You have had questions from people unable to use Ritalin and wishing for a nutritional approach of some sort.
Please let people know that the Feingold diet has been used for 25 years as a treatment for ADHD and other behavioral disorders, as well as helping many of the physical symptoms that frequently accompany ADHD such as asthma, bed wetting, chronic ear infections, migraines, etc.
There remains a pervasive myth that the diet has been "debunked" and that it does not work, or that it is "unproven" or has "no scientific support." I repeat -- this is a MYTH. See the research at http://www.feingold.org/research.shtml
See a comparison of older inadequate studies and newer ones at
http://www.feingold.org/brochures.html (click on "Side 1" and "Side 2" for the graphs and a very surprising chart from National Academy of Science information)
The method of action is not a diet effect -- it is not from eating any magic ingredients -- but rather from a removal of what is apparently a "drug effect" on some people of food additives manufactured from petrochemicals, as well as avoidance of foods containing a salicylate component that has been shown to suppress an enzyme needed in both the gut and the brain. The good news is that since this enzyme is required to metabolize the very additives that are removed from the diet, there appears to be some recovery in most people so that salicylate-containing foods are usually tolerated at least in small quantities after a while.
More information on the science behind this is at http://www.feingold.org/research_pst.html
A description of the diet itself, quotes from parents, etc. are all found on the Feingold web site at http://www.feingold.org
This is by far the CHEAPEST treatment available for ADHD. While it requires some readjustment in shopping, Program materials and a 100-page Foodlist Book updated monthly make it as easy as possible. The extra time and effort is more than made up for by savings of time and money not spent in the doctor's office for medication checks, blood tests, neurological tests, etc. etc.
The Feingold Association is a nonprofit organization whose workers are mostly volunteers. The fee for Program materials is about the same as the price of a pair of good running shoes, or dinner for 4 in a nice restaurant ... or a one month prescription of Ritalin ... but the benefits can last a lifetime.
I myself have raised 3 children with ADD, ADHD, Tourette Syndrome, Aspergers ..... we began by using all the usual medications. The diet was a life saver -- worked much better than the medications ever did, and no side effects. And cheaper too -- I must have saved $100,000 in doctors visits no longer needed, special ed services no longer needed, etc.
I implore doctors to TELL the parents of ADHD children that this is an alternative -- let the parents decide which treatment they want to use. ADHD is not generally a life-threatening crisis situation --- unlike cancer or leukemia or diabetes, the child can afford a few weeks to find out whether this kinder gentler treatment will work for them.