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November 1977

Food Additives and Hyperkinesis

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics University of Utah Medical Center Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Am J Dis Child. 1977;131(11):1204-1206. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1977.02120240022003

The food-additive-free diet now occupies a definite spot on the American nutritional scene. Very few pediatricians remain who have not been asked by concerned parents about giving their child this special diet. The Feingold Association, a national organization with community-based chapters, bears the name of the physician who first claimed a causal association between certain substances added to foods and hyperkinesis and learning disabilities in children. The speed with which this organization has grown and the vocal activity in its individual chapters indicate the basic appeal of the notion of a simple dietary treatment for a common behavioral disorder. As physicians, we must keep an open mind to Dr Ben Feingold's claim, but we also have an obligation to demand that testable hypotheses be stated and then be subjected to careful scientific study. We are also obliged to keep abreast of those studies in order to function as informed consultants

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