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Is there a correlation between ADD/ADHD and allergies?

 Yes, children diagnosed with ADD have a much higher incidence of allergies. Chemicals, flavors, natural salicylates and colorants used in foods are all responsible for causing allergies and hyperactivity. Studies are now showing that up to 5 out of 10 children could improve the symptoms of their their condition by omitting certain components from their diets. Doctors are now realizing that some salicylates found in food can cause allergies, such as asthma or eczema both of which are seen in large numbers of ADD/ADHD children. Eliminating offending foods, artificial additives, and salicylates from the child’s diet can improve health and eliminate many symptoms such as hyperactivity and irritability. 

Children who are allergic to salicylates usually are allergic to artificial colors and flavors too. Artificial colors and flavors are contained in almost all packaged/processed foods. It is important to read labels and buy as much natural and organic foods as possible. Often the allergies we see in these children are what are called accumulative allergies. This means that when large amounts of one offending allergen (food or environmental) or smaller amounts of several offending allergens are encountered their is a reaction. This reaction can be behavioral or physical. This is why many of the studies that have been done weren’t conclusive in their findings. There is however, no doubt that diet and the environment play a crucial role in ADD/ADHD symptoms. Allergic responses to food and other environmental substances should be ruled out before a final ADD/ADHD diagnosis is made since allergies often lead to an inaccurate diagnosis.

See my report on Why Dietary Intervention is necessary and Finding the Right ADD Diet along with my new book Cracking the ADD Code which discusses the many underlying causes of ADD.