"This is a very impressive book. A very well supported hypothesis is presented. It is well researched and the diet is practical and clearly works for many children."
Michael Sellar DIP ION, London, UK
This independent review of The Hidden Drug: Dietary Phosphate was published in the UK journal Enzyme Digest, Spring 2002 (No. 56).
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Enzyme Digest Review
"Most of us have heard of the environmental problems caused by phosphate run-off from cleaning products and agri-chemicals into waterways and seas, but know little about the health dangers from consuming the processed, phosphate-ridden foods and drinks that are common in the modern consumer society. If you're concerned about children's health in the consumer society, this is a must-read."
This Book Review appeared in the Australian NEXUS Magazine, August-September 2002.
Neil Beck M.D., author of Beating Heroin, a treatment programme for heroin and other addictions, stresses that diet is significant in treating ADD/ADHD, heroin addiction and other chronic conditions.
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I highly highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in understanding and overcoming
There is evidence that phosphate in the diet is above the optimal
level and has been increasing in the last 20-30 years, as it has become
more widely used in many types of processed foods. In particular, the
ratio of calcium to phosphorus in the diet has declined. Independent evidence
from diverse sources indicates that excess phosphate is an unappreciated
cause of illness and can be treated.
J.C. Waterhouse PhD, California, USA, Director of the Chronic Illness Support and Research Association (CISRA)
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full text of Dr Waterhouse's review and/or for a link to the CISRA website,
While phosphorus is an
essential nutrient, excess phosphorus acts like a kind of intestinal sludge,
keeping both calcium and magnesium from being well absorbed. One of the
most alarming dietary changes in this country (USA) during the past decade
has been the increasing consumption of soft drinks by teenagers. We take
in more phosphorus than we can use.
Leo Galland, M.D., USA, in discussing the chemistry
of healing in an essay entitled Magnesium and the Battle for Light.
The Hidden Drug - Dietary Phosphate
written by Hertha Hafer and skilfully translated from the German by Jane
Donlin, is a 'must read' for all parents of ADD/ADHD children who are
willing to try a novel but simple non-drug approach to the problem.
For two decades it has been known, but not widely publicised, that
a number of environmental factors including exposure to certain chemicals
has been associated with this disorder. The author, Hertha Hafer, has
an impeccable science background and is herself a concerned parent of
an ADD child. Based on trial and error, scientific method and a deep love
for her son, she has unravelled a perplexing mystery and formulated a
fascinating new concept in managing these children. She has put her knowledge
to the test with her own son with stunning results.
Perhaps this book will not help every child with ADD/ADHD, but it
nevertheless is essential reading for parents to assist them in making
an informed choice about their child's treatment.
of Sydney (NSW) Australia, Environmental Health Consultant, Natural Health Therapist
and author of Children of a Toxic Harvest
Our point of view
There are two main reasons why this book may not help every child with ADD/ADHD:
First, phosphate sensitivity may not be the sole problem. Heavy metal toxicity or other nutritional deficiencies may play a further role in causing mineral imbalances. If this is the case, we recommend that you seek the advice of a health professional.
Second, phosphate-sensitivity is still poorly understood. Accordingly, people are reluctant to make the relevant changes, even though natural therapies are potentially less harmful and much more beneficial in other ways. As Professor Swank, MD asserts, "A lifestyle change will have to take place, which may be a challenge for you, but the challenges of living with a disability are much greater."