If you follow the Feingold Program for a number of weeks and do not see a significant improvement, DON’T GIVE UP.   You may have overlooked something when you first started the Program.  Re-read your Feingold materials and review your diet diary and double-check your pantry

shelves for unacceptable items.  Be patient.  Some children go through four to six weeks of withdrawal with worsening symptoms before improving.  In a minority of cases the diet alone is not enough, but when other treatments are added, the change can be dramatic.  In autism, for example, the diet is seldom a “cure,” but parents report that other interventions work better once the child is also on the Feingold Diet.


Common reasons for lack of success are:


  • Using products similar to, but not actually those in

the Foodlist

  • Using an unacceptable brand of toothpaste,

shampoo, soap, vitamins, medication, etc.

  • Not eliminating all salicylates
  • Infractions (eating foods that are not accepted)
  • Adding back salicylates too quickly and thereby

missing a build-up effect

  • Testing out restaurant food too soon
  • Excessive sugar and low protein