The Challenge Model

  • C. Keith Conners


Dr. Feingold’s diet (Feingold, 1975b) consisted of two classes of substances, artificial colors and “natural salicylates.” This latter category was included because some patients who are intolerant of aspirin (ascetylsalicylic acid) are also allergically reactive to the yellow food dye tartrazine (FD&C Yellow Dye #5). If one is constructing a diet which eliminates artificial colors then it would make sense to exclude substances which “cross-react” with food colors. Based on some German work done at the turn of the century that showed various degrees of concentrations of salicylates in fruits and vegetables, Feingold excluded a variety of these foodstuffs from his diet. There are several problems with this approach.


Salicylic Acid Tracking Task Peanut Butter Challenge Model Hyperactive Child 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Keith Conners
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  1. 1.Children’s Hospital National Medical CenterUSA

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