Food Additives and Hyperactive Children

Food Additives and Hyperactive Children

by C. Keith Conners

Paperback(Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1980)

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The purpose of this book is to present an account of several different studies of the relationship of food additives to child behavior and learn­ ing problems. Because the outcome of these studies has deep, personal interest for many parents and their children, I have tried to present the studies in such a way that the logic and evidence of the studies is com­ prehensible to informed adults interested in weighing the facts for themselves. Unfortunately, the facts do not always follow a straightfor­ ward course. Part of my purpose has been to show the complexities lying in the way of the answers to apparently simple questions. I believe it is healthy and important for parents to examine the scientific evidence on issues affecting their daily lives, and to become aware of the process of research surrounding controversial claims regarding new therapies. New ideas in behavioral science are often difficult to track down and evaluate, and consequently there may be a large gap between therapeu­ tic claims and evidence bearing on those claims. The mother who won­ ders whether her child should be treated with a special diet is unlikely to have the facts necessary to make a judgment of the costs and benefits. She should however, know some of the major pitfalls in coming to a conclusion for or against such a course.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781468436884
Publisher: Springer US
Publication date: 12/12/2012
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1980
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

1 Background of the Problem.- Childhood Behavior and Learning Problems.- Dr. Feingold’s Hypothesis.- Clinical Studies of the Feingold Diet.- Clinical Case Trials.- 2 Controlled Diet Trials.- Design of the First Controlled Trial.- Selection of Patients.- Procedure.- Assessment of Prior Dietary Status.- Monitoring Compliance and Nutrient Intake.- The Experimental and Control Diets.- Monitoring the Effects of the Diets.- Comparison of Results from the Two Diets.- Clinical Global Impressions.- Parent and Teacher Reports.- Ease of Following the Diets.- Informal Comments.- Dietary Habits and Nutrient Intake.- Follow-Up of the Children after Two Years.- Discussion and Interpretation.- 3 The Challenge Model.- The Problem of Natural Salicylates.- Challenging with Food Dyes.- A Food Challenge Case Study.- The Cookie Challenge.- 4 A Second Challenge Study.- Challenge Trial Two.- Selection of Subjects.- Design of Trial Two.- Results.- Case Studies of Double-Blind Responders.- Billie (No. 167).- Jimmie (No. 163).- Darlene (No. 057).- Criteria and Noncriteria Subjects.- Summary and Discussion of Challenge Trial Two.- 5 Foods, Food Dyes, and Allergies.- The Tension-Fatigue Syndrome.- The Cytotoxic Test.- A Third Challenge Trial.- Selection of Subjects.- Design and Procedure.- Results.- Reasons for Terminations.- Effects of Challenge and Cytotoxic Reaction.- Summary of Cytotoxic Studies.- 6 Food Dyes, Activity, and Learning.- Paired-Associate Learning.- Activity Level.- Behavioral Ratings.- Subjects.- Design and Procedure.- Results.- 7 Food Additives and Behavior: The Evidence.- The Wisconsin Studies.- The Williams Study.- The FDA Contract Study.- The University of Toronto Studies.- Summary and Conclusions.- Appendix 1 Children’s Psychiatric Rating Scale.- Appendix 2 Study Procedures And Informed Consent For Diet Versus Control Comparison.- Appendix 3 Hyperkinesis Study Diet.- Appendix 4 The Cytotoxic Food Test.- Appendix 5 Observational Rating Scales.- References.

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