A number of people have shared their experiences with food additives and we hope that by sharing them with you it may make it easier to identify reactions as they can be so diverse.
Nicole’s daughter at 4 ½ years was very hyperactive, out of control and had problems listening, she is also asthmatic. Nicole was constantly being called into preschool because of her daughter’s behaviour. A friend had told her about the book Additive Alert by Julie Eady.
After reading this book she put her daughter on a preservative and additive free diet, her asthma has completely gone and she is a different child, she can listen and cooperate.
At this time she had only been on the diet for about 6 weeks and already so many changes were apparent.
If she eats something that she reacts to the effects are quite obvious and severe. After the Pre School Christmas party she had so many additives that it took her 3 days to get it out of her system and calm down, Nicole was trying to do Christmas shopping and take her with her but she had to abort the exercise and take her home.
By keeping her daughter on a diet free from preservatives and additives Nicole now has a child that is happy, healthy and cooperative.
Has a 7 yr old child with behaviour problems, he reacts to artificial colours and flavours and demonstrates hyperactive behaviour after eating Vegemite.
She also has another child aged 16 months that was reacting to the preservative 202 with asthma and coughing all night.
Sarah’s daughter Grace (5yrs) reacts to sulphites with asthma like symptoms; she becomes wheezy and short of breath soon after eating them.
When Grace was 4 months her parents were giving her pieces of toast with Vegemite to chew on (Vegemite contains sulphur dioxide preservative 220) she started wheezing and developing asthma like symptoms. She was started on asthma preventative medication at age 5 months. The medication she was on was one of the milder asthma preventative medications, however the introduction of more solid foods as she got older put more sulphites in her diet and the medication stopped working.
When she was 18 months Grace was put onto a stronger asthma preventative medication. This medication actually stunted her growth and when she was taken off it she grew at the rate of 1cm a week for 2 months.
It wasn’t until Sarah came across some information on sulphites and their link to asthma that she decided to look into it further, she went and purchased Sue Dengate’s book Fed Up with Asthma. After reading this she took her daughter of any foods that contain sulphites and the asthma disappeared and she no longer needs medication.
Sarah and Grace tell their story on the Today Tonight interview under the Watch Videos in the News section of this website.
Janine - NSW
Janine has twin boys that turned 5 in April 08, one of them reacts really badly with preservatives, in particular benzoates, 211 – 202 and flavour enhancers.
The Benzoates in cough syrups set him off. He has behaviour problems, “turns into a monster”, has stiff joints and puffy hands and feet, and gets very stiff and sore. He also suffers from eczema and red eyes.
She is frustrated that doctors and specialists don’t acknowledge that additives are the cause and has had to go through the process of discovery through her own research.
Nerida’s husband reacts to 221 and 211 he starts wheezing when he eats mince pies or has lemon barley cordial.
We noticed when Emma was about 2 she had a hyper reaction to BBQ biscuits the first time she ate them, needless to say she didn't have those anymore. Matty has a similar issues to a colour or something in Plain Sakata biscuits. A lot of sweets and colours and preservatives affect them, I don't know the exact no's etc but we just try to steer clear of them full stop due to the behaviours changes particularly.
My daughter Sophie has been diagnosed with a silent form of ADHD, which means she does not display the ordinary signs i.e. hyperactivity, but has trouble concentrating and is extremely fidgety and anxious. If Sophie eats foods ladened with artificial preservatives this condition is aggravated extremely. She has trouble sleeping, night terrors etc. and her anxiety is aggravated. She also develops a rash around her mouth and stomach cramps. Preparing her lunch is very difficult as she need primarily fresh foods or preservative free - (very hard to find). Your product will be of great assistance to me.
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Please note that the experiences above appear as they were sent to us, we have not rewritten them as we want you to get the story first hand.
Those written in the 3rd person were transcribed from conversations.