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Fed Up: Understanding How Food Affects Your Child and What You Can Do About It

Sue Dengate

The publication of Sue Dengate's bestselling books DIFFERENT KIDS, THE FAILSAFE COOKBOOK and FED UP has opened the eyes of thousands of desperate parents over the last fifteen years to the adverse affects of synthetic additives and natural chemicals in foods. Based on groundbreaking research, Sue's books show that learning difficulties, behavioural problems and minor chronic illness in children and adults can all be the result of intolerance to food chemicals. In this long-awaited, fully updated and revised edition of FED UP, Sue provides up to the minute information about food intolerance and elimination diets, shares inspiring stories of families overcoming their problems, and lists dozens of favourite and improved recipes for all kinds of occasions. This fully updated and revised book is an essential tool for parents wanting a calmer, happier – and healthier – family.

Understanding how food affects your child and what you can do about it: Based on new Australian research, Fed Up is Sue Dengate's comprehensive analysis of the effects of foods on children's behaviour, learning ability and health. This book is a guide for pressured parents and a revelation for puzzled teachers. Fed Up helps pressured parents to manage their children's behaviour and learning problems without medication using remarkable new findings from Australian research into food intolerance. A best-seller in Australia and now available in the USA. a form of dietary management based on new Australian research, which is so far unknown in the U.S. It gets MUCH better results than the Feingold diet, which is regarded as ineffective in Australia and widely regarded as ineffective by many in the U.S. but still used by those who want to try diet.

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Fed Up with Food Intolerance: A Personal Story

Sue Dengate

The personal story behind Sue Dengate's Fed Up books, telling how deeply her extended family were affected by food intolerance and how many blind alleys there were in finding the answer, leading to her life of activism.

"No parent should have to go through what we went through" she said when she wrote her her first book. First published as Different Kids (Random House Australia 1994) and revised as Fed Up with ADHD (Random House 2004), now revised and formatted for ebook in a very moving, easy-to-read personal story.

This is the story that helped thousands of parents and adults understand this baffling disorder.

Sue Dengate tells a compelling story of how a former teacher and mother found surprisingly successful solutions using diet for her children's behaviour and learning problems associated with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).

Millions of children, some as young as two years old, now take stimulant drugs such as Ritalin to control their behaviour. But there is another way. Through an exciting, can't-put-it-down story, Different Kids presents an effective alternative to medication for managing children's behaviour.

Author Sue Dengate is a former school teacher and behaviour management instructor couldn't manage her own children's behaviour. After years of trial and error, she discovered that new Australian research about food intolerance provided the best treatment for her children's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiance and learning difficulties.

A best-seller in Australia and now available in the USA, it introduces a form of dietary management based on new Australian research, which is so far unknown in the U.S.

Please note: this is a fully revised and updated ebook version of "Different Kids" (Random House Australia 1994) and "Fed Up with ADHD" (Random House 2004).

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Different Kids: Growing Up with Attention-deficit Disorder

Sue Dengate

Different Kids by Sue Dengate tells a compelling story of how a former teacher and mother found surprisingly successful solutions using diet for her children's behaviour and learning problems associated with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).

Millions of children, some as young as two years old, now take stimulant drugs such as Ritalin to control their behaviour. But there is another way. Through an exciting, can't-put-it-down story, Different Kids presents an effective alternative to medication for managing children's behaviour.

Author Sue Dengate is a former school teacher and behaviour management instructor couldn't manage her own children's behaviour. After years of trial and error, she discovered that new Australian research about food intolerance provided the best treatment for her children's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiance and learning difficulties.

A best-seller in Australia and now available in the USA, it introduces a form of dietary management based on new Australian research, which is so far unknown in the U.S.

Please note: "Different Kids" (Random House Australia 1994) is the original physical version of the newly revised ebook "Fed Up with Food Intolerance: A Personal Story" (2014), previously also published as "Fed Up with ADHD" (Random House 2004).

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Fed Up with Asthma

Sue Dengate

Breathe easy – this revolutionary and proven dietary approach to asthma prevention and management is an essential tool for anyone suffering from asthma. By the author of the bestselling books Different Kids, Fed Up and The Failsafe Cookbook, Fed Up with Asthma tackles one of the most dangerous and insidious health issues to be associated with the Western lifestyle: asthma. Sue Dengate examines the scientific research to show links between a whole range of synthetic and natural food chemicals such as sulphites, MSG and salicylates and the steadily increasing numbers of children and adults diagnosed with asthma; and also shows how to avoid them using the failsafe diet. If you are interested in good health and being free of asthma, you can't afford not to read this book.

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The Failsafe Cookbook: Reducing Food Chemicals for Calm, Happy Families

Sue Dengate

Reducing food chemicals for calm, happy families: This revolutionary book contains hundreds of new and improved recipes for all kinds of occasions. With the help of these tasty and easy-to-follow recipes for breakfasts, lunches, main meals and desserts, through to food for special occasions, vegetarian cooking and gluten-free food – and by following Sue's step by step guide to the elimination diet – it is possible to be free of a wide range of health and behavioural problems caused by food intolerance.

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Fed Up with Children's Behaviour: how food and additives affect behaviour - the DVD

Fed Up with Children's Behaviour: how food and additives affect behaviour – the DVD

Sue Dengate

Sue Dengate's famous presentation about the effects of food on children's health, learning and behaviour together with entertaining and insightful interviews, support and information, released May 2006.

Over 10,000 people have attended Sue's talks over the last two years. Families from Cairns to Melbourne, from young children to grandmothers, were interviewed about their surprises, pitfalls, horror stories, cute kids, laughs, determination and triumph through tears in finding which foods affect their children. Mothers who have seen the preview say it really helped them to manage their diet successfully.

Included is a two-week additive-free trial at a whole school in northern NSW, which impressed teachers, students, parents and even the professional film-makers. This was shown nationally on Today Tonight (Channel 7) to huge interest.

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Are You Food Sensitive?

Joan Breakey

"Are you food sensitive?" contains a wealth of information for both dietitians and people who wonder if they are food sensitive. It has detailed diet information as well as all the explanations that only an experienced dietitian can provide. It provides an update on what to minimise or exclude, and how to incorporate the family sensitivity history. Here under one cover is a wealth of information from a dietitian whose long experience in this complex area of diet therapy shows.

Dietitian Joan Breakey spent most of her professional life studying behaviour and food sensitivity at a clinical level, and this book is the culmination of twenty years of researching, publishing, and presenting in this area. Using studies of her patients and world-wide research findings in this area, Joan gained a Master of Applied Science for her research in this field.

Joan's research into the relationship between diet and hyperactivity showed that diet could have a role in ADHD, ADD, mood changes, difficult behaviour and sleep problems. Joan's work with hundreds of families as a dietitian led her to investigate the link between diet and behaviour as well as physical symptoms such as eczema, migraine, irritable bowel, stomach pains, hay fever and other "allergic type" symptoms.

All too often, books in ADD and ADHD note that research has indicated only a small percentage of ADD or ADHD children may be affected by diet. Early research investigating the diet for hyperactivity, popularised by Dr Ben Feingold generally disproved a diet-behaviour connection, but Joan points out that there were problems with the research methods used. Research since 1985 has shown a significant diet-behaviour connection. There is a most useful and readable summary of the most important research articles in the first chapter of the book, with detailed references in the Appendix.

Food sensitivity can be a mixture of food allergy and food chemical intolerance. Joan discovered that very few food sensitive people are sensitive to only one food or food chemical, and so she has developed the "diet detective" process to track down offending foods. The process explores the usual suspects; additives and naturally occurring food chemicals. Foods that cause reactions in family members are clues to the problem, and the first stage of the trial diet is to eliminate these.
In her foreword to the book, psychiatrist Helen M. Connell endorses the view of the National Health and Medical Research Council [1997] that diet should only be used under the supervision of a qualified dietitian.

The book includes valuable information on the use of commercial foods, and on eating out. There are commercial food guidelines for the "easy detective diet," and the '`finer points detective diet" for those who are very food sensitive. Food sensitivity in babies is covered as well as suggestions for handling fussy eaters.

This is a very well researched book containing important scientific and practical information. Readers will find Joan's story of her research and clinical experience interesting. If they have explored diet previously they will find that some of their own discoveries will be confirmed by her findings. Those exploring diet for the first time will have a comprehensive and practical resource to guide them.

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Tolerating Troublesome Foods: Investigating Food Intolerance Using the Best Guess Food Guide

Joan Breakey

Tolerating Troublesome Foods is the latest book from author Joan Breakey. It contains the Best Guess Food Guide of over 300 foods. It will help you understand different levels of risk depending on changes in each food that affect your own tolerance. This allows you to expand your diet carefully to make it your own.

"This book is a delight for any food-sensitive person. Joan Breakey, with her extensive professional experience and scholarship, has created an extraordinary resource that maps a complex field clearly in everyday language, providing both practical professional advice and deep understanding of the human experience of managing "troublesome foods"." – Mary Hanrahan

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Fussy Baby: Food Intolerant Baby

Joan Breakey

Especially written for parents and health professionals. Fussy Baby clarifies the key issues surrounding introducing your baby to solids and food intolerance. It also reveals new information about eating development and supersensitivity. Fussy Baby will help you understand why your baby may be struggling and provides practical recommendations you can use immediately to start seeing big improvements.

"I have just finished the Fussy Baby book. It is very interesting, practical and easy to read. I have been using the tips and ideas in chapter 2 as I introduce solids to Lincoln. Each spoonful of food I keep thinking of how you described babies as "food gourmets". I watch eagerly for his reaction to see if my cooking has passed the test of his expectations. I like how you have written the chapter by breaking it down into sections and providing tips, how to encourage development and what are reasonable milestones." Helen Peel, Dietitian & mother

If you are feeling really confused and getting mixed information from friends and family on feeding solids to your baby, read Fussy Baby. The topics covered in this book are important as they address many reasons why so many children are fussy eaters and how this can be prevented.

Fussy Baby provides information on what happens in the first year so that each baby's eating is understood and parents know why eating is progressing as it does. Each baby is different so in a way each is fussy.

It is important to first see introduction of solids in a general way and then look at the detail – from all that is involved in breast or bottle feeding, whether there is allergy or intolerance, readiness for solids, and the importance of nutrition.

Usually everything goes well but not always. This is because babies develop at their own pace in their own way. Some want solids early and sail through the whole process without a problem. Others seem to have small or large problems all the way along. The doctor may reassure you that there is no medical problem but there are still hassles at feeding time.

The idea of understanding eating development as a developmental process with many parts has not been described elsewhere. Understanding how babies learn about new tastes, textures, thickness and all other aspects of food helps when baby refuses some foods. Most parents do realise that introduction of solids can be complicated, even frustrating! Understanding eating development shows how to manage it!

As well as eating development, this book helps you answer the question, "Is your baby food sensitive?" Find out what symptoms may be affected by diet, and whether to begin diet investigation. The other important topic covered in this book is supersensitivity. Where food sensitivity and supersensitivity apply to a baby the ideas in this book help. As well these ideas can also help understand fussy older children.

Joan Breakey is a Specialist Food Sensitivity Dietitian who has had over thirty years experience working with hundreds of parents whose babies are fussy in some way.

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Change Your Diet and Change Your Life: Food Intolerance and Food Allergy Handbook

Sharla Race

A healthy diet is only 'healthy' if it works for you and YOU are unique. Eating the wrong diet for you can lead to physical and mental problems, affect your appearance, alter your behaviour and limit your life. Changing your diet can truly change your life. Offering no gimmicks and no promises of a quick fix, Change Your Diet and Change Your Life guides you gently through understanding the ways in which food intolerance can make you ill. Detailed information on individual foods and food chemicals ensures this book is a comprehensive handbook of food intolerance and food allergy. Research evidence is presented covering a range of conditions including asthma, behaviour problems, dermatitis, fatigue, migraine, tinnitus, urticaria, and weight problems. The role of food chemicals (including amines, benzoates, caffeine, lectins, MSG, salicylate, and sulphites) is explained, and the difficulties that can be caused by individual foods is also outlined. This book is unique in presenting an easy to follow seven step plan that will help you identify if food intolerance is at the root of your health problems.

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The Salicylate Handbook: Your guide to understanding salicylate sensitivity

Sharla Race

If you need to know about all the ways in which a salicylate sensitivity can affect you then you need this handbook.

Based on my own experience of living with a salicylate sensitivity and using all the currently available research it is the most comprehensive guide to you will find.

This book has already helped countless people around the world make the change to a better life.

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Why Your Child Is Hyperactive

Ben Feingold

The bestselling book on how Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is caused by artificial food flavors and colors. A prophetic book on ADHD from the 1970's.

Contains detailed information by the doctor who first reported that hyperactivity in children is often caused by artificial food coloring and food flavoring. Includes the Feingold diet and how it should be applied.

As Sue Dengate says, this book is still a good read, but the diet is out of date. The Feingold diet may still be helpful for mild cases of food intolerance and ADHD.

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E for Additives

Maurice Hanssen, Jill Marsden

This work cracks the 'E' number code and enables you to understand the lists of additives that appear on the packs of the food you buy, so that you can see exactly what has been added, where it comes from, why it has been added, what it does to the food and – if anything – what it might do to you. Here is all you need to know about: which additives are natural and which can have harmful effects; the reasons behind the use of preservatives, colours and flavourings in our foods; how to make informed choices when you shop; additives in wine and vitamin supplements; additives in meat; and guidelines on acceptable daily intake. The vital guide has led a consumer revolution, causing the food industry to re-think its policy on additives. No one who is concerned with the quality of the food they eat can afford to be without this invaluable reference book. Maurice Hanssen wins Glenfiddich Special Award for excellence in food and wine writing – "E for Additives". "has done more than any other publication to persuade the food industry that unnecessary over-processing is not in their interest or the interest of the public." – Derek Cooper, award judge, in "The Listener".

An interesting and sometimes shocking guide to the science on the effects of different additives.

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Was It Something You Ate?: Food Intolerance – What Causes It and How to Avoid It

John Emsley, Peter Fell

From reviews of the hardback edition: '...explains the difference between food intolerance (which we can all suffer from) and food allergy (which is very rare). Throughout, there are case studies of people who have been badly affected by their diet, until the cause was identified. All the advice given in this book has been medically or scientifically substantiated.' Greenock Telegraph ' excellent and well-written guide ... beautifully argued and solidly evidence-based ... illustrated throughout with case reports that add the spice of human interest ... a worthy addition to the kitchen cookbook shelf.' – Times Higher

Very few people are allergic to food, but most of us suffer adverse effects when we eat certain things. The reason is that our body is intolerant of particular chemicals, and it reacts to them as if we were being poisoned. We then experience a variety of symptoms such as stomach ache, headache, sweating, skin rashes, diarrhoea, palpitations, and vomiting. When several of these affect us at one time they are likely to indicate that we are suffering from food intolerance and this is what the book is all about.

If we can identify which components of our diet are likely to cause intolerance, then we can make sure we don't take in too much at one meal and so provoke the body to react. Human metabolism has developed to cope with small amounts of all kinds of non- nutrients in our food, even some that are highly toxic. What it cannot cope with are large amounts, and for sensitive people even relatively small amounts can trigger the body to over-react. This is why the same meal can affect people in different ways. There are only a few common chemicals that can provoke an intolerance reaction: alcohol, benzoates, caffeine, dopamine, histamine, monosodium glutamate, nitrate/nitrite, phenylethylamine, salicylates, serotonin, solanine, sorbates, tryptamine/octopamine, and tyramine.

The book examines the principal causes of food intolerance, explaining how this differs from food allergy, which few suffer from, and identifies the chemicals that cause it–many of which are natural–and the foods that contain them. It also reveals why food intolerance occurs, what its symptoms are, and why some people are so badly affected by a particular non- nutrient, while others suffer no upset at all. The book also contains chapters on natural toxins, and unnatural food additives and food contaminants. It explains the key nutrients in our diet and highlights the foods richest in the essential one that we may be lacking. Most of the chapters are devoted to a few key non-nutrients that account for the majority of cases of intolerance. Each section is illustrated with actual case notes from people who have been badly affected by their diet.

The book ends on an upbeat note with a final chapter giving dietary advice for maintaining a healthy heart. If you've ever wondered why something you eat does not agree with you, then this is the book that will help you discover what this is likely to be, and why your system reacts so badly to it. Written in an easy-to-understand style, Was It Something You Ate? will take you though all aspects of food, especially identifying those non-nutrients that provoke a toxic response and make us ill.

This book is worth reading if you want to understand the biochemistry of food intolerance, however it does contain misleading information throughout, including a denial that MSG is a problematic food chemical for many people. The chapter on salicylates is mostly spent praising the medical uses of aspirin! Each chapter deals with each food chemical separately, and the suggested chemical free menus at the end of each chapter may be low in the chemical reviewed, but are high in other problematic chemicals. For example, the low salicylate sample menu is high in amines, and vice versa! Anyone reading this book would get the impression that people are only sensitive to one chemical in isolation and could well fail to discover their problems as a result. There is very little sensible dietary guidance in the book.

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Living with Food Intolerance

Alex Gazzola

Living with Food Intolerance is a readable, comprehensive guide and resource to adverse delayed reactions to food, focussing on common-sense, practical information, helping readers to identify the foods which might be causing them chronic symptoms, and advising them on what they can do to eliminate their problems.

Living with Food Intolerance clearly outlines the differences between food allergy and food intolerance, explains the digestive process, and describes what happens in the body when food causes problems and the symptoms which may result. It offers practical support, advice and solutions to help sufferers cope with and recover from their problems.

Key chapters are devoted to: the distinction between allergy and intolerance; symptoms, tests and diagnoses; wheat and gluten; eggs and dairy products; yeasts and sugars; food toxins, natural chemicals and additives; food aversions and phobias; management and cure; and staying well. There is also a highly comprehensive resources and information section.

Identify troublesome foods and find the diet that suits you. Food intolerance is common and involves an adverse reaction to a particular food. Far more people suffer from food intolerance than they do from food allergy, and it's important to distinguish the two. This book will cover: our relationship with food – historical background; what food intolerance is and isn't; difference between intolerance and allergy; other problems with foods – aversions, phobias, food poisoning; types, symptoms and possible causes of intolerance; how to seek an accurate diagnosis; managing and living with your intolerance; preventing recurrences.

Food intolerance is far more common than food allergy, with which it is much confused. Intolerance, which can stem from staples in the Western diet such as wheat and dairy products, provokes various adverse reactions – from tummy upsets and rashes to tiredness and migraine. Unlike allergy, however, intolerance can often be managed by cutting down on foods or avoiding them for a while, rather than excluding them permanently.

This book covers:
* what food intolerance is and isn't
* types, symptoms and causes of intolerance
* how to seek an accurate diagnosis
* the most common culprit foods
* living with and recovering from your intolerance

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Dealing with Food Allergies: A Practical Guide to Detecting Culprit Foods and Eating a Healthy, Enjoyable Diet

Janice M.Vickerstaff Joneja

A person with food allergies is always at risk for sudden attack from the most unlikely source -ordinary food that we all eat – Food allergies affect millions and can be annoying irritations or life-threatening attacks – A food allergy is likely to be around for a lifetime, and it is there every time you eat – This book provides the information and tools required to detect food sensitivities Difficult to understand and diagnose, a food allergy can strike at any time if you are susceptible. Without warning, food can turn from being pleasurable and sustaining to becoming an unforgiving enemy. DEALING WITH FOOD ALLERGIES approaches the subject with the latest in medical and scientific information to help those afflicted to understand the physical process and treatment options of this hidden danger.

Designed to provide the information and tools required to detect food sensitivities this book can help with the process of finding nutritionally adequate diets for people with food allergies and providing the basis for understanding for those who must be alert to the serious threat to their health and their lives that some foods present, Reactions can vary widely from simple allergic reaction like a rash to the deadly consequences of anaphylactic shock. DEALING WITH FOOD ALLERGIES thoroughly describes the effects on the three major organ systems that are the target- the lungs and respiratory tract; the digestive tract; and the skin and mucous membranes – and how the reaction must be analysed and treated. There is nothing more important to those afflicted with an allergy than to have the facts and know what they mean. It provides the only basis for careful management.

This book contains tables of salicylates and amines in foods.

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