What are the steps in thinking about diet and chronic ear infections? The first is that chronic ear infections are known to have an adverse effect on hearing. Then this has an adverse effect on language development, and because hearing is decreased behaviour problems can arise. Preventing these problems is important. The second idea is to think about what is known about causes or reasons for chronic ear infections? Chronic ear infections are more likely to occur:- where infections … [Read more...]
Evidence base for Tolerating Troublesome Foods
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 … [Read more...]
Publications and presentations by Joan Breakey 1977 – 2012
1977 Breakey J Study of diet and hyperactivity ICD Post Congress Paediatric Seminar Breakey J Hyperkinesis and its implications for the food industry. AIFST Annual Convention Brisbane Breakey J A manual for the additive free low salicylate diet. Brisbane 1978 Breakey J Dietary management of hyperkinesis and behavioural problems. Aust Family Physician 1978;7:720 4 Breakey J Food and behaviour. Presentation to the Nutrition Society of Australia, Brisbane From 1979 to … [Read more...]
Is food intolerance an inborn error of metabolism?
Presentation at Nutrition Society of Australia, Brisbane, August 2004 * Joan Breakey, Dietitian, 303 Wivenhoe Somerset Rd, Fernvale Qld 4306 Since Feingold hypothesised that chemicals in food caused hyperactivity in 1973 th1s issue has been controversial. Well planned research in the 1980's did show some children reacted but the mechanism is complex. As well as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder [ADHD] symptoms improving, mood and physical allergic symptoms improved on a low suspect … [Read more...]
What’s become of the Feingold diet?
Transcript from Ockham's Razor broadcast Sunday 11 November 2001 with Robyn Williams Summary: Dietitian Joan Breakey talks about developments since Dr. Ben Feingold, in 1973, first linked diet and hyperactivity. Transcript: Robyn Williams: One of the biggest controversies of the 1970s was about hyperactivity in children, their diet and the advice of American scientist Dr Ben Feingold. So whatever happened to the Feingold diet? In Brisbane, Joan Breakey tells the tale. Joan … [Read more...]
What’s smell got to do with it?
Transcript from Ockham's Razor, 16 May 2004. Presented by Robyn Williams. If bitterness is a warning via taste, is flavour a warning via smell? Brisbane dietitian Joan Breakey investigated the role of flavour as a warning via smell and discovered that strong flavoured foods remained high risk for some, but others were able to tolerate the stronger flavours, providing the foods were fresh. Program Transcript Robyn Williams: Do you remember the Feingold diet? You’d have to be … [Read more...]
History of Joan’s work with diet and ADHD
Joan Breakey M AppSc BSc DNFS Cert Diet TTTC. APD [Accredited Practicing Dietitian] My experience of work in the area of Diet and ADHD now spans 35 years. Work began in 1975 in Queensland, after Feingold’s Hypothesis in the US First group closely followed - 75 families – reported in Australian Family Physician 1978. I also followed up diet use in self help groups, attending meetings and discussion groups for over 20 years, meeting or hearing from many families allowing … [Read more...]