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September 2007 Feingold Email Newsletter
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Dear Feingold Association Members & Friends,

This is the study we have been waiting for -- just published in Lancet. A team of researchers at Southampton University in the UK has found that not only do hyperactive children react to artificial coloring, but ALL children do. Ordinary children from the general population are "pushed" toward the hyperactive end of the spectrum by these chemicals.

See more information here ... and like always I have also linked that page to the full text of the study (near top of page) if you like to read the science or to print it for your doctor.

In case you are scratching your head and wondering why ANY chemical should EVER make kids hyper, I will give you a clue -- when scientists do studies on rats, they find that many poisonous chemicals such as toluene will make rats hyper. It appears that the toxic chemicals first damage the nerves that stop movement .... it is like cutting the brake lines on your car and wondering why you cannot stop. When my dog ate a chocolate bar and had to have her tummy pumped, she was very hyper the whole time -- since she was a tired old doggy, I thought she was just feeling good or on a sugar "high" --but the vet told me that hyperactivity is the "first sign of toxicity" when dogs eat chocolate. Chocolate is poison for dogs. Yikes. When your kids get hyper, do an investigation .... what did they eat, smell, or absorb through their skin that could be chewing through their braking system?

When you visit our page about the above study, you will see a link to "send to a friend" at top of the page. Feel free to share this page with your friends, your kids, your doctor. Then go one step further and look up your child's elementary school in the Internet (Google worked for me). Most schools today display a link for the principal or the dean or "email to school" ..... some schools may have email for the teachers too. You can paste the email addresses you find onto the form you get when you click on the "send to a friend" link. Or, of course, you can just email them directly and give them the link above.

Although the government agencies are refusing to ban the additives, claiming it should be an industry decision, it looks like at least some of the industry in England and Europe is listening.

In the UK, the Daily Mail has been campaigning to have the additives removed, and they are succeeding!! According to so many reports sent me that I have lost count of them, it seems that five major supermarkets in Britain have pledged to get rid of the dyes from their own-label products.

Quotes from various company spokesmen include the following:

  • A spokesman for Haribo, which is German-owned, said it was taking action across Europe to change its products. "By the end of 2007 all of our bagged gums and jellies will be clear of all artificial colours," said the company in a statement.

  • Asda issued a promise to clear artificial additives from its 9,000 own-label food and soft drinks by the end of the year. Darren Blackhurst, the supermarket chain's food trading director, said he intended to "strip out the 'nasties' from all our own- label food and soft drinks."

  • Judith Batchelar of Sainsbury's said: "I'm very proud that Sainsbury's is the first major food retailer to remove artificial colouring, flavour enhancers and benzoate preservatives from virtually all our own-brand food and soft drinks. We're proud to be at the forefront of this and are happy to support the Mail's campaign."

  • David Gregory of M&S said: "We are working hard to remove artificial colours and flavourings and will have removed them from 99 per cent of all food by the end of the year. "
Not to be outdone, some of the major candy manufacturers - including Mars and Cadbury - have also announced the removal of artificial coloring from their candy in Britain. NOT, however, in America ..... at least not yet.

For you moms and dads in America who are near tears at this point ........ don't pack up and move to England yet. Let's get started over here.

American companies use the 1:100 formula. This means that for every call they receive, they assume that 100 other people would like to say the same thing. This gives you power.

I called the Mars Company yesterday and asked if they are planning to take the colorings out of the candy here as well as in the UK. Tammy, the nice lady who had answered the phone, had no idea. Was I from the media? she asked. When I admitted to writing a newsletter, she told me I must talk to their media people. However, when I called that number, the nice lady on that phone also had no idea what to tell me. She was not aware of anything happening in the UK. She offered take my phone number and have a "specialist" call me. I am still waiting.

Here is the contact information you will need:

MARS: (M&M, Milky Way, Snickers, Twix, Starburst.....)
Mars, Inc. Corporate, in VA
hours: 8:30 - 5 Eastern Time
1-703-448-9678 FAX

CADBURY: Chocolates
made by Hersey's in the US:
hours: 9 - 4 Eastern Time

If you prefer email, they have a form for Hershey's at (click on the button for "online form")

Remember -- the nice ladies who will answer your phone call will probably not know anything about what's going on in England, so be prepared to give them the facts, and be polite. They are probably moms, too. In any case, their job is to report our calls to their bosses and if there are enough such calls, it could help move the company in the right direction. We can do this!

  • Are Equal and NutraSweet on their way out? Will HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) go down the drain? A newly formulated sweetener might just sweep them off the map, and you'll be astonished to learn who is behind this!

  • The Twinkie unmasked. You knew they are made with strange chemicals. Well, it's even worse than you may have imagined.

  • Junk food industries and their professional friends work hard at damage control in the wake of the new Lancet study. Look at some of the goofy things being said...with a straight face.

  • "Why School Stinks This Year"

  • What does lead in toys and children's jewelry have to do with ADHD?

  • Care for a Koolickle?

  • Unveiling the seedy side of the "bipolar child" epidemic.

Ashley's story is not about ADHD, but about Celiac Disease. Nevertheless, like many of us she experienced difficulties finding help for her problems and was ignored by many doctors for years. Today research is showing that ADHD and Celiac are closer than previously thought -- many people with ADHD have undiagnosed Celiac, and many people with Celiac also have ADHD problems. You can see more information about that in last month's newsletter.

Ashley plans to use her personal experience and her education to help us. Here is her story in her own words:

By Ashley Senn

Sometimes the simplest things can have a devastating impact. I experienced this first hand in 2004 when I finally learned what was so wrong in my life...I have celiac disease.

Before I learned what was wrong, each day was a struggle. I wanted to stay home in bed, but had to push myself through each hour. I had severe joint and muscle pain, extreme fatigue, and depression that didn't respond to any treatment. I also suffered from terrible mood swings. Doctor after doctor kept telling me they could not find anything wrong and everyone in my family thought I was lazy or a hypochondriac. But I was neither; I was very sick.

Finally, I found the right doctor, who made a diagnosis of celiac disease during the first 15 minutes of my very first visit. She also has celiac and is aware of the many symptoms that are not typically taught in medical school. She knows first hand that this disease disrupts every system in the body. I had very low adrenal functioning, thyroid disorder and low levels of progesterone, all caused by ingesting gluten in any form, including wheat, barley, rye, oats and malt.

Thanks to the wisdom of this one doctor I regained my life. I went from taking over 9 different prescription medicines to taking only 2, simply by changing my diet. I am now working with a PhD level nutritionist who is providing supplements that are healing my adrenal glands and thyroid. I have recently been able to discontinue taking my once much needed thyroid medication. For the first time in my life, I feel good more often than I feel bad.

Now I never miss an opportunity to talk about celiac with any physician I can. Most people don't know anything about celiac disease or that as many as 1 in 133 Americans has it. People are suffering needlessly, and that's why I want to tell my story. I know first hand that nutrition impacts behavior!

Despite many health problems, I have continued to be employed as a school psychologist and am now working to earn a PhD in psychology. Since I work in schools I deal every day with ADHD, which is rampant.

Once I have obtained my doctorate I plan to use it as a way or reaching more teachers and parents and telling them that there are effective ways to treat behavior and learning problems...ways that don't come from a prescription. I want to tell as many people as possible about the link between food additives and behavior/learning problems, and let them know that the Feingold Association is available to help them.

She is very close to the goal of that PhD, but needs to find about 200 families who are willing to fill out a short, online survey about non-pharmaceutical treatments used in the treatment of ADHD for their child, and if they discuss these treatments with their child's physician. Anyone who has a child with ADHD and would like to participate in the study can go to and complete the short online survey. It should take about 15 minutes to complete. Your participation is very much appreciated. Results of the study will be shared with those who participate, if they indicate they are interested.

Matthew Smith is a PhD history student at the University of Exeter in the UK who is studying the history of the Feingold program. He is looking to interview a number of Feingold families about their experiences with the program. The interviews will be over the phone, via email, or in person when possible. If you are interested in participating in this project, please contact Matthew via email or by mail:
Matthew Smith
18 Kingswood Close
Exeter, EX4 2PB

PS: Since you are going to be so busy the next few weeks impacting history, why not make it easy on yourself and get all your Halloween candy by calling Squirrel's Nest early at 302-378-1033.