Flintstone Kids Homework Helper

Do you give your kids daily vitamins such as Flintstone’s?  Then you might want to read this post.

Flintstones Vitamins are supposed to be the Pediatrician’s #1 Choice, right?  But do all Pediatricians know the shocking list of chemicals that are in these vitamins? 

The Claim:

I looked up Flintstones Chewable Vitamins with Iron for kids.   Here is their claim:

Flintstones Complete With Iron chewable vitamins for kids help support:*

  • Energy with Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, and Iron by helping to convert food to fuel
  • Immune Health with Vitamins C, E, and Beta-Carotene
  • Eye health with Vitamins A, C, and E

Flintstones chewables are easy for kids to chew with great tasting flavors and fun character shapes.

A little further digging and I found the ingredients:

INGREDIENTS: Sorbitol, Mannitol, Fructose, Sodium Ascorbate, Ferrous Fumarate, Silicon Dioxide, Carrageenan, Natural and Artificial Flavors, FD&C Red #40 Lake; Less Than 2% Of: Aspartame†, Beta-Carotene, Cholecalciferol, Cyanocobalamin, D-Calcium Pantothenate, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, FD&C Blue #2 Lake, FD&C Yellow #6 Lake, Folic Acid, Magnesium Stearate, Niacinamide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Soy Lecithin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Acetate.
Contains: Soy.
PHENYLKETONURICS: CONTAINS PHENYLALANINE

HOLY **** BATMAN !!!!  Is this for real????

Sorbitol -Sorbitol is used as a sweetening agent and used as a sugar substitute.  The very FIRST ingredient in a children’s vitamin is a sweetener.  Nursing mothers are advised to avoid Sorbitol while pregnant.  It has a laxative effect and excessive amounts can cause bloating, flatulence, diarrhea, cramping and other abdominal problems. The severity of this problem for children is hotly debated.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest feels so strongly about this, they filed a petition to the FDA requesting the following clause be added to labeling, “’NOTICE: This product contains sorbitol, which may cause diarrhea, bloating, and abdominal pain. Not suitable for consumption by children. To protect yourself, start by eating no more than one serving at a time.’

Mannitol– Mannitol is used as a sweetener in food.  It’s also used to treat those with acute renal failure and kidney issues.  It is very close in relation to Sorbitol.  They are both sugar alcohol molecules.

Fructose – again another form of sugar.  Glucose and Fructose are simple sugars.  The body produces glucose, it is vital to life.  Fructose is not.  We do not produce fructose.  Please read this article from Mercola “Sugar may be Bad, but Fructose is Far More Deadly”

Carageenan– this food additive has been a KNOWN dangerous allergen since 1940, yet it’s still classified by the FDA as “safe for human consumption”?   Yes, this is the same FDA that also approves MSG (linked to brain damage, obesity, and cancer), aspartame (linked to MS, seizures, memory issues, and blindness) and saccharine (linked to many cancers).

Natural & Artificial Flavors– both artificial and natural flavors contain chemicals. The distinction between natural and artificial flavorings is the source of chemicals. Natural flavors are created from anything that can be eaten (i.e animals and vegetables), even if those edible things are processed in the lab to create flavorings.

Most artificial flavorings are derived from petroleum. They have been shown to affect the RNA, thyroid, and enzymes. Most have never even been studied for safety or toxicity.  Take a look at the list of 49 ingredients that make up strawberry flavoring.

One artificial flavor that has been “outed” recently was diacetyl. A research study published in the journal Toxicological Sciences proved that the substance used to flavor popcorn causes a very dangerous lung disease called lymphocytic bronchiolitis.

Artificial Colors – Most artificial colors are made from coal tar, which is a carcinogen.  According to Mercola,com, “Red #40 is the most-widely used and consumed dye.  It may accelerate the appearance of immune system tumors in mice.  It also causes hypersensitivity (allergy-like) reactions in some consumers and might trigger hyperactivity in children”.  Mayoclinic.com also agrees that Red #40 and Yellow #6 may contribute to kids hyperactivity issues.  As of July 2010, the European Union implemented warning labels with foods containing dyes.

Aspartame– another sweetner!  Aspartame is a synthetic combination of the amino acids aspartic acid and l-phenylalanine, and is known to convert into highly toxic methanol and formaldehyde in the body.  Aspartame has been linked to over 40 adverse health effects in the biomedical literature, and has been shown to exhibit both neurotoxicity and carcinogenicity[1]


A little History on Bayer

Bayer is a German pharmaceutical company founded in 1863.  In 1925, it merged with IG Farben, a German chemical industry conglomerate, notorious for it’s roll in the Holocaust.  It is stated that 100% of all explosives and of all synthetic gasoline came from the factories of IG Farben.

It is well documented that IG Farben was closely connected with the Nazis.   During the Nazi takeover of Germany, IG Farben became involved in numerous war crimes.  They collaborated with the Nazi Government to produce and patent large quantities of the pesticide Zyklon B, the chemical used to gas millions of Jews to death in gas chambers.

This is the very same company who is making your children’s vitamins.

I think it’s time we take a closer look and examine what we are giving to our children.  All it takes is a little awareness to see what it going on around us.  We are programmed to see these cute commercials with angelic children living fulfilling, happy lives as long as they take their vitamins.   These commercials are meant to manipulate us to see what they want to see and hide what they don’t want us to see.

Just being aware can produce massive change in the world.  Please don’t turn away and let this continue.  We need to know what we are digesting and how it affects our health.   These are HUGE powerful money hungry companies with very little interest in our health.  The mere fact that the company responsible for the chemicals used in gas chambers is enough for me to never give them another dime.

One person CAN make a difference and my kids health and lives are worth it.  Are yours?

Bottom Line

The chemicals in these vitamins are not only shocking but downright dangerous!  Manufacturers, such as Bayer, often take the stance that the majority of children are not getting the recommended daily allowance of certain vitamins and minerals.  They feel products such as Flintstone’s bridges that gap.

I beg to differ!

The chemicals and additives in these vitamins do more HARM to our little children’s bodies than GOOD.  We must make our voices heard!   I simply cannot comprehend why our Federal Government approved this product, but even worse, our family pediatricians and doctors recommend it.  Thousands upon thousands of kids have taken these vitamins, including my own.

I urgently implore you to write to Bayer and let them know your child’s health is at risk by taking these vitamins!

Bayer Health Care LLC
Consumer Care
PO Box 1910
Morristown, NJ  07962

1-800-800-4793 Mon- Fri 9-5 EST
www.bayercare.com

SOURCES:

  • http://www.toxsci.oxfordjournals.org/content/105/2/433.full
  • http://www4.dr-rath-foundation.org/PHARMACEUTICAL_BUSINESS/history_of_the_pharmaceutical_industry.htm
  • http://www.holocaustresearchproject.org/economics/igfarben.html

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THIS IS WHAT I GIVE MY KIDS INSTEAD OF FLINTSTONES:

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Kids are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their homework — it shows kids that what they do is important.

Of course, helping with homework shouldn't mean spending hours hunched over a desk. Parents can be supportive by demonstrating study and organization skills, explaining a tricky problem, or just encouraging kids to take a break. And who knows? Parents might even learn a thing or two!

Here are some tips to guide the way:

  1. Know the teachersand what they're looking for. Attend school events, such as parent-teacher conferences, to meet your child's teachers. Ask about their homework policies and how you should be involved.
  2. Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure kids have a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies — paper, pencils, glue, scissors — within reach.
  3. Schedule a regular study time. Some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to wait until after dinner.
  4. Help them make a plan. On heavy homework nights or when there's an especially hefty assignment to tackle, encourage your child break up the work into manageable chunks. Create a work schedule for the night if necessary — and take time for a 15-minute break every hour, if possible.
  5. Keep distractions to a minimum. This means no TV, loud music, or phone calls. (Occasionally, though, a phone call to a classmate about an assignment can be helpful.)
  6. Make sure kids do their own work. They won't learn if they don't think for themselves and make their own mistakes. Parents can make suggestions and help with directions. But it's a kid's job to do the learning.
  7. Be a motivator and monitor. Ask about assignments, quizzes, and tests. Give encouragement, check completed homework, and make yourself available for questions and concerns.
  8. Set a good example. Do your kids ever see you diligently balancing your budget or reading a book? Kids are more likely to follow their parents' examples than their advice.
  9. Praise their work and efforts. Post an aced test or art project on the refrigerator. Mention academic achievements to relatives.
  10. If there are continuing problems with homework, get help. Talk about it with your child's teacher. Some kids have trouble seeing the board and may need glasses; others might need an evaluation for a learning problem or attention disorder.

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