Halloween is coming!
If you are new to the Feingold Program, Halloween may seem
like an overwhelming hurdle - but take heart, don't give up,
and you and your little ones can all have a good time.
Check out home page where you can watch Rocky’s YouTube
about her family's “Best Halloween Ever” and then click on
the black cat to see our Halloween Survival Tips. Scroll
down that page for some ideas for natural Halloween candies,
More candy than you could ever need is listed in your Foodlist
book - but don’t forget that candies are listed under “Desserts”
in the Table of Contents.
Last but not least, the Squirrel’s Nest has Halloween candy
available for you. You can order it from October 10 through
October 20, so hurry and call 302-378-1033. . . If you need
Stage One candies, talk to Nancy who will know which items are
okay for Stage One . . . “One call, that’s all” as the guy
in the awful lawyer’s ad here says.
There is also still time to get your Halloween T-shirt or tote
bag from the (Cafe Press) FeingoldShop. See them all
Tricks and Treats anyone?
Celiac, The Tricky Disease
Celiac Disease (CD) is a disorder in the digestion of wheat
protein that has been with us ever since the dawn of agriculture,
yet its cause was not discovered until after World War II, when
a shortage of bread caused a dramatic improvement in the condition
of people who had been suffering from this “chronic indigestion.”
At last – after thousands of years of suffering, illness and death -
the cause and the cure were both identified.
Today, doctors realize that many more people have CD than they
thought. In fact, 99% of them are not diagnosed. They may not
have the abdominal distress, which is the symptom that usually
leads to consideration of CD. Instead, CD can mimic other
disorders. In a recent campaign, the National Institutes of Health
urged doctors of all specialties to watch for celiac disease by
looking beyond the outdated textbook symptoms of CD (stomach pain,
bloating, weight loss and diarrhea) and be aware of symptoms
including mouth sores, anemia, constipation, migraines, ADHD,
fatigue, yellow teeth, short stature, depression, obesity,
seizures, skin rashes and joint pain, or numbness in the hands
See two excellent articles on the subject:
"Surprises from Celiac Disease" by Alessio Fasano
"Gluten for Punishment" by Dia Darcey
Some people on the Feingold Program use a combination of diet and
medication. One of the more common drugs for ADHD is Concerta. The
good news is that the sources of the coloring for the various dosages
are "uncertified" colors - colors which are acceptable on the Feingold
But the bad news is that the formulation includes BHT (butylated
hydroxytoluene), a petroleum-based preservative that we exclude.
While a compounding pharmacist cannot make the specialized delivery system Concerta uses for its once-a-day dosing, they can make dye-free and preservative-free versions of methyhlphenidate. You should
be able to locate such a pharmacist through the web site of the
International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists.
Alternatively, you could ask your physician for a different medication, such as Methylin or Methylin ER (extended release). This is a brand of methylphenidate without artificial colorings or preservatives.
If you are new to the Program, or just considering the Program but are
already using Concerta, I would encourage you to begin using the
Feingold Diet even while on the Concerta. Some families find that
they can combine the two and still have positive results. Of course,
there is no way to predict this, but getting rid of as many of the
harmful additives as you can is a good idea for anyone, and it's
possible that you will see a good response.
New ad campaign to tackle 'viral urban myths' about HFCS
The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) has launched a new
advertising campaign in an effort to dispel consumer
misconceptions about high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
Note that although not even introduced until the mid-1970s, by 2005 corn syrup was consumed at the same level as sugar in the US. In the UK, today, however, corn syrup is not used and sodas are made with sugar.
So who is the CCF anyway? A nonprofit group dedicated to
"defending the rights of adults to eat what they want" according to Wikipedia.
They are funded by the food and restaurant industry, and were first organized in 1995 by the Philip Morris Tobacco Company which owns many of the major U.S. food companies. What? You're not surprised?
See their article anyway.
Now corn syrup is not one of the items eliminated on the Feingold
diet, but all products that contain it are labeled with a code (CS)
in the Feingold Program Foodlist & Shopping Guide, so that those who must avoid it, and those who prefer to avoid it,
can more easily do so. See more about corn syrup at Page 36 of our "Blue Book"
which is linked here for your convenience.
"Smart Choices" - adapted from article by change.org
A proposed marketing program, called "Smart Choices," is a front-
of-the-package nutrition-labeling program designed in theory to
help shoppers make smarter food choices.
But as the New York Times exposed recently, the selections are
not necessarily healthy. For example, Froot Loops was chosen
because "it's better for you than donuts."
Despite the program's dubious standards, it maintained the
appearance of legitimacy because researchers associated with
the American Diabetes Association and the American Dietetic Association
and two universities were on its board.
When thousands of Change.org members sent letters to the
presidents of these major institutions urging them to
remove their name from the program, three of them did so. Thus,
they publicly embarrassed and discredited the program. A doctor from Baylor university apparently still has his name listed as supporting this program. The petition is still active, and if you would like to participate go here.
Congratulations to all of you who might also be members of
Crafty Doings at Kraft
In 2008, Kraft removed artificial colorings, like yellow #5,
and chemical sweeteners, like aspartame, from the products
that they distribute in Britain and Europe, due to consumer
concern over scientific studies that link these synthetic
ingredients to hyperactivity and asthma in children. But
they haven’t done the same thing here in the U.S.
Send a letter to Kraft requesting they remove these same
ingredients from their products here. It's time that Kraft
value our children as highly as they value the children
in other countries!
Here's the link to the suggested letter and easy form,
provided by MomsRising.org