Feingold E-Mail Newsletter
December 2000

Dear Feingold Association Friends & Members,


[   ] Aspirin and Pine Allergy?
[   ] Seminar in Phoenix, AZ - Cerebral Mysteries
[   ] Seminar by Dr. S. Claus of Noel University
[   ] Holiday Hints For Parents For a Peaceful Season
[   ] A New Year's Thought
[   ] Holiday Recipes -- See December 1999 eNews
          at www.feingold.org/12-99.html


People who are allergic to aspirin are often allergic to pine pollen also, which is very closely related chemically, according to The Complete Allergy Guide, 1991, by Howard G. Rapaport, MD

The Natural Science Center in Austin, TX informed us that pines bloom in December and January. Keep this in mind in case you have problems with that real Christmas tree.


Saturday, January 13, 2001 -- Joseph Rosenthal, MD, PhD, will be presenting a seminar on Impulsive Behavior, Cognition, & Learning Disabilities. The six hour course will be held at the Phoenix Civic Plaza on East Adams Street. Dr. Rosenthal is a lively, entertaining presenter, with many years of experience in helping children. The comprehensive seminar will include the Feingold Program. Call (925) 609-2820 or (800) 937-6878 for details.


The Distinguished Lecture Series at the Institute of Paper Science & Technology in Atlanta recently featured Dr. S. Claus of Noel University. An abstract of his presentation follows, for those of you more scientifically inclined.

by Dr. S. Claus

The delivery of toys throughout the free world on Christmas Eve is a classic mass transfer problem. Beginning with the early experimental work of Kringle & Nicholas, toy transport has been the subject of intense investigation. Toy flux is unidirectional, proceeding from the roof top (inlet) to the living room (outlet), largely due to gravitational driving forces. The primary mass transfer rate-limiting step is the transport of a rotund mass carrier (modeled as a sphere) through the square pores. In many cases, this step is resisted by counter-flowing, particle- laden flue gas and intense thermophoretic forces near the bottom of the pore.

A recently developed theoretical model predicts that the toy flux is enhanced by: 1) the prancing and pawing of eight tiny reindeer on the roof: and 2) hanging stockings by the chimney with care. These predictions are in agreement with the observations of C.C. Moore and others (Dasher, Donner, Blitzen, et al., 1823). Our research has also called into question the assumption of early theoreticians that the total mass of toys transported through an individual pore is correlated with who's been naughty and who's been nice. Economic affluence appears to offer a more significant correlation.


By Lynn Murphy

“Peaceful” is seldom used to describe the holiday season. Because the children are out of school and there are so many details to attend to, it can become a very stressful time of year. Here are some holiday hints to help make this enjoyable for all.

Keep the kids on a schedule:

Without a regular routine, boredom can translate into misbehavior. All children need some structure, but for a child who has difficulty with behavior and attention , even if they are managed by diet or other treatment, structure is a must. Be sure to let them know ahead of time what the new schedule is and what is expected of them.

Get them to help you with decorating, clean up, shopping and cooking:

Depending on their age, you can involve the kids as much as possible. Make clean up a game as well as a set part of the daily schedule. My son loved "weird stuff"--it really got his attention. When a total clean-up of his room was too big a task, we used to play: “Put away only those things that have red or green in them. Don’t even think about putting things away without those colors in them." (Then the next day it was pink and blue things.) AND he grew up to meet the President!! See www.feingold.org/joey.html Your child can too.

If you have a Whole Foods, Bread and Circus, Fresh Fields, Wellspring Grocery (www.wholefoods.com) or Wild Oats near you, you'll reduce your stress by finding lots of items that comply with the Feingold Program (not everything--but many more than the standard supermarket.) Be prepared for higher prices on some things but less expense on the bulk items (grains and nuts).

Be sure your children (and you!) get enough rest:

Regular sleep habits are difficult to maintain during the holidays, but being properly rested helps to keep everyone in good spirits.

Exercise or take a walk together.

Remember good nutrition; not just maintaining the Feingold Program. Holiday food, even it it’s natural, can be loaded with sugar and little, if any, nutritional value. Remember to keep a balanced diet amid all the goodies and continue to stay on the Feingold Program to allow your sensitive child to enjoy the season reaction free.

If you are going to a party, make sure your child can recognize the serving platter and foods that you have approved or provided. Some sensitive adults eat before the party or before the main meal by bringing nutritious appetizers to share with everyone. (chicken wings, raw vegetables, stuffed mushrooms, cheese and crackers, nuts, etc. ) Also be sure to bring the beverage that you want to be sure to have there: sparkling water, 7-up, or whatever you know is best tolerated. Leave nothing to chance.

Do any of you have other tips to share with the group on how you keep the kids calm, make the season peaceful and keep your sanity? If so, send them in, and I can add them to this newsletter posted on the Internet as an additional Feedback section.

Take a little time to smell those roses
To hug those kids and wipe those noses

Give a big smile to those so dear,
For it isn't very long that we can keep them near.

-- anonymous

Wishing you a happy holiday season,

Shula Edelkind
Feingold® Association of the United States

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