Last update 9/8/2011The identity of the members is protected, except for the featured stories with pictures, who have granted permission to use their names. (Originals on file in Feingold® Association offices.) Results vary, and not everyone experiences success, but when there are problems, our Help-Line can often make the difference.
- Selection of letters sent us by members with permission to reprint:
- 4 yr old with eczema - "a massive improvement"
- Letter from a mom in the U.K., link offered by another site
- Son with "terrible asthma" - "he doesn't have it anymore."
- 9 yr old boy - "what sorrows would have been bypassed had I known earlier"
- (The airline pilot's mom - "I can only say wonderful things about the Feingold diet."
- Thank you - "I don't know how we managed before"
- Sally and the blue ice cream cone - partner finally "gets it"
- Accidentally gluten/casein free - A Japanese experience
- An adult - "You have kept me out of the hospital...."
- A grown "Feingold child" - "I wanted to bestow my thanks"
- A parent - "today he is a college teacher..."
- A parent - "results were better than we ever could have imagined"
- A parent re kindergarten teacher's meeting - teacher "blown away" by change in reading
- Parent says it helped her too - "fog in my head disappeared"
- Parent re 11-yr old - son is the biggest advocate for this diet
- Child on Feingold Program + Biofeedback - "better and better"
- From a doctor - "you changed the way I think about medicine"
- Teenager on the Program - "the results were astounding"
- We were told he had an IQ of 80-85 ... - "He is halfway through his Ph.D. in Polymer Physics at the moment"
- (Thank you - after writing HelpLine looking for uncolored antibiotics
- Thank you from Feingold child upon college graduation - "I'm eternally grateful"
- IQ increased 14 points - " I was impressed with her progress and the doctors astonishment."
- 6-yr-old boy / fluoride - "It's like he is free now"
- 2 young children - ear infections, hives
- adult - "Thanks for the job promotion"
- 5-yr-old girl with obsessive compulsive & autistic traits - "Now her teachers say she is just like all the other kids"
- 4-yr-old boy could not calm down - "Feingold has been a lifesaver around our house"
- 4-yr-old girl - tantrums, touching, toy chewing, nightmares
- school girl - good girl, school failure, headaches
- 8-yr-old girl - Tourette syndrome, ADHD, school failure
- 13-yr-old boy - seizures
The following are all the comments transcribed from the returned Feingold Association New Member Questionnaires, Spring 1999, showing the range of response to the diet.
This has changed my children's lives for the better. AH was sick, had constant migraines, struggled in school and was very emotional and more. Sixth grade was her healthiest ever. No migraines, hives, eczema, vomiting, confusion, upsets, etc. She is making friends. Honor roll all 4 qtrs and took a first place in solo ensemble for flute and piano. Thank you.
- Hogelhurst, WI
This prgm has really made a difference in my child's Rx plan and life. Thank you, your Assn. is truly a blessing.
- Eldersburg, MD
My son does not have the mucus, constant sneezing or itchy eyes he had before.
- Napels, FL
Sleeps better and less headaches
- Glenmont, FL
I like to use your web site. Please expand as you can.
- San Antonio TX
My autistic son behaves less aggressively. Don't I wish I had more time but I give my newsletters to my friends and teachers and I share the web site.
- Auburn, NY
Less stress frustration and tears.
- Newton, PA
This program has helped with attention problems, some depression & hyperactivity. We actually did stop meds but soon realized that Feingold and meds were a great mix.
- Apex, NC
Calmer child = calmer family :-) Your program has been so helpful and beneficial and we appreciate the changes we've seen in P. You've made him my Sweetie P and that is just what we need.
- Stafford, VA
Child used to get migraines and vomiting spells; only once in a while now when straying off the program for several meals.
- Canandaigua, NY
Feel better. 6 yrs. old is more alert. 5 year old not as hyper. Keep up the good work.
- Sullivan, IL
Having a more peaceful child has provided a more peaceful home ... Jane [Help-Line] was a tremendous help on the phone for me to see what I was doing wrong the first time around. Also, in our house we have needed to cut out milk and most sugar for our son.
- Seaville, NJ
Kids don't get itchy rashes, muscle aches; fits of rage are rare. No meds.
- Stafford, VA
We are doing Feingold Diet and have added calcium, brewers yeast and lecithin. We are calm and enjoy life so much more. My child has never been better. She's only 8 yet she reads labels and turns down foods that cause her to feel bad.
- Visilia, CA
Dad and sister are both more relaxed and able to concentrate and not lose temper. Sister does not fight and cries less.
- Iowa City, IA
Child is somewhat calmer.
- Seymour, TN
Mom is not as angry; neither is one child. Other is able to focus in school. This has changed my life and my ability to distress, kids are calmer and listen more and follow instructions. Thank you. I've also told my friend and she started diet and have seen same results.
- Georgetown, TX
Our son is in control of himself.
- Alpharetta, GA
My son is not as emotional. Ö We don't have full support from my child's family so the 25% he is with them is hard.
- San Jose, CA
Our son is calmer and we all eat healthier. I am preparing a 3-day conference with another therapist on the nutritional and biochem. influences on developmental delays.
- Salem, CT
From a grandparent -- Family benefited tremendously. We now have a normal grandson. We learned about you from a retired teacher who struck a conversation at a chance mtg. A Godsend.
- Clermont, GA
My son is much calmer and more in control. It would be helpful to have a list of products that have been researched and determined to be UNacceptable. If something is not on the foodlist people are not sure why.
- Phil, PA
The baby has started to sleep and son's attn. in school improved. Colors and apple products caused daughter to stay awake all night.
- Alexandria, VA
Many of C's debilitating symptoms have disappeared or were reduced. With the knowledge we have gained our family of 4 follow the Program. We are very grateful. Started Feb. '99 and saw difference in one week. In May found Dr. L who Ö found out that in addition to program, C also needs niacin supplements and dramatically different, calmer, happier and less pains.
- Mt. Pleasant, SC
Main benefit is a better; happy mom. Since starting we have met others with similar allergies.
- Baregat, NJ
My son is now an enjoyable member of our family. Wish I had learned about you sooner.
- Macedon, NY
Thank you for the foodlist updates. Prgm helps 2 yr. old also. When we started in winter of '99 she had constant ear infections; put the whole family on the diet, no ear infection since. I believe it is the new and healthier diet we all use. Just a 2nd bonus to help my son achieve in school without medication and letting him know that he can do it --it comes from within. He is very aware of what he eats and reads labels to everyone. Mood swings have leveled off in all of us. General level of health has increased. We feel good about ourselves and what we put into ourselves.
- Lakewood OH
The membership packet was too much for me so I didn't read it with an "out of control" child. The last thing I had time to do was read. Called the Assistance and followed foodlist like the Bible.
- Falls Church, VA
B is able to sit in school and focus on her work. We have been lax with the diet, however, next week school starts and we will go on it as we see a big difference. Last year B was falling out of her seat in class several times daily. This stopped after 1 week on the prgm. We noticed a difference in 1 day.
- Sault Ste. Marie, MI
His patience increased. We did it because school testing resulted in suggesting Ritalin. Opposed it and chose diet.
- W SE, NY
This is difficult but well worth the results. I tell everyone who are having problems.
- Monroe Township, NJ
I'm very thankful for this Assn. and have told many others of this diet as I am a teacher. No one can convince me that this diet does not work. It is nice for our family to have control again of our household and our son is so wonderful, it is finally nice to say wonderful things about him instead of all the negative behaviors we have had to deal with.
- Johnston, RI
For the first time in my life I can complete and mail surveys. In 1 month son went from a D to a B average.
- Peterborough, NH
Daughter has not gotten sick-no strep throats or ear infections. Able to concentrate better. She is much calmer on diet and able to control her emotions better. I think your program is great, eating healthy has keep us healthy. She used to get so tired from always being sick. Cause her to be moody and distracted. She also used to miss so much school and play dates that it hurt her socially. This has changed her life.
- S. Bellmore, NY
This program has enabled our son to be able to enjoy school. He has developed friendships which was very difficult before even when on medication. He no longer takes any form of medication. Thank you, thank you,thank you.
- Orem, Utah
My son is presently undiagnosed. Since we started the program, Greg has a bowel movement everyday, rashes disappeared, no swollen lymph nodes, handles a cold better, sleeping better, more attentive, gaining weight and has an entire happier disposition.
- Not signed
Wonderful! Thatís how I describe this plan! I love that there is a non medical prescription to help my son. For us drugs were just not an option. Thank you!
- Cinti, OH
Thank you for what you have already done. I can't tell you how positively this information has impacted our family!
- Not signed
I tell everyone I come in contact with about this program it has changed our lives and the life of my 8 year old. Thank you for your information and hard work to help children like mine.
- Bonita Spirs, TX
While we experienced an improvement in our sonís behavior he still did not have sufficient attention and concentration. The diet makes his behavior manageable when he is not on Ritalin.
- Not signed
Iím very new to this -- me and my boys have not been tested but I do notice an improvement when following the stage 1 diet. Iím still learning and once in a while Iíll find that Iím using the wrong foods for the children. and Iím trying to get better about learning to stay on the diet and be creative with recipes. Thank you so much! I would be lost without Feingold.
- Stone Mtn. GA
I think this program is great for any family experiencing problems with their children. Mine have both diagnosed food/environmental allergies, as well as behavioral/ motor skill problems. Getting them off all of the junk can only help them it also helps me be more in tune with food reactions
- Charlotte, NC
Our household is calmer, quieter. Our son gets along so much better with others! His teachers canít believe he used to be hyperactive. My husband has far less anxiety and manages stress much better. Weíre happier!
- Madison, WI