For many years I have been saddened by our inability to help families with a child with selective eating. This condition is described here and here

And since, for the most part, such children remain on their growth curve, there has been no medical urgency to this—which completely ignores the psychological urgency that many parents (and some patients) feel.

Now, however, we are exploring a new biological option, which, if we are successful, may offer hope of change for people with selective eating.

I will be conducting a pilot study of ten adults or older teens (17 years or older). With this blog I am recruiting a total of ten non-smoking subjects, 17 and older, who self-identify as having selective eating and who wish to change. They must have no food allergies. They must be able to come to Portland, Oregon to the Kartini Clinic for a few hours at a prearranged time. This will be the sum total of their commitment.

If you know of anyone who might be interested, please tell them about this study.

If you are interested in volunteering for this study or have questions please contact us at, and include Selective Eating Research in your email’s subject line. Once ten patients’ results have been analyzed, I will discuss our findings on the blog.