A Book Review: The Calcium Lie II – What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know

The Calcium Lie

 

            In 2008, the authors published the first edition, The Calcium Lie – What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know Could Kill You. Then in 2013, they updated the information in The Calcium Lie II – What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know. In this review we will look at the revised edition.

            Dr. Robert Thompson, MD who maintains a medical practice in Alaska, at one time did not know what he lays out in this book. He, like most well-meaning health professionals, treated patients according to what he had learned in medical school for many years. Kathleen Barnes, a health journalist and author, lives in North Carolina. Dr. Thompson says that Kathleen helps him communicate in terms that his readers will understand.

This reviewer has administered numerous homeschool assessments over the years in which the General Information section of the tool she uses includes a question: “What mineral is most necessary to make bones hard?” Many have answered correctly, according to what they have learned and according to the assessment tool, “Calcium.”

Our authors would have us remember that the exam that determines whether a patient has osteoporosis or its precursor, osteopenia is the dexa MINERAL bone scan test. This name should help us remember that bones are made up of many minerals, one of which is calcium. By supplementing calcium alone, we actually harden more than our bones – calcification can occur in arteries, kidneys and other places in our bodies. Dr. Thompson reminds us throughout the book that “Calcium hardens concrete!”

Having gone into medicine with “altruistic” ideas, Dr. Thompson had become disenchanted with his profession, ready to quit. He reconsidered when in 1996 a peer-reviewed directory chose him as one of the “Best Doctors in America.” Encouraged, he decided to continue to make a difference.

Minerally Bankrupt (Chapter 1) – This foundational chapter states that bones consist of at least 12 minerals. “Excess calcium can cause:

  • Kidney and gallstones
  • Arterial plaque (and heart disease)
  • Bone spurs (joints / osteoarthritis)
  • Calcium deposits in tissues other than bones
  • Brain cell dysfunction, brain shrinkage and dementia.” (p. 9)
  • Cataracts
  • Cancer
  • Diabetis
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hypertentension (p. 29)
  • Obesity (p. 39)
  • Migrains (p. 43)

 

“Too much calcium causes the adrenal glands to be suppressed in order for the kidneys to hold on to the necessary magnesium in an attempt to keep these two minerals in balance.” (p. 19)

 

Before the invention of refrigeration, our forefathers used sea or rock salt

to preserve food. Our natural balance of minerals left with this change. “Because a mineral ‘footprint’ is passed from mother to child, each generation has become progressively more deficient in these essential minerals.” (p. 12)

 

To add more injury to our systems, when the use of iodine in making bread and canned goods was exchanged with cheaper bromine, we began to see an increase in “thyroid disease and cancer, breast cysts, fibrous changes, cyclic tenderness and cancer, prostrate inflammation and cancer, and ovarian hormonal dysfunction, ovarian cysts, endometriosis and ovarian cancer.” (p. 13)

 

Table salt destroys health and the best mineral supplement is unrefined rock or sea salt. Dr. Thompson explains that the Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HMTA) gives the best possible analysis of the mineral levels and guides the medical practitioner in properly supplementing. He recommends only Trace Minerals, Inc. for doing the test.

 

Throughout the book, Dr. Thompson gives mini lessons on biochemistry that all doctors study in medical school. Amazingly, most doctors have forgotten their biochemistry and continue to follow the “Calcium Lie,” “The Calcium Myth” (chapter 2), and “The Vitamin Lie” (chapter 7).

 

Our authors devote chapters to the following health conditions and how they relate to calcium:

  • Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Calcium (chapter 3)
  • Digestive Dilemmas: Poor Protein Digestion, Sodium Deficiency and Cell Membrane Dysfunction (chapter 4)
  • Metabolic Failure How Excess Calcium Causes Weight Gain, Thyroid and Adrenal Malfunctions and Five Types of Hypothyroidism (chapter 5)
  • Women’s Issues: Pregnancy, Childbirth and Menopause (chapter 6)

Stress plays a key role in our heath. Thompson and Barnes address this issue and its relationship to Calcium (chapter 8). They emphasize that “stress management must be a regular part of a healthy life style.” (p. 176)

In chapter 9, The Road Back to Health they give their readers the following steps:

  1. Drink pure water.
  2. Take ionic sea salt – derived supplements.
  3. Whole food vitamins.
  4. Essential Fatty Acids
  5. Eat raw nuts and/or seeds daily.
  6. Eat high quality protein.
  7. Get essential monosaccharides. (p. 184-195)

The Calcium Lie II closes with chapter 10, “Doctor to Doctor: An Impassionate Plea.” He encourages his readers to copy this chapter and take to their doctors or better yet to purchase a copy of the book for their doctors.

Dr. Thompson and Kathleen Barnes present the facts behind their claims. Reading and following their guidance will improve our health.

Brain Rules by Dr. John Medina Brain Rule # 7b – Sleep Well, Think Well

Dr. John Medina continues his thoughts on Sleep in the remainder of this chapter. See Brain Rules 7a for the previous part of the chapter..

Sadly, Medina cannot answer this question definitively; How much sleep do we need? There are so many variables including: age, gender, pregnancy, puberty, etc. He proposes that a better question would be: How much sleep don’t we need? Or, at what point would the amount of sleep we get disrupt what we do during our waking hours? P. 158-169

Perhaps we should follow the example of our former president, LBJ, who apparently locked his door, changed into his pajamas during the day to take a 30 minute nap. Or maybe we should have a “siesta” during our work day as other cultures practice? Some researchers found that a 26 or 30 minute nap could increase productivity during the day and another study found that a 45 minutes nap would have the same benefit. P. 158-160

Some studies verify that Sleep Loss = Brain Drain. In one study a successful female student getting under seven hours of sleep during the week and only 40 minutes more on the weekend scored lower than standardized tests. In another study soldiers responsible for complex equipment lost 30 percent proficiency after just one lost night of sleep. After two nights of lost sleep, the lose of performance stretched to 60 percent. In yet other studies considerable loss of function was documented after less than six hours of sleep each night for five days study participants suffered loss of cognitive abilities equal to a continual 48 hour sleep deprivation. P. 162-165

Given that the USA loses $100 billion each year in productivity due to sleep deprivations,  Dr. John Medina makes the following recommendations:

  1. Match chronotypes  – since there are measurement tools to determine this, schedules can be determined by what type the individual is.
  2. Promote naps – provide time and place for naps in the work or school day.
  3. Try Sleeping on it –don’t make decisions or do important work without proper sleep. P. 165-167

Dr. John Medina summarizes Brain Rule 7 – Sleep Well, Think Well

  • “The brain is in a constant state of tension between cells and chemicals that try to put you to sleep and cells and chemicals that try to keep you awake.
  • The neurons of your brain show vigorous rhythmical activity when you’re asleep –– perhaps replaying what you learned that day.
  • Loss of sleep hurts attention, executive function, working memory, mood, quantitative skills, logical reasoning, and even mo

A Book Review: Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder by Karyn Seroussi

Miles Seroussi’s development began normally, but abruptly came to a halt. Early diagnosis of autism sent his mother, Karyn, on a journey of research and recovery. She found some researchers that believed autism to be a biologically based condition.

Among these researchers she learned from Bernard Rimland, PhD, Director of Autism Research Institute. He wrote the forward for this book saying that while it reads like a detective story, it accurately chronicles her family’s journey. Rimland’s book Infantile Autism published in 1964 laid to rest the pernicious theory that unloving “refrigerator” mothers caused autism. In spite of studies related to vaccinations in general and the MMR in particular, the medical establishment fails to confirm the connection in at least some situations. Further, studies regarding the benefit of Vitamin B6 for many children with autism are scoffed at or ignored by poorly informed physicians.

Karyn also learned that Paul Shattock and Karl Reichelt had identified neuropeptides. Her husband, Alan a researcher for Ortho, a division of Johnson and Johnson began a study to confirm that these neuropeptides were casomorphin and apha-gliadin with the idea of developing a routine neonatal or postnatal diagnostic test to identify autism much earlier.

In addition to these and other researchers, Karyn was doing her own work with other families, like theirs, that were doing home-based behavioral programs. Through the official research and her case studies, she found a number of factors that were true of many or some of these children in about ten families.

  1. Gluten – by using an elimination diet they discovered that in most cases their children did better without gluten.
  2. Dairy – they observed that many of the children had difficulty with dairy –especially casein, but some with lactose.
  3. Other food allergies.
  4. Yeast –many of these children had suffered from many ear / other infections and received many antibiotics – thus encouraging candida. Nystatan and / or probiotics deal with this.
  5. “Leaky gut” -all of this results in a condition that prevents nutritional absorption.
  6. Vaccinations – while Karyn did not begin with this belief she later realized that this was a factor for many.
  7. Genetics – a predisposition to a weak immune system may cause the assaults listed above to overwhelm the system and lead to autistic behaviors.

Part of what brought Seroussi to the conclusion of the genetic factor was her own health. When she listed her symptoms, she realized that they matched the symptoms of food allergy and yeast overgrowth: extreme fatigue, disorientation and “brain fog”, diarrhea and bloating, joint pain and morning stiffness, always feel cold, sleep disorder, intolerance to pain, difficulty exercising, sugar cravings, caffeine intolerance, back pain, frequent muscle spasms, clothes and shoes feel uncomfortable and restrictive.

In the second part of her book, the author presents the diet that has helped so many. Others have achieved results from different diets, however, Seroussi has produced a work that brings to light many of the factors that contribute to the condition we call autism and pervasive developmental disorder.

Confirming this journey of research and recovery led to the disqualification / discontinuing of special services before Miles went to school. As he entered kindergarten, his mother only told the teacher of his food allergies. Later, when she mentioned it to the teacher, he was amazed. Also, what every mother loves to hear, “I love you mommy,” has brought joy to this mother’s heart.

A Product Review: Releasing True Potential Elizabeth Harms B.Th, CND

            Elizabeth Harms, a neurodevelopmentalist from Canada, produced a 5 ½ hour neurodevelopmental seminar, Releasing True Potential. Introducing Elizabeth, Sylvia Funk, who has since become a certified neurodevelopmentalist herself, told of her own neurodevelopmental journey with her son. Then, a young man walked up to the front of the room and gave an excellent recitation of a funny poem. Elizabeth then began her talk by describing the early years of her son’s life. She had been told of all the things her son would never be able to do and yet, the young man who had given the recitation, obviously had more function than predicted.

            Professionals often give parents the news that their child has “autism” or “cerebral palsy” or “learning disabilities.” People inform the parents of what that child will never be able to do and that they need to adjust their expectations. Elizabeth and other neurodevelopmentalists say, “NO!” that function is a direct reflection of stimulation and opportunity. When given the appropriate and specific stimulation, the brain responds by development and function.

            Harms explained the ways we receive information (sensory input – the five senses, proprioception, vestibular) and the kinds of things we should do about it when there are missing pieces. What the missing pieces are or what the underlying problem is, determines what kind of stimulation must be provided. This is what the neurodevelopmentalist evaluates to design an individualized plan for each client.

            Some areas of the visual system that must be evaluated and difficulties addressed include: acuity, convergence, central detail vision. Auditory system areas to consider include: chronic ear infection / fluid, hyper or hypo sensitive hearing, distractible, audiogram and tympanogram results. While these are the two primary channels of input, the others, tactility, taste, smell, vestibular system and proprioception can greatly impact the ability to learn.

            Auditory processing and visual processing comprise an important part of learning. Elizabeth explained how to test and train these important skills and how they affect learning. She explained the skills of conceptualization and visualization and how they fit in the whole picture of learning. Finally, she dealt with the importance of hemispheric dominance. In the dominant hemisphere resides the cognitive skills, thinking and logic and in the subdominant hemisphere rests the creativity, music and emotion. Neurological organization and optimal function depends on having a dominant hemisphere.

            Key concepts in the neurodevelopmental approach are intensity (sustained focus), frequency (how often) and duration (how long). Releasing True Potential occurs by stimulating the brain in specific ways. Watching these DVDs provide an excellent introduction to the neurodevelopmental approach and are well worth your time.

 

Releasing True Potential is available from: http://www.centerforneurodevelopment.com

 

A Book Review: Wheat Belly – Lose Weight, Lose the Weight and Find Your Path Back to Health by William Davis, MD

In Part One, Dr. Davis gives us the shocking news (if we didn’t already know it), that Whole Wheat is unhealthy. In fact, the wheat we have today is nothing like the wheat of old – as recently as with our grandparents. He gives a thorough history of the grain of wheat. Gluten is the key ingredient, according to Davis, that makes wheat stick together and what makes problems for many. Other grains have gluten as well, but since Americans do not eat as large quantities of these other grains as we do wheat, Davis simplifies by saying, “wheat.”

Then, in Part Two, Davis presents all of the ways in which wheat destroys health. What we have today has been genetically changed into something that is actually addictive. Dr. Christine Zioudrou and her colleagues of the National Institutes of Health studied the effect of gluten on the brain. It penetrates the blood-brain barrier. Based on the effects to the brain, they called the polypeptides “exorphins” – short for exogenous morphine-like compounds. Also, wheat functions as an appetite stimulant. Wheat produces belly fat that looks like a pregnant belly. Further, wheat triggers the production of a cycle driven by insulin of satiety and hunger with emotional ups and downs. This visceral fat is very dangerous to our health. One outcome is diabetes.

Some suffer from celiac disease – the intestines react violently when wheat, even a tiny bit is consumed. While animal products including cheese upset the pH in the body by producing too much acid, wheat also disrupts the balance. Excess acid in the body produces joint pain and demineralizes the bones.             Other problems that wheat causes include cataracts, wrinkles, osteoporosis and dowager’s hump (bent posture) skin problems (acne, rash), and heart disease. Regarding the brain, wheat messes with cerebellar health. “Cerebellar ataxia is progressive, getting worse with each passing year until the sufferer is unable to comb his hair, brush his teeth, or go to the bathroom alone. Even the most basic self-care activities will be performed by someone else.” (p.167) Peripheral neuropathy has also been linked to gluten. MRIs have also shown brain damage in the cerebral cortex the center of memory and higher thinking. Dementia and temporal lobe seizures have been connected with wheat as well.

Finally, in Part Three, Davis guides his readers in how to “create a healthy, delicious, wheat-free life”. He lists foods that contain wheat and give recipes in the appendix. What is left in a wheat-free life? Vegetables, raw nuts, good oils (butter, olive oil, coconut and others), meat and eggs, some dairy and some fruit. By doing so, you will enjoy a healthy and slender life. Davis makes an excellent case.

In Part One, Dr. Davis gives us the shocking news (if we didn’t already know it), that Whole Wheat is unhealthy. In fact, the wheat we have today is nothing like the wheat of old – as recently as with our grandparents. He gives a thorough history of the grain of wheat. Gluten is the key ingredient, according to Davis, that makes wheat stick together and what makes problems for many. Other grains have gluten as well, but since Americans do not eat as large quantities of these other grains as we do wheat, Davis simplifies by saying, “wheat.”

Then, in Part Two, Davis presents all of the ways in which wheat destroys health. What we have today has been genetically changed into something that is actually addictive. Dr. Christine Zioudrou and her colleagues of the National Institutes of Health studied the effect of gluten on the brain. It penetrates the blood-brain barrier. Based on the effects to the brain, they called the polypeptides “exorphins” – short for exogenous morphine-like compounds. Also, wheat functions as an appetite stimulant. Wheat produces belly fat that looks like a pregnant belly. Further, wheat triggers the production of a cycle driven by insulin of satiety and hunger with emotional ups and downs. This visceral fat is very dangerous to our health. One outcome is diabetes.Some suffer from celiac disease – the intestines react violently when wheat, even a tiny bit is consumed. While animal products including cheese upset the pH in the body by producing too much acid, wheat also disrupts the balance. Excess acid in the body produces joint pain and demineralizes the bones.

Other problems that wheat causes include cataracts, wrinkles, osteoporosis and dowager’s hump (bent posture) skin problems (acne, rash), and heart disease. Regarding the brain, wheat messes with cerebellar health. “Cerebellar ataxia is progressive, getting worse with each passing year until the sufferer is unable to comb his hair, brush his teeth, or go to the bathroom alone. Even the most basic self-care activities will be performed by someone else.” (p.167) Peripheral neuropathy has also been linked to gluten. MRIs have also shown brain damage in the cerebral cortex the center of memory and higher thinking. Dementia and temporal lobe seizures have been connected with wheat as well.

Finally, in Part Three, Davis guides his readers in how to “create a healthy, delicious, wheat-free life”. He lists foods that contain wheat and give recipes in the appendix. What is left in a wheat-free life? Vegetables, raw nuts, good oils (butter, olive oil, coconut and others), meat and eggs, some dairy and some fruit. By doing so, you will enjoy a healthy and slender life. Davis makes an excellent case.

How Our Auditory System Affects Learning – Underlying Causes of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Auditory Processing Disorders

Today, we are faced with many labels or conditions that affect learning. Many have a partial underlying cause in our auditory system including autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, developmental delay, dyslexia, central auditory processing disorder, and auditory processing disorder.

Hypersensitivities to sound may cause an individual to shut out sounds as a defensive mechanism and behave as if he were deaf. On the other hand the same sensitivity may cause another to scream and hold her ears. Learning will be impeded until these sensitivities are normalized.

Another difficulty arises when there is fluid in the ear. Since the Eustachian tubes in young children are more horizontal, fluid can build up and bacteria can form in this warm moist environment. Pressure from the fluid can cause pressure and pain – an ear ache. Repeated ear infections during the first two years of life can greatly affect development of the auditory system. During an infection, the individual hears as if under water and the sounds are not consistent. This in turn can cause receptive auditory problems as well as speech problems. Treating these ear infections without antibiotics or tubes will greatly enhance learning.

Difficulty following oral directions and learning to read using phonics represent just two problems reflected by low auditory sequential processing. When an individual has low auditory sequential processing they cannot remember a series of information long enough to use that information. For example, an individual should be able to look up a phone number or be told a phone number long enough to dial the phone. When parents ask their children to do a short list of chores and within minutes they have forgotten what it was they were to do and they engage in another activity – often play, parents often assume that this is disobedience. It could be disobedience, but it could also be low auditory sequential processing. When a child sounds out a relatively short word, but at the end cannot say the word, it is often due to low auditory sequential processing. Optimally, the solution for these difficulties is not accommodating a deficit, but increasing the auditory sequential processing.

Another major underlying cause for many of these children (and adults) is metabolic – diet / nutrition related. Often these children have what is called “leaky gut syndrome” meaning that nutrients cannot be easily absorbed for use in the body. Many options arise to consider. Elimination diets often remove the offending foods. Other diets work to resolve the issue; some by fixing the leaky gut and others by restoring a balance among nutrients. Families should research the alternatives and find the one that fits their family.

Neurodevelopmentalists look for underlying causes of the missing pieces in development and recommend activities and resources for families, guiding them to solutions.

A Book Review: The Primal Blueprint – 21 Day Total Body Transformation by Mark Sisson

For those who find the original book, The Primal Blueprint daunting, author Mark Sisson has provided this guidebook for a 21-Day Total Body Transformation. Like many books on this topic the Christian must glean the useful and ignore the evolutionary rationale. Key concepts of the plan include: the ability to reprogram genes, finding clues in the habits of the original “hunter-gathers,” our bodies prefer to burn fat over carbohydrates, 80% of body composition is determined by what one eats, grains are not necessary, saturated fat and cholesterol are not unhealthy, exercise is ineffective for weight management and maximum fitness requires high intensity workouts, but minimal time.

While understanding the key concepts is helpful, Action Items are more practical.

1. Eliminate SAD (Standard American Diet) foods.

2. Shop, cook and dine “primally”

3. Make the healthiest choices for all types of food.

4. Exercise “primally – move, lift and sprint.

5. Slow your life down.

There are many similarities between this book and the one I previously reviewed on “Naked Foods“. However, this book covers a broader spectrum – not just food and drink – but exercise and lifestyle changes. I have read from different sources that new research indicates that shorter, more intense exercise is more effective than longer, less intensive times. Therefore, the message from this book is to avoid the extremes of chronic exercise (too long, too hard, too frequent) and the sedentary lifestyle. Sisson also addresses poor sleeping habits affecting health.

Purging SAD (Standard American Diet) Foods from your house makes it easier to eat “primally”, but that only works if everyone in the family eats “primally” as well. Eating “primally” means eliminating processed, sweetened beverages, grains, prepared condiments, processed dairy products, fast foods, farmed fish, legumes, prepackaged meats, processed foods, and sweets. Sisson has prepared his own food spectrum pyramid – on the base you will find Meat, Fish, Fowl, Eggs, next level up is vegetables, then the next level is healthy fats, then moderation foods (fruits, high fat dairy, starchy tubers, wild rice, nuts, seeds, nut butters) and finally herbs, extracts, spices, dark chocolate and supplements.

Important parts of the books include: descriptions and photos of exercises as well as recipes. However, for someone who is transforming her whole family to live in this way, the day-by day 21-day guide, telling you when to buy these things, and when to purge your kitchen and when to begin these exercises, this book is invaluable.

Now for some ideas that I thought interesting: Regarding achieving better sleep, one should establish an evening routine to wind down – using yellow lights or glasses with yellow lenses, eliminate digital stimulation during this time and taking a leisurely stroll. Sisson makes the case that by purchasing more expensive organic foods, you can save much more in health care costs. He recommends that you strive for 100%, but given the stresses and distractions of life you should accept 80% compliance. For those of us who lead sedentary lifestyles, Sisson also encourages us to take breaks to walk around between sessions of work that requires us to sit down for long periods. He even recommends setting up a workstation that allows for times of standing up.

One thing I found odd or out-of-place was Sisson’s recommendation to purchase pre-cooked bacon from Costco and microwave it before adding to a breakfast omelet. That provides yet another topic of importance to health. All in all, I found this a good read and helpful for anyone wanting to improve their diet and lifestyle. For most of us who still have more to do, we need to start where we are and move toward a healthier lifestyle.

For more information: http://www.marksdailyapple.com

A Book Review: The Naked Foods Cookbook – The Whole-Foods, Healthy-Fats, Gluten-Free Guide to Losing Weight and Feeling Great by Margaret Floyd and James Barry

If you are like me, you have read and heard much about eating healthy, non-processed foods. I have read many good books and websites. Frankly, most of the time I am overwhelmed with the task. Like many, my family has budget and time constraints that add to the difficulty of the task. While looking for a different book, in fact, I came across this tile and decided to check it out.

There are many recipes in this book, but before we discuss those, I want to talk about the first part, “Let’s Talk Shop.” In this part, Floyd and Barry present four key principles to introduce “Eating Naked.”

  • The closer it originated to you, the more naked it is.
  • The more it was grown in harmony with its natural environment, the more naked it is.”
  • The closer it is to its original state, the more naked it is.
  • The less we do to it, the more naked it is.

They further explain naked foods in Appendix B with a chart giving the good, better and best choices for each food type as well as “okay” and “steer clear.”

I especially like the next part – “In the Naked Kitchen” – where they describe the different parts of the kitchen, the appliances and equipment with their recommendations. Next, they discuss “Naked Cooking Techniques” such as sautéing, steaming, boiling, grilling, broiling, baking and roasting. They briefly discuss food-preparation techniques that make foods “Better Than Naked”: soaking, sprouting and culturing or fermenting.

Reading this part was very encouraging, as they explained everything well and let us know that it was okay to go as fast or as slowly as we can.

Finally in part two there are recipes. First, they have recipes for the basics to be used in other recipes in the book. This includes making soup stock from different kinds of bones. Next, they have a section for “Better Than Naked” covering whey and cultured cottage cheese, yogurt, condiments and more.

In the next section, I found the first recipe that we tried –“Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash” –which was a hit at my house. I am looking forward to trying some of the gluten-free pancakes. Other sections include; Salads and Sides; Sauces, Dressings and Dips; Soups and Stews; Main Dishes; Sweet and Savory Snacks; and last, but not least, Desserts. Each recipe has categories at the top: in a rush, vegan, vegetarian, omnivore, or pescatarian; Make it Once, use it lots, Better Than Naked, raw, everyday or impress the neighbor, In the Appendix A, they have provided two, one-week of menus for “best case scenarios” and “in a hurry.”

While there is much that I can use in the book, I was also happy to see that some of the suggestions are things that we are already doing.

A Book Review: Why Can’t My Child Behave? Why Can’t She Cope? Why Can’t He Learn?

By Jane Hersey
Introduction by Jay Freed, MD
Dr. Benjamin Feingold, an allergist with Kaiser-Permanente, developed the K-P Diet that eliminated food additives and artificial flavors in the 1960s. While Dr. Feingold passed away in 1982, the program is carried on by volunteers who are members of the Feingold Association. http://www.feingold.org

To give families an overview of the program, I will give highlights of the above named book. This book has many testimonials that I will not try to reproduce. Families will benefit from reading the book, but because of lack of time may want to get started before they have time to read the whole book. There have been some studies done that address some of the pieces of the Feingold Diet, but no one has studied the pure program. (Scientific Studies p. 363-380)

Symptoms that Feingold families testify to having seen improvement:
(This is not to say that everyone with these symptoms will see improvement. It depends on the underlying cause.)

  •  Easily upset, incessant crying, temper tantrum
  •  Not hearing what is being said
  •  Motor stuck on fast forward
  • Repeated behavior even after apparent understanding of reason
  • You sense that behavior cannot be controlled
  • Other children avoid playing with your child
  •  Difficulty interacting
  •  Fine one minute, next minute out of control
  • Demands his way and rules for a game
  •  Off in own world
  • Always losing things
  •  Homework lost, forgotten or mutilated regularly
  • Hard time understanding subtle cues, facial expressions
  • Laugh too loud or inappropriately
  • Has lots of labels
  • Hyperactivity
  • Attention problems
  • Screaming after eating
  • Handling home environment, but school is too much
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Fine Motor difficulties
  •  Thyroid problems and mood swings
  • Asthma and Allergies
  • Hives
  • Arthritis
  • Social Skills
  • Asperger
  • Autism
  • Headaches
  • Sleep issues
  • Nail biting
  • Workaholic
  • Earaches and ear infections
  • Digestion problems
  • Bedwetting
  • Depression
  • Developmental Delays
  • Sensory Integration Disorder
  • Vision Problems
  • Seizures
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Tics

What is the Feingold Program?
1. A test – “for several weeks, you use only foods that are free of synthetic dyes, artificial flavors and three preservatives, as well as a group of foods know as ‘natural salicilates.’” p. 16 It is good to keep a diary. P. 55
2. All of the remaining foods are usually well tolerated. “If this trial results in an improvement in your child’s behavior, or in other target symptoms, then the test becomes a treatment.” P. 16
3. “After a few weeks of success you can gradually expand the food choices, adding back natural salicylates one at a time, and watching for any return of old behaviors.” P. 16
How to begin….Becoming a member of the Feingold Association is essential because they are continually researching the ingredients in a wide range of products and keep the members up to date on changes from the Foodlist that comes in the packet. Membership Packet includes:

  • Foodlist & Shopping Guide
  • The Feingold Handbook
  • Medication List
  • Recipes & Two-Week Menu Plan
  • Pure Facts – 10 issues of newsletter
  • FAUS Counseling Line
  • Salicylate/Aspirin Senstitivity program
  • Gluten/Casein-free diet information and resources
  • List of mail order resources for hard-to-find products

For more information and current membership fee: http://www.feingold.org or call 1 800 321-3287 Common Additives and Sources of Vitamin C (p. 381-386) These lists include all common additives and Sources of Vitamin C. The list also marks items to which Feingold members may be sensitive.

Eliminated on Feingold Program:
Artificial Flavorings
Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal –trademarks)
BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) – antioxidant preservative
BHT (buytlated hydroxytoluene) – antioxidant preservative
Citrus Red # 2 – synthetic coloring
Cyclamate – synthetic sweetner
Ethyl vanillin – synthetic (artificial) flavoring
FD&C colors – synthetic (artificial) coloring
MSG (monosodium glutamate)
Saccharin – synthetic (artificial) sweetner
Tartrazine – FD&C Yellow # 5, synthetic (artificial) coloring
TBHQ – (tertiary butyl hydroquinone) antioxidant
Vanillin – artificial flavoring
Other food dyes.
Natural Salycilates
Almonds, oranges, all berries, tangerine, cherries, nectarine, peach, apricot, apple, plum, prunes, grapes, raisins, cranberry sauce, juices from these fruits, peppers (bell and chili and red), tomato, cucumber or pickles, cloves, currants, coffee, tea, aspirin, oil of wintergreen (methyl salicylate).
PART TWO p. 56-109 introduces additives and gives a history of FDA approval of many of these.
PART THREE beginning on p. 110-addresses issues like those who hate to cook, doing the Feingold Program on a budget, combining with other nutritional plans and dealing with well-meaning family members or friends who sabotage the process. Other difficulties addressed include: Parenting a Feingold Teen, holidays, traveling, at church and school etc.

Reviewed by:
Maggie Dail, MA
Certified Neurodevelopmentalist
Special Helps@
Center For Neuro Development

http://www.centerforneurodevelopment.com

More on Iodine and Its Importance

In March I reviewed, Dr. David Brownstein’s book, Iodine Why You Need It Why You Can’t Live Without It.  -See under March or Health Issues.

Here is a lengthy presentation of the research emphasizing the importance of iodine and how our food supply and medical establishment have diverted us away from sound health. Dr. Cousens reinforces Brownstein’s message. I do not endorse Cousen’s point #23. However, I don’t believe that it weakens his overall message.

http://www.gabrielcousens.com/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=RzjJOxzDamo%3d&tabid=364&mid=6700&language=en-US

Information and offer from Dr. Brownstein –

http://w3.newsmax.com/newsletters/brownstein/iodine4.cfm?s=al&prom…1 of