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Alec's Story

This letter was written to Good Morning America regarding their article
about a family whose son suffered sudden death as a side effect
of stimulant medication.

I am a parent of Alec, a third grader in Frisco, Texas. He struggled to keep up with his peers in kindergarten and it became worse in first grade. After too many reports home from his teacher that our son talked too much, couldn’t listen to instructions and was falling behind in his ability to read, we consulted with his pediatrician. Forms and surveys were completed; a diagnosis of ADHD was produced. The stimulant drug Concerta was prescribed.
Alec doing great today

Our son took his medication, his attention improved. The talking in class was lessened but he was still behind in his ability to read. Loss of appetite, poor weight gain, behavior problems after the medication wore off in the evening, pill strikes, sleep problems all ensued as well. His pediatrician assured us this medication would help his self-esteem. That his self-esteem was the most important thing.

The Concerta stopped working as well, so higher doses were prescribed and taken. He wasn’t doing any better in school, he was still struggling. I knew there was an answer, just didn’t know where.

I searched for a pediatrician who could help us manage our son’s issues, to help us manage his medication. I found a different doctor named Deborah Z. Bain, MD, in Frisco, Texas. I had no idea she would recommend a diet change. She told me about her own child’s bad experience with food additives and encouraged me to try the Feingold Program. She thought our son would respond to the dietary changes and his Concerta dose could be reduced.

Fast forward six months later. Our son is off all stimulant drugs. He has a normal appetite, he likes to help around the house, and he helps me with my small business. He enjoys eating the “Feingold Way” and comments about the yucky chemicals in all the TV commercials targeted to children that promise increased attention span at school; the health benefits of brightly colored yogurt and sugary coated cereals. He knows these claims are not true.

With small changes to the food I serve our son, he is happy and well-adjusted. He is looking forward to starting the third grade in August. My husband and I are thrilled with his progress. I write this letter to educate your staff about the alternatives to stimulant medication for our young children.

-- Michelle, TX
(name on file)