HIDDEN DRUG - DIETARY PHOSPHATE
of Behaviour Problems, Learning Difficulties and Juvenile Delinquency.
(Hyperactivity, ADD, ADHD)
The Hidden Drug Dietary Phosphate
(ISBN 0646 40644 2)
By Herta Hafer,
originally published in German
and translated into French and Italian,
is now in English.
is a research pharmacist, assisted by her husband, a research
chemist, establishes the connection between excess phosphate,
regardless of source, in the diet and hyperactive behavior in
those people-young or old-who are susceptible to this syndrome.
She also shows
how the controlled reduction in the daily ingestion of those foods
containing phosphate compounds can bring the hyperactivity/ADD/ADHD
syndrome under control.
Many cases are cited; a suggested phosphate reduced diet is included.
A book review
by Michael Sellar Spring 2002, Enzyme Digest, No56, UK says that
although the book concentrates on behavioral problems, learning
difficulties, hyperactivity and juvenile delinquency a low Phosphate
diet may also be appropriate for treating other symptoms of this
such as eczema , asthma, hay fever, neurodermatitis, stomach and
duodenal ulcers and migraines. It also makes clear that physical
and psychological problems can continue throughout adult life.
The book will
be of interest to dietary therapists as well as those interested
in the relationship between food and mood, metabolic typing and
HERE TO VIEW FOOD CHART RATINGS
a low-phosphate dietů
A low-phosphate diet is not necessarily one lacking in phosphate,
since much of the food we eat has a phosphorous content far exceeding
the recommended daily intake. It is not strictly a diet at all,
but rather the kind of food familiar to our forebears, before
the modern era when most foods became processed.
five years ago German pharmacist Hertha Hafer did much the same
thing in her book 'The Hidden Drug: Dietary phosphate, as Percy
Weston has in Cancer Cause & Cure. Hertha identified
surplus phosphorous in modern food as triggering a serious problem,
curable with low-phosphate diet, and then challenged the medical
profession to reproduce her experiments and explain them scientifically.
far they they have not risen to the challenge. Hafer's special
interest is hyperactivity and behavioural problems in children
, including Attention Deficit Syndrome. One of her findings
is that almost every such child had laryngitis as an infant or
toddler-an early indication of indications of imbalances in mineral
metabolism caused by excessive phosphate in the diet.
Typically these children have an increased susceptibility to allergies,
which continues into later life. For them the effect of eating
phosphorus-rich food is dramatic. Within minutes of ingesting
phosphate, the balance of calcium, potassium and magnesium is
disrupted and the production of the neurotransmitter norepinephrineine
in the brain is impaired or blocked( p77 of the Hidden Drug
Dietary Phosphate) also now available from Health Search Direct
being perfectly well-behaved and normal on a low-phosphate
diet, the phosphate-sensitive child in her case studies
could give the appearance of becoming suddenly " nasty,
arrogant, obnoxious, ogocentric, disruptive, deceptive and
malicious" and remain that way due to single dietary lapse,
such as drinking a glass/bottle of Coke (which contains
phosphoric acid) or eating a piece of chocolate cake made
Hafer's low-phosphate diet is also low in sugar, especially citric
acid and malic acid ( involved in the citric-acid energy cycle).
As she has done more than most to identify what are acceptable
foods for those wishing to reduce their phosphate intake, here
are some of her suggestion:
Wholemeal bread is OK if made from flour, water, yeast and salt.
But be wary if the word " emulsifier" is among the ingredients.
Phosphorylated starch is another phosphate to avoid.
bread made with milk or milk powder, or lecithin. Shortcrust,
puff, flafy, strudel and pie pastries are OK but avoid all others.
Raising agents sour dough, potash , bicarb of soda, ammonium carbonate
and cream of tartar are OK, but avoid all whole grains( including
Ryvita), all white bread and rolls if ingredients are unknown,
frozen pastries, instant cake mix, commercially baked cakes and
biscuits, and phosphate baking powder.
Eat pure fresh meat, poultry and game.
Avoid meat and sausages made with phosphate additives(
mineral salts, emulsifiers and lecithin), bacon, cold-pressed
meats such as ham and bologna, sweetbreads - kidneys, liver, offal,
etc, chicken or beef stock cubes, instant stock powder, soup mixes.
Eat fresh and frozen fish and crustaceans, sardines and other
fish in oil.
Avoid frozen fish fingers and frozen instant fish
Eat butter, fresh untreated or sour cream, small amounts of hard
cheese and cottage cheese, ice cream made at home from fresh cream
and pureed fruit.
Avoid all cows milk, buttermilk, skim milk( as an
additive or not), yogurt, all processed cheeses, cheese spreads,
cheese dishes, all margarines, and manufactured ice-cream.
Fresh salads and vegetables, potatoes mashed with butter and water,
green beans, peas in moderation, ripe stone fruits, canned fruit
without the syrup.
Avoid Mushrooms , sweet corn, soy beans and soy
products, legumes- dried peas, lentils, tomatoes ( except certified
Favour rice, seminola/cream of wheat, sago, tapioca, arrowroot,
durum wheat pasta, unbleached flour-wheat or rye, homemade puddings
and custard prepared with cream and water, corn flour, potato
flour, fructose ( fruit sugar).
oats, oatmeal, muesli, instant rice, instant noodles, instant
pudding mixes, instant thickening such as instant gravies, pancakes,
sugar, honey, glucose and dextrose.
All have phosphorus to excess. Avoid.
This can neutralise phosphate induced hyperactivity in children.
what experts have to say.
two decades it has been known, but not widely publicized, that
a number of environmental factors including exposure to certain
chemicals has been associated with this disorder."
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 unraveled 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."
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."
Hillary , Sydney NSW ,Environmental Health Consultant ,Natural
Therapist and author of Children of a Toxic Harvest.
phosphorus is an essential nutrient, excess phosphorus acts like
a kind of intestinal sludge, keeping both calcium and magnesium
from being 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. in discussing the "chemistry of healing" in
an essay entitled Magnesium and the Battle for Light.
highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in understanding
and overcoming ADD/ADHD. 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."
particular, the ratio of calcium to phosphorus in the diet has
declined. Independent evidence from diverse sources indicate that
excess phosphate is an unappreciated cause of illness and can
Waterhouse, PhD, Director of Chronic Illness support and Research
Association ( CISRA) California, USA .
recommend Hertha Hafers Book The Hidden Drug-Dietary Phosphate
to my addiction patients, because so many have ADD and the disturbed
chemistry that underlies ADD. Unless this underlying chemical
disturbance is corrected, these people just keep relapsing to
is the mainstay of the treatment for ADD but diet is extremely
important also, as so many addicts have such terrible junk food
diets. We find the book very helpful."
Neil Beck, Perth Western Australia,
Head of the Victoria Park Clinic for Heroin Addiction
Author of Beating Heroin,
report success in using the Diet ( two examples dozens in
A pale, difficult eight-year-old boy, who took frubiase calcium
capsules prescribed by his doctor. He became extraordinarily restless,
fidgeted, could not concentrate-was even less responsive than
before the course of treatment. The exacerbation of his symptoms
ceased after he stopped taking the medication. Norbert behaved
completely normally after being put on the low-phosphate diet.
A ten year old with ADD symptomatology. Medical diagnosis- minimal
early childhood brain damage, EGG normal. Attracted attention
from the age of three onwards as a result of coordination problems.
Increased motor restlessness was followed by psychological disorders.
In 1977 his condition improved considerably. There were relapses
after changes to his diet. His mother recognised the connection
between certain foods and the relapses.
These foods were the same as the "forbidden foods" of the low-phosphate
diet. From 1978 onwards Friedrich received the low-phosphate diet.
Four years later his mother reported, " The problems are all gone-my
son is doing well"
Hidden Drug Dietary Phosphate
by Hertha Hafer
(Cause of Behaviour Problems, Learning Difficulties
and Juvenile Delinquency ADD/ADHD)
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