children suffer at home and at school with hyperactivity, inability to focus,
and a wide number of diagnoses lumped together as learning disabilities. Among
these latter designations may be auditory processing problems and dyslexia.
Parents, often at a loss as to what to do about their childrenís
difficulties, may be ignoring the one thing that can make the most significant
changes in their childrenís behavior: diet.
of the foods introduced into our diet are full of fat, salt, and sugars. They
are processed and full of chemicals. At my school, the teachers escort our
students to the cafeteria for lunch. Iím pleased that I donít have to stay
there for a long time. Itís nt because of the noise factory (although I do
appreciate getting away from the youthful exuberance for a while). Itís
because I canít stand to see what most of the kids are eating for lunch!
importantly, enough research has been done to indicate clearly that in many
cases, symptoms of hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention
deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), autism, asthma, and sleep disorders
related to ADHD disappear altogether with the change of diet - and no
additional drugs are needed.
Typical programs, like Dr. Benjamin Feingoldís, suggest eliminating
ingredients such as artificial food dye and flavors; BHA, BHT, and TBHQ
(petroleum-based preservatives), salycylates, and corn syrup.
parent trying to modify your childís diet, your greatest challenge is going
to be instituting changes for your child while others around him continue to
consume the same things that they have been eating. This is not easy, but it
is also not impossible. You will have to appeal to your childís desire to
helpful sources are available to parents who would like to delve into this
subject. Thomas Armstrong wrote The Myth of the A.D. D. Child: 50 Ways to
Improve Your Childís Behavior and Attention Span Without Drugs, Labels, or
Benjamin Feingold, one of the earliest researchers in this field, wrote Why
Your Child is Hyperactive. The Feingold Association of the United States
can be reached at (800) 321-3287, www.feingold.com.