ADHD and Food Additives: A Ban?

There have been speculations about food additives contributing to ADD or ADHD for decades.
In September 2007, a pivotal study came out which pointed to a direct link between certain food additives/dyes causing ADHD type symptoms.
You can read more about this study, and this topic here:

It has just been reported in February 2009 that the state of Maryland is considering legislation to inform consumers of the risks of these food additives (with a label warning), and then ban them completely in 2012.

You can read the full report on this issue here.

This article shares:

Which food colorings should you look out for? If Maryland’s food warning bill passes, these chemical additives would bear the following warning: Warning: The color additives in this food may cause hyperactivity and behavior problems in some children.

* Blue 1
* Blue 2
* Green 3
* Orange B
* Red 3
* Red 40
* Yellow 5
* Yellow 6

Will this potential law hit the law books and set a precedent which may impact the rest of the USA, and many other countries?

Or will the ‘food lobby’ aim to crush this legislation in an attempt to keep control of costs, or some other explanation?

What would you like to see happen?

Please share your thoughts below.

Best,

Dr. Kenny

[tags] ADHD, ADD, Attention Deficit Disorder, Diet, Feingold, Food Additives [/tags]

Comments

  1. ADHD-and-food-additives-a-ban….

    There have been speculations about food additives contributing to ADD or ADHD for decades. A pivotal study came out which pointed to a direct link between certain food additives/dyes causing ADHD type symptoms….

  2. ADHD-and-food-additives-a-ban….

    There have been speculations about food additives contributing to ADD or ADHD for decades. A pivotal study came out which pointed to a direct link between certain food additives/dyes causing ADHD type symptoms….

  3. ADHD-and-food-additives-a-ban….

    There have been speculations about food additives contributing to ADD or ADHD for decades. A pivotal study came out which pointed to a direct link between certain food additives/dyes causing ADHD type symptoms….

  4. ADHD-and-food-additives-a-ban….

    There have been speculations about food additives contributing to ADD or ADHD for decades. A pivotal study came out which pointed to a direct link between certain food additives/dyes causing ADHD type symptoms….

  5. Dr. Handleman,

    Thanks for bring us the truth about food additives and their impact upon the learning and behavioral problems of children. I remember during the 70s when I was studying at Kent State in Ohio, that Iowa State Pediatrians strongly denied that learning disabilities were caused by trauma in the environment. As a school psychologist, I was very unpopular when I suggested to parents that they look at their child’s diet as a factor in their behavior. Thank you for being bold enough to tell the truth about the need for parents to be more cautious about what they feed their kids, and are exposed to in the environment. My book on this subject is available at http://www.understanding-learning-disabilities.com. Would you consider a link to my site.

  6. Your article on co-morbidity raises some questions for me, I wonder how you treat ADHD which is really not a “condition”, but a list of behaviors exhibited by the child. As a school psychologist I found that oppositional defiant behavior was usually exhibited when the child was trying to protect himself from some stressor in the environment. This behavior was noted in chemically exposed children with immature visual systems. More than 10 minutes of visual activity would bring on this behavior without exception. Often the children would explain their problem before they sat down to work. Others would not attempt to read from a white page with black ink. I understand that oppositional defiant behavior expends beyond these circumstances, but I found that with oppositional defiant children that it became necessary to identify the precursor that was causing the behavior. Sometimes, the precursor was the way in which the parent interacted with the child, threatening his self identy or self esteem. I do hope that you include the parent in the treatment process.

  7. I never really had ADHD/ADD growing up, it was until the last year where I have been consuming on average 3 meals a day outside, fast food, or processed snack / quick food during long hours of work – have I developed major inattention symptoms

    I had seen my first mental health doctor today and she even had trouble figuring out what I am experiencing but she did feel that was an tentativeness/focus issue

    I truly believe food additives and phosphates may be an issue I am 25 and also have a slightly reduced renal function in a single kidney

    I have always wondered about this

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