Here is Cathy’s remarkable story of how Jonathan, her eleven year old son, is getting better through diet and behavioral intervention. My son was diagnosed four years ago, at age 7, with ADHD and ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder). He was the third most hyperactive child the doctor had ever seen (this is out of thousands […]

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  • RDC CCC Mom - I’m so glad to have found your site…I am well on my way to becoming the nutrition obsessed mom too! I have 2 boys with Chiari malformations, and thus dev delays, speech delays, sensory issues and some autistic like behaviors. We did metabolic testing and found we were allergic to soy and oats. And have some other imbalances. I am on my way to fixing those imbalances through nutrition and some supplementation. We do fish oil, whole food supp, limited casein (they need probiotics so we do yogurt), and lots of flax. Lots more info on our blog!

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    I am Johnathan’s grandmother and I am witness to the daily changes I see in him. He is so proud of the way he is trying to contol himself and equally proud of his new way of eating.
    I must say the dishes his mother has made a really good and I always look forward to something gluten free to try.
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  • Brandyoldfashion - I have been trying for years (11 to be exact) to figure out what is wrong with my son Dylan. He is so smart and charming, but just cannot sit still, remember, focus or concentrate. I pulled him out of school this year to home-school him rather than go through another year of doctors and teachers telling me to medicate him. I spent 3 hours today at 2 different stores buying everything for a complete gluten and dairy free diet. Your story gives me hope! I have strength now to follow my gut that this is it and stay strong to keep him on this diet.

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  • stayathomemyheart - Hi there!
    We adopted a little boy last year. He was diagnosed with Disruptive Conduct Disorder (I think that's the name) and ADHD. We refused medication until he had been with us over a year (to see if the lifestyle change would calm him down). He did calm down quite a bit with a steady, happy home, but his ADHD symptoms and aggressive behavior had really begun to wear on my husband, myself, and our 3 biological boys. We just got him on Ritalin, 10mg a day. It worked like a charm for 7 days and now doesn't seem to make any difference at all.
    I'm on the Internet researching diet options. We did have the whole family gluten free for one month last year and I didn't notice any difference in his symptoms, tho I did not cut out dairy nor food colorings or additives. Do you try to stay away from artificial additives as well as gluten?
    I am personally gluten free and feel much better, so it would not be too difficult to include my son on a diet with me (we already do gluten free dinners for the most part, with the whole family).
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    • Jen Black - Look into the Feingold diet. My ADHD son has been on it since August and his aggressive behavior and poor disposition rarely are seen anymore. We are about to eliminate gluten and casein to see if attention and focus continue to improve. ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I'm wondering if this will work for my son. He is now 7 and was adopted at age 4 (domestic adoption). His ADHD and sensory disorders appear to have been caused by a bio mom who was using some sort of drugs (unconfirmed, but was suspected). He has been taking Adderall since age 6 and it just like the orignal poster, it seems we are increasing his meds about every 6 months. We started out at 5 mg; but quickly realized it wasn't enough; now we are up to 20mg AND a 5 mg of Ritalin midway thru the day and he is able to focus at school but all these constant drug increases worry me. Will a gluten free diet work for this situation?ReplyCancel

  • Zumba Clemen - I am considering gluten-free for my 4 year old son (ADHD) and I noticed in the above article the author says 85% gluten free. So it isn't necessarily "all or nothing". Taking some out can be beneficial?ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - My son has Tourette's syndrome which is closely linked to ADHD. There is also a genetic component as my husband has the same diagnosis. We have tried the gluten-free and casein free approach. We have not been 100% free of these products and honestly ,my son who is 13 has been known to sneak "forbidden" foods frequently. When we've stuck to the diet we haven't been able to- without a doubt- see behavioral changes. It's so difficult to know what to blame when we DO see bad behavior- fidgety movement,difficulty with transitions, frustration with any change in set plans, impulsivity, motor running type behavior, —we always seem to be asking ourselves is it ADHD, is it hormonal influences (like i said he's 13), sensory sensitivities, or finally is it the pizza he snuck on the way home from school yesterday.And sometimes we wonder how much is just typical boy stuff. He has been going to OT for the past two years to address sensory issues…and although there is some improvement. it's fluctuating.

    Incidentally his allergy report did reveal a moderate sensitivity to gluten and casein.

    Ironically, in the last month when he's been the most diligent with the diet, going to OT twice each week(they increased his mandate) , and swimming 3x each week, we just received reports from 2 teachers that he has been misbehaving in class more frequently than usual.
    After all that we're now going to try meds for the first time. i feel we've exhausted many holistic approaches and are now curious to see if he can reach his potential with the addition of meds-concerta btw. i even wonder if he will improve in his behavior just because he won't have to sneak foods and lie to us about doing so.

    incidently i do appreciate the relief that many kids experience when they get rid of gluten…i do think that perhaps the scientific community needs to re-think the labeling of the diagnosis….it should be a label which truly represents the nature of the problem- maybe allergen specific hyperactivity disorder.ReplyCancel

  • Nicoleblakeman - My 8 yr old was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 5. We started him on a gluten free, organic, dye free, artificial food free diet just before his diagnosis. It makes a HUGE difference in his behavior. He still is on a low dosage of concerta but if he eats gluten his behavior is completely out of control, meds won't help at all. High fructose corn syrup has the same effects on him too. We could never go back!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - This is so inspiring to read! thank you for sharing!
    I highly recommend "What's Eating Your Child" by Kelly Doorfman.
    She has two chapters on ADHD, and talks about food intolerances and behavior in great depth as well as EFA's etc…absolutely worth reading.

    Recently we put our son back onto gluten to test if his intolerance is coeliac or non coeliac. After the first month, his behavior deteriorated rapidly. We run the tests this week and I can't wait…if we continued, he would probably be diagnosed with ADHD as he is hyperactive, can't concentrate, and is proving so challenging. This is not his normal self! It's so much worse after a gluten meal, and getting worse the longer we go on.

    For some children apparently there may be other sensitivities that affect behavior. I'm keen to exclude soy next (we're already dairy free). I highly recommend reading this book and trying dietary changes…It takes several weeks to get toxins out of our system though.

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  • jen davidson - To adoptive/foster parents…go to and get Karyn Purvis' book. We do the whole diet thing which is great but there is a bigger piece to the puzzle. This information helps find the ROOT cause of the behavior issues and how to help before doing the medical intervention. ReplyCancel

  • missylew - We have just started on our journey to help our 5 year old daughter. Thank you for sharing your story. She is the most beautiful little girl inside and out. Other children notice her ticks and sort of just tolerate her. Her teacher called her and I quote "crazy". She too figits almost constantly. Her therapist referred us to Childrens Hosp ADD/Adhd clinic. I really don't want to medicate her.I feel that would change who she is. She is a very artistic child and art actually calms her. I've been googling to find as much info as I can. I'm going to try the Gluten free with her. Again thank you for sharing your story.[and for listening to me] ReplyCancel

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  • Sande - You could have been talking about my son. He was diagnosed ADHD last spring and has been on meds since. We recently decided to go GF. Reading this really gives me hope. I want my sweet, funny little boy back. I am also glad to see it didn't have to be 100% to notice a difference. THANK YOU!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - I have a wonderful son who has ADHD and sensory integration problems. It seems his symptoms come in cycles, so I suspect diet might be contributing to his symptoms- that is may be inflamatory-related. Also, medications (we have tried most) are only having a limited effect on his behavior. He simply doesn't fit the textbook ADHD cases, nor does he appear to have any symptoms of celiac other than the ADHD ones. I have been reluctant to try the gluten free way because of the hassle and expense. But it is a last resort. Fingers crossed, we are giving it a try soon. Hoping we won't have to give up gluten completely, but just avoid it. Is that realistic? Also curious how long a gluten-free regimen takes to yield results in ADHD symptoms.ReplyCancel

  • SReeseDavis - I would highly recommend the books Wheat Belly and Brain Grain to read as you opt for a gluten-free diet. They explain it wonderfully and you will see the other added benefits from going gluten-free. Alzheimer's and dementia are also linked to a gluten diet. As far as the expense, it really is not more expensive. Stay away from the commercial boxes of gluten-free processed food. They have other junk you don't need. Just stick to whole food. Eggs, meat, vegetables, fruit, cheese, nuts, coconut oil and olive oil in all your cooking. I have found great success with all my family.ReplyCancel

  • SReeseDavis - You notice a difference in a couple of weeks if you go completely gluten-free. Gluten is addictive so once you go off it, you will not need the "comfort foods" such as bread, pasta, etc. Brain Grain and Wheat Belly have great recipes in them without buying a lot of extra stuff. Real Food is the Mantra!ReplyCancel

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I meet so many parents who are getting their kids better.  Here is one story of a child who is getting better through nutritional intervention. Our son had the list of delays I see a lot of kids with; speech delay, fine motor skill delay and sensory integration issues and perhaps what looked like a […]

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