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Hi All, I read in another thread, thanks to *KimberMama*(hope you're reading!), about allergies, food additives, and processed food can be a big contributor to behaviors with children. I hope I have that right.
I am really intrigued by this and would love to know more!


Can you help me in learning more about this?


Thanks!

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i'm also interested to know more...
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would like to hear more too.
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Oh this information can open a whole host of issues... sweets in school can cause adhd, and kids are being pumped with junk (drugs) and the causes are not discovered, only symptoms treated.

just random thoughts here.

The Feingold diet might be something to look into.

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Here is another resource:http://www.mercola.com/

Though I see him as an adult, he sees plenty of kids too many who have or had behavior problems and KimberMama has it right.... allergies, food additives, processed food and too much sugar do play a part!
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Feingold Program

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We have eliminated many foods b/c the behavior they caused was UNBELIEVABLE!

Dairy was an obvious one from infancy--hives and excema, too. But the hyperactive, crazy, VIOLENT behavior was unreal. Now, we've found most fruits are out. It's the stalycilites (spelling?)--there is a list on the Feingold site that lists foods containing them. My kid can be getting along fine--happy and cooperative, but give him a handful of grapes? Holy Hell! He is angry, contrary, quick to tantrum, hyper, and violent. It is shocking how radically his behavior changes! Grapes for goodness sakes! Who would ever suspect that??

Almost all his food allergies (citrus, citric acid, eggs, peanuts, dairy, stalycilites) manifest themselves in behavior. Some of them have physical manifestations, too. Those are neglible, though--a small patch of dry skin on his leg, a red spot on his cheek or chin, slight rash on his chest, etc.

I always wonder how many families are dealing with over the top behavioral stuff that is a direct result of food--NOT a "disobediant" or "naughty" kid.
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We've eliminated (or reduced) a bunch of foods, and have seen a lot of improvement. Since eliminating certain foods, we've seen headspinning behavior on occasions when the forbidden food was allowed (movie popcorn, for example). Never again!!!!

The thing is, initially, eliminating foods was really intimidating for me--esp the idea of an elimination diet. So I avoided the issue for a long time (too long). Then we began seeing a holistic chiropractor, who suggested that I bring in a bunch of dd's favorite foods. We did muscle testing (dd tastes the foods individually, chiro pushes down on my arm while I hold dd) in the office, and we saw in seconds which foods agreed with her system and which didn't. And then I continued to bring different foods in for the next couple of weeks. Amazing! And super easy.
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Just want to second the Feingold Diet...WONDERFUL!!!!!! I feel I have a totally normal spirited kid after trying it...we will forever FEINGOLD!!!!
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