A thoughtful and thorough scientific article examined the role of diet in ADHD. In particular, elimination diets and restricted diets were focused on. The authors review relevant research on diet and ADHD and offer this conclusion, in part:
“Two generations ago, ADHD was seen by many as a neurotic reaction to a difficult upbringing. A decade ago, it was seen as primarily a genetic condition by many. Now it is seen, more appropriately, as likely to be an epigenetic condition triggered, in susceptible individuals, by varying environmental amplifiers. For a subgroup of children, these appear to include food intolerance, food allergy, or both.”
Our organization has stressed the role of the environment (which includes diet) not only in ADHD but Tourette syndrome, OCD, autism, and related conditions since its inception. It is critical that this information reaches families and physicians.
The author’s full text before publication is posted here.
Scroll down near the end of the article to see a chart with a recommended list of additives to avoid. “Appendix A: Example food additive list that could be given to a patient.”
The published version is in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America Vol 23, Issue 4 October 2014.