In 1965 Dr. Ben F. Feingold, using the allergy diet designed by Dr. Lockey of the Mayo Clinic, began his observations of the link between certain foods and additives and their effect on some individuals’ behavior and ability to learn. From the time he first presented his findings to the American Medical Association in June, 1973, he called upon the scientific community to research and test his hypothesis. But the science of the biochemical basis for behavior was in its infancy, and Dr. Feingold knew it would be decades before details of the relationship between foods and behavior would be fully understood.
But families couldn’t wait twenty or thirty years; they needed help then, as they do now. Dr. Feingold viewed his most important role as that of clinician — a physician who offers practical assistance to the troubled patient. He developed a technique that could dramatically help more than half of the children and adult patients he saw — a program that was relatively simple to use, not expensive, and presented no harmful side effects.
Despite the hundreds of families helped in his practice and thousands helped through correspondence, Dr. Feingold was deeply troubled about the millions of families he could not possibly reach. Thus, at an age when most men retire from their profession, Dr. Feingold traveled throughout the United States and the world to bring his findings to the attention of the public and professionals, and to encourage the formation of support groups, from which a national association evolved.
On a personal level he was always delighted to receive notes and pictures from the many he had never seen but had helped so profoundly. Their pictures decorated his office and he often referred to them as “my kids.”
How will I know which brands to buy?
The Feingold Association researches brand name foods with the manufacturers and uses the information
we receive to create lists of products we have found to be free of even small amounts of unwanted additives.
We collect this information and publish what we call “Foodlists” — a collection of more than 13,000 brand name products we have researched and are acceptable for you to use.
Foodlist & Shopping Guide
The PDF Foodlist is kept updated throughout the year. It is a portion of the materials provided in the Feingold Program. Click the Foodlist to see details on how to order them.
Who decides if an additive is safe to use?
Astonishingly, the company that makes and sells the chemical is in charge of deciding if it is safe for consumers to use!
The Feingold Handbook
This is your guide to using the Feingold Diet — to show you how to have success as quickly and easily as possible.
It contains the best ideas and solutions that have been found by parents like yourself since the Association was formed in 1976.
Some of the topics covered in the Handbook are:
- Using the Program for different ages
- Gaining your child’s cooperation
- Meal suggestions
- How to keep a Diet Diary
- Better foods at bargain prices
- How to substitute ingredients
- Tips and time-savers
- Holiday ideas
- Working with your child’s teacher
- How to handle parties, soccer games, etc.
- Getting help from the relatives
- Doctors, dentists & counselors – how to get their help
- How to deal with a reaction
- Other additives to consider
- What about gluten and casein?