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September 2008 Feingold Email Newsletter
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Dear Feingold Association Members & Friends,


A number of you have written to tell me that our email newsletter program had contacted you to say that your emails were bouncing and that you must confirm your subscription.

The question had been raised whether this was spam or a virus or something, but as far as I have been able to ascertain, it was simply our email program having an attack of over-enthusiasm about updating the subscriptions. I have gone through the setting of each of our lists - the main one for the email newsletter and each state's product alerts list - and I believe the bulk email program will now no longer be able to contact you with threatening emails. It will, however, try to contact you if your email has actually been deleted because of your request or because of many bounces (in which case you will probably not receive it anyhow).

As part of their effort to get artificial food dyes out of American food, the Center for Science in the Public Interest is circulating an article in its most recent Nutrition Action Health Letter - where you can see their petition to the FDA, a letter from doctors to members of Congress, a letter from scientists to the Department of Health, etc. Another article is at the CSPI NewsRoom.

Both these articles (see link at the bottom of the first one above) invite parents to report the effects of food colorings on their children's behavior and health. There is room also to mention "other things" and there you can add information about any problems you or your child have with salicylates, preservatives, fragrances, gluten/casein, etc. They will be providing this information to appropriate government agencies, health authorities, and interested politicians.

  • What's the deal with high fructose corn syrup and those TV ads claiming it's natural?

  • Lots of new candies and other goodies for the holidays, including many gluten-free, casein- free options.

  • How some families have dealt with relatives and food over the holidays.

  • Surprising causes for childhood obesity and a really bad idea from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  • Goodie Baskets once again available for the holidays!

For those of you wanting to try out the British candy newly made dye-free, one of our readers has found several Nestle U.K. dye-free candies (including Smarties) at her local World Market. The store carried various candies manufactured in England as well as Japan, Germany, Denmark. She found some cookies from England that are additive-free and dye-free as well. If you shop at the World Market, remember to read labels since several of the brands they carry are not dye-free, and don't forget to be careful about other additives such as TBHQ and flavoring.

There are 299 World Market stores in 34 states - you may find one near you.

Wikipedia has an interesting article about the U.K. Smarties (not to be confused with something of the same name made in the U.S.).

Unfortunately, although we are pleased that they have taken out the artificial colorings, I have been unable to determine the source of flavoring for the Smarties, so this article is not for new Feingold members. Experienced members will know what to look for - but read labels before trying them. If they list E-numbers, may have helpful information.

We cannot recommend them, and you would be trying them at your own risk, but if any of you have tried them, we would be interested in your comments.

A mom has written to ask everyone in the Feingold community to remember to wash all of their children's new school clothes before letting their kids wear them. She says, "I made the mistake of letting my son wear a new pair of jeans to school last year without washing them first - he had the worst reaction I've EVER seen, and his legs, shoes and white socks were dyed blue! And, it wouldn't come off in the tub! Boy, we paid for that one! I wasn't sure how to send out an email to the group or to put a little note in the newsletter about it, so I thought I would see if you could somehow do that. Thanks!"

This is not an article about housekeeping. It is not even an article about the Feingold Program ... exactly. However, since many of you have adolescent children, and the Feingold Program is concerned about chemical exposure, whether from food or from the environment, it seems appropriate.

I received an email about a policeman who purchased a product called Dust Off. This is a canister of compressed air that is designed to clean dust from computers. The compressed air uses a propellant gas that can be dangerous if it is inhaled because the gas prevents oxygen from reaching the brain. This causes dizziness and a feeling of being high, making it attractive to some teens. How many brain cells die is unknown. It's a very scary thing, because it can also kill without warning.

The policeman did not know of the potential danger or that his son was inhaling the compressed air in Dust Off. It is one of those products casually kept around the house.

Of course, I assumed that this article is one of the dozens of hoaxes that I receive every week, so I checked it out on Snopes, and was surprised to find it is absolutely true. This product is readily available in stores so kids have easy access to it.

Have a talk with your children so that they will be prepared in case their friends suggest using this product. Not only might knowledge of the danger save your own child's life, but it may enable him to save his friend's life.

Article in Snopes

Amy and Ted in Murfreesboro, TN, about 30 miles south of Nashville, are interested in finding other Feingold families nearby. You can write to them at

We thank all those of you who have been doing your searches through GoodSearch - for every search you make, we get 1 cent, and you have helped raise $142.34 for the Feingold Association so far!

If you have not yet done so, to attach the Goodsearch search to your toolbar and designate the Feingold Association as your charity, just go to and click on "Add GoodSearch to your IE, Firefox or Mac toolbar" and follow the directions. If you have any problem getting it set up (I did), then call them at 877-466-3004. They were very helpful.

For those of you celebrating the High Holy Days this week, the beginning of the year 5769, may you be inscribed for a good year filled with health and happiness.