The Feingold eNews
    August 2010     
In This Issue:
  - Sarah Kate's Bakery in GA
  - Adult ADHD
  - Other Side of the Vit. D Debate
  - Surprising Source of BPA
  - Western Diet & ADHD
  - Salicylates & Tinnitus
  - School Stuff
  - New Source of Natural Colors?
  - The New Cranberry
  - Second Opinion - Followup
  - Drowning is Different
  - We Need Your Recipes
  - Punished for Being Young?

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New Source
of Natural Colors?

According to a study published in Trends in Biotechnology,* there is "tremendous potential" in developing factories capable of producing natural food colorants from fungal strains such as Penicillium. This would make the manufacturer independent of the seasonal supply of vegetables and fruits for raw materials, and would minimize batch-to-batch variations. What it will do to those people allergic to molds was not discussed in the abstract.

* Mapari 2010 - Abstract: Fungal Polyketide Azaphilone Pigments as Future Natural Food

The New Cranberry
Ocean Spray has just announced their new dried cranberry which will be just like their usual dried cranberry, "while removing the need to call out sugar as an ingredient.”

The new cranberries would be used in cereals, trail mix and baked goods.

Ocean Spray's marketing manager, Marion Burton, said this new product "is based on customer demand for ingredients with all fruit appeal."

Being unable to guess from the article what magic makes these cranberries sweet without sugar, I called Ocean Spray and asked. And the answer is pineapple concentrate. This "new" dried cranberry is not going to be available direct to consumers, however - at least not for a while.

Second Opinion:

We have had a number of inquiries about where to find BEAM - the specialized EEG diag- nostic approach we wrote about last month. We have written to Dr. Shankardass to find out for you, and have been told that it is available only at Harvard University in Boston, where it was developed. It is also about to be made available in India. However, she says, an ordinary EEG could also be helpful when used as a part of the diagnostic process.
- CNN article.
- More information.

Drowning is different than you think
Summer may be almost over, but it's still hot - and if our children have been swimming all season, our vigilance in the water may wane. Moreover, by not knowing the real signs of drowning, we may not realize a child is in trouble even right in front of us.

Therefore, while not related to Feingold, this article has good information we all need for keeping our children safe. See the article.

We need your recipes
If you have a favorite recipe you would like to share, and possibly be added to the Feingold Family Favorites Cookbook Volume II (now in progress), click on the cookbook picture above and send us your recipe!

Punished for
being young?

According to an article in USA Today, two studies soon to be published in the journal Health Economics find that the youngest children in a class are 68% more likely than the oldest children to be diagnosed with ADHD. See the article.

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Grand Opening of Feingold Friendly Bakery in Marietta, Georgia
Two moms in Marietta, Georgia have just opened a Feingold friendly bakery! At Sarah Kate's Bakery, you can be sure that you will not have to worry about petroleum based chemicals, corn syrup or trans fats in your sweet treats. Sarah Kodinsky and Katie Nelson are excited to offer customized birthday cakes in all shapes, sizes and (all natural) colors! They also specialize in gourmet cupcakes with exciting flavors including Peanut Butter Cup, Cookies & Cream and many other flavors, including a flavor of the month. For parties, they offer cupcake displays and decorative cupcake toppers made from fondant, a sugar confection which they make from scratch.

All of the food coloring, sanding sugar and other decorations used on their cakes and treats are Feingold approved and do not contain corn syrup. They also offer cakes, cupcakes, cookies and cake pops that are gluten and casein free (and egg, soy or corn free upon request). The kitchen they bake in is not allergen free and because of the risk of cross contamination they do not recommend their products for those with a severe allergy to these or other foods. Sarah Kate's bakes out of a commercial kitchen in Marietta; however their store is not open to the public. To place an order, please visit the website at, email or call 770-940-2260.

Don't live in the Atlanta area? You can still enjoy Sarah Kate's Sweet Treats! Sarah Kate's will be selling their customized, hand decorated sugar cookies online and will ship them to anywhere in the U.S. and Canada. They are currently developing their holiday offerings and plan to have some extra special treats for the holidays that can be shipped as well - including cookie cream pies and unique cupcakes in a jar!

Adult ADHD
One of our members sent us an article appearing in their newsletter, Everyday Health, and I wanted to share it with you. The article begins, "Food allergies may be connected to adult ADHD symptoms. Learn how following an elimination program, such as the Feingold Diet, may help you identify your triggers and create your own ADHD diet."

Although we are sorry that there has so far been no actual research on adults using diet for ADHD symptoms, we are gratified that news agencies are beginning to take notice of the connection. The Feingold Association, of course, has been hearing this for thirty years from parents who implement the Feingold Program for their families. See the article.

The Other Side of the Vitamin D Debate
We have brought you articles recently about new research on Vitamin D3 which shows it to be active against several cancers, and beneficial for conditions such as ADHD and autism.

However, one of our members has reported he experienced problems from using it in very high doses. He began taking 16,000 IU daily and suffered a number of symptoms related to a chronic overdose. In order to recover, he avoided all sources of Vitamin D3 and began to study the Marshall Protocol. In short, Dr. Marshall believes that while Vitamin D may cure disease or provide symptom relief in the short term, it may be doing harm to the immune system over the long term because of its interaction with microbes normally living in the body. To see more about this complicated subject, pour yourself a cup of coffee (or two) and study the page on Vitamin D in the Marshall Protocol web site.

You may hear, on some websites, scary reports of vitamin D3 being used as a rat poison. This is true, but in poisoning rats, you must use the equivalent of 40,000 capsules of 400 IU a day for a person weighing 100 pounds. An advantage of using this as a poison is that it does not hurt other animals or the environment, and apparently it is possible to get rats to eat it (enough plain salt would kill them too, but they won't eat it).

Surprising source of BPA
We have talked about bisphenol-A (BPA) in baby bottles and plastics, but this was new to me: It seems that the innocent-looking cash register receipt is the most common way BPA actually gets into your body.

August 3rd, the Alliance for Natural Health USA filed a Citizen Petition with the Consumer Products Safety Commission to have BPA banned from cash register receipts, and they are asking people to contact their representatives in support of this effort. You can read the rest of the article here and see their petition form here.

"Western Diet" and ADHD
According to a study published in July in the Journal of Attention Disorders*, two major dietary patterns were identified in more than 1,000 children followed from birth to 14 years in Australia. The "Western" diet was high in saturated fat, salt, and sugar, but low in omega 3, fiber, and folate. The "Healthy" diet was high in omega 3, fiber and folate, but low in saturated fat and sugar. With approximately 10% of the children diagnosed as having ADHD, those scoring high for the "Western" diet were far more likely to receive the diagnosis than those scoring high in the "Healthy" diet.

It is an interesting study, but before you trash your hamburgers, read the Discussion section on page 6 of the study, where you will find a number of other suggestions, including the possibility that children with ADHD might simply prefer snack foods, and finally this sentence:
Alternatively, a “Western” dietary pattern may be indicative of a higher consumption of food additives, flavors, or colors that may lead to hyperactivity or changes in neurotransmitter function due to poor micronutrient intake.
We are glad to see that at least some of the various articles reporting on this new study have read all the way through the article and do also mention the additives - let's call it the Feingold Factor - as well as micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) even though neither one is mentioned in the study abstract itself.

* Howard 2010 - Full text: User ID=myfile || Password=4Studies

Article on Salicylates
and Tinnitus

I could not determine the original language of this article, but its translation has left it with some amusing tidbits - in fact, I had trouble getting past the very first sentence, where it says that tinnitus affects "10% of all people, or 1% of the human population," implying that rather a lot of humans are not people.

Nevertheless, the article does have some interesting information, including the use of the Feingold diet to reduce consumption of salicylate, thereby often reducing the severity of tinnitus. See the article.

You will find more information in the October 2008 Pure Facts.

The science is interesting: a number of animal and in vitro studies have shown that salicylate either as sodium salicylate or as aspirin causes degeneration of nerves related to hearing, although most studies ignore salicylate found in foods. I recall that some years ago I contacted a scientist who had given rats sodium salicylate to induce tinnitis and he had noticed behavioral changes. I asked him if he had the same results with the salicylates found in foods. There was a long silence, after which he said, "There is salicylate in food?"
  • Wei 2010 - Salicylate-induced degeneration of cochlea spiral ganglion neurons-apoptosis signaling.
  • Wei 2010 - Effects of sodium salicylate on spontaneous and evoked spike rate in the dorsal cochlear nucleus.
  • Wu 2010 - Effect of Salicylate on KCNQ4 of the Guinea Pig Outer Hair Cell.
  • Guitton 2009 - Tinnitus-provoking salicylate treatment triggers social impairments in mice.
  • Yang 2006 - Salicylate induced tinnitus: behavioral measures and neural activity in auditory cortex of awake rats.

School Stuff
Don't forget to visit your child's school ... and give it the "sniff test" too.

Some problems to look for inside the school building: mold, scented hand soaps in the bathroom, scented plug ins, smelly dry erase markers, sports drinks, new carpet. Outside the school building: new tar on roads, bus fumes, pesticides on grass, etc.

You can provide acceptable soap for your child (or his whole class) to use, or advocate for fragrance-free soap in the bathrooms, and you can ask the teacher to use low-fragrance markers or to place your child farther away from the marker board.

You have probably already arranged with the teachers to have acceptable snacks on hand in the classroom. Don't forget to also make sure you can send acceptable drinks for your child for P.E. classes or sports activities, and make sure the appropriate teachers and coaches know that he or she must not drink the usual (blue, red, etc.) "sports" drinks.

You can request that scented "air freshener" plug-ins be removed if it causes your child headaches or breathing problems. It is somehow easier for the teachers to cooperate when preventing headaches or asthma attacks rather than behavioral problems, and your doctor could write a note for the school on his prescription pad or letterhead that your child must be protected from synthetic fragrances.

Check out the children's bathroom in the early morning: if there is a strong odor of chemical cleaners, you may be able to negotiate with the school or the maintenance company to use a less toxic cleaner. There would be some suggested cleaners in our Foodlist, but even plain Lysol is less likely to be a problem than the fragrant Pinesol, for example. I recall one day care my child went to that actually cleaned or polished the floors with very strong-smelling chemicals during the children's afternoon nap time. This was before I knew about Feingold, or about how toxic these chemicals are, but I myself could hardly breathe in the hallway, and I didn't know what to do. Don't ignore this; if your child's school is guilty of such a thing, and if you cannot talk them out of doing it, consider removing your child from the school - whether he seems to experience symptoms or not.

If the school has installed new carpet or painted the walls, and you can still smell it, this is a tough problem that will probably affect many children besides yours. You may be able to ask other parents to join you to require the school to ventilate the fumes -- which can remain for months if the rooms are unventilated; moreover, unventilated rooms often contain too much carbon dioxide, especially this year as class sizes are increasing (thus more kids breathing in the same space). Too much carbon dioxide can cause the children to fall asleep during class, and in some cases it can cause panic attacks or other symptoms. See more. Buildings with serious carpet odors can be treated by a "degassing" procedure in which the rooms are heated first as high as possible, and then ventilated. And air quality expert can advise the proper way to do this. If the school will not cooperate to ventilate or degas the fumes, consider removing your child to another school.

If the area where your child waits to go home is exposed to bus fumes, ask the school to prevent the buses from idling with their motors running or to have the children wait elsewhere. If this cannot be done, arrange a way to arrive early to pick up your child at dismissal, to prevent exposure to these fumes which are toxic to all and can certainly interfere with the ability of your child to accomplish anything at homework time. If you carpool, make sure no members of your carpool group have "air fresheners" sprayed or hanging in their car. If you need more "ammunition" to explain the problem with these fragrances, print page 6 of the March 1999 Pure Facts.

  • Your child is ready for school, but is the school ready for your child? Here are steps you can take to make school a healthier, more successful experience.

  • Shortening, gelatin cups and a Teacher's Stash -- cool new products for Feingolders!

  • Why do some kids have more trouble with additives than others?

  • Trouble in the Magic Kingdom -- one family's experience at Disney World.

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