I received an email today from a visitor to this site about ADHD diet. She wanted to encourage me in my search for ADHD Help but also in my website development in helping others. She shared a short story about her own struggle to help her son.
I asked her to give me a bigger piece of the story to share with you. I want you to know that ADHD can be helped. Her miracle came with the Feingold Diet.
I know that dieting is one of the main roads to controlling ADHD.
If you will read this story, you will find a miracle for yourself like this visitor did if you will take the chance to try. You will also see that she is searching for a doctor to help wean her son off of the medication. Be very careful with medications and always consult a doctor. It is always best to consult a doctor.
Make sure to read the UPDATE to the story at the bottom.
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Thank you for posting the success story from the mom whose child had so many food issues. But she is mistaken in saying that the Feingold Diet eliminates milk, gluten and MSG. While many people prefer to avoid MSG, and some Feingold members must remove milk or gluten, this has never been a part of the Feingold Diet. Please visit our website for accurate information.
Jane Hersey, National Director
Feingold Association of the US
My son had ADHD that was so severe, it masked his Aspergers Syndrome for several years. His ADHD reached a peak when he was 12 when I had to enter his bedroom with a pillow to protect myself from flying objects that might be thrown at me.
I would be there as he awoke with his ritalin before he left his bed! That's how severe he was! Luckily for me, he also has a developmental condition. Though he was 12, with the development of an 8 year old, he would still throw huge tantrums! The doctor wanted to increase his meds even though he was already at 54 mgs of concerta and 8 mg of melatonin at night to help him sleep and help his nightmares. I did not want him to have any more medications. My son was turning into a zombie while on them and acted crazy when they wore off.
I needed to know more about alternatives. My son did not go to sleep until 1 am, then woke several times in the night. He was up for the day at 6am, where was I going to find the time to learn more? His school (special school) had threatened me with exclusion (expulsion) and there was no where else for him to go.
The melatonin was a discovery that helped my son sleep. I discovered this when he was ten years old. So in between his sleeping pattern, I started researching and found the Feingold Diet and the "Allergy Induced Autism diet". 2 diets for 2 conditions - one for ADHD and one for his Asperger's.
I discovered that they were remarkably the same. Both included the exclusion of all animal milks, gluten, all MSG's, and chemically related products. But I thought it was too difficult. We ate out most nights because his behaviour was so severe. I had little precious time to rest, let alone cook! However, I did notice that he seemed to live on a diet of dairy milk and chocolate chip cookies and could go through 4 pints of milk a day on his own! So I began with trying to eliminate the animal milks. .... and it was ...HELL!
My son hit the roof! He searched the house for milk, then the cookies and made my evening a nightmare. I persevered and got through the night. Exhausted, I went in to his room in the morning with his concerta (and my pillow for my safety!) and as I opened the door this unknown boy to me jumped out of bed, ran to me and said, "morning mummy." He put his arms round my waist and squeezed me and said, "I love you" and ran off down stairs.
In my shock, I did not move and then suddenly burst into tears. These words had rarely been said in his lifetime and I could not remember a morning like this. Then I remembered he had gone downstairs and ran down in a panic. It couldn't be real and there he was on the sofa, calmly watching tv. The diet had begun and for me there was no going back. I wanted my son back and I knew he was in there somewhere.
This was not a cure only a beginning. Of course he was not calm all day!! That would be a miracle! But I waited a year on the no milk diet before I took him for an intolerance test. Yes, the severe aggression had gone but he was still hyperactive, annoying, and unaware of any dangers. The strong ADHD symptoms were still there but not to the severity that I was going to lose my mind entirely.
Amazingly, the intolerance test showed that he was intolerant to animal milks, gluten and other chemicals found in foods. I knew that I had to try the Feingold diet. So we began. With a lot of help from, "Barbara the bread", from the AIA support group, with her fabulous recipes for gorgeous bread and cookies, were entirely gluten and dairy free. My son continued to improve. I reduced his meds to 36 mgs concerta successfully and occasionally he can manage on 18 mgs. I have not found a doctor to help me wean him off the meds entirely.
My son also was found to have a salicylate intolerance. The further I progressed into the diet his behaviour improved as well as his happiness with life. He also had vitamins and supplements that help adhd symptoms. They also provided the nutrients for the foods he cannot have in his diet.
He has grown more in this year (2006) than any year and gained weight to take him from a worrying sight to an all round healthy happy boy of 15 almost 16 yrs. He still has developmental difficulties and I know he still has ADHD/Asperger's Syndrome. Compared to his friends, one who has been recently tagged by the police for his behaviour and his medications level increased. My son is unbelievable!!
I now had my miracle.
I am so proud of him. No words can express this feeling.. My last battle is to find a doctor to help me wean him entirely from the world of ritalin related drugs because I know he can do it! we will do it together.
many thanks, UK Mom
UK Mom here from North wales with some good news! my son is now entirely drug free thanks to the feingold diet/AiA diet. He has been totally Ritalin free for 3 weeks with no side effects and no going back!
It has taken 7 years in total to transfer to the diet and slowly withdraw the Ritlain based drug, Concerta that he has been taking since he was 6 years old. we made it! I am so proud of him and would like you to update this to his story to give hope to other parents and people who have ADHD.
It can be done and it is well worth the hard work it takes to implement the diet. my son has a life and a good one at that and this is thanks to the diet. Thank you to everyone who has helped us from Barbara the Bread, AiA, the Feingold diet, Luke and Joe Jackson and a special thank you to his sister for being so tolerant x well done son !