I removed the bread preservative 282 from my 7 year old son's diet after coming across your website and recognising many of the behavioural problems we were experiencing with him. He was extremely defiant, flatly refusing to do the simplest thing asked of him - homework was torture for all involved. He was loud, argumentative, talked non-stop, very anxious, had frequent bad dreams and was prone to angry outbursts. Much of this we had grown to live with since he was identified as a preschooler as being highly gifted but I was increasingly concerned about our family dynamics as we spent most of our time yelling at him and wondering how much longer we could survive, and how he was going to cope as he grew older - and therefore stronger and possibly dangerously violent.

He has always loved bread and, being a vegetarian, eats a lot of it, averaging six slices a day. The difference once we started making our own bread was astounding. He immediately became so much calmer and quieter that my husband asked if he was still in the house while he was getting ready for school in the mornings. He became much less defiant and argumentative, was able to stay still while I put his school tie on, much more polite and affectionate.

It was a lovely change to have him come home from school and give me a spontaneous hug, which is a very rare event as he is so sensitive to touch. He also seems to be able to think more clearly. I removed 282 a few days before the end of term 3 so was able to monitor changes over the holidays, which were the most pleasant we've ever had. In the first week of the new term he came home with a merit award for “staying cool, calm and collected" when faced with a situation which usually would have had him in tears. That same week he gained a further stamp towards a different award, and the following week another one for his homework!

As a visual-spatial learner with a central auditory processing disorder and an IQ in the top 2% he was probably always going to have trouble fitting into a mainstream school, however the difference the removal of 282 has made is so marked we are all going to attempt the failsafe diet.- reader, NSW