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May 2007 Feingold Email Newsletter
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Dear Feingold Association Members & Friends,

During the week of the annual Feingold Association Conference, a Free Seminar will be held at Linthicum, Maryland, Thursday, June 21, 2007, at 7:00 pm.

The address is:
   Marriott SpringHill Suites Hotel
   near the Baltimore Washington International Airport, 899 Elkridge Landing Road, Linthicum MD.
   Call the hotel for directions at (410) 694-0555

For more information see the flyer. [no longer on line] Feel free to also print this flyer and distribute in your area if you live in Maryland.

Some of our Feingold moms like to cook, or they are cooking more than they used to do. Some of our Feingold kids are also budding cooks. Everyone needs to know what to do in case of a kitchen fire. This article and a short but dramatic video were sent to us by Russell Olinsky, an environmental specialist who frequently contributes news articles.

He says: When I was stationed in Charleston Navy base at the Fire Fighting Training school we would demonstrate this with a deep fat fryer set on the fire field. An instructor would don a fire suit and using an 8 oz cup at the end of a 10 foot pole, toss water onto the grease fire. The results got the attention of the students. What happens is the water being heavier than the oil sinks to the bottom where it instantly becomes superheated. The explosive force of the steam blows the burning oil up and out. On the open field it becomes a thirty foot high fireball that resembles a nuclear blast. Inside the confines of a kitchen the fire ball hits the ceiling and fills the entire room.

Also, he says, do not throw sugar or flour on a grease fire. One cup creates the explosive force of two sticks of dynamite.

A wonderful online resource called "eHow" has some good ideas on how to manage a kitchen fire:

  • Purchase a multipurpose, dry-chemical extinguisher rated for Class A, B and C fires. Keep it in your kitchen, in an easily accessible place not right near the stove.
  • Keep a good sized box of baking soda on the counter in a handy place.
  • To prevent fires, keep your stove, oven and hood clean. Don't overload outlets or circuits with too many appliances.
  • If your clothes catch fire, immediately drop to the ground and roll back and forth quickly.
  • In general, try to put out a fire if it's small. But if the flames begin spreading, do not remain in the kitchen. Leave the house and call the emergency number (911 in the U.S.) from your cell phone or from a neighbor's house.
  • For fires on wood, paper and cloth, use water or your fire extinguisher to put out the flames.
  • If a pan of oil or grease starts burning, put a lid over the pan to cover it completely. Turn off the heat. You can use a large metal tray or anything the approximate size or larger that will cover the pan -- your aim is to cut off the oxygen. DO NOT USE WATER, but a damp (wring it out) towel thrown over the pan will also work.
  • For a small grease fire, throw baking soda over the flames or use your fire extinguisher.
  • For an electrical fire, throw baking soda over the flames or use your fire extinguisher.
  • If the fire is in your oven, close the oven door and turn off the heat to smother the flames.
Here is a link to a short dramatic video about kitchen fires.

  • The down side of everyday foods. Even a healthy diet can be a problem for some people. If you have eliminated the worst of the additives and tested for salicylates, and still have ADHD symptoms, the problem might be found in that sandwich you had for lunch.

  • Part Two of our report on autism, plus a suggested sequence of treatment options and resources.

  • It took 55 years, but Carol finally discovered the cause of her learning disabilities, attention deficits, depression, weight gain, malnutrition, bone pain, anxiety, and obsessive behaviors.

  • The "If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you! " section: Some of the more outrageous claims from people who know better.
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One mom writes:
My daughter is dairy and wheat and soy allergic, so we used to give her a lot of applesauce and apples and apple juice, and her behaviors have gotten so bad since we pulled her off of dairy, and replaced the dairy with apples ... I took her off of apples [a salicylate] two days ago and already see huge improvements."

Some children tolerate all or most of the salicylates, as long as they are not getting the synthetic additives. Others have more problem with salicylate than anything else. The diet seems to be a one-size-fits-all when you first look at it, since everybody starts by eliminating the same list of items. However, that list encompasses those additives and foods that bother most of the people with this sort of food sensitivity -- It's a place to start. When you look closely, however, you will see that every Feingold Family has adjusted the diet to fit their own family's needs and sensitivities.

As for Sally, she might be able to enjoy other salicylate foods, or perhaps will even be able to add back apples in the future, provided she doesn't overdo them.

The Defeat Autism Now! group has two major conferences a year, one on the East Coast and one on the West Coast. Several years ago I had the pleasure of attending a DAN conference and hearing Dr. Andrew Wakefield (my personal hero) and other excellent speaker.

Now the speeches from their conferences are available on their website. Go to their website and just follow their easy instructions to download one speech at a time. It will take some time, but for anyone wanting cutting-edge information on autism, this is a wonderful resource.

The Environmental Working Group, a watchdog group working on issues such as chemicals in food and consumer products, earlier this year analyzed samples of canned fruit, vegetables, soda, and baby formula on sale in the nation's supermarkets. They found that more than 50% were tainted with a chemical linked to birth defects, ADHD and cancer. The chemical, bisphenol A (BPA), is an ingredient in plastics that lines food cans. According to the study, the chemical has been leaching into foods at levels up to 200 times the government's recommended "safe" level of exposure. According to Dr. Frederick vom Saal, a professor of biology at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a long-time expert researcher of BPA, there are 94 scientific studies indicating deleterious health effects from BPA. "If BPA was treated as a drug, it would have been pulled immediately. This chemical can be replaced right now by safer materials, and the public would never notice the difference."

How to avoid BPA:

  • Metal canned pasta and soups contain the highest levels.
  • Metal canned beverages appear to contain less BPA residues.
  • Canned foods in glass containers are not a BPA risk.
  • Plastics with the recycling labels #1, #2 and #4 on the bottom are safer choices and do not contain BPA.
  • One-third of liquid baby formulas have high levels of BPA.
  • Powdered formula packaging is generally considered safer.
  • Avoid heating foods in plastic containers and do not wash plastic containers in a dishwasher.
  • When possible, opt for glass, porcelain and stainless steel containers, particularly for hot food or liquids.
  • Do not let plastic wrap touch your food in the microwave, or better yet, avoid microwave ovens altogether.
  • Many metal water bottles are lined with a plastic coating that contains BPA.
  • Look for stainless steel bottles, such as those sold by Real Wear and Klean Kanteen that do not have a plastic liner.
    • I did not happen to find any Real Wear water bottles on line, but you can get Klean Kanteen at
Have a happy, safe, spring and summer - and don't forget to use Feingold-acceptable sun lotions.