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



Just after Thanksgiving, I was shocked to receive the news that on November 21, Dr. Bernard Rimland had passed away. He - like Dr. Feingold - has been one of the heroes of this generation.

Barbara Loe Fisher of the National Vaccine Information Center wrote a very moving commentary, which I cannot improve upon, so I am forwarding it to you:

Barbara Loe Fisher Commentary:

Bernard Rimland, Ph.D., a visionary autism research pioneer and the man most responsible for debunking the "refrigerator Mom" theory of autism, died Nov. 21, 2006 in San Diego at the age of 78. A California psychologist and father of a child diagnosed with autism at age two, Dr. Rimland wrote his landmark book "Infantile Autism: The Syndrome and Its Implications for a Neural Theory of Behavior" in 1964.

Rejecting the theories promoted by psychiatrist Leo Kanner and psychoanalyst Bruno Bettleheim, Dr. Rimland argued for a biological, specifically a neurological, basis for autistic behavior. He documented the similarities between brain injured children and autistic children, liberating parents from the destructive guilt associated with having an autistic child and pointing autism research in the direction it should always have taken: investigation into the biological mechanisms underlying brain and immune system dysfunction.

After founding the Autism Society of America (ASA) in 1965 and establishing the Autism Research Institute (ARI) in 1967, Dr. Rimland began distributing a questionnaire to parents of autistic children. Some 33 years later, he analyzed information he had collected in his databank pertaining to the age of onset of autism. He discovered that before the early 1980's, most of the parents reported their children first showed signs of abnormal behavior at birth or in the first year of life. But after the mid-1980's, there was a reversal of this pattern. By 2000, the numbers of parents reporting that their children developed normally in the first year and a half of life and then suddenly became autistic, doubled. Rimland commented "now the onset-at-18-month children outnumber the onset-at-birth children by 2 to 1." ....................................more

Coldstone Creamery’s Lemon Sorbet is listed in last year’s Fast Food Guide. The product now contains Yellow #5.

The 2007 Fast Food Guide will be mailed out after Christmas, along with the combined December/January issue of Pure Facts. The new guide is being expanded to cover 20 different restaurant chains.

If you have let your subscription to Pure Facts lapse, now would be a good time to renew. You can do it on line at or call us at 1-800-321-3287 (business hours, Eastern Time).

Hewlett Packard has approved the Feingold Association as a recipient of United Way donations, so if you work at HP you will be able to use some or all of your donation to help us in our work.

The Food and Drug Administration has cautioned parents of children who have taken Tamiflu, an influenza drug. This medicine has been widely used in Japan, where more than 100 cases of unusual side effects have been reported -- including delirium, hallucinations and various abnormal behaviors.

Labels for Tamiflu sold in the US already warn of the possibility of seizures and confusion. Now the new labels will add a warning about the various psychiatric side effects, including aggression and suicidal thoughts.

There’s still time to order your Holiday Goodie Basket !! FAUS has been sending our baskets filled with treats to arrive in time for Thanksgiving. Next week the beautiful Christmas baskets will start going out.

This year we have donations from 25 companies and so many goodies, we’re having trouble fitting them in the baskets! The newest donation has recently arrived from Pure Fun, a Canadian company. They sent 9 cartons of red and white striped natural peppermint candy canes, which is enough for us to provide an entire box of 12 candy canes with each basket! Then there’s the chocolate mint candies, the natural gummy candies, the bubble gum, colorful lollypops, Sundrops, natural caramel corn, gourmet cookies, and on and on…. See more information and the order form.

Oh, yes, let us know if you would like a personal message enclosed with the baskets. They are great as treats for kids, and perfect as gifts for teachers and others needing a 'Thank you.' They can be a special treat for relatives, a morale booster for the office staff, and, of course, a way to make the day brighter for ourselves.

Check the label on your dog’s food to be sure it does not contain synthetic dyes. These chemicals, along with corn, wheat, sugar, soy and eggs should not be included, according to animal expert Lee Mannix, because they have been linked to aggressive behavior in the animals.

My own vet told me this 17 years ago, when I had the world's most hyperactive Black Lab puppy. He put her on an all-natural puppy food, and she calmed right down. She did even better when we later removed wheat and corn (they made her itch). Since my son had spent several years on medication for ADHD, and we had just recently discovered the Feingold diet, I was shocked. I began to think I would have had better advice if I had taken my son to the vet instead of to the neurologist!! Interestingly, my neighbor's kitten had chronic rashes and diarrhea - and her vet told gave her the same advice, to avoid the additives. It worked.

Feingold members - like everybody else - occasionally need antibiotics. Many of them are already ineffective because they have been overused, particularly those used for animals raised for food. There, they are used both to keep the animals alive in the crowded, unhealthy, conditions, and to promote faster growth.

Now, a new generation of cephalosporin antibiotics offers hope for people needing antibiotics - but the agriculture industry wants to use it too. The Union of Concerned Scientists has presented information to the Food and Drug Administration’s Advisory Committee, showing why veterinary use of the new antibiotics would pose a threat to human health, and the committee agreed. Now, the FDA is poised to take the unusual step of ignoring the advice of its own Advisory Committee. Under pressure from the animal agriculture industry, the FDA is expected to allow such use.

As you prepare for the end-of-year holidays, don't forget to buy turkeys without injected chemical "broth," and avail yourself of the help of Whole Foods Markets and other natural food resources in your area for items you will need to have others prepare. For recipes and ideas, check out previous issues at our email newsletter archives.

Wishing you safe and delicious holidays,