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May 1982

Hyperactivity and the Feingold Diet-Reply

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1982;39(5):624. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1982.04290050087019

In Reply.  — Dr Traxel clearly belongs to the relatively small group of physicians who consider food allergy to be a major factor in the cause of psychopathologic disorders. Much has been published by this group.1 However, the phenomena Dr Traxel refers to as if they were proved ("masking, sensitivity reduction..., addiction, and neutralization," the value of a rotary diversified eating schedule) have not been demonstrated scientifically, and are not accepted as valid by most allergists. In addition, these phenomena, even if they exist, do not easily explain the order and dosage effects found in some studies, as these effects were not found in most studies (including ours) and so were most likely chance findings.Most of Dr Traxel's criticisms are discussed in our article. In general, it seems that Dr Traxel has missed the main point of our study. Regardless of what we judged the children to be like while on the Feingold diet, all parents stated emphatically that