Feingold Diet


The physical sluggishness, temper flare-ups, headaches, depression, erratic sleep patterns, and a “tendency to interrupt.”
The September 1992 issue of the Feingold Association’s newsletter, Pure Facts, claimed that teachers and children have been noted to suffer from the effects of chemicals used in construction, furnishing, housekeeping, maintenance, renovation, pest control, food service, and classroom activities at their schools. An article titled “The Sick Building Syndrome” stated that one child was repeatedly disciplined for reacting to his teacher’s perfume, another child became abusive toward his mother because of the school’s newly painted lunchroom, and that yet another child required tutoring because of a very bad reaction to a leak in the school’s oil furnace. Although exposure to significant levels of chemical fumes in poorly ventilated buildings can make people ill, such instances are rare.
Although fluoridation is a safe and effective to reduce the incidence of tooth decay, the FAUS Web site links to more than 20 antifluoridation articles on other sites. The site also displays abstracts of scientific articles with portions highlighted out-of-context to falsely suggest that fluoridation is hazardous.
Real risks
Because the Feingold diet does no physical harm, it might appear to be helpful in some instances. However, the potential benefits should be weighed against the potential harm of:
Teaching children that their behavior and school performance are related to what they eat rather than the effort they put into modifying their behaviour
Undermining their self esteem by implanting notions that they are unhealthy and fragile
Creating situations in which their eating behavior or fear of chemicals are regarded as peculiar by other children
Depriving them of the opportunity to receive appropriate professional help (medication, psychotherapy, or both).