Dear Feingold Association Members & Friends,
- Feingold Conference - November 22, 2003 - Staten Island
- Celebrate Without Halloween Hangover - Oct. Pure Facts article
- Halloween Goodies - Where to Find 'em?
- Crayola Pizza
- Corn Syrup in Vanilla
- Land O Lakes Butter - Safety Alert
- The FDA and Supplements: US Senate Bill S.722
[ ] FEINGOLD CONFERENCE
- November 22, 2003 - Staten Island
A full-day workshop will be held, open to the public, at the College of Staten Island, NY, on November 22, 2003. The fee is $39, and reservations can be made by calling 1-800-321-3287. See more information at http://www.feingold.org/conf2003.html
Last year one mom posted this note on the Member's Board:
"How did everyone do with Trick or Treat? I have been half-heartedly following the diet and had a pretty good improvement in my son and then last night we went trick-or-treating and today he has been a holy terror! That was my true test that this diet does work!"
A page you may want to print or email to share with your child's school can be found at www.feingold.org/halloween.html
If you are having a hard time contemplating your child's possible Halloween Hangover next week, or if you are a parent using the Program but hating to expose your neighbors to the deleted additives, here are a few candies which should be inexpensive and easily obtainable in time for Halloween:
LIFE SAVERS Pep-O-Mint or Spear-O-Mint candy, available everywhere in bags of individually wrapped singles. (CS)
MARY JANE PEANUT BUTTER KISSES. These individually wrapped candies were found at Rite-Aid Pharmacies recently and should be widely available.
Also found at Rite-Aid by our volunteer were individual packages of NABISCO HONEY TEDDY GRAHAMS (CS, SF).
PEARSON'S Chocolate Covered Mint Patties (CS, SF). These individually wrapped patties in a bag have been seen at Wal-Mart stores.
Note: (CS) = Corn syrup; (SF) = Sulfites
These additives are not eliminated on the Feingold Program, but many of our members need to (or wish to) avoid them, so they are marked in the "Foodlist" books to make identification easier.
This website page of ingredients for Crayola Pop Art Pizza Kits picture was sent to me with the comment "Gross, gross, gross!!" I can't think of a single thing to add ... this says it all, from the Feingold point of view.
A member brought up the question of corn syrup in vanilla. Pure vanilla flavoring may indeed contain corn syrup though the small amount is usually well tolerated. However, if your child is sensitive to corn syrup and is having unexpected reactions, pay attention to vanilla flavoring in ice creams, cookies, and other acceptable products. It is just possible that your child is unusually sensitive. There are some vanilla flavorings listed in our Foodlist that do not contain corn syrup, and as we re-research the currently listed products, we are attempting to get the information on their source of vanilla flavoring - but as you are no doubt aware, such sources can change from time to time during manufacture due to fluctuation in price and availability.
Land O Lakes has recalled certain packages of salted butter because the product may contain metal fragments.
This butter is a Stage One product in our Foodlist.
Distribution is nationwide. See the details.
The company lists the recall as "complete" and the following lot numbers are affected: Lots KE 107 P, KE 108 P, KE 109 P. "Best when purchased by date of 10 01 03" precedes the lot number on each retail package.
Many Feingold families find that in addition to the Feingold Program, they or their children benefit from supplements of omega 3 essential fatty acids, Vitamin B6, etc. Dr. Bernard Rimland, Director of the Autism Research Center, has sent us the following plea which affects all of us, not just those families having a child with autism:
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) falsely claims there are no effective treatments for autism, despite the thousands of parents and physicians who can document great improvements in autistic children who have been given various perfectly safe nutritional supplements. There are, for example, twenty research studies on vitamin B6 and magnesium, published by researchers in six countries, which show significant improvement and no harm, in autistic children given B6 and magnesium.
The FDA has for decades tried to suppress your right to purchase and use vitamins, so that you will be compelled to purchase harmful and expensive prescription drugs instead.
Please read the letter from the American Association for Health Freedom located at www.autism.com/SenateBill, [no longer a working link - 3/8/08] and then write, phone, and/or visit your U.S. Senators to urge them to vote against Senate Bill S. 722 ("the Dietary Supplement Safety Act"). A suggested form letter to write to your Senator and the names and phone numbers of all U.S. Senators is also located at this website.
If this bill becomes law, say goodbye to your right to help your child and yourself with nutritional supplements.
Happy Halloween, and don't forget to take your Vitamin C while you can still get it.