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ADHD son.

My son has ADHD. His doctor seems only to want to drug him. Someone told me some foods other than Caffeine make it worse but I can't seem to find it online. Does anyone know anything about this?


Asked by Anonymous at 4:14 PM on Jul. 21, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • I assume they are talking about the Feingold Diet or I have also heard people having success with gluten/casein free diet.

    Answer by Shellee272 at 4:26 PM on Jul. 21, 2009

  • Red Dye #40, sugar, artificial flavors and colors, high fructose corn syrup. Google Feingold diet.

    Answer by Bethsunshine at 5:48 PM on Jul. 21, 2009

  • I have found that a high protein low sugar diet really helps. For example for breakfast, my son has a turkey sandwich on Wheat bread with lettuce and tomato. I also try to cut out artificial colorings esp. red dye, it seems to hype him up. There are some great groups on here for moms of ADHD . Just look them up under search and you will find tons of great resources, someone may be better able to point you to a specific diet or website.

    Answer by luvschocolate at 10:11 PM on Jul. 21, 2009

  • You should absolutely explore how foods affect behavior, either from the Feingold Organization ( other sources. We eat a "clean" diet; no processed foods, no chemical additives, no meat, very little dairy.

    My daughter's attention issues were helped dramatically by fish oil supplements (though we have since switched her to hemp oil). It is important to use a good brand, like Nordic Naturals; it takes about 8 weeks to become effective.

    There are many therapists who work with people who have ADD/ADHD; they teach them not just coping skills, but how to use ADD/ADHD as an advantage in their lives. Thom Hartmann has written extensively on this topic; you should be able to find his books art your local library, there is lots of information at his website:

    Answer by rkoloms at 10:38 PM on Jul. 21, 2009

  • My sons don't have ADD, but I've noticed their behavior is less..... hyper and irritating when we eat real food and cut out a lot of the additives and colors. I'd try this diet everyone is suggesting - it can't hurt.

    Answer by geminilove at 12:04 AM on Jul. 22, 2009