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September 2006 Feingold Email Newsletter
Dear Feingold Association Members & Friends,



At the RemedyFind website, there is a page about the use of the Feingold and Failsafe diets for asthma. Add your own experience if you have used either of these diets for asthma.

  • Should you be concerned about viruses sprayed on your meat?

  • More bad news for Big Pharma. Are ADHD drugs destined for extinction?

  • Rick's story: from "dumb" to gifted in four weeks.

  • Feingold members are losing some favorite brand name foods. Can we get them back?

  • Nestle's surprise announcement.

  • Get ready for the new food packaging. Innovative technologies that really stink!

  • What's happening to hospital food?

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You are probably aware by now that there is an ongoing controversy - nay, a war - going on about whether vaccinations are responsible for causing or exacerbating autism and even ADHD. If you have not done so yet, see what Dr. Mary Megson told Congress.

Some Feingold children have a history of reactions to various vaccinations - especially those whose mothers have "night blindness," according to Dr. Megson. Apparently, some of our members have a problem dealing with the various additives, toxic chemicals, and heavy metal ingredients and contaminants in vaccines.

You might be interested in another vaccine controversy - one that involves your pet.

It has long been traditional to vaccinate cats and dogs yearly against an array of diseases. However, there is now a recognized increase in cancers at the site of injection, to the point that cat specialists have begun to advise giving injections as far down cats' legs as possible, because if an injection-site cancer develops, it is easier to treat.

In May, 2006, Dr. Michael Fox, writing for the Miami Herald, recommended that people ask their veterinarians to contact the American Association of Feline Practitioners to learn that vaccine injections should not be given between cats' shoulders; and annual booster shots are not necessary except for rabies. If the vet is in doubt, he or she should run a blood titer to see if the cat is already immune to the disease for which immunization shots are proposed.

School has started all over the country, and with it begins the annual increase in visits to the pediatrician with everything from pink eye to strep throat and complaints from teachers about behavior.

It is a time to remember that the white powder of a capsule can often be removed and mixed into a milk shake, smoothy, pudding, or fruit sauce, so don't panic when bright pink liquid children's medicine is proposed by your pediatrician - ask about using the adult capsule or an adult uncolored tablet, crushed. Your doctor or pharmacist should be able to advise you whether the medication prescribed can be opened or crushed -- always check with them before changing the form of any medication, of course. .

It is a time to re-read your Handbook for reminders on how to deal with school problems, school parties, and homework woes.

When first turning on your heating unit, it may emit a powerful odor. Try to do it for the first time when the children are not home, and open the windows for a while. If you use gas or oil heat, have your unit checked for flue gases, back-drafting, and other problems that could affect your health. And if your child's behavior deteriorates about that time, consider the heating system as a possible cause, whether it be a faulty heater, dust being pushed into the child's room from the attic, or sulfite in the natural gas.

While you surely know already that carbon monoxide is harmful to your health, you may not be aware that excessive carbon dioxide in the air of a closed environment can make it very hard to focus, or even to stay awake. And as for the other gases from your heating system -- their effect on humans is not known since such studies have been considered unethical and therefore they have never been done.

At some point around October, your pediatrician or school may recommend flu shots. Educate yourself about the benefits, dangers, and specifics of this year's flu vaccine at the National Vaccine Information Center website.

It has been reported by some who have contacted them that Baskin-Robbins has been advising callers to go to this website page:

On this page, you can click on a flavor and get a list of ingredients. Problem solved? Not by a long shot. The Cherries Jubilee flavor is easy: a glance at the ingredient list shows that it contains red 40, red 3, blue 2, blue 1, and artificial flavors. But how about the Chocolate Oreo flavor? Looking carefully, you will see buried in the ingredient list the word "vanillin" - this is an artificial flavoring, so you know this flavor ice cream also is not acceptable.

However, their Vanilla Ice Cream sounds good: cream, nonfat milk, sugar, corn syrup, vanilla extract, mono & diglycerides, locust bean gum, guar gum, carrageenan, annatto color. So what is the problem? Question one -- does the nonfat milk contain added Vitamin A Palmitate, and if so, is it preserved with BHT, or with a natural preservative?

Another flavor that has possibilities is their Black Walnut. Ingredients read: cream, nonfat milk, sugar, black walnuts, corn syrup, whey, natural flavor, caramel color, cellulose gum, mono and diglycerides, guar gum, carrageenan, polysorbate 80. While polysorbate is a preservative that is not eliminated on the Feingold Program, we again have the question about the nonfat milk. And a further question about the walnuts - are they treated with the preservative BHT? Furthermore, what is the "natural flavor?" Is it MSG? Is it from a salicylate source which would make this a Stage Two dessert? These are questions our Product Information Committee must know answers to before we can list a product in the Foodlist. We have 9 workers checking products and talking to companies in order to keep our Foodlist as safe and up-to-date as possible. This is what you are paying for when you buy a Foodlist.

So if you haven't done so yet, and if you think your kids deserve a Baskin-Robbins ice cream treat in their future, call them at (781) 737-3291. Let them know that their ingredient list is nice, but not enough -- they need to talk to us, and fill out our forms, assuming that they have nothing to hide.

We have talked about sensitivity to smoke and charcoal in the August enews. Some - not all - members have experienced reactions to outdoor grilling, either to the smoke itself, or to some ingredient in the charcoal or wood. Some woods contain salicylate, and some charcoals contain a number of additives. One of our members writes:

I use 100% natural hardwood lump charcoal (Cowboy brand) for grilling. We had experienced a reaction using traditional charcoal, but have no problems with the Cowboy brand. Perhaps this would be helpful information for other Feingolders.

Recently (June 2006) we had an article on xanthan gum and what it is. One of our members contributed the following additional information:

"Regarding the xanthan gum, people on the gfcf (gluten-free, casein-free) diet use xanthan gum to thicken the gluten-free flours so we can have cookies, cakes and bread. Guar gum is also used, but less commonly, as it seems to cause stomach disturbances in some people. I have never heard of anyone having trouble with xanthan gum, and would not worry about it. Naturally I avoid cheap products that use xanthan gum as a substitute for 'real' ingredients, for example salad dressings."
From another reader:
"Here in the UK, Xanthium gum is noted in books describing additives as one that can cause asthma, so it is known here to be a problem in the UK." (note: Ruth Winter, in her fifth edition of Consumer's Dictionary of Food Additives, does not mention asthma in connection with this additive. Possibly, this reader has mistaken Xanthan gum for Xanthene, a group of colorants represented by FD&C Red 3, and D&C Reds 2 and 19. On the other hand, anything can be a trigger for asthma if you happen to be allergic to it.)
And from another:
"Something else you should know about Xanthan gum ... it is also widely used in the paint and asphalt industries as a "thickener." Something to think about eh??"