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February 2007 Feingold Email Newsletter
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Dear Feingold Association Members & Friends,
- Wal-Mart to stop selling Pop Weaver Natural Popcorn
- Vick's Inhalers
- Additives in vitamins? The Codex fight
- Goodies with no "Baddies"
- The Food Dudes of Ireland
- Coming in March Pure Facts
- Fast food - acceptable fries!
- Don't Mess With Texas!! Update on the Gardisil Vaccine
[ ] WAL-MART TO STOP SELLING POP WEAVER NATURAL POPCORN
We have received the following email from Customer Service at Wal-Mart:"...I have checked with our Sales Dept. and they tell me that Wal-Mart is no longer going to carry the Pop Weaver Natural Popcorn. We would like to see this product back in all of the Wal-Mart stores, but we need your help! You can contact the store online at http://www.walmart.com or talk to the Manager of your local Wal-Mart to let them know you would like to see the product back on their shelves."
If you want to continue to buy Pop Weaver Natural Popcorn at your Wal-Mart, you may contact them at the Wal-Mart Feedback Form.
Or call their Contact Center at 1-800-WALMART (1-800-925-6278), from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Central Time) Monday - Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday or from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
[ ] VICK'S INHALERS
Vick's inhalers will be removed from the Foodlist because the company that makes them refuses to fill out an update form. For those of you who have been using this inhaler, we have to tell you that the product underwent a formulation change and now contains methyl salicylate which is a Stage Two ingredient.
[ ] ADDITIVES IN VITAMINS? THE CODEX FIGHT
The Codex General Standard for Food Additives (GSFA) is regularly updated to include additional food additive provisions adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission. The aim of this process is to have the same standards everywhere in the world, making it easier to export and import these items from country to country.
At this time, proposals to lower permitted levels of some additives widely used in food supplements are on the table. An organization called The International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA) has been very active in this fight; last year they prevented the proposed removal of four additives including Red #3 (Erythrosine), and they successfully raised the permitted levels of BHA, BHT and Carnauba wax.
Red #3, BHA, and BHT are all additives excluded from the Feingold Program, and they all have a long list of harmful effects including cancer, proven by years of research. See the research on this. Why should we want these additives in our vitamins, of all places?
The IADSA says that they support establishment of a list of additives "to be used freely in trade in food products" and that they believe that deleting them or adopting low levels for additives would "create confusion" in many countries, as well as "unnecessary barriers to trade.”
IADSA is the voice of the worldwide dietary supplement manufacturing industry. For more information, or to have your opinion heard, you may contact David Pineda Ereño, IADSA Manager, Regulatory Affairs.
[ ] GOODIES WITH NO "BADDIES"
Thanks to the generous donations from 25 companies, nearly 200 families enjoyed our Holiday Goodie Baskets while raising funds for our work.
Are you looking for natural chocolates, lollipops, cookies, gummy candies, brownies, caramel corn, crackers, chewing gum or other treats? See these goodies that you can use for Easter baskets or everyday treats. All of them are natural, and the YC Chocolates are also sugar-free.
[ ] THE FOOD DUDES OF IRELAND
People often assume it is difficult to make fruits and vegetables appealing to children, but the "Food Dudes" of Irish TV have proven that's not true. These vegetable-toting super heroes have succeeding in doubling (and more) the amount of vegetables children actually eat in school lunch programs, and they are an important part of the Irish and British effort to improve the diet of their children after the TV series "Jamie's School Dinners" had shocked Britons into doing something about the poor quality of their school lunch program. See the full Associated Press/ NPR article (requires a PDF reader).
[ ] COMING IN MARCH PURE FACTS
What's wrong with the food industry and why is it so hard to change it? Take a look at the way food companies operate and why they have been so successful for so long in keeping things from improving.
Can a simple diet help a child who has been medicated since he was three, diagnosed as "seriously mentally ill," and in need of "life-long support?" Follow Lisa as she learns to trust in herself and find the answers that the "experts" didn't have.
What's a Lasagna Chip? and how did it get on TV?
Are you following a Feingold/kosher diet? Looking for those hard-to-find products? Here's a resource that can help.
[ ] FAST FOOD -- ACCEPTABLE FRIES !
When fast food chains used frying oil with beef fat, the preservative used was tolerated by our members, and french fries were on the menu in the Feingold Fast Food Guide. However, several years ago, the fast food chains began using vegetable oil. The problem with that was that the preservative of choice for vegetable oil is TBHQ. This preservative allows them to use the same oil over and over for a much longer time without having to change it.
For us, however, this meant our children could no longer order any fried foods at their favorite fast food spots - gone were french fries, fried chicken, etc., from most of the chains listed in our Fast Food Guide. The only chain using acceptable oil until now has been the In 'N Out Burger, in western states.
Now, however, there is a chain called Five Guys which uses preservative-free peanut oil to make their french fries. This is exciting news for Feingold teens and kids -- so far, they are only on the East Coast of the U.S., but you can see if they have opened one near you by going to their store locator.
[ ] DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS!! UPDATE ON THE GARDISIL VACCINE
In case you don't know, Merck has been pushing states to mandate that without this newly developed vaccine, girls will be unable to go to school. When children are not allowed at school, parents are then accused of truancy and their children can be removed from their care, so this is a very serious threat. It has even been proposed that this vaccine be mandated for boys as well as girls -- what a wonderful market potential for Merck!! But is it safe for our children? Below is an update which just came across our desk from the National Vaccine Information Center. I reprint it in full for you, with links at bottom for more information:
Barbara Loe Fisher Commentary:
About 12 hours after PROVE president Dawn Richardson and scores of parents and doctors testified in the Texas state legislature, protesting the HPV vaccine mandate being imposed on 11 year old girls in that state by the Governor of Texas, Merck announced it was ending its aggressive lobbying campaign to get GARDASIL mandated in every state. Dawn used advance information provided to her by NVIC from the Report on VAERS and GARDASIL that NVIC released today in her testimony, arguing that the vaccine had not been tested adequately for safety in little girls and was already causing too many reactions. The Texas legislature is in the process of building a bi-partisan coalition to pass legislation that will overturn Governor Rick Perry's Executive order mandating the vaccine for all sixth grade girls.
The backlash in Texas is also being felt in other states, as parents are letting legislators know they are tired of having every vaccine, which industry produces and the CDC recommends for universal use in all children, automatically mandated by the states for school entry. From now on, perhaps citizens and their elected officials will work together to more carefully evaluate the necessity for and safety and efficacy of new vaccines which those, who are operating and profiting from the mass vaccination system, lobby to have mandated.
With 56 doses of 16 vaccines recommended by the CDC for use by all children by age 12 and more than 3 dozen of those already mandated in most states, a careful examination of each new vaccine that industry markets is long overdue. The fact that many highly vaccinated children are suffering with chronic disease and disability, with 1 in 150 autistic, 1 in 6 learning delayed and millions more asthmatic and diabetic, makes it even more important for the FDA and CDC to redouble their efforts to hold vaccine manufacturers to high standards for proof of safety for vaccines before they are licensed and recommended for universal use by all children.
After 25 years, the vaccine safety and informed consent movement led by parents of vaccine injured children has become a national voice for those who want truth, transparency and freedom of choice when it comes to making vaccination decisions for themselves and their children. Today, many more Americans are joining with NVIC and declaring: No forced vaccination. Not in America.
See more information and articles on this subject at the following links:
- Vaccine Safety Group Releases GARDASIL Reaction Report, PR Newswire, February 21, 2007.
- Merck Stops Campaign to Mandate Gardisil Vaccine Use, Bloomberg News, February 20, 2007, http://tinyurl.com/2ej92q
- Testimony of Dr. Mary Megson at the House Government Reform Committee on Autism and Vaccines, April 2000, at
- To help you make informed choices for your children's vaccination schedules, visit the National Vaccine Information Center's website.