The Hyperactivity Link with Food Allergies
A major study appeared in 1994 in the Annals of Allergy, another leading medical journal. The study, entitled “Foods and Additives are Common Causes of the Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder in Children,” was authored by Drs. Borris and Mandel of the Cornell Medical Center in New York.
In this study, the researchers analyzed a group of 26 children who were hyperactive. They eliminated dairy products, wheat, corn, yeast, soy, beans, citrus, eggs, chocolate, peanuts and all artificial colors and preservatives from the children’s diet. Again, these foods are among the most common food allergens.
After elimination, 19 of the children improved significantly. That’s 73 percent— similar to an earlier study in which 79 percent of the youngsters improved. (Had they focused only on ADHD kids with other allergic conditions, it would have also shown a 79% improvement rate!)
After this first step the researchers also reintroduced the allergic foods to the children. This time they camouflaged the offending foods by hiding them in other foods.
As was the case in the earlier study, the symptoms reappeared.