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Dear Feingold Association Members & Friends,
- The Cookbook you have been waiting for is here!
- Feingold on YouTube!!
- Health care...looking for answers in the wrong places
- My Own Maraschino Cherry Reaction
- Drugs, Kids, and Good Morning America
[ ] THE COOKBOOK YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR IS HERE!
This book has been years in the making - but it is now available! We have collected the best recipes from members, family and friends of the Feingold Association and compiled them into an attractive keepsake cookbook.
The cookbook is called Feingold Family Favorites, and contains 300 recipes including appetizers, main dishes, desserts and more. Each recipe is marked Stage One or Stage Two, and gives credit to the member who supplied it.
All proceeds from this book will go to helping families implement the Feingold Program and generating public awareness of the role of food and synthetic additives in behavior, learning and health problems.
We have printed a limited supply at an introductory price, so don't delay. In the U.S. (only) we are charging a single shipping/handling fee of $3.50 no matter how many books you buy - and they will make a great holiday gift for your friends and family members, so go ahead and buy several! For Canada and other countries, our shipping costs are higher, so we were required to include the appropriate fee in the price.
You can buy this Cookbook at the appropriate link under the book's picture at right.
[ ] FEINGOLD ON YOUTUBE!!
Feingold has come to YouTube!! Our two-part film is designed to be a simple, but eye-opening, introduction to the strange things being done to our food.
This is the link to send to any friend, relative or neighbor who has ever rolled their eyes when you try to explain why you don't want your child to eat blue yogurt. It's a good introduction to the Feingold Program for your child's next teacher or the school's principal, counselor and resource staff. And send it to your health-conscious friends who will enjoy seeing the colorful photos of neon foods and blue tongues. Your kids may enjoy laughing at the gross things that are being done to food, just as our Texas mom described in her letter shown below.
You can access Part 1 of the YouTube by going to our home page where you will see a miniature version of it, or by clicking on it here at left where it will also play in mineature. Click here to see it larger, and also to see Part 2. From there, you can also email the whole presentation to all your friends. Of course, the YouTube can also be found by going to youtube.com and typing in "Feingold Diet."
[ ] HEALTH CARE...LOOKING FOR ANSWERS IN THE WRONG PLACES
Editorial by Jane Hersey, Director
Feingold Association of the US
Many people and groups are discussing health care reform, but in most cases the focus is on the wrong issue. Reforming health care in a meaningful way does not mean making chemotherapy accessible to more people, but rather finding ways to encourage people to modify their lifestyle so they stay well.
Many of the childhood illnesses and disorders we see today were rare a generation ago. Childhood asthma was once rare, but today it seems like every other kid has a nebulizer. Ear infections were rare and today they are assumed to be a normal part of childhood. The same is true for diabetes, eczema, and a host of other ills. And then there's ADHD, bipolar disorders, childhood depression, etc.
For 33 years our nonprofit organization has been showing people how some very simple changes in their grocery shopping can translate to significant changes in their health. Healthier eating is not difficult, not expensive, nor is it punishing. Our version of healthier eating is the cookie with real ingredients, not fake colors, flavors or preservatives. It is convenience food that is actually made from food, not from unpronounceable syllables. It means knowing what to order when you go to McDonald's or Pizza Hut.
My husband's chronic migraine headaches and my daughter's ADHD were not inevitable but were the result of a diet loaded with synthetic chemical additives....most of which are created from petroleum. By making some very modest changes, we have been able to enjoy good health, without the need for drugs.
Our nonprofit organization not only helps people to feel better and behave better, we know how to teach this in a way that enables them to continue to enjoy their favorite foods...they simply substitute a better version. We know how to use this information to make a significant change in the health of our children and our nation. What we don't know is how to get this information out to policy-makers.
[ ] MY OWN MARASCHINO CHERRY REACTION
See info about maraschino
In the July/August issue of Pure Facts, now being mailed out, Feingold adults describe what it's like when they have a food additive reaction. It sure is unpleasant while we are going through it, but hard to not laugh when we look back at all those ADHD symptoms and picture our adult temper tantrums. One mom noted that it's pretty bad when her kids behave better than she does.
Well, just last week I had my own adult ADHD episode, and it was quite a wake-up call!
My kids are grown and gone, although each is still on the Feingold Program in their own homes .... and my new hubby is a guy who can't give up his orange Cheetos just for my "prejudices." As a result, I have become far more relaxed about staying on the diet than in prior years, avoiding all the obvious no-no's, of course, such as blue ice cream (ugh) and unknown colorful drinks. My kids have discovered that when they come to visit, they can no longer assume everything in my fridge is still safe for them to eat. Oh, well - such is life, right?
But just in case I thought I didn't "need" this diet any more for myself, the other day I had the wake-up call of the decade.
It all started innocently enough with a July 4th party at Tom's daughter Judi's house. Hamburgers and hotdogs - no problem there. Okay, I didn't bother to look at any ingredients, but I didn't need to, right? Then came dessert. It was a chocolate layer cake with whipped cream frosting and maraschino cherries on top. And she was careful to prepare decaf coffee for us old timers. Well, I couldn't turn down the cake without offending, I thought, and besides I am a chocoholic of long standing. A little artificial vanillin? I can tolerate that, as well as the MSG and nitrites that were probably in the one hotdog. I just know to limit myself to one. Corn syrup? No problem for me.
So I removed the cherry and the bit of frosting with the cherry juice from my piece of cake. I ignored the stuff in between the layers, only realizing after it was too late that it was actually mashed maraschino cherries!! Oops.
By bedtime, I was wired. Now, when I have too much caffeine, I don't sleep but I am productive. I can get whole projects done by dawn. This night, however, after tossing and turning in bed I got up figuring it would be another "caffeine" night. Maybe the chocolate had more caffeine than usual. But no - I could do nothing useful. I could not sit at my computer. I could not read. I could not crochet. I ran up and down the stairs repeatedly for no particular reason. The most useful thing I was able to do that night was to remove all the books from two bookcases I had been planning to move out of the room. I stacked them all over the floor in a manner defying gravity. By 6:00 a.m. I finally was able to actually go back to bed, slept until after noon and woke up almost normal. That's when I realized it -- THANK YOU FEINGOLD -- at least I know what was wrong with me!!
[ ] DRUGS, KIDS, AND GOOD MORNING AMERICA
Last month, I sent you a story from Good Morning America in which a family was suing their doctor for not warning them about the possibly deadly effects of drugs. The Feingold Association is not against the use of drugs for children (or adults) with ADHD - but we believe that parents should be told about all possible treatments, including diet modification. The Feingold diet -- a treatment with no side effects let alone Black Box Warnings -- should be offered as a first line intervention, with drugs saved for cases where the diet alone is not enough.
Several of you sent me the letters you wrote to Good Morning America, and all were terrific, but there isn't enough space to share them all. I have chosen this one from Michelle in Texas to share with you today.
Thanks so much for organizing this letter writing campaign. I postponed making dinner so I could write my post! This is what I wrote, you can publish it if you like.
Regarding: ADHD drugs linked to sudden death.
I am a parent of a third grader in Frisco, Texas. He struggled to keep up with his peers in kindergarten and it became worse in first grade. After too many reports home from his teacher that our son talked too much, couldn't listen to instructions and was falling behind in his ability to read we consulted with his pediatrician. Forms and surveys were completed; a diagnosis of ADHD was produced. The stimulant drug Concerta was prescribed.
Our son took his medication, his attention improved. The talking in class was lessened but he was still behind in his ability to read. Loss of appetite, poor weight gain, behavior problems after the medication wore off in the evening, pill strikes, sleep problems all ensued as well. His pediatrician assured us this medication would help his self-esteem. That his self-esteem was the most important thing.
Alec doing great today
The Concerta stopped working as well, so higher doses were prescribed and taken. He wasn't doing any better in school, he was still struggling. I knew there was an answer, just didn't know where.
I searched for a pediatrician who could help us manage our son's issues, to help us manage his medication. I found a different doctor named Deborah Z. Bain, MD, in Frisco, Texas. I had no idea she would recommend a diet change. She told me about her own child's bad experience with food additives and encouraged me to try the Feingold Program. She thought our son would respond to the dietary changes and his Concerta dose could be reduced.
Fast forward six months later. Our son is off all stimulant drugs. He has a normal appetite, he likes to help around the house, and he helps me with my small business. He enjoys eating the "Feingold Way" and comments about the yucky chemicals in all the TV commercials targeted to children that promise increased attention span at school; the health benefits of brightly colored yogurt and sugary coated cereals. He knows these claims are not true.
With small changes to the food I serve our son, he is happy and well-adjusted. He is looking forward to starting the third grade in August. My husband and I are thrilled with his progress. I write this letter to educate your staff about the alternatives to stimulant medication for our young children.