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March 2004 Feingold Email Newsletter
Dear Feingold Association Members & Friends,
With this issue, the Feingold Email Newsletter will resume monthly publication.
If you joined FAUS since 1994, and you have received this email but not the recent product alert correction, you should register also for our Membership Email List. This is a free service. Please send email to me at ON@feingold.org requesting to be registered on the Produce Alerts list. VERY IMPORTANT: include the following information: (1) your full name ....(2) your address ..... (3) if you can, include any password set you may remember whether current or not (this will save me much time).
EASTER / PASSOVER: For recipes & ideas, see the March 2001 issue in our archives.
ST.PATRICK'S DAY: See the very bottom of this newsletter for the amount of coloring in Green Ketchup.
- Membership - how well are you doing?
- Getting prescriptions filled
- Microwave safety
- Coloring the fresh food
- More food coloring information
- Let's Do Lunch - Improving your school's food program
- Where's the beef?
- "Smoking Gun" links vaccine additives to autism and ADHD
- More on Asthma
 MEMBERSHIP - HOW WELL ARE YOU DOING?
Although more new members are being referred by their doctors, teachers, or psychologists, most new members are still told about the Feingold Program by their friends and relatives. If you have benefited from the Program, remember to tell somebody.
You will find, if you open the subject, that most people know somebody whose child really needs the help we can provide. As the person on the spot, you can change their life. Simply give them our website -- but since we know that "Feingold" is hard to spell, we have another name for the same site: It is:
Or give them our phone number, 800-321-3287.
The following states have had the most new members in the past few months:
CA, FL, GA, IL, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NJ, NY, PA, TX, VA, WI
If you don't see your state listed, start talking to your friends and relatives....
How to open the subject? Just talk about your own experience. Maybe mention how you are still always amazed how much better your child is doing ever since you started using the Feingold Program. See if they pick up on it. If your child benefited by improved behavior, mention that - but don't forget to mention that others have used the Program for asthma, bedwetting, etc. Remember, this was originally a diet for asthma and allergy developed at the Mayo Clinic. It is not often recommended for asthma today by doctors because they have effective medications to prescribe .... but it still works
If you like to have the science at your fingertips, find it at
and by symptom at diet-studies.com/research.html
 GETTING PRESCRIPTIONS FILLED
When you get a prescription filled, check to be sure it is uncolored before you leave the pharmacy, because once you get home it cannot be returned. If you go to the pharmacy during business hours, the pharmacist will be able to call your doctor to get an alternate prescription in case the one prescribed is not available without coloring.
While you are waiting for your prescription, make conversation. Tell the pharmacist that you found the colorings in the medicines are a problem for your family. Comment that research shows that all of these artificial colorings cause DNA changes in the gut, so who needs them? And ask the pharmacist if she knows why the colorings used in meds - the D&C colorings - are allowed to be in medications given to sick children even though they are not considered safe enough to add to foods. And, furthermore, did he know they allow twice as much lead in them as in the FD&C food colors?
Your pharmacist probably will not know this (unless another Feingold member got to him first). My pharmacist told me that they don't learn it in pharmacy school. She was shocked. Go ahead - shock your pharmacist. Then give him or her our website. Better yet, send them directly to our research lists at http://diet-studies.com (don't forget the "dash" in that name).
 MICROWAVE SAFETY
The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) strongly recommends that when you use a microwave oven, you:
- Cook all foods thoroughly
- Do not use plastic wrap or "unapproved" plastic containers in the microwave or in contact with hot foods. PVCs (chemicals in the plastic) can migrate into the food, and the Feingold Association has found that many plastics also contain BHT which can migrate into heated food.
For details on the USDA recommendations, see: www.food.oregonstate.edu/ref/energy/conley.html
 COLORING THE FRESH FOOD
Just when you thought "fresh and all natural" foods would be safe, here is some information from the United Kingdom about dyes added to fresh foods. The colorings being used are not the same ones we eliminate, but in case you or your children are not doing as well as hoped, remember that a person can be sensitive to anything.
On a personal note, when I lived in Nigeria 30 years ago, the chickens ran around the local yards and ate bugs. Their egg yolks were a deep yellow and their shells were so hard you needed some energy to open them. Today, "factory farms" confine their chickens to small spaces and on a steady drug regimen required to keep them alive in this environment. If egg yolks are pale in color, artificial coloring can give them the deep yellow color people prefer. How does this affect the nutritional quality of the egg?
 MORE FOOD COLORING INFORMATION
We found a nice website that gives concise useful information about both natural and artificial food colorings. www.chm.bris.ac.uk/webprojects2001/anderson/colourings.htm
There are links to Journal Articles and References below many of the entries.
 LET'S DO LUNCH -
Improving Your School's Food Program
Can you do it? Yes you can. Read how on our new website at www.school-lunch.org
 WHERE'S THE BEEF?
The Feingold Program does not require organic foods or meats without hormones or antibiotics, but in recent years some members report to us that the diet works better when they "go organic." For those who are interested, here is an amusing, lighthearted, but totally serious video about meat. Set your speakers to ON: www.themeatrix.com
 "SMOKING GUN"
LINKS VACCINE ADDITIVES TO AUTISM & ADHD
In a study that was rushed to print on-line February 5, two months ahead of its scheduled publication in the journal, Molecular Psychiatry, U.S. researchers have discovered an apparent link between thimerosal, a controversial mercury-based preservative recently commonly used in childhood vaccines, to an increased risk of neurological disorders such as autism and ADHD.
See the whole article at www.feingold.org/vaccinecanada.html
One of our sources in Quebec reports that in Canada the thimerosal-free vaccines have been available since 1990, not 1960, which is apparently a typo in the article. Also, besides the flu vaccine, the Hepatitis B vaccine still does contain mercury, and clinics in Canada still stock and use the DPT vaccine with mercury, even though these vaccines are available without mercury for those who request them.
In the U.S., due to pressure from a congressional hearing held by Congressman Dan Burton, grandfather of two vaccine-damaged children, the pharmaceutical industry has removed mercury from most American vaccines. It is our information at this time that there are single-unit dose vaccines of most children's shots available without thimerosal for those parents knowledgeable enough to ask for them. In practice, the old vaccine stocks containing mercury are still in use in many places.
The downside to removing mercury is that some manufacturers have substituted increased doses of other toxins such as aluminum and/or formaldehyde as the preservative agent.
Get more information about vaccines to help you make decisions concerning your children's vaccination schedule at at the National Vaccine Information Center www.909shot.com
 MORE ON ASTHMA
. . . . . . IN JAPAN
In December of 2003, The Japan Times reported a record number of children with asthma. The rate has more than doubled in 10 years, and experts suspect "increased use of food additives, weakened immunity due to improvements in hygiene, and modern living environments that often provide breeding grounds for mites." www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?nn20031213b9.htm
. . . . . . AND IN THE U.S.
We are glad that Japan is responding with concern while their asthma rate is still under 3%. In the United States, the rate is far higher. In Hartford, CT, in particular, the overall rate for adults is more than 15%. But asthma is an especially serious problem for minorities, afflicting 30% and 50% of African-American and Hispanic households respectively in Hartford. [link to fact sheet no longer working - 3/10/08]
Other sources claim that the rate of asthma in the U.S. stands at 5% to 6% of children..... and going up. While causes are unknown, allergy, tobacco smoke, etc., are implicated. Of course one should not subject children to tobacco smoke -- but this is not new. In fact, children probably breathed much more smoke years ago, when asthma rates were low.
At the same time asthma has increased, the use of synthetic additives has also increased, especially in foods designed for children. Decades ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics reported that many of the synthetic "FD&C" colorings permitted in foods are broncho-constrictors (something that constricts or narrows the airway), but little attention has been paid to them as a trigger for asthma. In fact, some of them are commonly used in asthma medications!
It may be, however, that the colorings themselves do not actually cause an asthma attack, but rather they make a child more vulnerable to other asthma triggers. In conversations with parents of asthmatic children who recently began eating lots of brightly colored food, it appears that the child can no longer tolerate milk or other allergens that he used to be able to eat in moderation. Can it be, perhaps, that the broncho-constricting effect of the food coloring sets up the child to be more sensitive to unrelated allergens?
Back in 1995, Dr. Corder (diet-studies.com/asthma.html#Corder) defined doses of certain chemicals at which some (5%) or most (95%) of sensitive people reacted by a 15% decrease in breathing.
He determined ranges of the following chemicals for use in studies:
From To Metabisulfite .......... 4.6 mg 255.8 mg Tartrazine .......... 3.4 mg 885.6 mg Aspirin .......... 0.8 mg 332.3 mg Salicylate .......... 2.6 mg 89.9 mg
You can see more studies on the connection of diet and asthma at diet-studies.com/asthma.html
It should be noted that we have never found any study using 800+ mg of Tartrazine (Yellow #5). In fact, many studies used 5 mg or even less, reporting it to be safe "for most children." One of our students at Mercer University measured the amount of blue and yellow coloring required to make red ketchup green. It was 150 mg per Tablespoon.