Colleen

colleen20160630_204627As a nurse practitioner and Board member of the Feingold Association, Colleen had been invited to be on the show Woman to Woman, back in the 1980s … and that day I was home with the flu so I was on the couch watching TV.   There she was, talking about the Feingold Diet for ADHD, and it changed my life – and my children’s lives – forever.

Years later, in 1998, we worked together to raise funds for the legal expenses of one of the Feingold Association’s medical advisors, who had been attacked by the California Medical Board for using research-based “alternative” treatments in his practice.    Colleen’s efforts helped change the future of medicine in California.

Visiting Colleen was one of the high points of our trip; we spent time going through old files and memories, and we had a nice dinner at her favorite restaurant, but none of our cameras cooperated, so this is the only picture that survived.

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4 Responses to Colleen

  1. Markey says:

    How I would love to see Colleen again. What a wonderful friend she has been. I hope she is aware of how much she has meant to all her friends and those she has helped. Our world is a better place because of people like her.

  2. Susan says:

    What a great story & testimony to long term friendships. I wonder why information on the Feingold Diet is not more widely known?
    Love you guys,
    Susan

    • Shula says:

      The Feingold Association doesn’t advertize, as such a policy would involve raising the price for membership substantially. They are a nonprofit spread by word of mouth. Unfortunately, over the years, pharmaceutical and food industry organizations have spent literally millions of dollars communicating to doctors that the diet is “bogus,” has been “debunked,” etc. In fact, there is a page on Wilipedia which used to be taken directly from Quackwatch in spite of their having no authority on the diet. I worked with a food scientist in 2006 to rewrite this page but some years later it was hijacked again. My efforts to correct their information has resulted in my being banned from editing that page. They accused me of “conflict of interest” … it was so ludicrous that even an attempt to correct a broken LINK was refused and instead the section with the link was simply removed. The only good news is that while medical texts on Abnormal Psychiatry up to the year 2001 contained references to old studies from the 1970s “debunking” the diet, as well as a review of those studies in the 1980s, while ignoring all newer science supporting dietary effects on ADHD, newer books simply ignored the whole subject so that younger doctors have simply not even heard about it. Unfortunately, a 2012 “new review” by Millichap — http://www.talkingaboutthescience.com/millichap2012/ — may change that, as it again manages to ignore all the new research but can itself be used as a citation that appears to be up to date.

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