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  • Hello!

    My son, who is now 10, has a food allergy that we didn't figure out until he was about two years old; if he has anything with corn or corn products in it (including the ubiquitous cheap All-American sweetener, corn syrup), he almost immediately exhibits ADHD-like symptoms -- hyperactivity, very low attention span, low frustration tolerance. It's amazing. My wife has learned how to cook without using corn products.

    NONE of the pediatric physicians were willing to entertain the idea that a food allergy could be responsible; we had to track it down on our own.

    We tracked it down by starting with a very bland diet (mostly rice products) and then adding different things to his diet. Corn proved hard to pin down as the trouble-maker because it's in so many store-bought things.

    I know it sounds wierd, but maybe you want to check it out? Heck, you can't even have a Coke without getting a huge slug of corn syrup.

    Do your ears or does your nose ever get red?

    Best regards,

    Dave Baker

    • Definitely check out the allergy possibility. It's amazing how many doctors still don't even seem to believe allergies exist.

      My father's best friend is an allergist and has been treating us for years. In that time I've had occasion to read a lot of pamphlets about the allergy ADHD connection while waiting around in his office.

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
    • As far as I know, my ears and nose do not get red. Of course, most of the time I can't see them. They don't generally get warm, like my skin gets when it's flushed, though.

      You are what you think.