Dear Feingold Assn,

Although my children have not been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD the Feingold Program has become a "lifesaver" around our house. At about age four my son was becoming very hyper and could not seem to calm down sometimes. We tried everything - sitting him down and explaining that his behavior was unacceptable, punishment, limiting snacks (which he had already ate very little of), cutting back on television (which he generally only watched PBS stations already). We couldn't seem to discover why he was acting this way. Finally I heard about the Feingold Program from a Susan Powter tape. It was pretty enlightening. I decided to join Feingold, not just because of my son, but because it seemed like a pretty sensible way to eat. Soon after, I checked out my cabinets and was shocked to find the amount of BHT, BHA, TBHQ, artificial colors and flavors that were in the foods I was feeding my 4 year old and 2 year old. I started them off each morning with a vitamin, granola bar, and cereal. It sounded pretty healthy until I began to read labels. Every one of these things had either BHT, BHA, TBHQ, or artificial colors or flavors in it. I threw everything away that was unacceptable and now when I shop I read every label, including toothpaste, shampoo, etc.

Although my family is not on the Feingold Program 100% of the time (i.e. going out to eat at restaurants, parties, etc.)I know that at least thefood that they are getting at home is truly good for them and not a bunch of colors and flavors that are not there to add to my child's health--but are there for the convenience and profits of the food industry. I think the Feingold Program is literally a "lifesaver" and wish that every parent could hear about it and follow it. I have spread the word myself and all my friends and relatives know about it. In fact my son (who is now 5) started kindergarten in the fall and the first day of school when the children had a snack, my son asked the teacher, "Does this have chemicals in it?" I was a little embarrassed at first when the teacher told me about it, but I was kind of proud of my son for realizing that there is good food and bad food. Now when he has a snack at school, if he thinks that it isn't good for him he will either throw it out or bring it home and ask me about it. I think that's pretty amazing for a 5 year old.

D.K., Philadelphia, PA