The Feingold eNews
    July 2010     

In This Issue:
  - Chase Giving - We won!
  - Do you have Orthorexia?
  - Aditi Shankardass:2nd opinion
  - Military Vending Machines
  - Progress at McDonald's
  - Video: Leaked Footage
  - Peanuts to replace BHT/BHA?
  - Are we really this dumb?
  - Conferences for docs - IL, CA
  - Autism Concert - CT
  - Seeing Red Dept.

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Second Opinion
Developmental disorders in children are typically diagnosed by observing behavior, but Aditi Shankardass knows that we should be looking directly at their brains. A neuro-scientist, she has been pioneering in the use of EEG technology to give children with develop-mental disorders their most accurate diagnosis. In this video, she explains how doing so can reveal mistaken diagnoses and transform some children's lives.
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For physicians and mental health practitioners

Practical solutions: Depression, Bipolar, Anxiety, OCD, & Eating Disorders

Chicago: Aug. 14-15 Los Angeles: Nov.6-7

CE Credits
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Autism Rocks
Concert 3 - 7 pm
July 24, 2010
Roses for Autism
Pinchbeck Rose Farm
929 Boston Post Rd. Guilford, CT 06437

Tickets: $10
children free.
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Seeing Red Dept.
Have you ever wondered about a doctor who "allowed" you to use the Feingold diet yet never really listened to your results? Have you wondered why he or she claimed to be interested but never read any of the studies or papers you provided? Never let you place brochures on the table?

I just reread the old study by Wender (1986) telling doctors how they should talk to parents who insist on using diet. See the study. You will be asked for a password, so use:
User ID = myfile
Password = 4Studies

Start reading at the bottom of Page 41 - Conclusions and Recommendations.

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We won!

Thanks to those of you who voted - you know who you are - and you who got your friends and family to vote as well, we have finished the Chase Community Giving Contest in the top 200 charities and we have now begun the process of filling out the appropriate documents to receive their contribution of $20,000 to the Feingold Association.

This is the very first time we have ever accomplished this sort of thing, so it is certainly exciting!

Do you have Orthorexia?
Avoiding junk food may soon be classified as a mental disorder: Orthorexia nervosa. In fact, if you "obsess" over foods (by doing such things as reading the ingredients labels, for example), then you're weird. Maybe even sick.

While it is certainly possible to overdo anything - even healthy eating - such "excessive concern" may well be a perfectly understandable reaction to a system in which our food is systematically poisoned, adulterated, GMO'd, and processed out of all recognition.

Healthy vending machines for the military
The Naval Academy is bringing in new vending machines by Vend Natural that will offer sailors healthier snacks and fruit and vegetable options. According to the Baltimore Sun, "The machines will offer packaged fruits and vegetables, juices and organic and all-natural foods."

For those of you with children on the Feingold diet and considering a career in the military, this is good news. Although they are using the machines in an attempt to fight obesity among servicemen, healthy natural foods are always good choices. More . . .

Progress at McDonald's ...
some baby steps?

McDonald's is introducing fruit smoothies in an effort to provide more nutritious choices.

The smoothies do actually contain fruit, are free of corn syrup, and are colored with natural food colors -- but they also contain artificial flavors, so they're still a Feingold no-no. One may ask, "Why would they need artificial flavoring when they use real fruit?" After all, when we make a smoothie at home with fruit, we don't need to add flavoring. We also don't need to add xanthan gum and a few other ingredients in these smoothies. The answer, most likely, is in the amounts of fruit used - if you don't want to use enough fruit to give your smoothie the right flavor, you better add some "flavoring." Flavoring is cheaper than fruit, after all.

Toxic Chemical Lobby: Exclusive Leaked Footage!

Click on the picture to watch a fun video about serious issues: bisphenol-A in baby bottles, water bottles, and food cans; formaldehyde in furniture; phthalates in air fresheners, soft plastics, and fragrances. The manufacturers of these chemicals are not taking the push for regulation lying down.

See also the industry-funded Coalition for Chemical Safety - but before you join, check out who the other "people like you" members are at their about us page. Still want to join them? Wait - first read the article called Up From the Depths of Deception by Richard Dennison on the Environmental Defense Fund website.

Peanuts to replace BHT, BHA?

According to the June 29, 2010 FoodNavigator-USA newsletter, extracts from peanut skin are rich in antioxidant compounds that are as effective as BHA or BHT in preserving deli meats. We at FAUS welcome the idea of a natural alternative to these petrochemical preservatives, but we caution that this could become a nightmare for people with peanut allergies. Imagine peanut extract appearing everywhere that BHA or BHT now lurk.

The article admits there is the possible problem of peanut allergy even at the proposed low dose of the extract, and they did not suggest any solution.

In another article in the same newsletter, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) had made a proposal in mid-June to ban peanuts on planes due to potential allergic reactions, but it quickly dropped the proposal after realizing that it "does not have the power to implement a ban."

Are we really this dumb?

The FoodNavigator is a newsletter for food manufacturers, not really for consumers. In the same June 29 issue of FoodNavigator-USA that contains the peanut articles above, food manufacturers are encouraged to use pycnogenol as an ingredient about which they can make health claims to "advance" their "food and beverage applications."

They are also warned that consumers will mistakenly believe that anything labeled "organic" is also low-calorie and that therefore those eating organic foods will eat more and exercise less. Thus, obesity can be blamed on organic foods, see?


  • Do you want "fresh cooked foods" served in your child's school? Before you answer, check out what one major food distributor's idea of "fresh cooked" really is.

  • New report shakes up the junk food industry.

  • The little boy who could not go to birthday parties or stores, could not play with other children, suffered from night terrors, ear infections, asthma, poor muscle coordination, speech delay and tics. He wasn't expected to make it through kindergarten, but just look at him now!

  • What's the story on those flavored milks?

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