Did you realize that many commercial medications contain dyes, preservatives, excipients? No one really expects the dye used in the products that we consume to cause any significant health consequences. These additives that make our foods, drinks, and medications aesthetically pleasing have the potential to do more harm without any added benefits. Businesses understand that most consumers eat with their eyes first. Before we put anything into our mouths, it has to be visually appealing. Many consumables have started using naturally derived colorants, but unfortunately there are still a lot of products that continue to use synthetic dyes. Synthetic dye ingestion has been linked with allergy, sensitivity, hyperactivity in children, and even cancer in rats.
In 1906, the Pure Food and Drugs Act instituted the first restrictions on color additives in the United States. The law basically banned the adding of synthetic dyes that proved to be injurious to health. During that time there were around 80 existing dyes used, compared to today where the number has since dropped down to 7. Over the years more and more coloring additives have been banned because of its dangerous health consequences. The remaining dyes used in the U.S. today are still being tested for its safety.
Dyes are often added to medications so that an off-colored mess can look more appealing to ingest. There isn’t really any other purpose aside from that. Having dyes in our medications, we risk, and our children risk taking a medication that can cause a sensitivity reaction, allergic reaction, or worse. Luckily, many of the commercially available medications on the market can be compounded by pharmacies, like Johnson Compounding & Wellness, without the use of dyes. Taking dye-free preparations eliminate the risk of developing negative health consequences associated with taking dye containing medications.
If you currently receive compounding medication, consider going dye free today. Please call or drop in today to speak with one of our pharmacists about medication that can be made dye free!
In this video, Gary Kracoff, RPh, NMD, of Johnson Compounding & Wellness shares a bit about JCW, his role there and tips to keep safe