February 2001 Feingold Email Newsletter
Dear Feingold Association Friends & Members,

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<[]> STILL SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS?
[ ] Diet/Behavior Research
[ ] ADD Research Explained - on Tape
[ ] HRI-Pfeiffer Center Seminars
[ ] Magical Toys

<[]> LIFE ON THE FEINGOLD PROGRAM
[ ] New Password
[ ] Flavorings - What's Behind the Label
[ ] Feds Hearing About Dietary Intervention for ADD want to hear more
[ ] Chicken Dinner 1-2-3 ...9
[ ] Carrot Cakes - with & without gluten

<[]> AND BEYOND
[ ] Vitamin Alert
[ ] Soy oy oy ... Soy & Fluoride?
[ ] More on Soybeans
[ ] New Horizons Down on the Farm
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[  ] DIET / BEHAVIOR RESEARCH
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If you have not looked in a while (or ever), go through the research pages on our website at www.diet-studies.com/research.html

Not only will you find research demonstrating the connection between diet and behavior, but you will also see how the other symptoms are also interconnected, and get ideas of how other things, like bed wetting or vision problems, may fit in. Don't look only at the ADHD section of the research -- check out the others as well.

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[  ] ADD RESEARCH EXPLAINED - ON TAPE
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An audio or video tape featuring Dr. John Taylor is available from ADD-Plus at http://www.add-plus.com/nutrition.html

  1. Audio Tape: "Dietary & Nutritional Treatment"
  2. Video Tape: "Nutrition & Neurochemistry: The ADD Link (60-Minute Video)"

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[    ] HRI-PFEIFFER CENTER SEMINARS
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Unable to concentrate? Anxious? Depressed? The Feingold Program has helped many people with these symptoms as well -- however, if you or your child are still experiencing unexplained problems with behavior, learning or health, you need to explore additional treatments.

These need not always involve drugs. Some of our members have found help at the Health Research Institute (HRI) & Carl Pfeiffer Treatment Center. This is a not-for-profit, public charity based in Naperville, Illinois, but has outreach clinics and seminars in various U.S. cities.

Scheduled so far is

To get on their mailing list, call (630) 505-0300 or e-mail info@hriptc.org.

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[   ] MAGICAL TOYS
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Magical Toys and Products is a therapeutic product research company providing products and information useful for working with children with special needs. Actually some of their products would delight any children. See their catalog at www.magicaltoysandproducts.com

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[   ] NEW PASSWORD
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For members -- watch for the new set of passwords to arrive on a little colored card in your February Pure Facts. Tape it to your computer to remind you to spend some time in the Members Section. The old passwords will continue to operate through the end of February. If you have not renewed your subscription to Pure Facts, now is the time to do it!! You can do it on the Internet in the Members Section order form, or you can call the Membership Office at 1-800-321-3287 to subscribe by phone. The price is $38 per year, and you get 10 issues. This is the newsletter that updates the Foodlist & Shopping Guide, as well as providing much information about diet, health and behavior.

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[   ] FLAVORINGS - What's Behind the Label
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Did you know that the synthetic chemical that provides the flavor of bell pepper in certain artificial flavorings can be tasted in amounts so small ( 0.02 parts per billion) that one drop is enough to flavor five swimming pools?

Did you know that early artificial flavorings were made by perfume companies?

When you read "flavoring" on a food label, be very suspicious. That flavoring - even natural flavoring - may be something dreamed up in a chemistry lab. Some of them are made from petroleum, like the colorings that are eliminated on the Feingold Program.

Learn more (lots more) about the technology of colorings and flavorings from the Atlantic Monthly Digital Edition. [no longer an active link - 3/9/08]

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[   ] FEDS HEARING ABOUT DIETARY INTERVENTION FOR ADD WANT TO HEAR MORE
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The White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Access Policy (CAM) has been holding Town Meetings across the country. They want to hear from you about your wants, needs, and what works or doesn't work in getting access to CAM. The Feingold Association has attended a few of these and made these points about the problem of access -- as long as physicians are afraid to recommend dietary intervention for ADHD because promoting this "alternative" treatment puts them at risk of being persecuted by their Medical Boards .... and as long as physicians who care for children continue to receive misinformation such as the myths that "there is no supportive research" and that "diet only works for 2% [*] of children" .... then parents will not hear about diet therapy, or they will be discouraged from trying it, and denied this safe and effective way to help their children.

[*] or 1% or 5% -- it is a made-up figure so it keeps changing.

We also stressed to the commissioners the need for research, especially research on WHY the Feingold diet works. With such research, perhaps an actual cure, or at least better management and prediction of who needs the diet would not be far behind.

We thank those of you who have addressed the Panel at other Town Hall Meetings around the country, and if you would like to provide us with your written presentation, we will be happy to post it with the others.

See: www.feingold.org/whitehouse.html

If you have something you would like to write to the Commission, feel free to email the Commission at whccamp@od.nih.gov

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[   ] CHICKEN DINNER 1-2-3 ...9
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Sometimes we get so caught up in what to make for dinner that we forget the easy things. Here is a simple dinner requiring almost no preparation -- can be done in less than 60 minutes.

  1. Open package of chicken pieces ... legs, thighs, breasts, wings, or mixed pieces

  2. Rinse off the pieces and lay in a pan or cookie sheet.

  3. Sprinkle with black pepper, salt, & garlic powder If you tolerate paprika (Stage Two), sprinkle that on too.

  4. Put in the oven and turn on to 350 or 400 degrees.

  5. Meanwhile take some fresh broccoli (if your kids have never eaten that before, call it "trees") and cut off the stems. Cut or break the flowerets into bite size pieces and cover with water in a small pan (or put in a steamer with 1/2 inch of water). Only cook it a few minutes -- let it stay a pretty bright green.

  6. If your kids hate broccoli, open a can of plain green beans, or open a bag of frozen green beans and heat (don't cook frozen beans too long, so they will still be a bright green and a little crisp).

  7. Open some plain, unbuttered, frozen or canned corn, and heat it in some water. Or put it directly in a microwavable serving dish with a lump of real butter or acceptable margarine on top and microwave for a minute or so (or put on "re-heat") right before everything else is done.

  8. If you want bread, consider warming up some bread, tortillas, or pita bread from our food list. Want biscuits? On our acceptable list is Grands! Buttermilk Biscuits. Open the can and put them on a cookie sheet or baking pan. Put them in the oven and adjust the oven temperature to the temperature on the can of biscuits. (The chicken will not mind) Set a timer for the biscuits.

  9. Check the chicken when it "smells done." You can tell by making a little cut in the chicken all the way to the bones -- the chicken should not be pink, and the juices should be clear. Chicken usually takes between a half hour to an hour to cook, depending on how hot your oven is, and how big the pieces of chicken. Some people like to turn the chicken pieces over when somewhere about half-way done. I never bother to do that because I like the skin crispy. When it's done, serve dinner.

  10. Don't forget to use leftover broccoli as a snack the next day -- put some in a bowl and top with a slice of acceptable cheese, butter or margarine, and microwave for a minute. Yum. You can have it for lunch with a hot dog in a bun on the side. And for those of you who are new to the idea -- yes, certain brands of hot dogs are listed in our Foodlist too. When your children go on the Feingold diet, we go to great pains to make sure that they don't have to miss out on any part of American Cuisine. No lectures about cholesterol please.
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[    ] CARROT CAKES - With & Without Gluten
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The hard part of carrot cakes is in the grating. While carrots can be grated on a fine hand grater, or in a food processor, the finest grating can easily be done using a juicer - honest. The trick is to resist drinking up all the carrot juice you get, but instead to actually put some back into the carrot pulp where it is absorbed until quite wet. This makes for a deliciously sweet and moist cake.

GLUTEN-FREE (and the easiest) CARROT CAKE
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1 25-oz package (709 gm) of "The Gluten-Free Pantry"
      Old Fashioned Cake & Cookie Baking Mix

1 tsp ground cinnamon

3 Cups finely shredded carrot or carrot pulp
     mixed with juice to moisten

1 Cup acceptable vegetable oil

4 Eggs

GREASE & lightly FLOUR a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan
     or two 9 inch round baking pans (you can use rice flour
     or any kind of acceptable flour)

COMBINE all ingredients

MIX, beating on medium speed for 2 minutes.

BAKE at 325 degrees for 40 minutes (round pan) or
     for 50 to 60 minutes (13x9 pan) or until an inserted
     toothpick comes out clean (you can use a piece of
     spaghetti or rice spaghetti if no toothpicks are available).

COOL on a wire rack and remove cake from pans after
     cooling 10 minutes or so.

FROST with Easy Lemon Frosting (see below)

This cake is quite orange, but if you have used the juicer
nobody will believe it is carrot cake.

GLUTEN-FULL CARROT CAKE
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2 Cups flour
2 Cups sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt (or less)
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 Cups shredded or pulped & moistened carrot as above
1 Cup oil
4 Eggs

Mix dry ingredients and then add wet ingredients
and mix and bake just like the gluten-free cake.

EASY LEMON FROSTING
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6 Tb. butter or shortening
4 1/2 Cups sifted powdered sugar
1/4 Cup lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

BEAT softened butter or shortening with electric beater
     until fluffy

ADD slowly about half the powdered sugar, beating well

ADD the juice and vanilla, beating well

ADD remaining sugar, beating well

ADD additional juice or a bit of water, if necessary to
     make it the right "spreading" consistency

Variations:

  1. Vanilla may be left out; replace with juice

  2. Use orange juice instead of lemon (Feingold Program Stage Two)

  3. Use milk instead of juice

  4. Mix 6 Tb plain cocoa powder with the sugar

  5. Use peanut butter instead of the butter or shortening; add more liquid if needed

  6. Use thawed orange juice concentrate (Stage Two) for liquid, and no vanilla. It takes extra liquid because it is thick. Frosting will be a pretty yellow.

  7. Use any acceptable cranberry juice (Stage Two) or cranberry juice concentrate for liquid to make pink frosting. Can leave out vanilla.

  8. Use beet juice from canned beets (Stage One) for liquid to make pink frosting. Add vanilla too.

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[    ] VITAMIN ALERT
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Although the Feingold Program does not involve the use of supplements and vitamins, and in fact we recommend avoiding them the first few weeks until a response to the diet itself is observed, some of our members report that they benefit from the use of certain vitamins and supplements. More information about the research and theories on supplements in the treatment of autism or ADHD can be found at www.autism.org and www.diet-studies.com/beyond.html

Those who do use vitamins therapeutically or preventively should be concerned about an effort to put them under the control of the pharmaceutical companies and make them available only by prescription. We know that this attempt has been foiled in the past by popular outcry. This time the attempt is international, as the European Commission has proposed a directive to regulate production and commerce of food supplements. This will affect the U.S. also because of the World Trade Agreements that the U.S. signed a few years back. See more information.

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[    ] SOY OY OY ... SOY & FLUORIDE?
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From a passionate anti-fluoride fighter, comes some interesting information about baby soy formula -- apparently the fluoride is not just in the water anymore. See Charlie's Story by George Glasser & Anita Knight

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[    ] MORE ON SOYBEANS
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Some Food for FDA Regulation

By BARBARA KEELER, MARC LAPPE
Los Angeles Times, January 7, 2001

WASHINGTON--Despite consumer pleas, the Food and Drug Administration has declined since 1992 to require that genetically modified food seeds be proved safe for consumption before their release into the food supply. Nor does the FDA require ingredient labels for genetically modified foods.
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To create its soy, Monsanto scientists spliced a gene from a bacteria into a soybean seed that instructed it to grow even when sprayed with Monsanto's potent weed killer, Roundup. Accordingly, when Roundup is sprayed on soy fields, Monsanto's Roundup Ready soy plants are left standing while nearly everything else is smoked. See more

And of course, see also the other side of the soybean picture, at www.iasoybeans.com

What you can do:
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You can see more information

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[   ] NEW HORIZONS DOWN ON THE FARM
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from Pure Facts, Feb. 1999

The government might be convinced that organic milk is no better than Elsie's usual offering, but the customers who willingly pay more for Horizon's organic drink are not impressed with official reassurances.

While the Feingold Association does not require that milks be organically produced, it is always of interest to us when a company is able to offer a good product containing fewer synthetic chemicals.

Horizon is a rapidly growing company that uses only organically grown feed for its cows, and natural remedies if any of the animals get sick. The demand for such milk was given a big boost in 1993 when the Monsanto Corporation introduced its bovine growth hormone, marketed to boost milk production, and a source of complaints by many consumers.

Furthermore, changes in the feed given to cows have resulted in a significant decrease in an important fatty acid once abundant in milk. The substance is called conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA.

FAUS Advisory Board member Beatrie Trum Hunter, in an article in Consumer's Research Magazine, wrote that researchers at Utah State University found that when cows grazed on green pastures, rather than their typical diet of today, the amount of this beneficial nutrient (CLA) in milk was as much as five times higher than in "ordinary" supermarket milk.

"Despite being a fat component," Ms. Hunter writes, "CLA appears to help reduce body fat and increase lean muscle mass."

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