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03-01-08, 11:44 AM
Members of Parliament and outside experts have called for the removal of
artificial coloring and nonessential preservatives in foods and beverages
sold in Britain. They have also recommended that doctors be trained in
nutrition, and that children and pregnant women, in particular, eat more
oily fish, fish oils, or other sources of omega-3 essential fatty acids.

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American Academy of Pediatrics/ Developemental center at Children’s Hospital in Boston

The following is two paragraphs taken from the American Academy of Pediatrics article regarding the lancet studies:

Despite increasing data supporting the efficacy of stimulants in preschoolers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), 2 parents and providers understandably seek safe and effective interventions that require no prescription. A recent meta-analysis of 15 trials concludes that there is "accumulating evidence that neurobehavioral toxicity may characterize a variety of widely distributed chemicals." 3 Some children may be more sensitive to the effects of these chemicals, and the authors suggest there is a need to better identify responders. In real life, practitioners faced with hyperactive preschoolers have a reasonable option to offer parents. For the child without a medical, emotional, or environmental etiology of ADHD behaviors, a trial of a preservative-free, food coloring-free diet is a reasonable intervention. 4

Editor's Note
Although quite complicated, this was a carefully conducted study in which the investigators went to great lengths to eliminate bias and to rigorously measure outcomes. The results are hard to follow and somewhat inconsistent. For many of the assessments there were small but statistically significant differences of measured behaviors in children who consumed the food additives compared with those who did not. In each case increased hyperactive behaviors were associated with consuming the additives. For those comparisons in which no statistically significant differences were found, there was a trend for more hyperactive behaviors associated with the food additive drink in virtually every assessment. Thus the overall findings of the study are clear and require that even we skeptics, who have long doubted parental claims of the effects of various foods on the behavior of their children, admit we might have been wrong."

1. Bateman B, et al. Arch Dis Child. 2004;89-506-511
2. Abikoff HB, et al. J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. 2007;17:581-592
3. Schab DW, et al. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2004;25:423-434
4. Eigenmann PA, et al. Lancet. 2007;370:1524-1525

03-11-08, 02:02 PM
I've been giving my 9yr old son with ADHD 1000mg of fish oil 2x a day and believe it has helped him. He also takes 18mg concerta during the week but not on the weekends and is much more compliant on the weekends too. He was diagnosed with ODD also.