In 1965 Dr. Ben F. Feingold, using the allergy diet designed by Dr. Lockey of the Mayo Clinic, began his observations of the link between certain foods and additives and their
effect on some individuals' behavior and ability to learn. From the time he first presented his findings
to the American Medical Association in June, 1973, he called upon the scientific community to research
and test his hypothesis. But the science of the biochemical basis for behavior was in its infancy,
and Dr. Feingold knew it would be decades before details of the relationship between foods and
behavior would be fully understood.
But families couldn't wait twenty or thirty years; they needed help then, as they do now.
Dr. Feingold viewed his most important role as that of clinician -- a physician who offers practical
assistance to the troubled patient. He developed a technique that could dramatically help more than
half of the children and adult patients he saw -- a program that was relatively simple to use, not
expensive, and presented no harmful side effects.
Despite the hundreds of families helped in his practice and thousands helped through
correspondence, Dr. Feingold was deeply troubled about the millions of families he could not
possibly reach. Thus, at an age when most men retire from their profession, Dr. Feingold traveled
throughout the United States and the world to bring his findings to the attention of the public
and professionals, and to encourage the formation of support groups, from which a national
On a personal level he was always delighted to receive notes and pictures from the many he had never
seen but had helped so profoundly. Their pictures decorated his office and he often referred to them
as "my kids."
His presence and support are sorely missed.