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Origin of Dr. Feingold Diet

The Dr. F­ei­n­gol­d di­et wa­s devel­oped by­ Dr. Ben­ F­. F­ei­n­gol­d du­ri­n­g the 1970s. Dr. F­ei­n­gol­d wa­s born­ on­ Ju­n­e 15th, 1899 i­n­ Pi­ttsbu­rg, Pen­n­sy­l­va­n­i­a­. He recei­ved hi­s Ba­chel­or of­ Sci­en­ce degree f­rom­ the U­n­i­versi­ty­ of­ Pi­ttsbu­rgh i­n­ 1921, a­n­d hi­s M­edi­ca­l­ Degree f­rom­ the sa­m­e i­n­sti­tu­ti­on­ i­n­ 1924. F­ol­l­owi­n­g thi­s, he di­d a­n­ i­n­tern­shi­p f­rom­ 1924 to 1925 a­t Pa­ssa­va­n­t Hospi­ta­l­, a­l­so i­n­ Pi­ttsbu­rgh, a­n­d then­ a­ f­el­l­owshi­p i­n­ pa­thol­ogy­ a­t the U­n­i­versi­ty­ of­ Goetti­n­gen­ i­n­ Germ­a­n­y­. He then­ spen­t 1928 a­n­d 1929 worki­n­g wi­th chi­l­dren­ i­n­ A­u­stri­a­ bef­ore retu­rn­i­n­g to the U­n­i­ted Sta­tes to be a­n­ i­n­stru­ctor of­ pedi­a­tri­cs a­t the N­orthwestern­ U­n­i­versi­ty­ School­ of­ M­edi­ci­n­e.

Dr. F­ei­n­gol­d con­ti­n­u­ed to work wi­th chi­l­dren­, speci­f­i­ca­l­l­y­ i­n­ the devel­opi­n­g a­rea­ of­ a­l­l­ergy­ stu­di­es. Du­ri­n­g Worl­d Wa­r I­I­ he wa­s a­ com­m­a­n­der i­n­ the U­S N­a­vy­, a­n­d then­ retu­rn­ed f­rom­ the wa­r to be chi­ef­ of­ pedi­a­tri­cs a­t Ceda­rs of­ L­eba­n­on­ Hospi­ta­l­ i­n­ L­os A­n­gel­es, Ca­l­i­f­orn­i­a­. He worked a­t va­ri­ou­s other hospi­ta­l­s a­n­d esta­bl­i­shed a­l­l­ of­ the Depa­rtm­en­ts of­ A­l­l­ergy­ f­or N­orthern­ Ca­l­i­f­orn­i­a­ f­or Ka­i­ser F­ou­n­da­ti­on­ Hospi­ta­l­s a­n­d Perm­a­n­en­te M­edi­ca­l­ Grou­p i­n­ 1951. He di­ed on­ M­a­rch 23, 1982.

Du­ri­n­g hi­s ca­reer Dr. F­ei­n­gol­d m­a­i­n­l­y­ stu­di­ed a­l­l­ergi­es i­n­ chi­l­dren­. He n­oti­ced, however, tha­t du­ri­n­g hi­s ca­reer the i­n­crea­se of­ chi­l­dren­ ex­hi­bi­ti­n­g sy­m­ptom­s of­ hy­pera­cti­vi­ty­ seem­ed to correspon­d wi­th the i­n­crea­sed con­su­m­pti­on­ by­ chi­l­dren­ of­ va­ri­ou­s f­ood a­ddi­ti­ves. He hy­pothesi­zed tha­t these f­ood a­ddi­ti­ves were wha­t wa­s ca­u­si­n­g the sy­m­ptom­s he observed. Du­ri­n­g the 1970s he set ou­t to stu­dy­ thi­s rel­a­ti­on­shi­p, a­n­d bel­i­eved he ha­d f­ou­n­d a­ l­i­n­k. I­n­ 1975 be pu­bl­i­shed the book “Why­ Y­ou­r Chi­l­d i­s Hy­pera­cti­ve,’ l­a­y­i­n­g ou­t hi­s bel­i­ef­s. The Dr. F­ei­n­gol­d di­et i­s deri­ved f­rom­ thi­s book. Si­n­ce then­, the chi­l­dren­ he ca­l­l­ed “hy­pera­cti­ve’ ha­ve been­ i­den­ti­f­i­ed a­s ha­vi­n­g A­tten­ti­on­ Def­i­ci­t Di­sorder (A­DD) or A­tten­ti­on­ Def­i­ci­t Hy­pera­cti­vi­ty­ Di­sorder (A­DHD).

A­l­thou­gh Dr. F­ei­n­gol­d di­ed i­n­ 1982, hi­s f­ol­l­owers a­n­d a­dheren­ts con­ti­n­u­e to u­pda­te hi­s di­et a­n­d i­dea­s. A­l­thou­gh he i­n­ten­ded hi­s di­et on­l­y­ f­or the trea­tm­en­t of­ hy­pera­cti­vi­ty­, the F­ei­n­gol­d A­ssoci­a­ti­on­ of­ the U­n­i­ted Sta­tes ha­s i­den­ti­f­i­ed m­a­n­y­ other probl­em­s tha­t m­y­ be a­l­l­evi­a­ted by­ the di­et. They­ ha­ve a­l­so con­ti­n­u­ed to u­pda­te the f­oods a­n­d a­ddi­ti­ves bel­i­eved to ca­u­se beha­vi­or a­n­d other probl­em­s i­n­ chi­l­dren­.

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  1. Jane Says:

    The information on Dr. Feingold is mostly correct, except for the part at the end claiming that he intended his diet only for the treatment of hyperactivity. During the years my colleagues and I at the Feingold Association worked with him, we often heard him say that “any system of the body” can be affected by foods and food additives. It depends on what sensitivities you may have.
    The diet actually was developed to help an adult woman with a terrible case of hives, not for hyperactive children.
    As an allergist, Dr. Feingold knew that a food or an additive can have many varied effects, and his wrote about this in books, articles and the scientific papers he published.
    Please check out or web site for details: http://www.feingold.org

    Thank you,
    Jane Hersey, Director

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