CSPI Report Links Diet, ADHD

A report by the Center for Science in the Public Interest published in October 1999 concluded that diet plays a fundamental role in ADHD. The report also charged that government agencies, physicians and the food industry have disregarded strong research evidence pointing to a link between diet and hyperactivity.

The report further noted that drugs used to treat ADHD can cause severe adverse reactions, and their long-term effects are unknown. Ritalin has been reported to cause Tourette’s syndrome in some children and has been linked to liver cancer in one animal study. Cylert, another drug commonly used to treat ADHD, has been found to sometimes cause acute liver failure. It is banned in Canada. This report can be downloaded in its entirety from http://www.cspinet.org/diet.html.

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