Doctor's Note

Check out these videos on diet and hyperactivity:
Artificial Food Colors and ADHD
Treating ADHD Without Stimulants

And check out my other videos on soda

For more context, also check out my associated blog posts: Aspartame: Fibromyalgia & Preterm BirthSchoolchildren Should Drink More Water; and Is Caffeinated Tea Really Dehydrating?

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  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other videos on soda. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

  • sandy100

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    My question is: My 8 year old daughter is sensitive to salicylates. So many fruits and vegetables are limited. She was tested positive for sodium benzoate and is sensitive to food dyes. Her behavior and mood is very impaired. Her behavior is compared to a bipolar person within one hour of consuming foods she should not have eaten. She is a highly sensitive person.
    How do I “detox” her after eating something at school or a party. Her behavior is horrible. She is rude, backtalk, mean, spiteful and then she comes down to a low and she cries and gets frustrated. I am at a loss,I can not watch her 24/7. These foods affect her brain and that worries me. Do you have any suggestions?

    PS. I make her bread and baked goods. No dairy (milk), only white cheese. No lunch meats, no pizza besides what I make homemade, no sodas, no teas etc.
    When she consumes peanut butter or popcorn (even airpopped)she is at her worse.
    We try to get her to drink lots of water to “flush” out her system. I also make her fresh juice everyday.

    Thank you so much for any help.


  • Ashish

    Here is a new paper about sodium benzoat & Hyperactivity: