In This Issue:
- New Members' Support Board
- Non-Salicylate Vitamin C
- Is it Food?
- Toxic Waste Candy recalled
- US to give EU 'pain' over GMOs
- Alfalfa: Little things that matter
- Going Green!
- For your Valentine!
- Media on food color
- Frito-Lay snacks going natural
- Cute but ... uh oh!
- Barbara Stitt: Letter
- FG Workshop in CA
For your Valentine!
See Nancy's assortment of Valentine's Day yummies at The Squirrel's Nest!
Valentine's Day products
are available for mail order
on the web from
January 23 through
Frito-Lay Snacks Going All Natural
PepsiCoís Frito-Lay North America division plans to switch more than six dozen varieties of its products - 50% of the total - to all natural ingredients by the end of 2011, with Layís, Tostitos and SunChips leading the way.
More . . .
Cute but ...uh oh?
One of our moms reports that her little girl got her first baby doll with a delightful "new baby" smell. "After playing with it for a full day," the mom says, "she was a hyperactive, impulsive demon. A soap and water wash didnít improve it either."
We called the company, which confirmed that the newborn Little Mommy dolls have an added "new baby" fragrance. They said "fragrance" is not on the box, could not tell me exactly which dolls are affected, but assured me that the scent would (probably) wash off.
Anyone with a problematic doll may call Mattel Consumer Relations at 1-866-624-9148.
This puts playdates in a whole new light - whoever would have thought we need to give our neighbor's toys the sniff test?
Big Problems Don't Always Need Big Solutions
Dr. Barbara Stitt - a Probation Office for 20 years - is the guiding light behind the changes in the Wisconsin schools.
She has written a letter to a senator who is interested in reducing the number of parolees who end up back in jail or prison. Her information is particularly timely as we all try to make sense out of the recent Tucson shootings, and she has allowed us to share it with you.
See her letter.
How does food affect behavior?
April Walker, MA, will give a free workshop, providing tools to use to assist children who have behavior problems.
Mon, March 14, 2011
6 pm to 8 pm
1120 Tully Rd
RSVP by March 9:
If your family has
benefited from the Feingold Program, please remember us when it's time to give
As the new year rolls in, itís time for Feingold to start spiffying up parts of the website, and this time itís the Members' Board ("BB") that got a whole new makeover - designed by one of our very own Feingold members and volunteer, Raymond Curry of Steel Nerve Designs
If you are a Feingold subscribing member, come on over to the Board and put your 2 cents in!
And if you are not a member ... well, you know how to remedy that, right?
Non-salicylate Vitamin C
This is the time of year to be sure you enjoy foods that are rich in vitamin C. Of course, grapefruit is an obvious Stage One choice, and you can sweeten it if needed. But there are other good sources of the vitamin for those who are salicylate sensitive. Here are a few that are listed in Why Can't My Child Behave? guava, papaya, broccoli, kiwi, mango, lemon, lime, cauliflower, spinach, cabbage, cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple juice, sweet potato, asparagus.
Dr. Feingold suggested people use a vitamin C supplement if they were concerned that they were not getting enough. There are many forms of vitamin C products now available; check your Foodlist for brands.
Another form of vitamin C has shown dramatic results in treating cancer -- the vitamin given in an intravenous form. Tragically, the Food and Drug Administration is continuing its longtime policy of trying to get rid of any alternative that poses a threat to the drug industry. The latest assault is their effort to ban the use of intravenous (IV) vitamin C. See the article by the Alliance for Natural Health.
Is it Food?
Darya Pino, PhD is a scientist, San Francisco foodie, and advocate of local, seasonal foods, who has published an amusing flow chart of supermarket shopping in the Huffington Post on January 7, 2011, to "help you find real food within the endless labyrinth of junk... If you ever get lost, just start back at the top."
Click on the flowchart to see it full-size and to read the little article about it. You might also be interested in the recipes and information at her website called the Summer Tomato. Just the name alone gives me a nice warm feeling all snowbound here under my 4 inches of snow in Georgia. (Yes, I know you probably have more snow wherever you live, but this is Georgia for Heavens' sakes!)
Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars & Toxic Waste - Recalled for Lead
According to an article in The Huffington Post on January 14th, a candy company that markets its products as "hazardously sour" and uses names like "Toxic Waste" and "Nuclear Sludge," has issued a product recall after discovering that this candy, imported from Pakistan, is actually toxic, containing more than twice the maximum allowable levels of lead. All the candy imported since 2007 is being recalled - but our question is, "How could it have taken so many years to discover this? See article.
US plans to give Europe "pain" over GMO's
According to documents discovered through Wikileaks, the US has planned retaliations to "cause some pain" to Europe for refusing to use Monsanto's genetically modified seeds. Click on the picture at right to watch this important video from Democracy NOW! and in-depth interview with Jeffrey Smith, author of Seeds of Deception.
He describes the discovery of Dr. Arpad Pusztai, a molecular biologist, who conducted feeding studies on rats and found that genetically modified potatoes damaged the animals' gut, other organs, and immune system in just 10 days. What he also discovered is that it was not the higher level of insecticide in the potatoes, but the actual process of inserting the genes that causes the problem. See Arpad Pusztai and the Risks of Genetic Engineering by the Organic Consumers Organization.
In Dr. Feingold's day, there were no genetically modified foods. Would he have approved of them? We doubt it.
The USDA is about to approve Monsanto's genetically engineered alfalfa. A problem surfacing with the genetic modification process in general is the increase in allergens being produced by these modified plants. Researchers believe it bears responsibility for the drastic increase in allergies and food intolerance.
Alfalfa: Little things that matter
One of the biggest impacts of allowing the use of GE alfalfa is contamination of other crops, including organic alfalfa, which is used by most organic dairies. The USDA actually acknowledges the problem of contamination, but is moving forward anyway.
If you would like to let the USDA and President Obama know that you don't want genetically engineered foods, and don't want organic foods to be contaminated, take action at Food & Water Watch
A few weeks ago, all of our Pure Facts subscribers received both the Pure Facts newsletter and our 2011 Fast Food Guide in an electronic format; the paper copies are now being mailed out. Beginning with the February Pure Facts, most of the newsletters will go out electronically and we will be able to cut back on paper. Many of you have expressed delight to have the electronic version, and we are glad to be able to get the newsletter to you quickly, and not be at the mercy of the mailer or the post office.
Because we have expanded the Fast Food Guide, it has been printed in a different format, as a booklet. A number of new restaurants have been added that do not have actual menu items listed. In order to include menu items, we require a comprehensive listing of all of the ingredients in all of a restaurant's products; this is a daunting task, and many restaurant chains don't provide this information.
But there are a growing number of restaurants that are committed to providing healthy (often organic) food. We learn as much as we can about the company, their food and their philosophy, in order to evaluate if they look like a good option. Whenever possible, we use feedback from experienced members. So, if you are successfully using the Feingold Diet and are ready to test out new foods, the Fast Food Guide will help you make educated choices. If you are new to the Diet or have not yet seen success, it would be best to wait until you are doing well before eating out. We know this is not always possible, so we are hopeful that this information will help avoid reactions.
Coming in February PURE FACTS:
- Dry skin, itchy skin -- how you can treat it and find companies that cater to your sensitive epidermis.
Stinky stuff -- at home, school, and in your neighborhood mall. Some California teens voice "Fierce" objections to the macho perfume that is accused of damaging male hormones.
Fluoride in your tap water -- one of the sacred cows of US public health policy might be going to the butcher as new evidence of harm is uncovered. Two federal agencies (with the blessing of the American Dental Association) call for a reduction.
Can you believe the EPA is looking critically at several of the food additives on the Feingold Association's baddie list? The agency has selected 100 environmental and food chemicals of concern. So that leaves how many -- 60,000? -- that have not yet been tested for safety?
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