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


A special link on the website this month goes to our Halloween Page. There, you will find ideas for coping with this holiday, as well as resources where you can find natural candies. This page is set up to email to your friends so that you can share with as many people as you like.

Here is another page you may want to print and share.

An article from the 2003 Pure Facts reports what our members said about Halloween.

At this time many people make donations to United Way at work, and it is possible to designate a particular charity not found on the usual list. If you want to designate the Feingold Association as the recipient for your United Way donation, see information on how to do it here.

Three new studies have been posted to our ADHD research page. In one, children in Kuwait have been found to be eating much more food coloring than is allowed by the ADI (Allowable Daily Intake). The authors are concerned about the health effects of eating so much coloring - and well they should be.

To give you an idea of what it means, and how easy it is for American children to also go beyond the ADI, you need to do just a little math. The ADI of Red #40 (Allura Red) is 7 mg per kilogram of body weight. The average 5-yr-old boy weighs 40 lb (18 kg) according to the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Therefore, he is allowed to have a maximum of 7 x 18 = 126 mg per day of that one coloring.

There is 150 mg of Red #40 in ONE Tb of bright red frosting .... if you want to frost a cupcake, you need at least TWO Tb of frosting (300 mg) ... then there is about 20 mg of Red #40 in a small 6 oz cup of red drink made from powdered drink mix. Suppose on the same day he also gets a "strawberry" milk shake from a fast food place (more Red #40) and a "raspberry" pop tart (more Red #40) .... or perhaps just some colored breakfast cereal, a piece of red chewing gum or some red M&M's and a long twisted red "licorice" stick candy?

Do you see how very easy it is to go way over the ADI of just the one coloring? Are you aware that NOBODY has done any research on what even one coloring at this level does to children, let alone what it would do in combination with other additives?

The Great Plains has just notified us that they are planning four more Outreach Clinics for children with PDD, Autism, Allergies, ADHD, and related disorders, in the near future. They will be: For more information about the Great Plains Laboratory, see their website.

Some new suppliers have been linked to our Mail Order & Product Resources Page:
  • Bobo's Oat Bars
  • Divvies bakery items & candies
  • Monkey Muffins
Don't forget to also take a look at our page of miscellaneous links and our page of medical resources to see what may be helpful for your particular family.

We wish you and your family a happy and safe Halloween.