26 hyperactive children were given a “modified” Feingold diet in which artificial food dyes and flavorings were eliminated, but not preservatives or salicylates. They were then challenged in four ways:
- Cookie with 13 mg food dyes + pill with Ritalin
- Cookie with 13 mg food dye + pill without Ritalin
- Cookie without food dye + pill with Ritalin
- Cookie without food dye + pill without Ritalin
The #2 condition was worst, and the #3 condition was best. Seven kids – 27% – were no longer hyperactive.
QUOTE: “There is evidence, particularly in teacher ratings, in support of Feingold’s hypothesis if it is modified.”
NOTE: “IF it is modified” ?? Perhaps they should have said “EVEN IF it is modified.”