Vol. 8, No. 2 May 2004
for Hard-to-Raise Kids . . . and Their Parents, Too
Hersey, Director of the Feingold Association of the US
- Eight-month-old Justin
is a fussy baby and still hasnt slept through the night.
- Severe asthmatic bouts
bring three-year-old Tiffany to the emergency room.
- Daniel, age five, has
just been expelled from the latest day care center as a result of
his aggressive behavior.
- Maggies second
grade teacher simply cant get through to this distracted
little girl and suspects she has ADD (attention deficit disorder).
- Her older brother is
on his third set of ear tubes because of chronic infections, and their
mom suffers from hives.
as all these people are, they share something in common a group
of substances are triggering their various behavior, learning, and health
literature shows that many of the synthetic additives in food are powerful
chemicals that can that trigger problems in sensitive people. Little
Justins fussiness and sleep problems are linked to the additives
in his baby vitamins. Tiffanys asthma comes from the yellow dye
in her favorite macaroni and cheese mix. Daniel is a calm, well behaved
child when he doesnt consume multicolored breakfast cereal, blue
drinks, and so-called fruit snacks, but the pantry is generally
well-stocked, so his good days are rare.
the most problems after eating lunch in the school cafeteria, but the
strong smelling markers designed for white boards also make it hard
for her to pay attention. (They are also responsible for her teachers
frequent headaches.) As for Maggies brother, his ear infections
are being triggered by the artificial dyes and flavorings in his favorite
candies while the biggest culprits for their mom are the synthetic preservatives
hidden in her low-fat milk and the sweetener in her diet soda.
food dyes are made from petroleum, as are three common preservatives:
BHA, BHT and TBHQ. Artificial flavorings can be made from anything (literally,
anything!) and a manufacturer need not disclose this information to
anyone, including the Food and Drug Administration. Aspartame, the synthetic
sweetener in Moms diet soda, is responsible for more reports of
harmful effects than any other additive in history.
news is that consumers dont have to eat this chemical stew, parents
dont have to be faced with out-of-control children, and all of
us dont need to be harmed by the very thing that is supposed to
nourish us our food.
Association is a nonprofit organization with 28 years of experience
teaching people how to find the food they love without the chemicals
they hate. Named in honor of the doctor who helped so many hyperactive,
learning disabled children (now called ADHD), most of the volunteers
are parents who have found help for their children and themselves. To
learn more visit <www.feingold.org>.
Hersey is Director of the Feingold Association of the US and the author
of Why Cant My Child Behave? and Healthier Food for
2004 Jordan Institute for Families