August 2001 Feingold Email Newsletter
Dear Feingold Association Members and Friends,
Hear more about the Feingold® Program - a proven dietary technique (yes, which even includes ice cream!) for ADHD and associated health problems. The informative presentation will be followed by a question and answer session where you can ask questions of our Feingold volunteers and also our Conference speakers. Where - Holiday Inn Select Stamford, Stamford, CT
 FAUS Conference: October 4 & 5
 Upcoming Taylor Seminars
 New Password for Members
 PIC News
 More PIC News - Whole Foods Market
 IEP Help &Your Child's Rights
 When School Starts - What to Tell The Teacher?
 Are Better Labels in Our Future?
 What About Dental Amalgam?
 Iron Deficiency & Cognitive Ability
 ADHD Treatments - New Journal Article
 New Allergy Testing Available
 Reading Those Studies - Be Careful
 Shula's Rice Pudding Recipe
 FAUS CONFERENCE - OCTOBER 4 & 5, 2001
Thursday, Oct. 4 -- If you are near Stamford, CT, bring your friends and join us for a FREE Ice Cream Social.
Time - 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost - FREE
Reservations needed: Call 1-631-369-9340.
Let us know in advance if you need non-dairy ice cream.
Friday, Oct. 5 -- All day seminar This year a donation has allowed us to subsidize the attendance fee, so the price will be only $35 for the entire day.
 UPCOMING TAYLOR SEMINARS
Dr. John Taylor, who will be a featured speaker also at our Conference in October, has seminars scheduled around the country:
"Mega Answers to ADHD"
"Mega Answers to ODD"
- September 19 - Bend, OR
- September 20 - Ontario, OR
- September 21 - Nampa, ID
- September 22 - Boise, ID
- October 03 - White River Junction, VT
- October 05 - FAUS Conference, CT
- October 06 - Providence, RI
- October 23 - Stockton, CA
- October 26 & 27 Seattle, WA
For more information, see http://www.ADD-Plus.com or call (800) 847-1233
- November 03 - Saskatoon, Sask, Canada
 NEW PASSWORD
U.S. Members: Watch for a new password in your next issue of Pure Facts. The current password will continue to work for about another month during the changeover, but after that it will be deleted. If you need to renew your subscription to the Pure Facts, do it before your password expires, so that you won't be locked out of the Members Section.
International members: There is no change in your password for the International Members Section at this time.
 PIC NEWS
Donna at the Product Information Center (PIC) has informed us that in the few days between August 1 and August 4 they have received 150 NEW product forms!!
She and our 3 other PIC volunteers are working as fast as possible to process these. In every Pure Facts issue, you will find a list of products that have been newly identified as acceptable, as well as those that must be removed because of a change in ingredients. If you have not renewed your subscription this year, THIS is a great time to do so!!
You can subscribe to Pure Facts on-line in the non-password part of the Members Section, or call 1-800-321-3287.
If you are not familiar with Pure Facts, you can read a sample issue we have posted on line at http://www.feingold.org/PF-Dec.html and see some past articles at http://www.feingold.org/pf-home.html
 MORE PIC NEWS - WHOLE FOODS MARKET
Whole Foods Market (also called Fresh Fields) is changing their formulation on many products -- changing from corn syrup to plain old sugar. Officially, this is because they want to avoid GMOs (genetically modified organisms) but we know that our members who are sensitive to corn syrup will be especially happy to hear it.
You can see more about GMOs at http://www.greenpeace.org/~geneng and you can see more information about corn syrup itself at http://www.feingold.org/corn.html
 IEP HELP & YOUR CHILD'S RIGHTS
Now that school is starting, so are the inevitable meetings with teachers. Even children doing well on the diet (or on medication) may need some extra help or accommodations for special needs.
Reed Martin, J.D., has a website with a wealth of information to help you navigate the ins and outs of getting a proper IEP (Individualized Education Plan) for your child. He also has conferences, a chat room, etc., and his specialty is Special Education Law. Spend some time at http://www.reedmartin.com/
 WHEN SCHOOL STARTS - WHAT TO TELL THE TEACHER?
You will need to inform your child's teacher that your child is on a "special" diet or an "allergy" diet, or however you feel comfortable describing the Feingold Program. You can get a teacher's information packet at the order form in the Members Section of the website which may help, or you can copy the "Dear Grandma" letter from your Program notebook in the Resources Section.
I know you won't forget to discuss snacks with the child's teacher. Some parents actually arrange to provide the snacks for the whole class, or to be on the food committee to organize what snacks are provided, so that their child can eat the same thing everybody else does; other parents arrange for "safe" snacks to be on hand in the classroom or in a school refrigerator/freezer. It is also a good idea to have an extra lunch kept frozen at the school for the inevitable day that your child forgets his lunch.
And don't forget the little things -- teacher must be aware that scented markers and scratch 'n sniff stickers should not be given to your child. The child should not be permitted to draw on himself with ANY markers. Even hand-wipes and soap with fragrance and/or coloring may be a problem. Arrange with the teacher for you to provide appropriate alternatives for your child (or for the class if you can).
If a "white board" is used in the room, low-odor or no-odor markers should be used by the teacher, even if you have to buy them yourself and donate them to the class. "Gloves in a Bottle" is a protective coating for hands that is available at Ace Hardware and other hardware stores. It can be used in finger painting classes, and even for play-dough if your child is quite sensitive. It can also be ordered on line at www.glovesinabottle.com One parent has reported that she is providing enough for the whole class so that her child will not be the only one using it. It is always worth the effort to create a situation where your child will not have to feel "different" -- and you may be helping another child as well.
Beyond this, however, it is also important to give your child's school the "sniff" test .... are they going to use air fresheners in the classroom or the bathroom? Do they have new rugs and paint? Can you smell it? If so, your child may have a problem with it.
One more thing -- a parent wrote in asking if it was OK for her child to color his contact lenses with food coloring. Is this the newest fad? The answer is NO. The FDA is concerned that the coloring used in manufacturing colored lenses should be food-grade because it is absorbed .... so even those would be suspect. Surely, adding water-soluble food coloring to a lens for a temporary colorful effect would absorb through the eye. We don't know what that would do to the child's vision, but we shudder to think what it will do to his or her brain!!
Speaking of brains -- we understand it has become a fad for teens to color their hair with Kool-Aid now. If you have a child determined to do this, remind him or her that anything put on the head is also absorbed into the body. They should arrange to do it on a day where nothing else important is planned, in case they suffer a reaction, but they can minimize the risk by trying to keep the stuff off the scalp. They should wear surgeons gloves (sold at most pharmacies) or "Gloves in a Bottle" as mentioned above. Or they can have a friend apply it. Presumably once the stuff is on only the hair and out of the body, it will no longer affect them. This may be a good time to help your child make responsible decisions -- such as, if they are going to do something that may provoke a reaction, then they must arrange for a safe way to spend their "reaction time" without disruption to the family, their friends, or their school responsibilities.
 ARE BETTER LABELS IN OUR FUTURE?
July 26 (Reuters Health) - Americans' efforts to eat healthier diets are being thwarted by misleading and hard-to-read labels on packaged foods, according to a national consumer group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
The CSPI is once again petitioning the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to step up its enforcement of food labeling laws in an attempt to make ingredient lists easier to read and more shopper-friendly.
Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) also said that many food packages are "deceitful" and called on manufacturers to "clean up their acts." Lowey plans to introduce legislation to require manufacturers to clearly identify potentially dangerous allergens in their products.
 WHAT ABOUT DENTAL AMALGAM?
Because of the demonstrated sensitivity to some food additives by people responding positively to use of the Feingold Program, the organization feels an obligation to provide members and friends with information on other environmental contamination controversies that might possibly impact their health. Recently, the issue of mercury and its possible detrimental effects has received wide-spread coverage in the press. Its use in vaccines has been implicated in triggering autism and ADHD (You can see more on this at www.909shot.com) and its use in dental amalgam for filling cavities in teeth has raised concerns in many quarters.
Mercury is a known neurotoxin which -- once it enters the brain -- has a half-life of about 20 YEARS. (This means it takes 20 years for half of it to leave the body, then another 20 years for half of what is left to leave, etc.) Its toxic effect on humans was tragically documented in the early part of the Twentieth Century by the hat-making industry. The mental decline of workers exposed to large doses of mercury during the manufacturing process was the basis for the popular term "mad as a hatter" which entered our language at that time. It is of concern to Feingold members because we know it is also a contaminant allowed in artificial food colorings. You can see more about this and other contaminants in food colorings at www.diet-studies.com/color.html and at www.feingold.org/enews/11-2000.html
The controversy over dental amalgams has finally resulted in a lawsuit. See more at www.toxicteeth.net/complaint.pdf
To quote, in part, from this document:"Over the years, Governmental and scientific bodies, continuously, have lowered the levels at which mercury is considered toxic. Additionally, in virtually every other application, particularly in the healthcare industry, the use of mercury has either been banned or phased out. . .
"As a point of reference, while the fluorescent lamp manufacturers have been and are currently under fire for less than 25 milligrams of mercury in their product, a typical mercury amalgam filling contains 750 milligrams of mercury (over 30 times more than a fluorescent lamp), and an individual can have 5 to 15 fillings in her mouth.
"Additionally, mercury is a toxic substance when being delivered to the dental office, and the fillings are toxic waste when leaving the dental office. Yet, Defendants claim that the fillings are perfectly safe when placed inside an individual's mouth. Simply put, the Defendants concede that mercury is toxic in every instance; just not in an individual's mouth. "
Allowing for discussion about safer alternatives for fillings certainly seems to be in the public's best interest. As consumers, we would all like to limit our exposure to environmental toxins, but questions remain on the best way to handle the millions of people who already have this material in their bodies. What is the lifetime risk from such a filling? Would having them replaced increase or decrease that exposure? What precautions should be taken when having additional work done on affected teeth?
Meanwhile, what about mercury and behavior? Some of the research published on this issue has been added to our research pages for your convenience. See the following studies:
- Evidence that exposure to methyl mercury during gestation induces behavioral and neurochemical changes in offspring of rats.
- Prenatal exposure to methylmercury alters locomotor activity of male but not female rats.
- Pneuropsychological disorders after occupational exposure to mercury vapors in El Bagre
- Selenium deficiency and brain functions: the significance for methylmercury toxicity
Continuing to keep abreast of scientific studies is the best basis for making decisions regarding a host of consumer issues which face us. If you have knowledge of any other scientific studies on the effects of mercury which should be made available on our web site, please send it to me at <Help@feingold.org>
 IRON DEFICIENCY AND COGNITIVE ABILITY
According to Reuters Medical News, reported by MedScape, standardized scholastic test scores are lower among children and adolescents with iron deficiency. See the article
To see the article, you need an account with them, but it is free to register for one, and then you can see many more articles as well.
When the password request comes up, just click on "cancel" if you need to get to the screen where you can register.
 ADHD TREATMENTS - NEW JOURNAL ARTICLE
We are pleased to see in the Spanish scientific journal, Revista de Enfermeria (January 2001) that in a review of ADHD treatments, it is reported that: "... psychiatric medication has major risks in children. From complementary medicine we can find several aids in changing diet patterns and supplementing with vitamins or minerals. ..."
See it in our research page, which is linked to the abstract in MedLine, at www.feingold.org/http://diet-studies.com/adhd.html#Berdonces
 NEW ALLERGY TESTING AVAILABLE
The symptoms most of our members experience in reaction to artificial food colorings, flavorings, and preservatives are NOT true allergies. Generally, these sensitivities will not show up on standard allergy tests, and the only way to reveal them is to simply try the diet itself. However, for those children (and adults) who also do have true allergies to foods or environmental agents, pinpointing the allergens can be difficult and expensive. A new blood test is expected to eliminate much of the guesswork for primary-care physicians trying to diagnose allergies. This was hailed as an allergy breakthrough by Health Scout News on Sunday, June 10. To see the whole article, go to http://www.feingold.org/allergytest.html
 READING THOSE STUDIES -- BE CAREFUL
As we have often said, reports of studies can be misleading ..... like the way that the Harley study (1978) is still quoted endlessly as being THE study that "debunked" the Feingold diet -- when in actuality, 100% of the preschool children in that double blind study did better on the Feingold diet. Nevertheless, Harley managed to say in the abstract of his study (funded by the food additive industry) that there was "no support for the Feingold hypothesis."
Be careful whenever you see studies quoted -- on any subject -- by anybody who might have a bias. Just today, Dr. Dean Edell reported in his daily newsletter that nicotine is good for the heart -- because it promotes the growth of new heart vessels. Wow!! So, I looked up the study -- in this case, the name itself -- which Dr. Dean does not give -- would have been a clue to what Dr. Dean had left out: "Nicotine stimulates angiogenesis [the new vessels] and promotes tumor growth and atherosclerosis" Is Dr. Dean just careless in reading his studies? Or does he have a contract with the tobacco industry? See the study abstract.
More and more, however, the full text of studies is being included on MedLine, although there is often a charge to see them. If the subject is important to you, make the effort to find the original study, and find somebody to explain it to you as well. Pay attention to the source of the study, and the source of their funding if the subject is controversial. If you have never been to the free MedLine service °PubMed° find it at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez
 SHULA'S RICE PUDDING RECIPE
My family loves rice pudding, and there are great Feingold-acceptable brands in the Foodlist, but it is expensive to buy it all the time, and the recipes in my recipe books always seemed so complicated, so I made one up. It is easier, more flexible, and tastes great. No brag -- just fact. So here it is:
You can make any amount of this pudding by using the following basic relationships:
1 cup milk
1 cup cooked rice
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup raisins (optional, Stage Two)
1/2 to 1 tsp vanilla extract
I use 4 eggs and a big glass baking pan so that the pudding is only about an inch deep, but any 2-liter (2-quart) baking pan or casserole will do. You can make this a Feingold Stage One recipe by leaving out the raisins, and it is still great.
Now, for the complete recipe, for 4 eggs:
Turn on your oven to 300 degrees
A fork can be used for beating and stirring... or a wire whip if you wish. This is a very "low-tech" recipe.
4 eggs - beatBake at 300 degrees in a buttered or oiled baking dish. It does not need to be put in water or anything, but it does take quite a while at this temperature. For the large pan, at 1 inch thickness, it baked in 2 hours.
4 cups milk or milk substitute - add
1 cup sugar - add
2 to 4 tsp vanilla extract - add
4 cups cooked rice (white or brown) - add
1 cup raisins - add if desired
Somewhere in the middle, at least once, stir the pudding around some, so the rice does not all sink to the bottom. Of course, if you forget, you will simply have a layer of rice pudding and a layer of plain pudding - some people prefer it, so don't panic if you forgot.
When the pudding is near done, but still a little wet-looking on top and shaky-looking when moved, take it out and decorate the top with cinnamon-sugar. Then continue baking until a knife inserted near the middle comes out clean.
1/2 tsp ground cinnamonMix together until the color is even.
2 tsp sugar
If you want to make more, to use also on buttered toast, the ratio is 1:4 -- 1 tsp cinnamon to 4 tsp sugar
To decorate the pudding:
Taking pinches of the cinnamon sugar between your thumb and finger, "draw" lines of cinnamon-sugar across the pudding first all in one direction and then in the other direction, to make a pretty lattice or criss-cross pattern. Or, of course, you can just sprinkle or shake it on top any way you want.
Keep any extra cinnamon-sugar to use on buttered bread, toasted buttered waffles, or whatever.
The pudding can be eaten either hot or cold (that's why I make so much).
You can serve it in a bowl with a little extra milk, if you like.
Not only is it a fine dessert, but it doubles as a snack - or even the main part of a meal, in our house.
Enjoy the day,