It was hoped that when a 2011 advisory panel for the FDA met on food dyes and behavior (ADHD), they would recommend package warnings and help pave the way for an eventual ban. But the panel decided more studies were needed.
While some find it encouraging that the FDA at least considered a connection between dyes and ADHD, their action has been less than impressive. After all, there have been reports of a link between dyes and hyperactivity for 40 years. Why aren’t there rigorous studies by now on a condition that has turned our schools and so many families upside-down?
We can’t put all the blame on the powerful drug and food industries. Physician groups could have demanded answers or encouraged research long ago. ACN is convinced that the medical community’s drug-only approach to ADHD will go down in history as one of modern medicine’s greatest failures. We can add our voice by documenting reactions to dyes—and not just for ADHD.
Parent reports were key to at least getting the FDA’s attention, and more are needed. The Center for Science in the Public Interest is collecting reports on food dyes and behavior. If you have seen reactions, you can report symptoms in addition to ADHD, such as tics, OCD, foggy thinking, eczema, anger, fatigue, etc. Simply share what you have observed.
The online form is easy to use, and your voice will be heard! Please share your experiences here.