RANT: You’re making your kids drink Dye and you don’t know it!

Hi Moms…Another RANT about the toxic things we unknowingly give our children:

My husband and I were headed out-of-town for the first time since the birth of our 5-month-old.  His very capable mother was in town to care for our girl.  I was busy trying to account for any possible emergency (Pediatrician’s number, check. Map to hospital, check. Fire extinguisher, Check. Hazmat suit …)

What we did not have in our emergency tool kit was something for an allergic reaction.

Allergic reactions are ‘all the rage’ these days.  There has been a 50% increase in food allergies in the past 10 years.  Allergic reactions account for > 300,00 ER visits each year.  Severe allergic reactions result in lip, tongue and airway swelling that can result in death. I was not going to leave the country without the allergic reaction antidote, diphenhydramine, colloquially known as Benadryl.

I went to several different drug stores looking for a chemical-free version of Benadryl or a generic, ultimately landing at Phamaca, the holistic-ish drug store in our neighborhood.  Even they only offered diphenhydramine with red dye and preservatives.

benadryl combo

All is takes is a quick google search of Red #40 to discover it’s not a good idea to ingest it, but a few highlights include: it’s derived from petroleum and causes DNA damage.  Yet it’s been approved for use in candy, cereal, baked goods, drugs and cosmetics.

Given the choice of potential DNA damage or death from anaphylactic shock, I purchased the product.  But why the HECK isn’t there a product that can treat allergic reactions that doesn’t include ingredients known to be harmful?

(Oh, also notable: the generic touts being “gluten-free” but has high fructose corn syrup in it)

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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