These letters were received from physicians who treated youngsters with ADHD and parents. Years ago, William Crook, M.D. shared some of the letters he has received from patients and physicians related to hyperactivity and attention disorders. He was director of the International Health Foundation, Inc., and author of Help for the Hyperactive Child and Tracking Down Hidden Food Allergies. The first four letters were addressed to Dr. Crook:
1 After one year of kindergarten [our son’s] teacher suggested that he should not go to school because “he couldn’t sit still.” The doctor asked if we would take him off sugar for six weeks and see if there was any change. The change was so dramatic that we began to look for other foods that might cause problems. Subsequently, we found that he was sensitive to soy. We began a program of diet control, and my son went from the lowest reading group to the top in six weeks. I am a school teacher and never understood the reasons for some children’s unruliness in the classroom. My plea is for teachers to be aware of this possibility.