Feingold with Evening Primrose Oil
Originally Posted by happymomwith5
Oh yes, we really watch out for dye, one in particular is red40...what horrible stuff that is!
We do detox on a reg. basis. But one thing I've been diong research on, is fish oil capsules. I've heard amazing things about it. But of course, I will need to speak to a homeopath to find the right one and amount.
Tyler said he's willing to give it a try, as long as he doesn't taste the oil
Along with the Feingold diet may I suggest trying Evening Primrose Oil - easily obtained from Trader Joes or any Health Food Store. Prick the capsules and rub it into the skin - the elements are then absorbed that way, instead of through the digestive system.Has the same qualities as the fish oil, but without the nasty taste! Also, a vitamin supplement which includes Zinc is indicated.
My son was never 'diagnosed' with ADD (he's 23 now) and by the time he was two years old wit's end is not even close to what we were feeling! No sleep, inconsolable screaming, constant runny noses and colds, constant thirst, bouncing off the walls etc etc. He had been a perfect breastfed infant until he started being weaned at 6 months...his favorite food was applesauce made from the organic apples from our garden! Who'd've thought that apples would be the cause of such a syndrome! (Salycylic acid...so no aspirin!) My doctor prescribed an antihistimine to get him to sleep at night...and that would have been fine, except for the artificial coloring, flavoring and preservative in the medication! Just ended up making him worse....what a nightmare!
I was living in England then, and nobody had heard of the feingold diet - I ended up joining the Hyperactive Children's Support Group who were brilliant and had the info on the feingold diet and more.
Following the diet was a challenge...reading labels to avoid Tartrazine (Yellow #5) Red40 etc and finding foods that were not messed with was hard. And there's always the issue of kid's birthday parties and not being able to eat out etc. I got to be an expert on finding fun foods made with natural food coloring. Also watch out for foods with hydrolised vegetable protein - chemically similar to MSG - and often used in products instead of meat.
I have to say though, that as well as the diet was working, it wasn't until we started the Evening Primrose Oil and vitamin regime that we really noticed a big change - four days in and he slept through the night for the first time in 2 years!!! We had him (and ourselves!) sorted by the time he started Nursery School, and he's grown up into a fabulous guy - is now pursuing a PhD in Physics...
When my daughter was born, I stuck to the dietary protocol - wasn't taking ANY chances!! Life changing stuff, no doubt.
Do note other factors other than diet: felt tip pens, for instance, if the child uses them and puts them in their mouth or gets them on their skin...the colors are absorbed that way. Also - check your laundry soap and fabric conditioner - these tend to stay in the fabric after washing and can also cause problems next to the skin. Generally, try to use environmentally friendly cleaning products around the home. If it's safe for the environment, must be safe for us too.
My heart goes out to you. Hang in there - try the dietary option with supplements - don't give in to ritalin. Drugs should not be a long term fix!