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March 24, 2021
9:00 am - 11:00 am / Pacific Time
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Can You Reduce ADHD by Avoiding Toxic Chemicals?

In 2008 an item appeared in a publication of the American Academy of Pediatrics acknowledging the scientific validity of avoiding chemical exposures as a legitimate avenue for reducing ADHD symptoms. Despite this top-level endorsement, this method of treating ADHD remains controversial and poorly understood ever since its inception in the early 1970’s. This webinar separates fact from the many distortions, falsehoods, and myths that have emerged over the last half-century about this method of ADHD treatment.

This webinar details the major components of this method and the array of chemicals it asks the child with ADHD to avoid. It also portrays the scientific research history behind this method, from the early studies and the backlash that occurred against them to modern-day scientific articles that have triggered sweeping changes in the handling of household chemicals and those associated with food in institutional and school settings.

This fascinating webinar also provides real answers to some tough questions aaout ADHD treatment. Is this method safe? Does it work? If so, is its apparent effectiveness mainly the result of placebo effects rather than valid science? How does it measure up against more widely verified methods, especially psychiatric pharmaceuticals? If it is a credible treatment method, why isn’t it more widely advocated by physicians, dietitians, and other professionals who service the ADHD community? Does it have a role in autism treatment? Can it be combined with other treatment methods?

A central figure in the popularization of this method is Benjamin Feingold, M.D. What kind of person was he? Did he conduct scientific research on this method? What were his qualifications for introducing a treatment for ADHD? Was he likely to have had ulterior motives for advocating this method? Did he actually witness treatment results from it? For the serious student of scientific research about treatment of ADHD and related conditions, this webinar provides many answers.

After participating in this webinar you will be able to:

  • Outline the chief chemical categories to be avoided
  • Cite pivotal journal articles investigating this method
  • Contrast its effectiveness with that of pharmaceuticals
  • Explain why this method became so popular in the 1970’s
  • Summarize the safety and clinical effectiveness of this method
  • Place it in correct context against other treatment methods for ADHD
  • …..and much, much more.


John F. Taylor, Ph.D. is a clinical specialist and a nationally-known author and speaker. Dr. Taylor has treated hundreds of children and adolescents who were displaying misbehavior at all levels of psychopathology.

The author and producer of over 200 professional journal articles, newspaper and journal columns, books, video DVDs, audio CDs and booklets, Dr. Taylor is perhaps best known for his landmark parent-teacher-counselor guidebook ”Helping Your ADD Child,” his best-selling “The Survival Guide for Kids with ADHD.” and his definitive parenting guidebook about oppositional and defiant children and teens “From Defiance to Cooperation.”

His publications for professionals have included numerous articles in professional journals, and books including “Diagnostic Interviewing of the Misbehaving Child,” “Understanding Misbehavior,” and “Anger Control Training for Children and Teens.” Dr. Taylor has been a psychology instructor at UT-Chattanooga and two community colleges. He has presented seminars to clinicians, therapists, teachers and parents nationwide.

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