Following are some important aspects of the developing of thinking over time:-
1975 I began work using the Feingold diet
Realised that the diet itself needed investigation
I collected data on what families reacted to and tolerated.
1976 Reported in letter to Medical Journal of Australia 1976, 2:248
Collated world-wide research on what others were reporting tolerated and not tolerated.
1977 Produced a Diet manual in 1977
1978 Reported findings in Australian Family Physician article which can be viewed on my website under Evidence Base.
Collected data on families attending my private practice in Brisbane
1979 to 2000 Worked with the Qld self help group from together collected information on foods tolerated or not.
Continued assessing worldwide research for what was reported tolerated or not and applied and reviewed tolerance in patients and self help group.
Updated diet sheets and commercial food lists with the self help group.
Used the concept of ‘use-occasionally’ foods for those which could be tolerated freely, in reduced amounts, and those which were best excluded.
1984 to 1994 I was employed as the dietitian in Child Mental Health Clinics specifically to investigate the role of diet in ADHD.
Followed up 500 families from there and also applied findings and further assessed food tolerance. Use was also made of RPAH research findings by Dr Anne Swain.
1991 These clinical findings were published in our Australian Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics in 1991.
1988 to 1994 Followed up a further 500 families and noted tolerances.
1993 Is the diet right yet? Presentation at the XV Congress of Nutrition Adelaide.
1994 Masters Thesis completed providing a literature review, analysis of diet use, including foods tolerated and not tolerated. Chapter 4 was the Dietary Investigation and Management of Food Intolerance in Children with a review of exclusions and rationale. The appendix includes the data collection sheet. There are over 200 relevant references in the bibliography. I am happy to supply this thesis to you.
1997 Review article published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health providing 34 key references on the role of diet in behaviour. These ideas applied also to other symptoms.
1998 publication of Are You Food Sensitive? which explains the whole process of diet investigation with many of the themes further discussed in Tolerating Troublesome Foods. It contains a discussion of the history of the research and important references.
2000 publication of invited chapter in international book Food Additives.
2000 provision of information on amines in food. Summary articles are available with page of useful references on the website under
2006 Development of thinking 1975 to 2005 presented to DAA workshop. The power point presentation is available. See
2009 Noted tolerance in RPAH Handbook which also developed diet therapy over time.
2009 Noted UK thinking in Food Hypersensitivity Skypala & Ventner Eds 2009 Wiley Blackwell and followed up relevant references from this useful book.
2010 Publication of Fussy Baby. Chap 5 contains comment on how the thinking developed with further reading and relevant references. Available on DINER
2011 Invited presenter to a Workshop at the DAA conference. Topic – Infant feeding – allergies, intolerances and the evidence, hardly ever black and white.
2012 Presentation at the Symposium on Dietetic Research in Adverse Food Reactions at the ICD – The current research needs for the diet component of diet and ADHD.
Poster presentation at ICD – Diet and Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) Need for leadership, evidence and advanced practice.
Publication of Tolerating Troublesome Foods
Joan Breakey Accredited Practicing Dietitian
B Sc. Dip Nnut Food Ser. Cert Diet. Tr Tec Teach Cert. Master App Sc.
See also the section Evidence Base on my website in the Articles section
under the heading Evidence Base