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July 2005 Feingold Email Newsletter
Dear Feingold Association Members & Friends,
- Autism Conference in Atlanta
- Autism Outreach Clinic in Atlanta
- Feingold Open House in the News
- Toxins in Newborns
- Fluoride and Newborns
- Deadly Immunity:
Mercury and Babies and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
- A Study on Fish Oil
[ ] AUTISM CONFERENCE IN ATLANTA
On August 27, 2005, you will have the unique opportunity to attend the all-day Conference on Autism sponsored by the Great Plains Laboratory and New Beginnings Nutritionals. See more about the conference. and see their brochure.
The Feingold Association and Feingold Program will be represented at this conference. Come say hello to me at our exhibit table, but - more important - bring your friends to listen to the speakers - including me. I will be speaking about Dietary Management of Behavioral Disorders from 3:00 to 4:30.
For those of you thinking about dietary changes for your child with autism or ADHD, but are wondering what in the world you will be able to feed them -- and for those of you already using these diets -- the Great Plains Lab, the Feingold Association, and Simpsonwood Conference Center have collaborated on providing you a culinary experience with these diets:
- Conference participants who are attending the conference but not staying overnight at the Conference Center will receive a complimentary hot-buffet lunch.
- Those guests choosing to stay overnight will also receive dinner on the night of arrival (Friday Aug. 26) and breakfast the following morning. All meals will be free of the additives eliminated by the Feingold Program, as well as free of gluten, casein, and soy.
You may be wondering "why soy?" -- indeed, you may have assumed soy would be a good substitute for both dairy (soy milk, soy cheese etc) as well as for gluten containing foods (soy flour). Soy is typically the most difficult thing to remove because it has so many different forms and aliases. The Great Plains Lab has sent me the following quote from Dr. William Shaw's book "Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD" page 87: (See this book by clicking on the picture or see at the "Health" section of our Feingold bookstore.
"A review of IGg food allergy tests at the Great Plains Laboratory indicated that almost every child with autism or PDD who had been switched to soy milk or other soy products as a part of their gluten and casein restricted diet, had extremely high allergies to soy. Frequently, the parent would indicate that the child had not responded well to the diet or responded favorably for a few weeks and then regressed. Restriction of soy in such individuals usually results in improvements in the behavior of the children according to the parents. The adverse reaction to soy is so common that I would advise against the use of this food. Soy has been shown to produce biologically active peptides."
[ ] AUTISM OUTREACH CLINIC IN ATLANTA
Following the Conference, the Great Plains Laboratory will have another of their special Outreach Clinics for Autism, PDD, ADHD, and behavioral disorders at the Simpsonwood Conference Center in Norcross, GA, on Sunday, August 28, 2005.
To make an appointment, call Sara Wickens at 913-341-8949 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See more information.
[ ] FEINGOLD OPEN HOUSE IN THE NEWS
Last month, the Feingold Open House in New London, CT, was well attended by more than 50 local families, who went home laden with food, candy, and goodies (all acceptable on the Feingold Program of course) as well as information about how to help their families.
Megan McGory of the newspaper "The Resident" was there and covered the story very nicely.
[ ] TOXINS IN NEWBORNS
See story in the Dayton Daily News
According to the Environmental Working Group, even at birth, American babies' bloodstreams contain chemicals that have been associated with cancer, autism, infertility and even childhood obesity.
Blood samples, chosen randomly by the American Red Cross, contained an average of 200 contaminants. Of the 287 chemicals detected, 101 were found in every one of the newborn babies, and 217 of these 287 chemicals are known to be neurotoxins (poisonous to the nervous system), according to Dr. Alan Greene, a Stanford University pediatrician.
This is a very scary development. Before birth, as well as afterwards* babies are living in a toxic chemical soup. It makes us older Feingolders worry whether, as time goes by, the day will come when the diet alone cannot continue to work. How much nerve toxin can a baby absorb before simply removing food additives won't be enough to "fix" it?
* Remember the article about beds as a center for toxic chemicals? Read it again.
[ ] FLUORIDE AND NEWBORNS
Fluoride is added to the majority of U.S. city water supplies. Theoretically, it protects our children against tooth decay, but it has been controversial for quite some time. A section of our website has been devoted to the various effects of Fluoride.
As long ago as 1995, Dr. Phyllis J. Mullenix, of the Toxicology Department of Forsyth Research Institute in Boston, MA, wrote in the journal Neurotoxicology and Teratology:
"Still unexplored, however, is the possibility that fluoride exposure is linked with subtle brain dysfunction. This is the first study to demonstrate that central nervous system output is vulnerable to fluoride, that the effects on behavior depend on the age at exposure and that fluoride accumulates in brain tissues. Of course behaviors per se do not extrapolate, but a generic behavioral pattern disruption as found in this rat study can be indicative of potential for motor dysfunction, IQ deficits and/or learning disabilities in humans. Substances that accumulate in brain tissue potentiate concerns about neurotoxic risk."
Even if Fluoride really does protect against tooth decay, would we want our children to have perfect teeth .... but damaged brains? You can call your water department to see what is in your local water, and you can buy bottled water. If you buy bottled water, however, call the company to ask whether their source contains Fluoride, and whether they actually add it (some bottled water sold for babies actually boast that they add Fluoride).
[ ] DEADLY IMMUNITY:
MERCURY and BABIES and ROBERT F. KENNEDY, JR.
Many of you have been following the controversy about vaccines, mercury, and their effect on your baby's future. Some of you are more closely involved in this controversy than you might wish to be - as parents of children with autism, or as parents of children with ADHD. According to Dr. Mary Megson, testifying before a Congressional Hearing on vaccines, vaccines can trigger not only autism, but also ADHD. She uses lipid-soluble vitamin A in her treatment. We find that these children - whether with autism or ADHD - also seem to be helped by the Feingold Program, leading to our speculation that the damage occurs somewhere in the "sulfation system" which is part of the metabolism of phenolic compounds such as salicylates and artificial colorings. Research by Dr. Waring in the UK shows that these children are low in the enzyme needed for this metabolism.
See Dr. Megson's testimony.
See Robert F. Kennedy's shocking expose of the vaccine manufacturers.
[ ] A STUDY ON FISH OIL
In a double-blind study published in the May, 2005 journal, Pediatrics, Drs. Richardson and Montgomery found that some symptoms in a disorder called Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) responds to supplementation with omega-3 fish oils. DCD affects about 5% of children, and the symptoms overlap with ADHD and dyslexia (difficulty reading). The authors hoped that because fish oil has been shown to help children with ADHD and dyslexia, and since these children also are low in omega 3 essential fatty acids (in fish oil), and since there are no other treatments available for DCD, perhaps the fish oil would be helpful for these children too.
They found that although the reading, spelling, and behavior of the children improved dramatically in this 6-month test, the core symptoms of motor coordination difficulty did not improve. The authors considered that perhaps their method of measuring coordination skill improvement was not sensitive enough, and they plan further studies.