By Colleen Kimmett

May 2, 2017

 

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Dr. Rebecca Carey admits to being a little embarrassed about what her son,

Mark, eats every day. Hamburger patties for breakfast, or bacon. A pack of

raisins and a cookie for lunch; a turkey and cheese sandwich "if I'm lucky,"

says Carey, but it usually comes back home. His favorite dinner is fish

cakes and pasta, but all vegetables remain firmly untouched.

 

It's the kind of diet - low in fruits and vegetables, high in carbs - that a

doctor like herself might caution against. But it's also low in milk, sugar,

and artificial food additives - all things Carey believes worsen 10-year-old

Mark's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, symptoms. Twice a

day, in the morning at their home in Newburgh, Ind., and from the school

nurse at lunch, he takes a vitamin and mineral supplement, which helps make

up for the lack of veggies.