In This Issue:
- FDA Hearings on food dyes
- Physician's Round Table
- Red Bees of Red Hook
- A factory farm near you?
- Toxic chemical on strawberries
- A good paper
- And a not-so-good one
- Christmas poem
- Christmas recipes
- Kwanzaa recipes
- Is Truvia okay?
To ensure the arrival of your Goodie Basket by Christmas, we need to receive your order by December 16 - so don't delay!
It will be mailed to you or your gift recipient by Priority Mail, with a personalized note at no extra charge.
The Goodie Basket is a wonderful collection of our favorite Stage One & Stage Two candies and treats donated to us by their manufact-urers for our yearly holiday fund-raiser. Available to you while they last for a donation of $50 -
This poem was written by one of our early members in gratitude for the diet that saved so many of our children from a life of misery and/or mind-controlling medications. I have added a "Share" button so you can add it to your Facebook and send it to everybody you know. For the family that needs this information, it may be the best gift they will ever receive.
The Night Before Christmas - Feingold Style
See some Stage One Feingold recipes for Christmas here.
See some Stage One Feingold recipes for Kwanzaa here.
Is Truvia okay?
Truvia is a brand of stevia sweetener which has been modified to taste better than natural stevia extract. Stevia has a long history of safety (in other countries) as an herbal extract. However, the question has been raised whether Truvia is equally natural and whether Feingolders can safely use it.
We have to say that at this time we do not know. The website Owndoc.com has been collecting stories of side effects that seem to lean toward muscle pains and GI problems. Interesting. Some had allergy symptoms - but one must remember that anybody can be allergic to any food or compound and that does mot mean the food itself is "bad." However, if there is a pattern to nonallergic symptoms, that might mean something entirely different.
If you or your Feingolder have tried Truvia with no problem - or if there have indeed been problems - drop me a line and let me know, either way.
We will be represented at the following events:
Physician's Round Table
Doubletree Hotel, Virginia Beach, VA
January 27 - 30, 2011
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FDA to hold hearing on food dyes
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), finally responding to the 2008 petition by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), has agreed to hold a hearing on food dyes March 30 - 31, 2011 at the Hilton Hotel, Silver Spring, MD. The ballroom can hold 125 people, and we hope you will be planning to attend.
Although Yellow 5, Red 40, and other commonly used food dyes have long been shown in numerous clinical studies to impair children’s behavior, the FDA has continued to dismiss the mounting evidence against the dyes. This all may change in March. See more.
A major presenter invited to the hearing is going to be Dr. Jim Stevenson, from the UK - the force behind the 2004 Bateman and 2007 McCann studies on food colorings and children, and the more recent 2010 study indicating that genetic differences are involved in controlling the varied reactions to food dyes seen in these studies.
Other invited presenters will be:
- L. Eugene Arnold, MEd, MD, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Ohio State University, who reported on treatment alternatives for ADHD for the 1998 NIH conference on ADHD;
- Andrea Chronis-Tuscano, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the University of Maryland's ADHD Program, whose recently published study describes the improvement in parenting skills observed when giving Ritalin to mothers with ADHD;
- Sean Taylor, PhD, for the International Association of Color Manufacturers. The previous reply of the IACM to the CSPI petition can be seen here.
- David Schab, MD, MPH, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and co-author of the 2004 meta analysis of studies on diet and behavior;
- Michael Jacobson, PhD, Executive Director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), and author of the 2008 petition which led to this hearing.
As Research Information Director for the Feingold Association, I have been invited to present the Feingold perspective on the science.
One hour of public commentary will be provided on March 31. If you wish to speak in person during the public commentary, contact Carolyn at the address below - however, you must sign up before March 15th, and if there are more than 20 "public comment" speakers, they must hold a lottery.
All of you, however, have also been invited to write your "before-and-after" stories, explaining what happens to you or family members when accidentally eating foods with food dyes, why it is so hard to raise a child in an environment saturated with highly-dyed products (and how that is different from dealing with allergies such as peanut or milk allergy), or just give your opinion on why these chemicals should be eliminated from the general food supply.
You can send your submission to Carolyn Jeletic, the Designated Federal Official. Her email address is email@example.com. If you can get your stories or opinions to her in writing by March 23, they will be presented to the FDA panel presiding at the meeting.
2011 Physician's Round
THE 2011 PHYSICIAN’S ROUND TABLE will be held January 27-30 at Hilton’s Double Tree Virginia Beach, VA.
The focus will be on the common denominators found in studying a variety of diseases such as CFS, MS, ALS, FM, Autism, etc.
See the brochure.
The presenters will deliver scientific, evidenced based research combined with practical clinical experience for a better understanding of the common denominators seen in chronic illnesses. The physicians attending the round table discussions will be able to interact and hopefully provide missing pieces during the discussions. It is our hope that such exchange of information will lead to discoveries of new treatments and cures.
See list of speakers below this email
Is there a
factory farm near you?
According to Food and Water Watch, a handful of corporate giants control most of our food system, while more and more small farmers are being forced to get big or get out. The trend toward industrial factory farming hurts consumers, rural communities and animals raised under inhumane conditions. They have provided an in-depth factory farm map, where you can learn what has been happening in your own community between 1997 and 2007, as well as state-specific statistics and opportunities to take action to improve the safety and sustainability of the food we eat.
The Red Bees of
According to the New York Times on November 29th, David Selig and Cerise Mayo of Red Hook, in Brooklyn, NY, found that instead of honey, their bees had produced a red concoction more reminiscent of maraschino cherries or cough syrup. They suspected that the bees had been leaving their farm to eat the sweetened cherry juice in the "run off" at the nearby maraschino cherry factory, and their suspicions were confirmed when the red honey was found to be laced with high amounts of Red 40 - the same dye as used in the cherry factory.
While fearing unforeseen health effects of the Red 40 on the hives, Mr. Selig said that one of the most extraordinary things about the situation was that as they return in the light of the setting sun, the bees glow red. “They were slightly fluorescent," he said, "And it was beautiful.” More ...
Toxic Chemical Approved for Use on California Strawberries Despite Health Risks
A while back we encouraged you to sign the petition to prevent California from allowing Methyl Iodide use on the strawberries they grow. Well, according to the Health Freedom Alliance newsletter December 10, this chemical has now been approved for use in spite of its known toxicity and ability to promote cancer, to the point that scientists call it “difficult, if not impossible to control,” and “one of the most toxic chemicals on earth.” More ...
Of course, my thinking is that strawberries are surely grown elsewhere - California has no monopoly on them. And if we vote with our dollars, perhaps they will get the message.
A good paper
In the December issue of Clinical Pediatrics, researchers led by Dr. Laura Stevens published an interesting review of studies.
They discuss the history of the Feingold diet, including details of the numerous unfounded criticisms of Dr. Feingold (and the diet) by the food and chemical industry.
Following a detailed review of both the old studies and more recent literature, the authors conclude that "all these studies reported high response rates to the various elimination diets ( > 70% ) ..."
Although they fall a bit short of recommending the elimination of food dyes or additives as a first line treatment for all children with behavioral problems, they do conclude:
"A trial elimination diet is appropriate for children who have not responded satisfactorily to conventional treatment or whose parents wish to pursue a dietary investigation."
At the University of Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, three researchers decided to test Yellow #5 on adults who had been documented to get allergic rhinitis, asthma, urticaria, or other reactions to aspirin and similar drugs.
To our surprise, the researchers concluded that there was no statistical difference between placebo and drug (the dye), and no significant skin, breathing, or heart reactions.
Reading through the description of the study, it became clear why. Apparently they were so afraid of actually hurting their subjects, that they gave them their doses of dye in three separate opaque capsules, each given during a dye-free meal, several hours apart. The first contained 5 mg. The second contained 10 mg, and the last contained 20 mg. How very thoughtful of them!
Since we already know from previous studies that such low amounts barely affect even sensitive children, it is not surprising that these adults were not (much) affected. And since we already know from our own measurement using cake decorating dye that it takes well over 150 mg to turn the icing of one cupcake a nice shade of yellow, how does this study of 35 mg help real people with real reactions to Yellow 5 in the real world?
See the abstract || See the full text
From the Mailbox
Occasionally somebody wants to know whether the diet is only for children or if it can help adults as well. While there has never been any formal study on adults, we have lots of "unofficial" evidence.... besides all the child Feingolders who are grown up and still using the diet. The following two recent notes in the email are typical:
From VA on a renewal form: "I love the Feingold program. It's the best thing that has happened to our son."
- From a member who visited Switzerland: "In Switzerland you have to get food dyes from a pharmacist! They are very progressive on this matter and I have been long impressed with that!"
Member in PA explaining why her renewal was a few months late: "Sorry I forgot to do this! Too much email and it got lost in old mail...we benefit from your info even though its for hubby who is 60!"
From a member in Canada: "PS, Grandpa has been borrowing my information, and already noticing much improvement with skin rashes and flushing."
Coming in the December / January PURE FACTS:
This next edition of Pure Facts will be the first to be sent electronically to U.S. members with email addresses on file (Canadians have been receiving theirs electronically for some months already).
- Fries in your future? Yes, it looks like Feingolders will again find those tempting spuds available throughout the country!
- Keep your home smelling sweet this winter, but without neurotoxins.
- Finally, a sensible approach to treating ear infections; it only took 20 years.
- A fable for our time....Schools fail the common sense test when it comes to feeding children.