures.
  • Can cause severe decreases in blood levels of calcium, and this can cause a seizure.
  • Might be able to bind the calcium in the scar tissue, causing the “walled off TB infection” to give way and thereby releasing the bacteria allowing tuberculosis to become active and infectious.

Due to the nature of this chemical, anybody with any kind of organ issues may want to reconsider their use of any products that contain any EDTA.

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1032-EDTA.aspx?activeIngredientId=1032&activeIngredientName=EDTA

http://www.ehow.com/facts_5007478_what-disodium-edta.html#ixzz2acjOo4zo

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/facts_5021460_disodium-edta-used.html#ixzz2acmc55ST

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/164904-foods-that-contain-edta/#ixzz2acslRqo9

Other names or listing for EDTA:

  • EDTA
  • EDTA disodium, disodium
  • Disodium EDTA Violet 2
  • Disodium EDTE
  • Disodiume EDTA

 

D&C Yellow 11:  An (FD&C and D&C) color is coal-tar (bituminous coal) and is chemically classed as a quinolone. Quinoline Yellow SS is a bright yellow dye with green shade and the appearance of a yellow powder which is insoluble in water but soluble in nonpolar organic solvents; however, when treated with sulfonic acid, it forms a water soluble derivate, Quinoline Yellow WS.

There are many different names for this product; therefore, to make it easy to recognize, if any of the following listed items are in the ingredient list you may want to reconsider your use of them:

FYI – These are not the full scientific names because they were extremely confusing, but they are a decipherable portion of the chemical names:

  • Quinolinyl
  • Indandione
  • Solvent Yellow 33
  • Indene
  • Dione
  • quinolin
  • indan

Used for or Found in:

  • cosmetics
  • Lip gloss
  • polish remover
  • nail polish
  • bath oil/salts/soak
  • body spray
  • moisturizer
  • lipstick
  • styling gel/lotion
  • bar soap
  • after sun products
  • cologne
  • nail treatment
  • spirit lacquers
  • polystyrene
  • polycarbonates
  • polyamides
  • acrylic resins
  • color hydrocarbon solvents
  • externally applied drugs
  • Quinoline Yellow SS – in some yellow colored smoke formulations.

Side effects or Risks:

  • Some organ system toxicity
  • Some toxicity in our ecosystem
  • may cause contact dermatitis
  • This is meant to be color safe and for external use only; however, it can be found in some ingested products.
  • This color is also not approved for use around eyes; although it is found in many cosmetics which do find its way around the eyes.
  • continuous animals testing due to their carcinogenic properties
  • Some people also have sensitivities to chemically produced yellow dyes 5 and 6

http://www.chemspider.com/Chemical-Structure.6475.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinoline_Yellow_SS

http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient.php?ingred06=701832#

Excellent Alternatives of Old for dyes:

Purplish – grapes

Red, purple – beets

Yellow, orange tint – turmeric

Tan – tea

Brown – coffee

Yellow, brown, tan, orange – saffron

Orange, yellow, – carrots

Greens – chlorophyll,

Red-orange, bright red – annatto

Burgundies, purples – Alkanet (Root) for external dying purposes only!

 

DMDM Hydantoin:  Dimethylol dimethyl hydantoin (DMDM hydantoin), an organic compound, antimicrobial preservative, formaldehyde releaser with the trade name Glydant.

This chemical compound is added to products in minute quantities as an antimicrobial agent. Many industries incorporate the compound for its fungal and mold resistant properties

Used for or Found in:

  • hair conditioners, gels, and shampoos
  • Hair treatment packages.
  • common in manicure/pedicure products
  • cream and lotion -type skin care products
  • Herbicides
  • Copy paper
  • Color photography supplies
  • Adhesives
  • Antiarrhythmic agents
  • Anticonvulsive agents
  • Cosmetics
  • Cutting oils
  • Floor waxes
  • Inks
  • Latex paints
  • Polymers

 

Other names for the chemical are:

  • formalin
  • methyl aldehyde
  • morbicid acid
  • oxymethylene
  • 1,2-dimethylol-5,5-dimethyl hydantoin
  • 1.3-bis (hydroxymethyl)-5,5-dimethyl-2,4-imidazolidinedione
  • Dantoin DMDMH
  • Dimethyloldimethyl hydantoin
  • DMDM hydantoin
  • DMDMH
  • Glycolylurea, Glydant
  • Glydant Plus (95:5 mixture of DMDM hydantoin and Ido propynyl butyl carbamate)
  • Mackgard DM
  • Nipaguard DMDMH

 

Side effects or Risks:

  • allergic skin reactions, eczema or contact dermatitis
  • Contains formaldehyde
  • Linked to cancer, when combined with other chemicals, this substance may cause cancer.
  • linked to developmental
  • linked to reproductive toxicity
  • Allergenic, can be an irritant to eyes, skin, and lungs.

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-the-uses-of-dmdm-hydantoin.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DMDM_hydantoin

http://www.orlandoskindoc.com/test.dmdm%20hydantoin.htm