Last Friday, saw Trevor McDonut’s ‘Tonight with’ programme showcase Patrick Holford’s ‘Food for the Brain’ charity and its involvement with a school. The school apparently saw lots of improvements with their children and so will obviously boost the standing of the Food for the Brain charity.
As for Food for the Brain, I have collated a number of specific concerns I have about the charity:
- The ‘trials’ being undertaken are unscientific and produce ambiguous results.
- There is an over-emphasis on giving and selling supplements to children, which is not justified by science.
- The influence of the nutritional ideas of Patrick Holford’s Optimum Nutrition Programme may be disproportionately influencing thinking.
- The charity use inaccurate techniques to determine the need for children to take mineral supplements.
- There is inadequate regulation of the nutritional therapists in the UK.
- The costs of taking the Food for the Brain’s approach of nutritional testing and taking supplements would be prohibitively expensive for most parents.
- The charity recommends inaccurate techniques to look for ‘allergies and intolerances’ in children.
- The charity has given out dangerous advice regarding autism and elimination diets.
- Food for the Brain lists among its affiliations an American organization that holds strong anti-psychiatry views and has links with Scientology.
I have given a more detailed appraisal of these concerns and this can be found on HolfordWatch.