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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:

    Thank you,
    Jane Hersey, Director

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