Feingold E-Mail Newsletter
May 2000

Dear Feingold Association Friends & Members,

As I am climbing out of a month of computer problems,
the May newsletter is late, with apologies.
[ ] Father Feingold's Day
[ ] Father's Day Gifts
[ ] What's Wrong With Cologne?
[ ] In Harm's Way - the Book, 1999
[ ] Pesticides and Lawn Care
[ ] Eye Disorder Linked to ADHD
[ ] Florida: Followup on Dr. Cislo Case
[ ] California: Medical Freedom Update
[ ] More on PDD & Autism
[ ] Ohio: Karyn Seroussi Speaking on Autism
[ ] EARTHLINK -- Great Deal for You & FAUS
- $9.95 Unlimited Internet Access !!

Dr. Ben F. Feingold would have been 100 years
old June 15. He first brought the diet-behavior
connection to the public in 1975 with his book
Why Your Child is Hyperactive. Spontaneously,
parent groups sprang up across the country.
They went on to form the non-profit group which
was named after him. Since then, dozens of
researchers have studied various foods and food
additives and their effects on behavior, learning,
and health. They credit Dr. Feingold as being a
pioneer in this field. See more about him at
http://www.feingold.org/bio.shtml & visit the research
page at http://www.feingold.org/Research/research.html


Father's Day is June 18. What to give Dad?
Check out the merchandise at our Bookstore
at www.feingold.org/bookstore.html
Entering Amazon.com through the search
feature on our Bookstore, you can select
books, CD's, tapes, and videos. Anything
you order is no more expensive than at a retail
store (sometimes less) and earns the Feingold
Association a donation of 5% to 15%.


Here we will suggest something not to buy Dad --
cologne or after shave. They smell really nice, but
remember that perfumes and fragrances are under no
agency's supervision. They do not have to be proven
safe before they are used. Their ingredients
are secret. The FDA does not monitor them.
While a minority of people are very sensitive to
fragrances and will have behavioral or cognitive
reactions to them, many children and adults have
other reactions -- such as asthma attacks, headaches,
nausea, even rashes from touching the fragrance itself
or the skin of someone who has used it. Dad would
(or should) be embarrassed to know he might be
making people sick, even if he himself is not affected.

While it is true that people have been wearing
perfumes for thousands of years, you can bet
that they were not wearing the same chemicals
being cooked up in the fragrance labs of today.

See more information here:

[ ] IN HARM'S WAY, 1999

Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility
(GBPSR) is an affiliate of Physicians for Social
Responsibility (PSR), a national organization of over
15,000 physicians, health care professionals and
supporters. PSR was formed in 1961 to address the
health consequences of nuclear and other weapons
of mass destruction. It has since broadened its mission
to include the health consequences of environmental
pollution and degradation, and also the reduction of
violence and its causes. PSR's international federation,
the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear
War, was awarded the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize for its
efforts to translate the abstract concept of nuclear war
into medical and personal terms.

Now GBPSR has written a new book on the threat of
toxins to children's development. The entire book of
8 chapters can be printed from the Internet at


Children are especially vulnerable to pesticides
because they are small, they play on the lawn,
and they are still developing neurologically.

Pesticides have been implicated in a number of
neurological problems including behavioral problems
and problems of chemical sensitivity. Additionally,
according to the EPA, 95% of the pesticides used
on residential lawns are possible or probable

There are better ways to have a pleasant home
environment. Before you sign up with a lawn
spraying company or spray your lawn yourself,
please read the information at
and http://www.cqs.com/elawn.htm

You don't need lawn chemicals to have a nice green
lawn. Maybe not perfect, but nice. The secret is
nitrogen, water, and keeping the grass cut high at
least 2.5 inches.

Your voluntary avoidance of lawn chemicals doesn't
require any government regulation and in fact may
save you money. There also may be safer alternatives
to chemical lawn treatments in your yellow pages.

Remember every time you see the chemical truck
pull up to the house next door, everyone in the
neighborhood will be breathing in the vapors from
the applied chemicals. Pets well be exposed directly,
birds will be eating it, kids will be playing in it.

One book that may help is called Bug Busters:
Poison-Free Pest Controls For Your House & Garden.
By Bernice Lifton. She discusses many strategies
with which household and garden pests can be
eliminated with less toxic pesticides. She reminds
readers that they will rarely need chemical pesticides
in their homes if they consistently follow the "safe
natural steps" that she describes.

This book is currently available through the Feingold
Membership Office at $9.95 + s/h. They can be
reached at 1-631-369-9340 between 10am-3pm Eastern
Time on weekdays. Or you can buy it any time through
our Bookstore at http://www.feingold.org/bookstore.html
under "Environment-Housekeeping"


We have often suggested to parents to have their
children's eyes checked for eye muscle problems.
Dr. Feingold himself saw the connection long ago
and wrote that children with ADHD may have other
neurological or neuromuscular problems that should
not be ignored. He described such cases and their
response to the Feingold diet as long ago as 1979.
See his published paper at

We are glad that the connection between ADHD
and this eye disorder is being recognized.
Unfortunately, according to author Dr. David B. Granet,
Ritalin does not appear to help it, and he even wonders
if medications for ADHD may cause it.

See the report at:
or below this email if you do not have access to
the Internet.


A few weeks ago, I sent a special mailing to you
about Dr. Susan Cislo who is being persecuted by
the State of Florida for treating her own 8-year-old
son with Secretin, a gastrointestinal hormone,
with promising "side effects" that benefit some
children with autism. The boy was taken into
"protective custody" and she was charged with
child abuse by using a "dangerous illegal drug."
This, in spite of the fact that his long-term
difficulty with encopresis (bowel movement
accidents) got better, and there were no harmful

The court was so overwhelmed by the letters
all of you and her other supporters sent that
they had to discontinue mail delivery. She says
that this out-pouring of support made the


  1. Custody was returned to Dr. Cislo - for now.
    This is a major victory.

  2. The Prosecutor was not able to show that
    Secretin is a dangerous drug.

  3. There is still a petition by the Court to take him
    away from her for "permanent custody"

  4. The Court is now charging her with endangerment
    by using the drug at home rather than in a clinic
    setting. This is ridiculous -- America has a long
    history of doctors making house-calls, and they
    are not yet illegal even if uncommon. Besides,
    home nursing organizations perform lots of
    treatments in the patient's home.

  5. This case is far from over. The danger is that a
    parent who chooses a treatment for her child that
    is new or "alternative" or in any other way not
    accepted by the powers-that-be, can be charged
    with child abuse -- no matter how much research
    has been done on the treatment, or how much it
    helped the child.

  6. If the availability of secretin - or any other off-label
    or alternative treatments (including the Feingold diet)
    are important to you, please see more at


has passed in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

If you live in California, this is very important to you.
This Act will allow physicians to prescribe alternative
and non-conventional treatments, such as the
Feingold Program, without risk of prosecution. The
Bill is still endangered and needs your support.

If you don't live in California, you can check to see
if your state has such a medical freedom act at

Never forget that what happens in one state
can affect others -- especially if that one state
is California.

See how you can help at the website of the
California Citizens for Health Freedom at

At the California Medical Board meeting of
May 12, several board members commented
that they did not want to get into discussion
of specific treatments, "since it could cause a
strong public response." The California
Medical Association and the Medical Board
have both indicated that they will oppose the
passage of this Bill.


Karyn Seroussi was present at the Congressional
Hearing on Autism and Vaccines that you heard
about in our last newsletter. You can see her
personal comments on the Hearing at
and you can see her new book, Unraveling the
Mystery of Autism & PDD: A Mother's Story of
Research and Recovery

Cleveland, Ohio

The Galvin Education & Resource Center for
Families is proud to announce that Karyn
Seroussi will speak at the Beachwood JCC,
26001 South Woodland, Cleveland, OH, June 11,
2000 1:30pm - 4:00pm.

[] Empowering Parents
[] What Parents Face After a Diagnosis
[] Family Mental Health
[] Sorting Out the Informational Maze

No cost -- supported by a grant from the Andrews
Foundation. Please make a reservation if you plan
to attend: 216-514-1600 or barrieg@oh.verio.com
Visit www.ot4children.com for more information.


The Feingold website is hosted on Earthlink/Mindspring.
They have just notified us of a wonderful offer good until
June 30, 2000, during which time if you sign up with
Earthlink for your dial-up account, you will get a $40
credit -- and so will the Feingold Association!!

Earthlink dial-up accounts with unlimited Internet access
are $19.95 a month. You would get $10 a month discount
each month for the second to fifth month - that is just $9.95
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How to do it? Just call 1-800-EARTHLINK and go to Sales (#3)
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Happy Fathers Day and I'll see you on-line !!

Shula Edelkind, webmaster
The Feingold® Association of the United States

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NEW YORK, Apr 14 (Reuters Health) -- An eye disorder appears to be linked to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, according to University of California, San Diego researchers.

The eye problem, called convergence insufficiency, is a physical problem of the eye that makes it difficult to keep both eyes focused on a near target. The disorder affects less than 5% of children -- but the research team found that it is three times more common in children with ADHD than in other children.

``This is the first report on the potential connection of these two disorders," Dr. David B. Granet said this week during the American Academy of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus meeting in San Diego.

Granet and colleagues reviewed the records of 266 children identified as having an inability to keep both eyes focused on a close target. The investigators found that 26 children (9.8%) also had a diagnosis of ADHD. ``Twenty of these patients were on medication for ADHD when diagnosed with convergence insufficiency,'' Granet told Reuters Health.

When the researchers reviewed their institution's records of 1,700 children diagnosed with ADHD, they discovered that about 176 also had eye exams, Granet said. ``Of these, almost 16% or 28 children also had convergence insufficiency,'' he added. This analysis shows that ``children with ADHD had three times the incidence of convergence insufficiency than what was expected in children walking in off the street,'' Granet said.

Convergence insufficiency ``makes it more difficult to concentrate on reading, which is also one of the ways doctors diagnose ADHD,'' Granet commented. ``Convergence insufficiency may not be well known outside the field of eye care specialists,'' Granet told Reuters Health. ``We don't know if children are being misdiagnosed with ADHD when they truly have convergence insufficiency or vice versa,'' he said. ``We also don't know if one causes the other or if medications used for ADHD cause convergence insufficiency,'' he added. ``More study needs to be completed to confirm the connection and to answer these questions,'' Granet said.

Granet also noted that convergence insufficiency responds to eye exercises that can be done at home.

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