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January 2005 Feingold Email Newsletter
Dear Feingold Association Members & Friends,
- We've been included!!
- Study says: "Remove these additives from the diet of ALL children"
- How do you know if food additives affect you?
- Thoughts from Axis of Logic
- Supermarket chain bans corn syrup
- Toothbrush news
- Reflections on testing children on the autism spectrum - editorial
 WE'VE BEEN INCLUDED!!
We have received the following note from Ruth Winter, the author: "I am delighted to inform you that your site has been included as a source of information in the Sixth Expanded edition of A CONSUMER'S DICTIONARY OF FOOD ADDITIVES just published by Three Rivers Press/Crown."
 STUDY SAYS: "REMOVE THESE ADDITIVES FROM THE DIET OF ALL CHILDREN"
Members have been discussing a rather new study (published in June 2004) in which the investigators find that parents can detect a change in the behavior of three-year-old children exposed to only 20 mg of food coloring and benzoate preservative. Some members have written us to ask whether we know about this study -- yes, indeed, we do, and it is to be found at www.diet-studies.com/adhd.html where it is listed as the "Bateman 2004" study.
You may wonder why benzoate was used as the preservative rather than the BHT our American children are so saturated with in their diet -- BHT was not used as a test material because ...... well, BHT is __already__ banned in England where this study was done. You can see more information about BHT and BHA at www.diet-studies.com/bht.html. Also, an interesting article by an animal nutritionist sheds more light on the subject at www.purelypets.com/articles/additivesinfood.htm
 HOW DO YOU KNOW IF FOOD ADDITIVES AFFECT YOU?
Just like with other chemicals .... a little alcohol .... a little nicotine ..... you may be able to function just fine eating food additives .... but do you want to?
These chemicals are put into your food for one purpose -- to make money for the manufacturers -- because they are much cheaper than real food, real coloring, and real flavoring.
All the colorings, and many of the flavorings and preservatives, are petroleum derivatives (like plastic, gasoline, etc). They are not food. Many (including ALL the synthetic colorings) contain lead, mercury, arsenic, and a variety of cancer-causing compounds. ALL the synthetic colorings cause DNA changes in your intestines at low doses.
The preservatives eliminated by the Feingold Association (BHA, BHT, TBHQ) do cause cancer. We didn't decide this -- the NIH did. Since the 6th Annual Report on Carcinogens, BHA has been included on that list. The 11th Report is to be found at http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/roc/toc11.html (Click on "Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)") and the very first sentence says it all. "Sufficient evidence" it says -- but it is STILL allowed to be put into your children's food!!! BHT is actually used in research as a tumor promoter -- see www.diet-studies.com/bht.html#Umemura for example. Years ago, researchers already knew that TBHQ predictably causes cancer in test animals -- see www.diet-studies.com/bht.html#Peters where he introduces TBHQ as an antioxidant "known to promote renal and bladder carcinogenesis (cancer) in the rat."
These three preservatives are also petroleum derivatives. Almost all the fast food restaurant chains use oil for frying that is laced with these preservatives because then they don't have to change their oil so quickly. How much TBHQ etc. you are getting in your French fries is unknown. What it will do to you over the long term is also unknown.
The flavorings .... well, it's interesting, we don't know much about them because their manufacturers have convinced the FDA that no research is needed. The little that has been done on a very few flavorings do show that they suppress liver enzymes (ugh - I need my liver enzymes. Don't you?). The other 5,000 flavorings? Who knows. You are the guinea pigs.
An interesting study on the flavoring Isoeugenol evaluated developmental toxicity. . . . exposure effects at ALL doses included sedation and attempts to get away from treatment ..... reduced weight and delay in bone development in newborns, increased liver weight (this is bad), and the lowest level used was described as a toxic dose, so how much (if any) is a "safe" dose? But is it still used? Apparently yes: See more details about Isoeugenol (used in the manufacture of SYNTHETIC VANILLIN) at www.chemicalland21.com/arokorhi/specialtychem/perchem/ISOEUGENOL.htm
Ordinary safety aside, what about studies on the neurological effects of these flavorings? We have no information. These studies have just not been done. Instead, the manufacturers have convinced the FDA that "a little bit can't hurt." This is called the "de minimis" principle. This is reported at www.diet-studies.com/dye.html#Kroes2002 and it is used to determine their threshold for toxicological concern, or the amount below which they don't worry, even for chemicals of unknown toxicity.
One of the problems for our children is that all these chemicals we have been discussing are similar to drugs. Like drugs, they can have side effects. Some are broncho-constrictors which could be a problem if your child has asthma or hay fever, or if an older person has COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) or other breathing problems .... for some people, this can be immediately dangerous.
Nevertheless, for most people, the effects -- if any -- are subtle. You don't notice anything. Like cigarettes, they won't kill you in one day .... but do you want to do this to your child and yourself to help Big Money make even more?
We are starting a new year. Think about it. The title of this section was "How do you know if food additives affect you?" Perhaps instead it should be, "How do you know if food additives DON'T affect you?"
 THOUGHTS FROM AXIS OF LOGIC
Americans may be the planet's most comprehensive imbibers of food additives and synthetic toxins. Now consider the evidence, as presented by David Nicholson-Lord at Axis of Logic -- www.feingold.org/axisoflogic.html
See who Axis of Logic writers are at www.axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/article_100.shtml
 SUPERMARKET CHAIN BANS CORN SYRUP
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Natural food supermarket chain Earth Fare has said that it will remove all products containing high-fructose corn syrup from its shelves by Dec. 31. "As far as we know, we are the first chain to do a ban," the company's director of sales and marketing, Troy DeGroff, told Progressive Grocer.
"Not only is high-fructose corn syrup a highly refined and unnatural product that has masqueraded as natural far too long, research continues to indicate that it has serious ramifications on human health," said DeGroff. "In the interests of our customers, and in the interest of fulfilling our mission of being the healthy supermarket, we feel we can no longer carry these products."
 TOOTHBRUSH NEWS
A member has written: One problem that my family has run into is that the major toothbrush companies (Crest, Colgate, Oral-B) have switched to offering only "indicator" toothbrushes. These have a green or blue line (or both!) on the bristles. Some of the kids' brushes have other colors as well. It used to be a novelty, but it appears to now be on all toothbrushes in the grocery or drug store, at least in my area (Northern CA.)
[NOTE: The purpose of an indicator brush is that as the color fades, you are supposed to notice that it is time to buy a new brush. And just where do you think that this color has gone? Right -- into your child of course.]
Fortunately, my dentist had some kids' brushes without the indicator color. These were made by Butler (John O. Butler Company). Unfortunately, it appears as though they are going towards the indicator bristles as well. The "Li'l Safari" line (for kids 3-5) and "Sea Friends" (for kids 6-9) have white bristles, at least for the moment. So I will be ordering some (a dozen for $30.) In case you wish to contact this company to urge them to keep the white bristles on these two lines their address is:
John O. Butler Company
A Sunstar Company
4635 W. Foster Avenue
Chicago, IL 60630
You can order the brushes yourself at www.dentist.net/kidstoothbrushes.asp
For adults, I have not seen white-bristled toothbrushes with the exception of Butlers antibacterial one at www.dentist.net/butlertoothbrush.asp It is coated with Chlorhexidine to protect the bristles. They claim that this chemical will not protect you, which hopefully means it stays on the brush only. Its effect on our members is unknown -- if you have any feedback, we will be glad to receive it.
Some of the electric toothbrushes still have white bristles, and some of the store brands (such as CVS Pharmacies) carry white-bristled brushes.
We have written to Dentist.net to ask which of their adult brushes (if any) are white, since it is impossible to tell from their order form. If they answer, we will have a followup article about it next month.
 REFLECTIONS ON TESTING CHILDREN ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM -- editorial
Sometimes I receive agonized email from a parent that their child was tested and found lacking -- that their IQ is reported to be very low.... "but I know he really is smart" says the frustrated parent. Yet, we have all grown up believing that IQ tests and other "tests" of cognitive function and ability are accurate.
We are wrong. If you have a child who does not look at the tester, or who does not wish to cooperate, you are going to get an inaccurate report. Why the testers insist on assigning a numerical score to a child like this is not logical, but as a psychology major at college, this is what we were taught to do.
I want to tell you parents, if you find yourself nodding your head here, that you find test results just don't match your gut feelings, go with your intuition. Don't give up on your child. Not only are the tests inaccurate, and often just plain wrong, but they don't test all abilities.