Dr. Benjamin Feingold, an allergist with Kaiser-Permanente, developed the K-P Diet that eliminated food additives and artificial flavors in the 1960s. While Dr. Feingold passed away in 1982, the program is carried on by volunteers who are members of the Feingold Association.
This book by Jane Hersey has many testimonials that I will not try to reproduce, but I will highlight the program. There have been some studies done that address some of the pieces of the Feingold Diet, but no one has studied the pure program.
Symptoms that Feingold families testify to having seen improvement:
(These symptoms will not improve for everyone. It depends on the underlying cause.)
Easily upset, incessant crying, temper tantrum
Not hearing what is being said
Motor stuck on fast forward
You sense that behavior cannot be controlled
Other children avoid playing with your child
Fine one minute, next minute out of control
Demands his way and rules for a game
Off in own world
Always losing things
Homework lost, forgotten or mutilated regularly
Hard time understanding subtle cues, facial expressions
Laugh too loud or inappropriately
Has lots of labels
Screaming after eating
At home fine, school too much
Fine Motor difficulties
Thyroid problems and mood swings
Asthma / Allergies / Hives
Autism / Aspergers
Earaches and ear infections
Sensory Integration Disorder
What is the Feingold Program?
1. A test - "for several weeks, you use only foods that are free of synthetic dyes, artificial flavors and three preservatives, as well as a group of foods know as 'natural salicilates.'" p. 16 Keep a record of foods eaten and behaviors seen.
2. All of the remaining foods are usually well tolerated. "If this trial results in an improvement in your child's behavior, or in other target symptoms, then the test becomes a treatment." P. 16
3. "After a few weeks of success you can gradually expand the food choices, adding back natural salicylates one at a time, and watching for any return of old behaviors." P. 16
How to begin....Becoming a member of the Feingold Association is extremely helpful because they are continually researching the ingredients in a wide range of products and keep the members up to date on changes from the Foodlist that comes in the packet. Membership Packet includes:
Foodlist & Shopping Guide
The Feingold Handbook
Recipes & Two-Week Menu Plan
Pure Facts - 10 issues of newsletter
FAUS Counseling Line
Salicylate/Aspirin Senstitivity program
Gluten/Casein-free diet information and resources
List of mail order resources for hard-to-find products
For more information and current membership fee: http://www.feingold.org or call 1 800 321-3287
Eliminated on Feingold Program:
Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal -trademarks)
BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) - antioxidant preservative
BHT (buytlated hydroxytoluene) - antioxidant preservative
Citrus Red # 2 - synthetic coloring
Cyclamate - synthetic sweetner
Ethyl vanillin - synthetic (artificial) flavoring
FD&C colors - synthetic (artificial) coloring
MSG (monosodium glutamate)
Saccharin - synthetic (artificial) sweetner
Tartrazine - FD&C Yellow # 5, synthetic (artificial) coloring
TBHQ - (tertiary butyl hydroquinone) antioxidant
Vanillin - artificial flavoring
Other food dyes.
Almonds, oranges, all berries, tangerine, cherries, nectarine, peach, apricot, apple, plum, prunes, grapes, raisins, cranberry sauce, juices from these fruits, peppers (bell and chili and red), tomato, cucumber or pickles, cloves, currants, coffee, tea, aspirin, oil of wintergreen (methyl salicylate).
Many families have found this and other diets helpful with behavior, coping and learning. Before you invest in a membership, why not give it a trial in your family for at least three weeks? If you find that behavior or focus or learning improves in any member of your family, then you will know that a family membership will benefit you.
Maggie and her husband, Ronnie operate the Center for Neuro Development in Lakewood, Washington. They offer local, on site services as well as some long distance consultation. They work with homeschoolers as well as those who attend school. While many of their clients are challenged with learning they offer products and services for a broad range of individuals. http://www.centerforneurodevelopment.com
For all you need to begin the Feingold Program and Jane Hersey's book: http://www.feingold.org