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Rajcumar 2020: Knowledge & misconceptions of parents of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder at a hospital in South Africa

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South African Family Practice,2020 Sep. 3; 62(1): e1-e8 This paper is about a survey of 79 parents of ADHD children aged 5 to 17, in South Africa.  The authors report that 92.4% of the parents believed that “reducing sugar or … Continue reading

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Howard 2010: ADHD is associated with a “Western” dietary pattern in adolescents

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Journal of Attention Disorders, 2011 Jul;15(5):403-11. Complete data, including diet and ADHD diagnoses, were obtined on 1,172 adolescents (14 year olds) from the Raine Study which had been following children from birth. The authors noted that the “Western” dietary pattern … Continue reading

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Lee 2020: Dietary patterns are associated with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms among preschoolers in South Korea: A prospective cohort study

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Nutritional Neuroscience, 2020 Sep 4:1-9 In a large group of children followed from birth, data on diet and behavior were obtained on 535 children at both 4 and 6 years old. The foodsinvestigated were divided into four basic groups: Sweet:  … Continue reading

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Yan 2018: Dietary patterns are associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms among preschoolers in mainland China

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European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, November 2018; 72 (11):1517-1523. The authors studied several eating patterns among Chinese children.  While the “processed,” “snack,” and “beverage” dietary patterns were all positively associated with ADHD symptoms, the “vegetarian” (more natural) dietary pattern was … Continue reading

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Farsad-Naeimi 2020: Sugar consumption, sugar sweetened beverages and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis

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Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 53 (2020) This paper is a meta-analysis of seven studies considering sugar consumption and ADHD.  The authors concluded there is a “positive relationship between overall sugar and sugar-sweetened beverages consumption and symptoms of ADHD.” The authors … Continue reading

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Bakthavachalu 2020: Food Color and Autism: A meta-analysis

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Advances in Neurobiology (2020) 24:481-504 While the research does not prove causation, there seems to clearly be a link between food dyes and symptoms of autism.  Not only are there direct neurotoxic effects, but it has been shown that at … Continue reading

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Dolp 2020: Oligoantigenic diet improved children’s ADHD rating scale scores reliably in added video-rating

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Frontiers in Psychiatry, August 2020, Volume 11, 730, pp. 1-12 An oligoantigenic diet is a few-foods diet, used sometimes to identify foods a child may be allergic to.  It excludes all the food dyes, preservatives, and other additives, as well … Continue reading

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Kirkland 2020: Artificial food coloring affects EEG power and ADHD symptoms in college students with ADHD: A pilot study.

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Kirkland AE, Langan MT, & Holton KF, Nutritional Neuroscience (2020), DOI: 10.1080/1028415X.2020.1730614 Although this is a small pilot study, and the first to consider young adults, it indicates that food dyes may affect both brainwave activity and ADHD symptoms in … Continue reading

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Fake Information Describes Feingold Diet

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Healthline Media claims to be “creating a stronger healthier world” by providing “clear, credible, evidence-based health and wellness information that’s distinguished by its compassion for the human experience.” One of its most recent articles, dated September 29, 2020, is failing … Continue reading

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Pure Facts Excerpts and Archive

Newsletter of the Feingold Association of the United States Read more … Want more? See the ARCHIVES beginning 1981 How can parents help their ADHD child? In the controversy over whether or not to use medication, some important issues are … Continue reading

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HCQ — the Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

This page is far from finished. My husband, bless him, insists I publish it now, continuing to add more studies afterwards – since he is sure that this information may save a life and can’t wait. If this information is … Continue reading

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Let’s get educated on vaccines

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(Updated July 17, 2020)If you have concerns about what is going on in the world of vaccines, you are not alone. I have long been collecting the research on all sides of this issue, and have begun organizing the studies … Continue reading

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How genetics and environment work together to shape our destiny: Milena Georgieva at TEDxAUBG

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Milena Georgieva is a young scientist in Bulgaria with lots of prestigious awards for best scientific excellence practices. Here, she describes the way our DNA functions. The way we live, the way we talk, the way we breathe and the … Continue reading

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Archives – FAWA 1979, July

Dr. Feingold comments on the FDA study The Kaiser-Permanente/University of California study funded by the FDA is commonly referred to as the FDA study. The study was supportive. One child out of 22 children under controlled conditions reacted unequivocally to … Continue reading

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Archives – FAWA 1979, September

The American Baby – A Victim of Corporate Profits? The American Council on Science and Health – the food industry’s new lobby – celebrates the International Year of the Child with a feature article in the August American Babymagazine; some … Continue reading

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Archives – FAWA 1978, June

Evening with Dr. Feingold Dr. Feingold was in the Washington area recently to participate in the Huxley Institute symposium. Board members of FAWA thank the doctor for giving us an evening of his time, and Rod & Trish Federick for … Continue reading

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Archives – FAWA, 1979, December

Letter from Dr. Feingold to FAUS Members: Greetings; This past quarter has been quite eventful, not only for the concept of dietary management of behavioral disturbances and learning disabilities, but for the entire field of nutrition. So many events of … Continue reading

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Archives – FAWA 1979, June

NEW YORK (Associated Press) May 8, 1979 — There is no evidence that hyperactivity in children is caused by their diet, in particular by artificial food coloring, an independent association of scientists has found. The American Council on Science and … Continue reading

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Archives – 1977, 10/09

Study backs idea that food dye may make children hyperactive by Michael J. Conlon, United Press InternationalWashington Star, Sunday, October 9, 1977

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Archives – FAWA 1979, March

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Letter from Dr. Feingold Greetings to all members of FAUS! It is almost six years since the AMA meeting in New York (June 1973), where I made the first public announcement linking food additives to behavioral disturbances and learning disabilities … Continue reading

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Archives – FAWA 1980, April

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Letter from Dr. Feingold Dear Parents: Some interesting and important events occurred during the past quarter. The FDA science symposium, “Effects of Foods and Drugs on the Development and Function of the Nervous System: Methods for Predicting Toxicity” was very … Continue reading

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Archives – FAWA 1978 December

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Letter from Dr. Feingold to the Feingold Association of the United States Greetings to All Members of FAUS, This past quarter has been very productive. Great progress has been made in public awareness, acceptance and application of the diet. This … Continue reading

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Archives – Index

FAWA: Feingold Association of the Washington Area 1977 September: First Anniversary Issue / FDA study 1977 November: Dr. Feingold’s Visit 1977 December: Answering the Critics: Nutrition Foundation / Dr. Mayer 1978 June: Evening with Dr. Feingold 1978 December: Letter from … Continue reading

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Archives – FAWA 1980, November

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The Nutrition Foundation Strikes Again We had not heard from the Nutrition Foundation for a long time. They’re the alter-ego of the American Council on Science and Health. Like ACSH, the Nutrition Foundation sounds like an unbiased, scientific pillar of … Continue reading

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Archives – FAWA 1977, September

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First FDA study supports Feingold theory Results from the first federally-sponsored study of the Feingold hypothesis are strongly supportive of a key facet of the KP diet. Following two experiments funded by the Food & Drug Administration, researchers at the … Continue reading

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Archives – FAWA 1977, November

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Dr. Feingold’s Visit Dr. Feingold addressed a standing-room-only audience of FAWA members on October 8th. Here are some of the highlights from his talk. We are no longer in the position of having to “prove” the validity of our knowledge. … Continue reading

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Archives – FAWA 1977, December

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Answering the critics FAWA Newsletter, December 1977 (page 9-10) Feingold families are often confronted by newspaper and magazine articles — some of which appear in medical journals — telling us that the KP Diet doesn’t really work. (Those sleepless nights … Continue reading

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Archives – 1982, 01/29

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Feingold diet is worth testing, panel says American Medical News (newsletter of the American Medical Association)January 29, 1982, page 23.

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Archives – 1982, 01/16

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Treating hyperactivity Houston Post January 16, 1982 Click on article to enlarge

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Archives – 1977, Aug 03

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Does what we eat affect behavior? The St. Louis Globe-Democrat, August 3, 1977

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A new collection of studies on the relationship of food dyes to health

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Just finished: a compilation of all the studies I can find on the food dyes used in the US and their connection with behavior and health. Download here (190 pages) This project was created to help the California Office of … Continue reading

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Augustine 1980: Neurotransmitter Release from a Vertebrate Neuromuscular Synapse Affected by a Food Dye

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Science. 207(4438):  1489-90. Red 3 was applied to nerve synapses in the frog, producing an irreversible, dose-dependent increase in neurotransmitter release. The author suggested this may be useful for studying neurotransmitters, but that the use of Red 3 as a … Continue reading

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El-Desoky 2017: Curcumin Protects Against Tartrazine-Mediated Oxidative Stress and Hepatotoxicity in Male Rats

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European Review for Medical & Pharmacological Sciences. (21): 635-645. Curcumin (an extract of turmeric) was studied to see if it could protect against the kidney and liver damage expected from the ADI of Tartrazine (Yellow 5) given in the diet. … Continue reading

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Al-Seeni 2018: Nigella Sativa Oil Protects Against Tartrazine Toxicity in Male Rats.

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Toxicology Reports. 5: 146-155. This was not a test of tartrazine (Yellow 5) – they already knew it would be toxic.  Rats in the “positive control” group (given Yellow 5) had elevated liver enzymes, cholesterol and triglycerides, as well as … Continue reading

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Don’t miss this free seminar series

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If you, or your child, have a tic disorder or Tourette’s Syndrome, you may feel like the disorder controls your life.   But there is hope — you can manage a tic disorder, naturally, so that you feel in control. Don’t … Continue reading

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Rodrigo 2018: Efficacy of a Gluten-Free Diet in the Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome: A Pilot Study

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Nutrients.  May 7;10(5). pii: E573. Rodrigo says that Tourette Syndrome (GTS) and gluten sensitivity may be associated.  23 children and 6 adults were put on a gluten-free diet and followed for a year.    They found a “marked reduction” in tics, … Continue reading

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Ludlow 2018: Understanding the Impact of Diet and Nutrition on Symptoms of Tourette Syndrome: A Scoping Review

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Journal of Child Healthcare. Mar;22(1):68-83 Ludlow and Rogers want to write a review of existing studies, but actually they are stuck with anecdotal reports because so little research has been done in this area.  As they say, however, “anecdotal reports … Continue reading

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Briguglio 2018: Dietary Neurotransmitters: A Narrative Review on Current Knowledge

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Nutrients. May 10;10(5). pii: E591 Some of the many substances found in foods are neurotransmitters (NT), including acetylcholine, glutamate, GABA, dopamine, serotonin and histamine.   Not only are these neurotransmitters part of the food itself, but they may be added or … Continue reading

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Dufault 2018: Food labeling requirements may explain lower autism and ADHD prevalence in the United Kingdom

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Integrative Food, Nutrition and Metabolism, 2018, 5(4): 1-2 This editorial explores possible nutritional reasons for the huge difference between the United States and the United Kingdom in numbers of children diagnosed with ADHD or autism. After two separate studies in … Continue reading

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Li 2018: Inedible Azo Dyes and Their Analytical Methods in Foodstuffs and Beverages

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Journal of AOAC International, Vol. 101.  (epublished ahead of print) This guest editorial is not about the food dyes we know and don’t love — it’s about inedible, dangerous food dyes that are used illegally in foods.  There is a … Continue reading

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Prabhakaran 2017: Benzalkonium Chloride: A Bronchoconstricting Preservative in Continuous Albuterol Nebulizer Solutions.

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Pharmacotherapy. 2017 May;37 (5): 607-610. Albuterol in bottles used for multiple dosing contains benzalkonium chloride (BAC) as a preservative.  The authors say that many pediatric hospitals use this kind of albuterol when preparing solutions for continuous nebulized albuterol for asthma … Continue reading

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Tseng 2018: Peripheral iron levels in children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis

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Scientific Reports,  2018 Jan 15;8(1):788. 17 studies on iron and ADHD were analyzed by Tseng et al in Taiwan. Iron does more than prevent anemia; besides helping in  homeostatis of the hemoglobin (red blood cell) structure, iron is important to the … Continue reading

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Leo 2018: Occurrence of Azo Food Dyes and their Effects on Cellular Inflammatory Responses

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Nutrition. 2018 February. 46:36-40 This study found that 11.54% of the 1,681 processed items examined in a local supermarket in Singapore contained at least one of five food dyes — of which tartrazine (Yellow 5), sunset yellow (Yellow 6), and … Continue reading

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Science Library Text Collection – updated

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Today I have finally listed all the “open” research studies collected up to now.  This brings the Library Text Collection up to more than 3,000 papers listed. Now to start the next part of the project — updating the list … Continue reading

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Rainbow-colored cake anybody?

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In study after study, the dangers of artificial food dyes are documented.  Nevertheless, many of us would still like to provide colorful party foods for our families.  What to do?  Of course, bright fruits such as blueberries and strawberries can … Continue reading

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Feingold 1978: Address to California School Food Service Association, Sacramento, CA

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Although this speech was given in 1978, it could equally apply today.  Tragically, his warning went unheeded, and nothing has changed. Ladies and Gentlemen: I am pleased to be with you today to discuss the importance of the School Food … Continue reading

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Choudhary 2017: Neurophysiological symptoms and aspartame: What is the connection?

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Nutritional Neuroscience, 2017 Feb 15:1-11. This is a review of studies linking neuro-physiological symptoms to aspartame usage which concludes that aspartame may be responsible for adverse neurobehavioral health outcomes. QUOTE:  “Aspartame consumption needs to be approached with caution due to … Continue reading

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Soffer 2016: A case of chronic contact dermatitis resulting from the use of blue hair dye

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Contact Dermatitis. 2016 Oct;75(4): 258-9 This is a case report about a 45-year-old woman who began to dye her hair blue.  After several years of rashes and itching on her scalp, face, and neck, she sought help from an allergist.  … Continue reading

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Mawson 2017: Pilot comparative study on the health of vaccinated and unvaccinated 6- to 12-year-old U.S. children

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Journal of Translational Science, Volume 3(3): 1-12.  doi: 10.15761/JTS.1000186 This is one of the first studies done to address the questions raised by the U.S. Institute of Medicine about the long term health outcomes of the vaccination schedule as used … Continue reading

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Senate Health Committee approves Wieckowski bill to study dangers of synthetic food dyes on children

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SB 504 calls for state office to conduct independent review of evidence and options for the Legislature April 26, 2017 The Senate Health Committee today approved a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to direct a state agency to review … Continue reading

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Khayyat 2017: Tartrazine induces structural and functional aberrations and genotoxic effects in vivo

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PeerJ. 2017 Feb 23;5: e3041. This study was done to evaluate the possible adverse effects of the color Tartrazine (Yellow 5) on kidney and liver function and structure in rats, as well as its affect on white blood cells.  For … Continue reading

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Feitosa 2017: Estimate of the theoretical maximum daily intake of Sunset Yellow FCF by the Brazilian population

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Food Additives & Contaminants Part A. 2017 Feb 20:1-8 This study was  able to estimate daily intake of foods containing Sunset Yellow (Yellow 6) using the 2008-2009 data collections of food purchases by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics.  … Continue reading

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Bastaki 2017: Estimated Daily Intake and Safety of FD&C Food Colour Additives in the US Population

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Food Additives & Contaminants, Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment. 2017 March 23. Using complex statistics and a database of product  labels, rather than direct measurements, an  “estimate of daily intake” of the amounts of synthetic food … Continue reading

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Pestana 2010: Safety of ingestion of yellow tartrazine by double-blind placebo contgrolled challenge in 26 atopic adults.

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Allergologie et Immunopathologia (Madrid). 2010 May-June; 38 (3): 142-6. In this study, styling itself as a “gold standard, double-blind placebo controlled, crossed-over challenge,” 26 adults with atopy (skin or asthma allergy) were tested for tartrazine (Yellow 5) sensitivity and had … Continue reading

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Book: Waging War on the Autistic Child

PROLOGUE “What is the loss of job, career, professional license, honors, colleagues, and country against that of a child’s voice? How do the very public denigration of one’s science and the epithet of “child killer” from Bill Gates weigh against … Continue reading

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Newson 2003: Pathological demand avoidance syndrome: A necessary distinction within the pervasive developmental disorders.

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Archives of Disease in Childhood. 2003 July; 88(7): 595-600. Newson here proposes that PDA should be considered a separate entity within the pervasive developmental disorders. Table 1 on Page 597 gives a detailed description of such a child, using 8 … Continue reading

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O’Nions 2014: Pathological demand avoidance: Exploring the behavioural profile

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Autism. 2014,  July; 18(5): 538-44. This is the first report comparing the profiles of children labelled PDA to those in  other groups with behavioral overlap. For example, children with conduct problems are strongly motivated by rewards; for PDA, however, rewards … Continue reading

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Reilly 2014: Pathological Demand Avoidance in a population-based cohort of children with epilepsy: Four case studies

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Research in Developmental Disabilities. 2014 Dec; 35(12): 3236-44 Children with epilepsy often have other neurological problems such as autism and ADHD.  This paper is a detailed report on four children with epilepsy as well as symptoms of PDA (Pathological Demand … Continue reading

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Gillberg 2014: Commentary: PDA – public display of affection or pathological demand avoidance? – reflections on O’Nions et al. (2014)

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Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 2014 July; 55(7):769-70 Beginning with a comment on “PDA” as sometimes used to mean “Public Display of Affection,” Gillberg says that in his own 40 years of clinical experience, PDA/EDA is not at all … Continue reading

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