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May-June 2004 Feingold Email Newsletter
Dear Feingold Association Members & Friends,
- Feingold Association Open House - CT
- GA, CA, OH, KY - Great Plains Lab Outreach Clinics
- Doctors Needed
- CANADA -- YOUR FOODLIST IS READY
- What You Said on RemedyFind
- What You Said About Splenda/Sucralose
- Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce
- FACT OF THE DAY - Trivial Pursuit Pringles
- Lawsuits Filed Against Aspartame
- More Information on BHT, BHA & TBHQ
- BOOK: Food & Your Health by Beatrice Trum Hunter
[ ] FEINGOLD ASSOCIATION OPEN HOUSE - CT
The Feingold Association will be holding its annual meeting in New London, CT, on June 17-19, 2004.
On June 18, FAUS will team up with Therapy Works in Old Lyme, to hold an open house from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. This is a good opportunity to learn more about sensory integration and developmental disabilities, as well as autism and ADHD.
Visitors will be able to take home complimentary literature, sample delicious goodies and talk with our experts about their child's needs.
To RSVP and obtain directions, call the FAUS office at (631) 369-9340.
 GA, CA, OH, KY - GREAT PLAINS LAB OUTREACH CLINICS
The Great Plains Laboratory is planning several Autism Outreach Clinics in the coming months. Their goal is to help children with autism, allergies, ADHD, and behavioral abnormalities to improve their health and well-being.
Dr. Kurt Woeller (a DAN! Physician) will be seeing patients during the clinic hours, and several tests will be available
Kurt N. Woeller, D.O. is an osteopathic physician specializing in natural and complimentary medicine, and is the Medical Director for BioHealth Centers in San Diego. Since 1997 Dr. Woeller has been a referral doctor for DAN! (Defeat Autism Now) which is an organization of physicians dedicated to the biological causes of autistic-spectrum disorders.
The next Outreach Clinics will be:
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Kris Davis at the Great Plains Laboratory at (909) 454-5747 or (859) 384-6554. You can also email Kris at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions
- June 19-20, 2004 - Georgia
- July 10-11, 2004 - Southern California
- July 24-25, 2004 - Ohio/Kentucky areas
[ ] DOCTORS NEEDED
More and more of you are telling us that your doctor has sent you to us. This is a welcome sign. Nevertheless, we still get email and phone calls from distressed parents who cannot find a doctor who is supportive of their use of the Feingold Program - and some have doctors who are outright hostile to the idea.
While it is admirable how many of you have been educating your physicians, it should not be necessary -- especially not for a new member who is unsure herself whether the diet will work for her family.
If you have found a supportive doctor -- or if you yourself ARE such a doctor -- please send us the doctor's name, specialty (i.e., pediatrician, psychologist, etc.), city, state, and (if possible) phone number and any other information you feel may be important about him or her.
[ ] CANADA -- YOUR FOODLIST IS READY
Canadians have been waiting a long time for their first Feingold Foodlist book. It has just been printed and is 53 pages long, plus a Table of Contents and an Index. It can be purchased in Canada like this:
- If you joined the Feingold Association of the U.S.(FAUS) from May 2003 to now, or if you have a current subscription to Pure Facts, you will get a FREE FOODLIST BOOK in the mail shortly.
- If you are in our database as a FAUS member, but you have not renewed your subscription to Pure Facts, you can renew it now for only US$38 Although this is the price for a subscription to Pure Facts alone, this one time you will receive a Foodlist with it for free.
- If you wish to buy only the Foodlist alone, or if you need a second book for a caretaker, grandparent, etc., you may buy it at the introductory price of US$10 + S/H as long as you are in our database as a FAUS member.
- You don't have to wait for a renewal notice -- go to our "Renew Pure Facts" link at the Member Services button on the FAUS Home Page.
- Everybody else in Canada: You are invited to become a FAUS member and receive all Program materials at the discounted price of UA$69 + S/H. Yours is the first country outside the U.S.A. to have a Feingold Foodlist and full membership available. See what that includes at www.feingold.org/program.html
[ ] WHAT YOU SAID ON REMEDYFIND
Last month, I gave you the link to RemedyFind where you could post your opinions on the Feingold Program. Quite a few of you did so, and you can see the results at www.remedyfind.com/rem.asp?ID=5041
[ ] WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT SPLENDA/ SUCRALOSE
Last month I asked you to let me know if you have had any reactions to Splenda, one of the newer artificial sweeteners in the market. For those of you who missed it, you can find the original article at http://www.feingold.org/04-2004.html#What's
Among reactions reported were the following:
Although Splenda certainly tastes better than any of the other artificial sweeteners, and is touted as a boon to diabetics, it is debatable if using it is worthwhile in the long run even for diabetics since it is hard on their kidneys which are already stressed by the diabetes itself, and since its inclusion of almost-5 calories of sugar per teaspoon (e.g., almost-240 calories per cup) can hardly be considered inconsequential for sugar control, no matter what the lawyers say about "almost-5" being equal to "zero."
- Peter S writes that he has a chronic yeast problem related to mercury poisoning. He writes, "I've been doing no/low sugar eating for years to keep the yeast in check. I found that products with sucralose still feed the yeast."
=> This is not surprising since Splenda is actually made with corn syrup (sugar) as the bulking agent. Eating Splenda is just like eating sugar, only a little less.
- Mary E writes, "I have a couple of people in my family who cannot use Splenda (mom and cousin)-it made their hearts "race" ... it sent my mother to the hospital! They told her to lay off the Splenda!"
- Lori R writes, "Last night my daughter had a bad reaction to it. My mother in-law gave her some tea with Splenda in it and within minutes my daughter was bent over holding her stomach moaning and crying. My daughter is 13 and has ADHD, dyslexia, neurological migraines brought on by allergic reactions. I also have a son with autism who got ahold of some Splenda from my mother in-law. He began crying and banging his head."
- Marie S, an adult brittle asthmatic with a severe allergy to aspirin tried using Splenda as part of a weight control diet, at a time when her asthma was well controlled. She writes, "Very quickly my asthma went down hill. I stopped using Splenda, with no other changes to my diet or living conditions, my asthma improved. "
=> Whether Splenda is more dangerous to those who already have neurological (ADHD etc) or atopic (asthma etc) problems is unknown.
- Sheri T, an adult, changed her brand of soy milk to one sweetened with Splenda, drinking one glass a day. After a week, she reports, "I noticed my energy level dropping and my memory deteriorating along with my focus. After two weeks, it was so bad that I did not want to leave the couch all day. I felt like I was turning into a vegetable. I had no reason to be depressed, but I was deep into it."
After reviewing her diet, she switched back to the old brand of soy milk and had returned to normal by the next week.
- One member sent us the following link to more information: www.mercola.com/2000/dec/3/sucralose_dangers.htm
- Another member sent us the following link to information: www.holisticmed.com/splenda along with an interesting and forceful criticism, at www.leaflady.org/tagatose.htm
[ ] SHOPPER'S GUIDE TO PESTICIDES IN PRODUCE
The Feingold Program does not specifically require the avoidance of pesticides, but many of our families find that they do better without these toxic chemicals. Researchers call environmental pesticides "hormone disrupters" and complain that they cause damage to the developing organism, whether human, animal, or fish. One of the things pesticides do, in particular, is mimic the estrogen hormone and damage the developing thyroid gland.
Furthermore, some children, in particular those on the autism spectrum, seem to have more trouble than others in detoxifying such chemicals, as well as the lead, mercury, arsenic, and other contaminants in the food supply. These children may build up harmful levels of these things in their blood, brains and tissues.
We found some good common-sense reasonable guidelines to lowering your level of pesticide-rich foods without breaking the bank at www.stonyfield.com/Organic/ShoppersGuide.cfm
[ ] FACT OF THE DAY - Trivial Pursuit Pringles
From the Minnesota Public Radio Market Report for May 21:
Pringles has announced it's teaming up with Hasbro to print Trivial Pursuit questions and answers on its chips. . . in blue and red food coloring.
[ ] LAWSUITS FILED AGAINST ASPARTAME
SACRAMENTO -- April 6, 2004, Lawsuits were filed in three separate California courts against twelve companies who either produce or use the artificial sweetener aspartame as a sugar substitute in their products.
The suits allege that the food companies committed fraud and breach of warranty by marketing products to the public such as Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi, sugar-free gum, Flintstone's vitamins, yogurt and children's aspirin with the full knowledge that aspartame, the sweetener in them, is neurotoxic.
See the rest of the story at www.feingold.org/aspartamesuit.html
See more on the science available at www.diet-studies.com/aspartame.html
[ ] MORE INFORMATION ON BHT, BHA & TBHQ
BHT, BHA & TBHQ are the three petroleum-based antioxidant preservatives which are unacceptable on the Feingold Program.
Besides the effects we are already familiar with, such as ADHD and asthma symptoms, these chemicals have a wider and more sinister effect on all of us, apparently dependent on amount consumed over a long time. Darleen Rudnick, Pet Nutritionist, discusses the downside of these chemicals for pets and people at: www.purelypets.com/articles/additivesinfood.htm
You can also see more information at www.diet-studies.com/bht.html
[ ] BOOK: FOOD & YOUR HEALTH by BEATRICE TRUM HUNTER
Consumer advocate Beatrice Trum Hunter has written numerous books and articles on food and environmental issues, making them understandable to the layman while comprehensive enough for the scientific professional. Always on the cutting edge of safety, health, and environmental issues, her books are fascinating and well worth reading. Some are out of print, but may be found in your local library or bought used at amazon.com
She is an honorary member of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, has been the recipient of numerous awards, and is on the Feingold Association Scientific Advisory Committee.
Her latest book, "Food and Your Health," is a 448-page comprehensive selection of articles from pioneering "Consumers' Research Magazine" dealing with vital questions about the health and safety of the everyday foods we choose. Buy it right here or from the Feingold Bookstore at www.feingold.org/bookstore.html