The Hidden Drug: Dietary Phosphate by Hertha Hafer, ISBN: 0-646-40644-2
Most people today are aware that phosphate run-off from cleaning products, fertilizers and other agri-chemicals has a highly damaging effect on our natural eco-systems and waterways but have heard little about the health dangers coming from consuming phosphate-rich foods and drinks, which are so readily available in today's foods.
Hertha Hafer, a research pharmacist with a solid medical basis and a sound understanding of molecular biology, and assisted by her husband, a research chemist, discovered a connection between the consumption of high levels of dietary phosphate and hyperactive behaviour, learning difficulties and juvenile delinquency.
Many people are consuming more phosphate than their bodies can use. Phosphate is added to emulsifiers, stabilisers and thickeners, to processed meats, cheese spreads, soups, sauces, creams, chocolates, baked goods, baking powder, soft drinks and the list goes on. Hafer describes in her book The Hidden Drug - Dietary Phosphate in great detail the alarming biochemical consequences of consuming too much phosphates and includes lists of what can be eaten and what should be avoided, as well as a special low-phosphate diet plan.
If you're concerned about your child's health in the consumer society, this is a must-read.