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The website of Author/Writer and Psychic Medium Astrid Brown. Making the most of 'YOU' i.e. how to achieve well-being and beauty from within ourselves. A truly holistic blog providing information on all aspects of psychic mediumship, spiritualism, philosophy, holistic therapies, nutrition, health, stress, mental health and beauty with a little bit of Wicca for good measure. Feeling and looking good is as much a part of how we feel inside as the outside.

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I am a great believer in Karma, but just what is it? Karma comes from the Sanskrit and ancient Indian Language with the underlying principal that every deed in our lives will affect our future life. For example, if we treat others badly during our lifetime we will have negative experiences later on in that lifetime or in future lifetimes. Likewise, if we treat others well we will be rewarded by positive experiences.

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Sunday 20 November 2011


Whilst this is an old article I feel I should blog about it again. ***It was looking at the label of a bottle of a popular carbonated drink associated with Scotland and a lurid orange colour. To be fair it now gives a warning on the label so that is good but how many parents read lables? It's something I do feel quite strongly about having experience with additives myself many years ago with my own children. At the time I was seen as a bit of a crank, the studies were new and few doctors were sympathetic. I did find one GP who was very understanding an interested in the affect of E numbers on children. I then conducted an experiment restricting foods with these additives and the difference in my child's behaviour was dramatic. My child calmed down, slept better and her attention span and concentration improved considerably. One by one I introduced foods containing additives and the main culprits were the artificial colourants such as Tartrazine and Sunset Yellow, these are often found in comvience foods and snacks and sweets aimed at children. I might add not all E numbers are bad some are entirely natural such as Beta Carotene  found in carrots. My suggestion to all parents aim yourself with a directory of E numbers and check what you are feeding your children and avoid convience foods and prepare food for children yourself. If you have a freezer there is no excuse for this as batches can be cooked in advance for busy parents. If your child suffers from hyperactivity it's well worth looking at his or her diet, you may well find the culprit and take your findings to your GP. Doctors are now much more aware of how diet and E numbers affect children that they were when my child was small.

Parents warned of additives link
Parents have been warned of the effects of food additives on their children's behaviour after new research found a possible link to hyperactivity. A Food Standards Agency (FSA) study of 300 random children found they behaved impulsively and lost concentration after a drink containing additives.
The FSA now says hyperactive children might benefit from fewer additives.
But experts said drugs rather than diet changes could improve behaviour more effectively in the most severe cases.
Dr Andrew Wadge, the FSA's chief scientist, said: "We have revised our advice to consumers: if a child shows signs of hyperactivity or ADHD then eliminating the colours used in the... study from their diet might have some beneficial effects."
He did say though there were many factors associated with hyperactivity including genes, being born prematurely, environment and upbringing.
  • Sunset yellow (E110) - Colouring found in squashes
  • Carmoisine (E122) - Red colouring in jellies
  • Tartrazine (E102) - New colouring in lollies, fizzy drinks
  • Ponceau 4R (E124) - Red colouring
  • Sodium benzoate (E211) - Preservative
  • Quinoline yellow (E104) - Food colouring
  • Allura red AC (E129) - Orange / red food dye
  • The FSA has met representatives of the UK food industry to talk about the study's implications, but food safety campaigners say it has not gone far enough.
    Emma Hockridge, of the Soil Association, said the FSA should be taking a leading role in addressing the issue by undertaking initiatives to prevent the development of hyperactive disorders, through new policies to limit food additives.
    The Food Commission called on food manufacturers to voluntarily remove additives from their products.
    A spokesman said: "These artificial colourings may brighten up processed foods and drinks but it appears they have the potential to play havoc with some children's behaviour."
    Julian Hunt, from the Food and Drink Federation, said they accepted the FSA's advice but said the tests did not represent how additives were used normally.
    "Manufacturers are very aware of consumer sensitivities about the use of additives in food and drink products. It is important to reassure consumers that the Southampton study does not suggest there is a safety issue with the use of these additives."
    Behaviour check
    This is not the first study to make a link between additives and hyperactive behaviour, but a wider age range of children were selected than in previous research, and not all had behavioural problems.
    The Food Standards Agency paid for Southampton University researchers to examine whether giving additives to a group of ordinary three-year-olds and eight or nine-year-olds had any effect on their behaviour.
    The children were randomly given one of three drinks, either a potent mix of colourings and additives, a drink that roughly matched the average daily additive intake of a child of their age, or a "placebo" drink which had no additives.
    Their hyperactivity levels were measured before and after the drink was taken. Mix "A", with the high levels of additives, had a "significantly adverse" effect compared with the inactive placebo drink.
    Parents should not think that simply taking these additives out of food will prevent hyperactive disorders
    Dr Jim Stevenson, Southampton University
    The older children showed some adverse effects after the second, less potent mix, although the response varied significantly from child to child.
    Lead researcher Professor Jim Stevenson said the study, published in the Lancet, showed that certain mixtures of artificial food colours, alongside sodium benzoate, a preservative used in ice cream and confectionary, were linked to increases in hyperactivity.
    He added: "However, parents should not think that simply taking these additives out of food will prevent hyperactive disorders.
    "We know that many other influences are at work but this at least is one a child can avoid."
    He said it was not possible to say which of the ingredients in the additives cocktail affected the children.
    Between 5% and 10% of school-age children suffer some degree of ADHD - attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - researchers suggest, with symptoms such as impulsiveness, inability to concentrate and excessive activity.
    More boys than girls are diagnosed with the condition, and children with ADHD can struggle academically, often behaving poorly in school.

    While in some cases, a poor diet could make ADHD even worse, a better diet is not going to make it much better
    Andrea Bilbow, of ADDISS
    Andrea Bilbow, from ADHD support group ADDISS, said most parents of children with ADHD had tried diet changes.
    While more than half had reported some improvement, this tended to be modest when compared with the effect of medication, she said.
    "In some respects the question of food additives is a little bit of a red herring.
    "While in some cases, a poor diet could make ADHD even worse, a better diet is not going to make it much better," she said.
    And Dr Paul Illing, of the Royal Society of Chemistry, raised questions about the validity of the study, saying extrapolating from the small study population to the general public was very difficult.
    Irn-Bru is known for its bright orange colour. As of 1999 it contained 0.002% of ammonium ferric citrate, sugar, 32 flavouring agents (including caffeine—though caffeine is not listed as an ingredient on the Australian labelling—and quinine) and two controversial colourings (E110, E124). On 27 January 2010, A.G. Barr agreed to a Food Standards Agency voluntary ban on these two colourings although no date has been set for their replacement.[1] The beverage is advertised as having a slight citrus flavour.
    Irn-Bru was first produced in 1901, in the town of Falkirk, under the name Strachan's brew. In 1946, a change in laws required that the word "brew" be removed from the name, as the drink is not brewed. The chairman of the company came up with the idea of changing the spelling of both halves of the name, giving the Irn-Bru brand. 1980 saw the introduction of Low Calorie Irn-Bru: this was re-launched in 1991 as Diet Irn-Bru and again in 2011 as Sugar Free Irn-Bru. The Irn-Bru 32 energy drink variant was launched in 2006.
    It has long been the most popular soft drink in Scotland, with Coca-Cola second, but recent competition between the two brands has brought their sales to roughly equal levels.[2] It is also the third best selling soft drink in the UK, after Coca-Cola and Pepsi, outselling high-profile brands such as Fanta, Dr Pepper, Sprite and 7-Up. This success in defending its home market (a feat claimed only by Irn-Bru, and Inca Kola) has led to ongoing speculation that Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Inc. or its UK brand franchisee Britvic would attempt to buy A.G. Barr.
    Irn-Bru's advertising slogans used to be 'Scotland's other National Drink', referring to whisky, and 'Made in Scotland from girders', a reference to the rusty colour of the drink; though the closest one can come to substantiating this claim is the 0.002% ammonium ferric citrate listed in the ingredients.
    A limited edition Irn Bru was released in Autumn 2011. Packaged with a black and orange design, and with the signature man icon with a added image of a fire, 'Firey Irn Bru', had a warm, tingly feeling in the mouth once drunk. The after taste to it is similar to ginger but still has the iconic Irn Bru flavour.

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    I am often asked various questions pertaining to the spirit world and various aspects of the psychic, here are some of them: I will in time feature more questions and answers as this webpage evolves

    Q. Is a psychic or medium a fortune teller?
    A. It may surprise you to know psychics and mediums are not fortune tellers
    Q. Is it possible to forecast the future?
    A.Well not 100% and this is because of free will.
    Q. What is free will?
    A. Free will is YOUR right to decide what you want to do about a situation, it is a choice
    Q. How does free will affect a situation?
    A. Well before we incarnate as Spirit in a human body, we decide on what experiences and challenges that will benefit our spiritual growth. However we are given the choice (free will) as to whether we go through with the experience or challenge. In effect we are allowed to change or mind.
    Q. So are you saying we all know what lies before us?
    A. Well in a way we all do. Remember we are 'Spirit' in a human body and your spirit does retain a memory but it is deep in our subconscious. This memory is retained deeply for a reason to help us fulfill our experiences and challenges we ourselves chose. However it is also at this deep level so we are not so aware. If you knew what lay before you would you go through with it? Probably not but we still retain this memory deeply and this reflects in our Aura.
    Q. So what is the Aura?
    A.The aura is The Aura is an electromagnetic field that surrounds living bodies, this includes people, animals, plants and crystals and is composed of several layers that are constantly moving. The Aura links us to whats known as Universal energy i.e. that is all the knowledge in the Universe past, present and future. It is on this aura that psychics are able to tap into and access your past, whats going on in the present and the possible future and I say possible specifically if your goal or desire is dependent on other people, for remember every person involved in a situation has free will.