Food to blame for behaviour issues in kids
By ZOE SINCLAIRzoe@gladstoneobserver.com.au
SUE Dengate realised that a degree in psychology and work as a behaviour management teacher made little difference to her child's behaviour.
Her daughter was two and starting to show signs of behavioural problems when Sue noticed this gap in her knowledge.
It was this event twenty years ago that sparked the now author and child behaviour expert to research the effects of food on behavioural problems.
Her research and books have since helped children throughout the country and last night she was in Gladstone to talk to parents.
She said despite her daughter being diagnosed with ADHD, her symptoms were completely controlled by food.
With the combination of her husband's knowledge of chemistry and her knowledge of behaviour, Sue said they found the majority of behavioural problems, especially in primary school aged children and younger, could be controlled with food.
She said part of the problem was due to what was on today's supermarkets shelves.
"The fruit and vegies bear no resemblance to what we're meant to eat and what our parents ate,'' Sue said.
She said much of it contained unhealthy levels of salicylates, chemicals related to the growth hormones in fruit and vegetables.
She attributed many behavioural problems, especially hyperactivity, to salicylates.
She said because so many of the fruit and vegetables in the supermarkets were picked unripe and chosen for long shelf life, they had high levels of salicylates.
Sue's fail-safe diet avoids salicylates and food additives.