What is the Feingold Diet Program?
It's a diagnostic tool to determine if certain foods or food additives are
triggering some or all of the problems you are seeing. It is continued as
a treatment. It can also be combined with any other necessary medical treatments.
Which foods and additives are likely to cause problems?
What are the chances this will help me or my child?
There is a large body of research that shows the damaging effects certain food additives can have, and that removing them can help the majority of children. These chemicals can affect behavior, learning and health.
But more important, we have been successfully helping hundreds of thousands of families use this program since our nonprofit organization was formed in 1976.
Most of us are parents whose children have dramatically been helped and we donate our time to share information with other families. As we used the Feingold Program for our children we ourselves have also benefited.
How can one additive -- for example a food dye --
affect so many different things such as behavior, learning and health?
Food dyes are synthesized from petroleum and are legally permitted to be contaminated with toxic byproducts that include lead, mercury and arsenic.
Different people have varying reactions to these harmful chemicals, depending on their individual biochemistry and genetics, and some people are more sensitive than others. More ...
What's the deal with salicylates?
Willow bark, which has long been used to ease pain and fever, contains salicylate which is the basis for aspirin. Some plants make salicylates to protect themselves from insects and disease.
While salicylate-containing medicines such as aspirin can offer benefits, and plants that contain salicylates can be very nourishing, they are not well tolerated by everyone.
Many people believe that by measuring the salicylate content of various foods, we can assume that those with the highest levels are the ones that will cause problems. Unfortunately, it is just not that simple.
How about the research?