Posted by Andy
on October 31, 1999 at 21:27:07:
In Reply to: red food dyes and possible allergies posted by c hammon on October 10, 1999 at 09:46:39:
: A friend of mine has a son that is almost seven (7) years old. He is very active, and some would even say he is hyper.
: My friend already this school year, was asked to come in and talk with the child's teacher and school principle. Their discussion
: included an idea that he may or may not have an allergy to food dyes. Is this hyperness of a child a sympton of a food dye allergy? Or perhaps
: is his diet of sugars, and sweetened cereals the main factor?
: Would a process of elimination each week be a place to start? (ie... remove from his diet, all sugared cereals one week, and log the results if any, and
: continue with another food or drink that may or may not have these food dyes.)
A footnote: Are there any other adult autobiographies about ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) besides the 1981 book by C. Thomas Wild and Anita Uhl Brothers, M.D., of Berkeley, California, which document an extremely rare sensitivity to the hidden food additive FD&C Yellow No. 5 (tartrazine) and the artificial sweetener, sodium saccharin? His account is the best documented and only first hand account I could find. It has an unusual title How to Cure Hyperactivity and is available through the Library of Congress.