Fedup Newsletters


Newsletter of the Food Intolerance Network

May - September 2005

The Food Intolerance Network supports people worldwide using a low-chemical elimination diet free of additives, low in salicylates, amines and flavour enhancers (FAILSAFE) for health, behaviour and learning problems.

The FAILSAFE Newsletter is available free by email. Just send your email address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Food additives are “artificial nasties”

Jamie and school dinners

Chemical in food packaging linked to cancer, miscarriages


Research Asthma and benzoate preservatives


In brief: Connecticut votes for school junk food ban


Targeting Annatto 160b

Readers' stories: [369] - [376]

Product updates:detailed help and information.

Questions: detailed help and information.

Cooks Corner: Hint for natural colours, Anne's satay sauce, Classic maple icecream


Hello everyone

This has been a particularly busy term for me. In April/May I spent five fascinating weeks in the Indian Himalayas, researching the introduction of food additives into subsistence villages. Within days of my return home, I was involved in filming two segments with A Current Affair, as seen by many of you. I wish you could have been there for the entire second session, it was such an eye-opener. Michael, the asthmatic whose peak flow reading decreased by 10% within half an hour after eating colours and sulphites, commented afterwards “If they asked me now to run around the block, I’d have an asthma attack”. This is what I have been saying for years. Most asthmatics expect they will notice an effect of food additives but what they get is irritable airways with no obvious symptoms. Then when exposed to an external trigger such as a cold or exercise, they get asthma and blame the trigger. Remove the food additives and they can be exposed to the trigger without reaction, as you can see from the asthma stories in this issue. Anne’s kids were also a perfect demonstration that the type of overreaction to food additives depends on what is happening: in a free play situation outside, they were so out-of-control that the camera man was quite alarmed. Inside, while they were playing with new Star Wars toys, they were good, but if someone took the part they wanted, they overreacted. When they were tired they became whiny, demanding and, if asked to do something, defiant. See below for a similar account of a home visit by a psychologist.

Also since returning to Australia I have talked to hundreds of parents and teachers during a series of presentations. One teacher of recent immigrants described her students as ‘respectful, attentive and polite’, adding ‘they still eat their ‘traditional’ diets’. In Far North Queensland, where many travelled for hours to attend my presentations, a country teacher commented “Rural kids were always more polite than kids in cities but all that changed in the mid 90s”. Another agreed and described a class of five year olds as ‘volatile and disruptive’. At the national Primary Principals conference in Canberra, where my presentation was extremely popular, the most common comment concerned new anti-obesity canteen guidelines: “We don’t have a problem with obesity, but we do have a behaviour problem!”

There is more awareness than ever before of the nasty effects of processed foods, from Jamie Oliver's school dinners to the banning of junk foods in Connecticut schools. Also in this issue: a health hazard in your pharmacy: benzoates in medication, a psychologist’s eyewitness account of a food reaction during a home visit, a warning about nasty additives in Home Brand canola in sunflower oils and a delicious new icecream recipe you can use instead of the new “improved” (– NOT) Peters Original Vanilla icecream.

Finally, thanks to all failsafers out there helping to make the world a better place!

Happy failsafe eating - Sue Dengate (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Food additives are “artificial nasties” (Breaking news 29/6/05)


It's official! Food additives can be described as artificial nasties according to the UK's Advertising Standards Authority. The ASA today supported the frozen food giant Birds Eye's advertisement "Other curries contain artificial nasties. Ours don't" against a complaint of misleading advertising from a rival food manufacturer. This decision ends decades of Alice-in-Wonderland insistence by food regulators that food additives are safe despite consumer reports of ill health, children's behaviour and learning problems, and death due to food additives. http://www.foodqualitynews.com


Jamie and school dinners


In Britain, TV chef Jamie Oliver recently convinced the government to contribute an extra £280m to improve school meals after presenting PM Tony Blair with a petition containing 271,677 signatures of support for his “Feed Me Better” school dinners campaign. Some primary schools currently spend as little as 37p on ingredients, or about the same as a can of dog food. Liberal Democrat spokesman Phil Willis said: "The extra funds are welcome, but it's sad that it's taken a celebrity chef to get the government to act when they've had eight years to improve the sorry state of school dinners." More details from www.jamieoliver.com. You can buy the 4 episode DVD of Jamie’s school dinners from www.amazon.co.uk.


Chemical in food packaging linked to cancer, miscarriages


A new study from Japan is the latest to suggest that Bisphenol-A (BPA) in plastic food containers, baby bottles, cans, toys and dental sealants may be linked to recurrent miscarriages and other health problems. Women with miscarriages were found to have BPA levels three times higher than average. Last month a separate study suggested that low doses of BPA could contribute to breast cancer and another study published by Environmental Health Perspectives suggested that normal exposure to phthalates could harm genital development of unborn baby boys. Phthalates are used in plastic packaging such as plastic bags, to make plastics flexible. In 1995, a study found that the liquid in some cans of tinned vegetables contained both BPA and the related chemical dimethyl bisphenol-A. The highest levels of BPA were found in cans of peas. BPA was also found in the liquid from cans of artichokes, beans, mixed vegetables, corn and mushrooms. Beans – including dried beans such as kidney beans - would be the greatest concern for failsafers. We will be following this up with manufacturers for the next newsletter. – from Food Production Daily.



Asthma and benzoate preservatives


A few years ago, we reported the case of the little French girl who took continuous asthma medication from the age of 12 months of age for the next six years by which time she was suffering severe asthma episodes approximately once a month. Eventually, additive challenges revealed she was sensitive to benzoate preservative (211) in her asthma medication and some foods and when she avoided benzoates she became asthma free. (Petrus M and others, Asthma et benzoate intolerance, Arch Pediatr. 1996;3(10):984-7.) Last year, another article was published reporting the lack of recognition of benzoate-related asthma. (Balatsinou and others, Asthma worsened by benzoate contained in some antiasthmatic drugs. Int J Immunopathol Pharmacol. 2004;17(2):225-6.) In Australia, the mother of an asthmatic toddler realized that her son’s asthma was benzoate related and that his Ventolin syrup contained benzoates after hearing the French case history at my presentation. ‘Our GP was extremely shocked’, she reported, ‘but our pharmacist said that the small amount of sodium benzoate couldn't possibly create a reaction like asthma, and it is so effective as a preservative sodium benzoate is the most commonly used preservative in medication today.’ See the full account in Reader stories below. If you need to convince your health professional, you can access the abstracts for the studies mentioned above at www.pubmed.com. In 1995, the Quality in Australian Health Care study found that more than 16% of hospital admissions were associated with adverse events and estimated that 18,000 Australians die each year as a result of their health care – the equivalent of one jumbo jet load of patients each week. Treatment errors - mostly medication - were responsible for 20% of adverse events and of those 80% were judged highly preventable. Please report all drug reactions including those to colours and preservatives in drugs, to the Adverse Medications Event hotline (1300 134 237).

Diet not working as well as you'd hoped?

One tiny mistake can make a huge difference. For fine-tuning, see the Checklist of common mistakes. Readers tell us this list is very useful.

In brief


* Connecticut votes for school junk food ban In a move to combat obesity, the American state of Connecticut has voted to ban junk food in schools. The measures are being described as the toughest in the US but they still have to be approved by the state governor. Under the bill, passed by Connecticut's law-makers, most soft drinks would be banned from school cafeterias and vending machines, and certain foods classified as unhealthy would also be banned. The law would also compel children to have 20 minutes' extra exercise every day beyond normal gym classes. California’s governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has indicated that he too would push for a ban on junk food. Connecticut's governor, M. Jodi Rell, has indicated she is not in favour of the laws.

Now targetting…


This new section is for the growing number of people who ask “Can I do anything to help?” These people phone food company hotlines and write letters to politicians and food companies. Judging by the bread preservative reversal, this strategy works. We have agreed to team up with Western Australian-based www.additivealert.com.au to target a different additive in each newsletter.


We want to continue the pressure on ANNATTO (160b) since there is evidence that your efforts are having an effect. An informal supermarket survey recently found that many manufacturers have recently changed to 160a or 160e, both of which are failsafe. 160b is probably the most widely used colour in our food supply. In 1978 a study showed it affected more people than artificial colours, and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Allergy Unit research has linked it to a wide range of reactions. It is used in dairy foods such as yoghurts, icecreams and flavoured milks, biscuits, cereals, crumbed products such as fish fingers and now in Birds Eye Li’l Fishies. We would be grateful if you could ring hotlines or write to send the message: we don’t like annatto 160b. It affects our kids. We would prefer the use of 160a (beta carotene) as in Europe, or preferably no colour at all. Many thanks to the dedicated band of activists out there. You are the unsung heroes protecting our children.

Readers' stories


[376] One liners (July 2005)


Your work has changed my son’s life – I know you probably hear it from everyone, but please keep doing what you're doing, it's such important work, and the fruits of your labor are starting to pay off!


I saw you on A Current Affair last week and started my son on failsafe foods on Monday -the transformation is amazing - he is so calm!


Going to the supermarket feels good - 'no, nothing in this aisle'... and saving at the checkout - you didn't mention that the failsafe diet was also cheap! I think it is the simplicity that I like most, everything used to be over the top and out of control.


I was searching the internet for bad behaviour when your report came up and every single symptom you listed described my daughter - I immediately cut 282 out of her diet and the difference in her was almost instant - I am sure that if I hadn't come across this, the doctors would have labelled her ADHD and I would be none the wiser.


My son’s eczema started when we introduced solids – having started reading your book I can see all kinds of foods he currently eats which may be causing a reaction so we’re about to try the elimination diet.


After seven weeks on the failsafe diet, we are much improved - I feel great, my 7 year old no longer wets the bed or has accidents, my 9 year old is no longer depressed and I can actually read his hand writing!!!


My son is the original sticky-pooh boy since introduction of solids and I have never understood why until now so thank you.


I have taken my son to psychologists, school counsellors, child nurse, hearing and ENT specialists, optometrists, etc, been through the ‘why is our son the naughtiest and roughest in school?’, ‘why is our son so defiant and angry?’ then I saw A Current Affair and followed the link to your site - bought the book the next day, read it, totally gobsmacked that there was a name for my son's behaviour, glad it wasn't ADD, and now am compiling my shopping list to try and start a new eating habit for him. Maybe I won't have to sell him after all!


We have been on the failsafe diet for nearly three and have had excellent results for the whole family - I have had no pre-menstrual migraines, my 18 month old’s eczema all but disappeared and my three year old's behaviour has changed dramatically.


[375] Sick and tired of asthma (July 2005)


I purchased your book earlier this year as I was well and truly sick of asthma and many other health problems like chronic sinus and hayfever, period problems, varied stomach problems and lethargy. I found out that I am intolerant to gluten, salicylates, amines, preservatives and some other additives. I want to thank you so much for your book - it has changed my life. I am not fully better but I can now breathe and have so much energy, no stomach troubles, minimal hayfever and I haven't been sick since I started the diet. I just wish doctors would tell their patients about trying different diets to help asthma - I could have done with knowing years ago! - Rosemaree Skelton.


[374] A word from Jack (July 2005)


My 8 yr old son Jack, who is the failsafer in our house, watched you on a Current Affair on Monday night 4/6/05.

He said, “Is that the lady whose food I eat? The one that wrote the book?"

I told him yes, that's her, why?

He answered, “I’d like to met her!'

"Why?" I asked.

"To thank her for helping me".


It bought a tear to my eye. I said I'd let you know. It's great to know that the hard work, consistency and the occasional battles have been won and he now acknowledges the change himself. So thank you Sue from Jack and the rest of the family.


[373] No significant asthma in 10 months (July 2005)


I bought a copy of "Fed Up With Asthma" about 10 months ago. Since then I have been avoiding the food additives highlighted on your card and have had no significant asthma.


You argument seems to fit in perfectly with my history. I grew up in England and developed mild asthma as an adult. This was generally triggered by cats, house dust or overexertion. I moved to New Zealand, where my asthma got much worse. My doctor told me that this was due to the cold, damp Wellington climate.


I moved to Belgium in 2000. Despite living in a colder and damper climate I had no asthma in Belgium. During this time I drank very little wine, preferring the traditional local beers. I also consumed far fewer food additives just by being there. For example bread lasts less than a day as the bakers are fiercely traditional in their methods. The same is true of most other food providers.


On returning to New Zealand in 2004, the asthma started to return. This was despite living in sunny Nelson. I knew that it must have been caused by something regional. Your book helped me to identify the problem as bad food additives.


This afternoon I was shocked to hear an expert on asthma and allergies on Radio New Zealand re-iterating the old message about kids not eating enough dirt. I must have eaten loads as a kid. When I called in he insisted that there was no link to food additives, except perhaps sulphite in wine as a trigger. There is obviously still some way to go. Please keep up the good work! - by email from NZ


[372] Fifteen minutes later the paed prescribes Ritalin – I was furious (July 2005)


My seven year old so has been having behaviour problems since he started school. Earlier this year a child psychologist assessed him with a very high performance IQ but a much lower verbal IQ, so obviously there are learning difficulties although because of his high IQ these have not become apparent yet although there are some signs such as very poor spelling yet an excellent reader.


After some very long and exasperating conversations with the teacher and principal, I took Josh and his reports off to his paediatrician for help. The report explained that Josh doesn’t have ADHD but does display ADHD behaviour. Fifteen minutes later the paed prescribes Ritalin, a six week trial each school day, then see how we go! I am absolutely, to the core, dead set against this medication. In my heart of hearts I couldn’t give it to him. I was furious with the paed and decided to see our GP for further choices.


Next day, I spent one hour in the room with GP. I explained my feelings toward medication for what I truly believe is unnecessary for him and asked about diet. Same answer: six weeks Ritalin then take it from there.


Well, the day before this I came across your book Fed Up with ADHD at our local Big W. At the time I thought "interesting" but let’s see what the doctors say. Well, needless to say that evening after two doctors, and two "not happy with that” solutions, I called my husband and asked him to pick it up on the way home and read it in three days. But first thing next day skipped to the diet section and immediately introduced our family to failsafe foods.


We have been all five on the diet for the last twelve days and all five of us are seeing/feeling results. Some I didn’t even realise how bad they were pre failsafe. But -Joshua’s behaviour has improved so much! He is more compliant at school. He is getting his school work done with far less opposition. The changes in him are definitely due to the diet. The general disposition of everyone in the house is much calmer. It is actually OK for all of us to go out in public and not be constantly at the boys to calm down, behave, and stop fighting. I discovered that Josh can actually sit at the table and eat dinner like the rest of the human race, not with head, feet, knees anything but his bottom, on the chair. I have to agree with one case in "Fed Up" that I am spending an awful lot of time in the kitchen, but the kids are really adapting well to the food even the nightly meal. They are eating stuff they wouldn’t have touched before, even thought they were on very healthy limited processed foods. I just wanted to tell you that your books have been a light at the end of a very long windy tunnel and that your thoughts in the book give us hope that our square peg may not have to be shoved in the round hole after all. Thanks you again so much. - by email


[371] A reaction to instant noodles as seen by a psychologist (July 2005)


I am a psychologist working with families who require help with their children’s behaviour. I have done a number of home visits with a particular family where the mother is honestly as close to the "perfect parent" as you will ever get. There is nothing I can offer her as a psych in terms of behaviour management, as she is doing everything exactly as I'd recommend. The child I am seeing is four and has Asperger's. His sister, who mum thinks is harder to cope with because she is more unpredictable, is 7ish and has ODD behaviours but not all the time - the kind of kid who goes from angel to nightmare "for no apparent reason". I recently did a home visit and I have never seen anything like it. The girl was sitting there with me chatting away happily, fantastic manners, considerate, playing with her younger brother which such patience etc. Mum fed her homebrand two minute noodles with chicken seasoning ... I kid you not, within 15 minutes, this little angel turned into a whining, defiant, out of it kid who was climbing on furniture, pushing and hitting her brother, screaming in frustration at absolutely nothing and demanding more noodles. She traced some numbers and mum was taken back by her carelessness and messy job, which she said occurs periodically. It was quite astounding, and I wish I had been able to get that on camera! - by email.


[370] Asthma and benzoates in medication (July 2005)

After hearing about sodium benzoate in asthma medication at your presentation recently I was a bit shocked, and sure enough it was there in my son’s medication - standard Ventolin Sugar Free Oral Liquid used for under fives. I talked to my GP about my son’s asthma and that the preservative that can cause asthma was in the medication and he was extremely shocked.


My son had suddenly developed asthma when he was two months old, just after his first immunisation shot - although at that age they don't call it asthma. When the asthma finally went away we got the second shot. After that he frequently stopped breathing and was on so much medication we took turns at sitting up with him through the night. Finally we decided that the medication wasn't working constantly enough and took him off it without telling the doctor – and our son slowly got better. He would still have small attacks on occasions so after my husband read your book he decided we should try diet. We noticed there was a difference when we found some sultanas that didn't contain sulphites.


We were doing great and had almost six months free of any medication then last week our son developed an ear infection and was put on Amoxil antibiotics and Panadol for pain, both containing sodium benzoate. Within three days he had an asthma episode. After much enquiry I have found that sodium benzoate is in almost every single baby medication including pain medication (often along with artificial colours and flavours. Our pharmacist said that the small amount of sodium benzoate couldn't possibly create a reaction like asthma, it's unheard of, and as sodium benzoate is so effective as a preservative it is the most commonly used preservative in medication today and likely to be in the future. God help us!! – mother from Qld.


[369] You didn’t mention the failsafe diet was also cheap (July 2005)


I feel very comfortable with this diet and am not craving anything. Not even chocolate! I emptied the pantry and fridge of everything that wasn't failsafe and gave it all away. (it was heaps). I cook our biscuits and cakes and meals, of course, and it just feels right. Going to the supermarket feels good - 'no, nothing in this isle'....... 'no, nothing in this isle'...... and saving at the checkout! You didn't mention that the failsafe diet was also cheap! I 'd call it the poor mans diet. I think it is the simplicity that I like most, it's as if everything was just over the top and out of control. Food adverts on the TV make me really cranky now, it is similar to being a reformed smoker, I am now a reformed eater. I am not as conflicted as I was before regarding my son 'missing out’. It really is a lifestyle change and I think I've been wanting that for some years but just didn't have the will power to go 'healthy'. (Actually 'healthy' always made me sick). I have been saying to my partner for five years, if I could find a diet that was healthy and agreed with me, I would stick to it for life - I think I've found it!

MORE READERS' STORIES on the website

Product updates


***Warning*** McCains have informed us that McCains pizza bases contain unlisted BHA despite advice to the contrary from the company’s hotline to a failsafe enquirer last week. Confused? You can check for yourself on the McCain’s hotline 1800 065 521. Other products such as “Healthy Choice: hot chips and hash browns have contained unlisted BHA since May last year. As an alternative, you could try R&R bakeries gluten free pizza bases (also free of BHA).


Persimmon Wine – apologies from vintner David Scott, the Lonely Palate winery has run out of persimmon wine due to all of us thirsty failsafers. But it’s persimmon harvest time, so there will be a new batch of wine available again in about 5 months, still at The Good Food Shop in Bellingen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, if you don’t react to amines you might like to try the mango wine, which does contain some bananas.



Smashi lollies have butterscotch, vanilla kisses, lemon drops, jelli jubes and silly sours all failsafe and beautifully presented www.smashi.com


Good news: Omo sensitive is now available for front loaders, thanks to Natalie Pelusi.


Australia's first chemical-free non-toxic dry cleaner - Daisy: www.daisy.net.au


A2 milk continues to spread – now in Coles in Darwin - and we continue to hear from failsafers who can tolerate it much better than A1 or even goat’s milk. “Yesterday I drank 2 glasses of A2 with no ill effects, this is the most dairy I have had in nearly 20 years so I am excited.” (failsafer with irritable bowel symptoms). However, we have heard of a dairy free asthmatic who can’t manage A2 either.


***Warning*** Bad effects from BHA 320 in Home Brand canola oil “We have been failsafe and dairy free for three weeks now, although we started clearing our cupboards drastically the week before we started. About two and a half weeks into failsafe we were all feeling fantastic, I even had the energy to start baking and making mayonnaise, which we absolutely pigged out on. Within twenty four hours I was back to feeling horrible and over the next couple of days the children’s symptoms degenerated too. Eventually I discovered that the Home Brand canola oil I was using contained nasty antioxidants 319 and 320, so I tossed it (and the mayonnaise) out and we recovered.”


Enjo cleaning products are chemical free and failsafe. Many failsafers have reported improved food tolerance levels when they have completely removed cleaning chemicals from their homes. Brisbane failsafe leader Brenda Hunting is happy to hold demonstrations anywhere in Brisbane and surrounds, and will be in Melbourne later this year. She says “a demo can be a great opportunity to get together with other failsafers (or potential failsafers!) in your area”. She also accepts orders by phone and email and will post to destinations too far to deliver in person. Phone 07 3801 1872, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Check out the Failsafe shopping list on the website for latest information.


Your questions:


Q. Is Peters Original Vanilla Ice Cream with “new improved recipe” marked on the top right hand corner still failsafe?


A. The flavour has changed and we have received many complaints from failsafers. Comments from adults and children include "yuk", "vile", "disgusting" and "fake". My kids say it doesn’t taste that bad but don’t want to eat it. The consumer hotline officer explained to one failsafer that “original” on the label does not refer to the recipe being original, as you may have thought, but is a trademark. You can try other brands in your supermarket. Sarah Lee French Vanilla is still a good safe brand as far as I know or you can buy that icecream maker you always wanted. Our Breville Scoop Factory icecream maker has been working overtime during the holidays. See our favourite new recipe in Cooks’ Corner below.


Q. Does thrush improve on the failsafe diet?


A. Yes. Several failsafers have reported that they find the failsafe diet much easier to stick to than the candida diet and their lifelong thrush problems have cleared up.


Q. My ADHD son is only five, in prep and he has trouble in the playground. Typically he won't eat his sandwich or whatever and goes off to the senior playground - preps have their own playground but are not policed to stay there – where he has been bullied several times so I have come up with a plan to assist my son with his diet and the playground dilemma. We live straight across the road from school and I work three minutes drive from home, so I am going to take an hour for lunch and bring him home for lunch everyday. I can then make sure he eats and I can actually cook him lunch, so that beats the boring sandwich problem. It will help him by not being around kids eating brightly coloured prepackaged food and coming home for lunch is a treat. It will also help me to take some time out from work which can be extremely stressful at times and I love coming home for lunch, especially having something cooked. We may even invite a classmate occasionally to help him form friendship bonds - he can relate to and play well with other children much better in a controlled environment). So it’s a great plan, hey?


A. Yes, it’s a wonderful plan! Your son is lucky that you are able to do that for him. Playgrounds are terrible places for kids with food intolerance. When my kids attended a supportive private school, the library was open at recess and lunchtime for kids who do better in small, quiet controlled environments, and for one marvellous year an exceptionally talented teacher opened her classroom for lunch, allowing students to use classroom resources including books, computer games and board games. Having a ‘withdrawing room’ option to the playground would be one of the most supportive steps schools could take for kids with food-related behaviour, health or learning problems.


Q. I recently ate Seafood Salad in mornay sauce at my father’s house for lunch. There was some left over so I took it home and ate it again for dinner. A few hours later I started feeling strange, my face went red and my eyes started swelling alarmingly. I was scared I was going to get worse so I rushed to hospital where they treated me with antihistamines. I’d like to know what caused it, because I don’t want to go through that again.

A. From your symptoms, I would expect the culprit to be flavour enhancer ribonucleotides 635 (or its components 627 and 631) so I visited our local fishermen’s co-op to check. They sell several brands, a ‘seafood extender’ sold recently thawed and unlabelled, and two frozen packets “Seafood Salad” and “Seafood Sticks” both from Thailand. The ingredients lists are similar (white fish, egg white, crab extract, crab flavour, tapioca starch, sat, wheat starch, sugar, natural food colour 120). It is rare but possible to have an allergic reaction to colour 120 (cochineal). However, the delay in your symptoms suggests ribonucleotides. While the crab extract and crab flavour have no numbers on the Seafood salad, the crab sticks list crab flavour (631, 627) as well as MSG 621. So I am guessing that’s your problem – unlisted ribonucleotides.

Around the groups: getting in touch



There are now 70 support contacts in 47 locations in Australia, and in New Zealand and 10 overseas countries - see website.

The failsafeasthma group is now under way. Since effects of food and the environment can be different for asthmatics than other failsafers, we strongly recommend this group for asthmatics.


There have been concerns expressed about the large numbers in failsafe3 group. We now recommend failsafebasic for beginners. It is the smallest of the big general groups, You can join by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with subscribe in the subject line.


Are there any failsafers in China who would like to help a failsafer in Shanghai? - contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Perth failsafers will be pleased to hear that a paediatric dietitian with experience in the area of food allergy and intolerance has just joined our failsafe-friendly dietitians list. For details, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


There is a newly started Melbourne support group, finM. For details contact Jenny: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to subscribe This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The new Townville failsafe group meets second Monday evening of each month, details from Sherri 07 4788 7118 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




ALICE SPRINGS NT Thursday 4 August 7.00pm: Sue Dengate, “Fed Up with Children’s Behaviour”. Living Waters Lutheran School Hall, Albrecht Drive (turn off Larapinta Drive). $5, all welcome, Sue’s books for sale. Contact Andra 08 8952 8057, 0419 030 020.


NEWCASTLE NSW Monday 15 August 9.30 – 12.30pm: Sue Dengate, “Fed Up with Children’s Behaviour?” The Federation of P&F Associations. Victor Peters Suite, 841 Hunter St, Newcastle West. No cost, Sue’s books for sale. Bookings required by 10 August to 02 4979 1303 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


SYDNEY NSW Tuesday 16 August 9.00 – 11.00am: Sue Dengate, “Fed Up with Children’s Behaviour”. University of NSW School of Food Science and Technology. Room 149, Old Main Building. Food Safety class students and staff only.


SYDNEY NSW Tuesday 16 August 8.00pm: Sue Dengate, “Fed Up with Children’s Behaviour”. Kesser Torah College P&F Association, cnr Blake and Napier Sts, Dover Heights – open to all. $10 per person or $15 per couple. Sue’s books for sale. Contact Michal This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 02 9386 1446 or 0432 159 655 and Andrea This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 02 9389 3125.


SYDNEY NSW Wednesday 17 August 7.00 – 9.00pm: Sue Dengate, “Fed Up with Children’s Behaviour”. NSW Association for Gifted and Talented Children. Ravenswood School for Girls, cnr Cecil St and Pacific Hwy, Gordon. Open to all, light supper provided and Sue’s books for sale. NSWAGTC & SPELD $20, non-members $25. Booking form available at www.nswagtc.org.au or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax 02 9633 6799.


THIRROUL (BULLI & WOLLONGONG) NSW Thursday 18 August 7.30 to 9.30 pm (Bookings from 7.00 pm): Sue Dengate "Interested in Finding Out How Foods Can Affect Children's Behaviour and Health?" South Coast City Church (Above Ruttys Real Estate) cnr Lawrence Hargrave Drive and Railway Parade, Thirroul. $10.00. Sue's books for sale. Enquiries: Bernard 02 4229 8595 or Carol 02 4285 2405 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


GRAFTON NSW Wednesday 24 August 5.45 pm: Sue Dengate, “Fed Up with Children’s Behaviour”. South Grafton School Hall. $10 with a light supper before the talk at 5.15pm. Tickets at South Grafton High School, Madden’s Newsagency (93 Prince St Grafton) or Newman’s Newsagency (South Grafton).




MELBOURNE VIC Sunday 2 October 11.00 – 12.00 am: Sue Dengate will be Guest Speaker at the Biennial National GymbaROO Conference, 142 Cotham Road, Kew. Invited guests only.


YEPPOON QLD Wednesday 19 October: Sue Dengate guest speaker at Brumby’s 2005 Conference. Invited guests only.




Printable trifold brochures on food intolerance and oppositional defiance are available. We'll post two free that you can copy, or you can buy bulk copies at cost $A0.22 each plus postage. See instructions on the website for accessing pdf versions. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with enquiries. We loved this comment from one satisfied failsafer: "Ah, the answer to my prayers. I had no idea the brochure even existed, but thanks so much for directing me to it. I am not very Internet savvy, however I found it easy enough. Regarding possible opposition to failsafeing within the child care setting ... now all I have to do is hand over a copy of this and let them ask questions! Thanks again. I highly recommend everyone print this out if you don't already have a copy, it sure cuts out the "but WHY can't your kid have (insert food here)?" questions. Great for grandparents too."


Cook’s corner


Hint for natural colours use saffron for yellow, red cabbage cooking water for blue, red cabbage cooking water with added citric acid for pink, or beetroot juice for pink. - thanks to Caroline Robertson and the failsafebaby group.


Anne's satay sauce


This mock-peanut sauce goes well with chicken satay and rice.


1 tbs butter

1 clove garlic, crushed

salt to taste

1 tbsp golden syrup

2 tbsp Freedom Foods soy butter


Melt butter in saucepan over low heat, and stir in other ingredients until mixed. Just before serving, brush over satay sticks with a pastry brush and pour remaining sauce over rice. – Anne Hurman


Classic maple icecream


This is a classic milk-based icecream, lower in fat that the standard recipes from icecream makers, and a good treat for people who have to avoid dairy but can tolerate cream and A2 milk.


1 egg

1/2 cup milk

3/4 cup sugar

1 2/3 cups full cream milk (A2 is good if you can get it)

300 ml light thickened cream (20% fat)

2 tbsp maple syrup


Place egg, milk and sugar in a bowl and beat until sugar is dissolved. Pour in cream and mix well. Chill in freezer for 30-60 minutes, beat in icecream maker for 12-20 minutes and store in freezer. Serves 8.


The FAILSAFE Newsletter: You can have this Newsletter emailed to you for free about every three months. Subscribe: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Frontpage: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/failsafe_newsletter

© Sue Dengate (text) PO Box 718 WOOLGOOLGA NSW 2456, Australia. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Thanks to Anne Hurman, Robin Fisher, Brenda Hunting, Jenny Ravlic, Andra Somerville, Wendy and Michael Vine, Darani Cooper, Natalie List, and the many others who have written, phoned and contributed to this newsletter. Further reading: The Simplified Elimination Diet from dietitians, Fed Up, Fed Up with Asthma, Fed Up with ADHD and the Failsafe Cookbook by Sue Dengate Random House, and Friendly Food, by Swain and others, Murdoch Books.