The Food Intolerance Network (also known as Fed Up), in conjunction with many dieticians, pharmacists, biomedical practitioners, parents, and other medical professionals believe that children with symptoms like those shown on the program should go through an elimination diet prior to medication.
Many people have found dramatic success using an elimination diet such as the one offered by Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, and have then found a new way of eating to maintain optimum health. However, whilst many families find all the improvements they need in one diet (such as the FAILSAFE diet, or GAPS diet) and others include additional supplements to optimise health, this is very much done on an individual case by case basis using trial and error.
Many families using dietary intervention to control ADHD (and other behavioural disorders) due to intolerance of both artificial and natural chemicals have questioned why their children react poorly to food chemicals, thinking: “We should be able to eat apples”. They found that using biomedicine which assesses body chemistry imbalances to bring nutrients and minerals up to optimal levels, and healing damaged guts, gave results that are nothing short of amazing (thanks Chris Cormack).
There is clearly much research still to be done to better understand the affect of food chemicals (natural and artificial chemicals) on brain function. It is important to make this knowledge mainstream.
Despite existing evidence, this show did not mention diet and its role in addressing children with ADHD symptoms. So many of us are disappointed that ABC TV did not take this opportunity to include dietary intervention, so that medication is only used after diet has been eliminated as a cause. In the show's introduction, it is said of the experts that "they'll consider every option" but diet was not mentioned (at least by end of episode two).
We believe that many families watching the show would benefit from this information and would like ABC to mention during their final episode that many families have benefitted from dietary changes.