March 23, 2004

Red Dye #40

It will make you late for work.

Last night I offered myself as a guinnea pig regarding the effects of red dye #40, consuming a dose many times what it considered “normal.” (I drank a bottle of red food coloring)

There were not imeediate effects but after a while, I did notice an itching.

In case of allergic reaction, I took a normal dose of the antihistamine clemastine fumarate. A few ounces of scotch, which makes it much easier to read the news, and improves on an already good “The Daily Show.”

I can report that antihistamine makes you tipsy.

I told Maggie I was itchy, but not to worry.

“I wasn’t worried before. Now I am.” she said.

“I’m OK. I reassured her.

“You’re not OK. she countered.

When I began to explain that the itching was most likely imaginary, I realized that when she said that last bit she had been pointing to her head.

Posted by James at March 23, 2004 4:28 PM
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My mother sometimes gets hives if she eats foods with red dye (and that's a lot of foods). I don't think it was all in her head, because it took a while to pin down the cause and realize that it was red dye, especially since a few other things also give her hives.

Posted by: julie at March 23, 2004 5:29 PM

She is probably allergic to the stuff.

Posted by: James at March 23, 2004 5:32 PM

antihistamine and scotch huh! That's quite a combo.

Posted by: Bob at March 23, 2004 5:40 PM

If you're going to do it, do it right, I say.

Posted by: James at March 23, 2004 5:47 PM

Sometimes you are inexplicable, Jimbo.

Posted by: Chuck S. at March 23, 2004 5:54 PM

I fail to understand why you drank this food coloring.

James, do we need to have an intervention?

Posted by: Patti at March 24, 2004 10:18 AM

I'm trying to disqualify myself from being considered as the point man on the president's council on bioethics.

Of course, my love of ice cream alone may already have accomplished this.

Posted by: James at March 24, 2004 12:40 PM

James- I think this blog pretty much guarantees you won't be on President post turtle's short list for being the point man for pretty much anything. No need to poison yourself.

by the way, here's the post turtle explaination (from Patti):

While suturing a laceration on the hand of an 80-year-old Texas rancher(whose hand had caught in a gate while working cattle), a doctor and the old man were talking about George W. Bush being in the White House.

The old Texan said, "Well, ya know, Bush is a 'post turtle'."

Not knowing what the old man meant, the doctor asked him what a post turtle was.

The old man said, "When you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a post

The old man saw a puzzled look on the doctor's face, so he continued to explain, "You know he didn't get there by himself, he doesn't belong
there, he can't get anything done while he's up there, and you just want to help the poor dumb bastard get down."

Posted by: Bob at March 24, 2004 1:10 PM

I've got to start angling for a posiiton in the Kerry administration. As we know, there are only 2 reasons to oppose Bush at this point:

Either to sell a book or to angle for a Kerry appointment.

Posted by: James at March 24, 2004 4:34 PM

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