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August 2009 Feingold Email Newsletter
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Dear Feingold Association Members & Friends,

  • Sports drink options for your Feingold soccer player - they are easier than ever to find.

  • Where does China send consumer products they consider too hazardous for sale in their own country? (Hint: the initials of the country are U, S, and A.) And how did American industries cause this to happen?

  • Head lice -- coming to a school near you? You can be ready to meet and defeat this scourge of childhood with a product that does not cause damage to your child or to the environment. It is enzyme-based and is both more effective and cheaper than the pesticide-based products.

  • There are art supplies available that use natural pigments in place of synthetic dyes. For the very sensitive child, their higher price might be worth it; but for most kids, some simple low cost options will suffice.

  • Check the PIC Report for: gourmet marshmallow treats, natural no-calorie sweetener, gelatin cups, and a new brand of chicken nuggets.

July Pure Facts

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You've asked for it on the Message Board, and we listened. The following pages from the Handbook are now available for you to print from the website.

  • Diet Diary Form
  • Shopping List (for beginners)
  • Symptoms Checklist form

They are in the password-protected area of the Member Services page on our website, which you can find by clicking on the Member Services button at the left side of our Home Page. This will save you the money (and time) it costs to take your Handbook to the store to have copies made.

Feingold Cookbook

The response to our new cookbook has been overwhelming!

All the cookbooks from the first printing have been sold out and a second printing is expected to be ready by August 24.

If you have not yet ordered yours, go ahead and do so, because the back-orders will be filled as fast as possible according to the date on which they are received.

Lisa wrote us in a panic - it was almost the date of her daughter's 3rd birthday, and this was her first Feingold birthday. Lots of relatives and friends would be coming. Where would she get candies for the piņata? Because time was short, we sent her to Whole Foods Market, and gave her the number for the Squirrel's Nest at 302-378-1033. We reminded her that Pearson's chocolate covered mints and single-wrapped Pep-o-mint lifesavers are okay if corn syrup is not a problem, and they are readily available in many stores, including Wal-Mart. We also reminded her to think beyond the edible - little toys are also a favorite for the piņata. She found some mood rings and tops with spiral designs among other treasures to help fill the piņata.

She writes:

I promised a picture of my daughter's birthday cake. Whole Foods was very accommodating with the ingredients used to create it.

What a beautiful job they did!

The piņata was a hit too. I promised the parents that no hyperactivity would be associated with this birthday party and a few have commented since then that their kids were not off-the-wall afterwards.

We have recently posted a story about Alec's experience, first on medication and then on the Feingold diet. It's a good one to share with friends and relatives you would like to introduce to the Feingold Program. Here it is.

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To check out the Feingold Resources Page from time to time to see who we've added recently. You can also find it at the Product Resources button at the lower left of our home page.

blue rat
Reported by CNN July 28, 2009

The same blue food dye found in M&Ms and Gatorade could be used to reduce damage caused by spinal injuries, offering a better chance of recovery, according to new research.

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center found that when they injected Blue #1 (also called Brilliant Blue G or BBG) into rats suffering spinal cord injuries, the rats were able to walk again.

The only side effect was that they temporarily turned blue.

See the entire article.

How can this work?

A chemical called ATP is both an energy source and a neurotransmitter, depending on its location. It creates energy in every cell for normal activity, and the FDA has known for some time that Blue #1 is toxic to the mitochondria which are like tiny factories inside each cell where the ATP is made. This causes a problem for people using a feeding tube. Until recently, hospitals added Blue #1 to the food used in such tubes, but some of the patients died and their colon was found to be bright blue.

However, in the case of a spinal injury, ATP is released from the injured cells, binds to a molecule called P2X7, and kills off healthy cells in the spinal cord, thus making the initial injury far worse.

If only there were a way to prevent the ATP from attaching to P2X7, or a way to deactivate the P2X7, ATP could not kill the spinal cord nerves. Luckily, Blue #1 was already known to be able to stop the function of P2X7. While this is not good for you or me, of course, it was perfect for a rat with an injured spinal cord. When injected with the blue dye immediately after their injury, the rats recovered and could walk again (with a limp). Those rats not injected with the dye never recovered.

This is big news in the medical field, since there is very little that doctors can now do for spinal cord injury. The first clinical trials will soon begin.

Forty years ago, Dr. Feingold warned that food dyes were similar to drugs and should be tested in the same way drugs are tested. Now, finally, one of them has been shown to be such a powerful drug that it can bring about the recovery of a damaged spinal cord. Might we hope that at least this dye will find its way out of our food and onto the prescription pad?

Cows eating M&Ms?

We don't know if cows actually like M&Ms, but they are eating them! The Wall Street Journal reports that the cost of corn has risen as more of it is being used to make ethanol; corn has been the mainstay of the diet given to cattle in the United States. So ranchers are incorporating unlikely alternatives like broken and rejected M&Ms and potato chips because they are cheaper. Compared to some of the other things that ranchers can and do feed cattle, maybe it's not such a bad thing.

Do the cattle become hyperactive after munching on the M&Ms? We don't know if their meat will contain any residue of the dyes and artificial flavorings, but as Michael Pollan pointed out in his book, The Omnivore's Dilemma, the things these animals eat eventually become what we eat. We also wonder about the high sulfite levels in meat from cattle fed cornstarch and corn steep liquor.(*) If you suspect that corn or high sulfur products bother you or your child, you might want to seek out a source of grass-fed meat and see if you notice a difference.

Grass-fed cattle make up only 10% of the beef market, according to the report. Ranchers have to charge 30% more for the beef because it's more costly to raise the cattle, and they can't pack as many cattle onto the property because of resource limitations when cattle just roam and graze. Americans are used to the high-fat taste of corn-fed beef, which is another concern for grass-fed cattle farmers when they take their beef to market.

(*) Corn steep liquor is a byproduct of refining corn for ethanol. When too much is given to calves, the excessive sulfur causes them to develop polioencephalomalacia, in which they circle blindly until they die.

Sulfur-induced polioencephalomalacia in stocker calves. Niles GA, Morgan SE, Edwards WC, Veterinary and Human Toxicology. 2000 Oct;42(5):290-1.

According to Sue Reid of the Mail Online, a new Cambridge University study has concluded that autism rates in the UK are far higher than thought.

Cases of autism have significantly increased over the past 40 years. In the 1980s, for example, a study had found only four in every 10,000 children showed signs of autism. This most recent study, however, claimed that 1 in 100 children - 1 percent - were known to have autism. Taking into account those not yet diagnosed, they estimate the actual occurrence of autism as 1 in 60. Since most of those are boys, it becomes 1 in every 38 boys.

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According to the Washington Post on July 30, the swine flu aka H1N1 vaccine will be available in September. Experts have decided which age groups should receive the vaccine, how many will be distributed per month (80 million doses), and who should get it first, in the following order:

  1. Pregnant women;
    Caretakers of infants;
    Children and young adults;
    Older people with chronic illness;
    Health-care workers.

  2. Healthy adults ages 25 through 64

  3. Healthy adults ages 65 and older

The vaccine will be stored in multi-dose vials containing thimerosal, an antibacterial additive that contains mercury. The Post promises, however, that there will also be single-dose syringes available without thimerosal, "a substance that some assert is harmful to children." Whether or not mercury will eventually be determined to be causative in cases of autism, it is certainly well known as a neurotoxin - a brain poison. It cannot possibly be considered beneficial to children or unborn babies. After a long fight, the vaccine makers finally took it out of the children's shots, remember? And now they are cavalierly putting it back in - into a vaccine intended for pregnant women as a first priority. What are they thinking??

Among the many unanswered questions are whether two doses will be necessary, how close in time two shots can be given, and how big the doses will be. Vaccination programs may start before the answers are known, says the Post. Somehow that doesn't surprise us.

For more information about this vaccine, from both sides of the issue, see the following links:

swine-avian-flu carrier?

  1. CDC: Facts and Figures

  2. CDC: Novel H1N1 Vaccination Recommendations

  3. CDC: Information on taking care of a person sick with Swine Flu

  4. NVIC: National Vaccine Information Center Swine Flu Vaccine: Will we have a choice?

  5. Dr. Mercola: Squalene: The Swine Flu Vaccine's Dirty Little Secret Exposed

  6. American Journal of Pathology (study on Squalene)