Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Causal Relationship: Diet And ADHD

"According to Pelsser, 64 percent of children diagnosed with ADHD are actually experiencing a hypersensitivity to food. Researchers determined that by starting kids on a very elaborate diet, then restricting it over a few weeks' time.

'It's only five weeks,' Pelsser says. 'If it is the diet, then we start to find out which foods are causing the problems.'

Teachers and doctors who worked with children in the study reported marked changes in behavior. 'In fact, they were flabbergasted,' Pelsser says.

'After the diet, they were just normal children with normal behavior,' she says. No longer were they easily distracted or forgetful, and the temper tantrums subsided.

Some teachers said they never thought it would work, Pelsser says. 'It was so strange,' she says, 'that a diet would change the behavior of a child as thoroughly as they saw it. It was a miracle, a teacher said.'"

Article in its entirety:  http://www.npr.org/2011/03/12/134456594/study-diet-may-help-adhd-kids-more-than-drugs

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