Learning difficulties

Learning Difficulties

Dyslexia: difficulty writing and reading.
Dyspraxia: problems with co-ordination.
ADHD: hyperactive.
 
Putting children into 1 of these 3 categories is a mistake cause it dictate how to treat them.
 
Dyslexia usually have poor working memory, poor sense of direction and problems with sounds of words. If you suspect your child is dyslexic, have him or her tested.
 
Dyspraxia, cluminess and difficulties in carrying out complex task. Some activities that are affected, getting dressed, tieing shoes, catching a ball and doing buttons.
 
ADHD ( Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • poor attention span
  • poor concentration
  • hyperactivity
Children with these learning difficulties are often deficient in EFAs. Also heavy metal toxicity can be a common factor with these conditions as well.
 
Some potential causative factors underlying ADHD are:
  • sugar
  • lack of breakfast
  • high doses of antibiotics (before the age 3)
  • difficult birth
There are effective nutrient therapies:
  1. Vitamin B6 and magnesium
  2. EFAs
  3. Eliminating heavy metal toxicity
  4. Eliminating Food Allergies
  5. Controlling sugar problems.
Vitamin B6 and magnesium iis 10x as effective as Ritalin.
High levels of lead, copper and aluminum are linked to ADHD, these deplete essential nutrients.


Disorders

Disorders

Bipolar
Some kids diagnosed with ADHD actually have a  bipolar disorder.
 
There are a few key differences:
  • kids with bipolar cycle through high of mania and lows of depression.
  • bipolar kids have angry out bursts, often with destructive, sadistic, intentional aggression.
  • disorganized thinking, language and body positions.
  • often gifted verbally and/or artistically early in life.
Autism.
  • speech difficulties.
  • posture/gesture abnormalities.
  • impaired understanding of others feelings.
  • sensory/visual dis perceptions.
  • behavioral abnormalities.
Key nutritional conditions:
  1. Address nutrient deficiencies: B6, C and magnesium.
  2. Address EFAs deficiencies: EPA supplementation slow enzyme and improve EFA to the brain cells.
  3. Address Vitamin A Deficiency: with not enough, problems that can occur, allergies. brain development and vision problems.
  4. Investigate underlying allergies: strongest evidence, wheat and dairy.
  5. Identify digestive system imbalances: incomplete digestion of protein can lead to leaky gut syndrome. Supplement with digestive enzymes and probiotics.
  6. Detox and get metallohionein working:Go through a detoxification program, metallohionein may be defective which leads to inability to detox toxic metals.
Down’s syndrome.
 
This is genetic.
Down’s syndrome causes a number of biochemical difficulties:
  1. Over production of key enzyme, SOD
  2. disruption of chemical pathyway involving the amino acid SAMe ( supplement with folic acid, B6, B12, B-complex)
  3. overproduction of collagen
  4. disruption of hormones
  5. deficiency in key growth factors
  6. ammonia accumulation
  7. trytophan deficiency
Supplement programs
  • Vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other nutrients
  • Daily digestive enzyme
  • Extra night time formula

Some parents will give choline as well.


Addictions - Eating disorders

Addictions – Eating disorders

Addictions.
 
Addiction affects all of us at some point.
Most common are:
  1. Nicotine
  2. Caffeine
  3. Alcohol
Nutritional therapy can dramatically help. Most addictive substances promote the brains neurotransmitters.
Caffeine blocks the breakdown of dopamine and noradrenaline.
Cocaine blocks the breakdown of dopamine and adrenaline.
 
Learning to control blood sugar can help with addicts, many addicts also have hidden allergies.
Quitting an addictive substance should typically be done slowly and with professional help.
 
Alcohol: B-vitamins, vitamin C, tryptophan, glutamine, taurine and EFAs
Heroin: same nutrients as for alcohol
*Alcohol and heroin deplete the body of calcium and potassium.
Cigarettes: alkaline, hypoglycemic diet, chromium, B6 & zinc and niacin & vitamin C
Prescription: it is vital to come off them slowly with lots of support.
 
Eating disorder.
 
Anorexia patient should be fed at regular intervals and surrounded by people who could have control over them.
 
Zinc deficiency is suspected to loss of appetite, people with anorexia typically have a zinc deficiency. So supplementing with zinc can help this case.
 
Also tryptophan, it is the precursor to serotonin the neurotransmitter that controls mood and appetite. Supplement with zinc, B6 and tryptophan or 5-HTP.
 
Change to diet, is #1 in the long run. We can help a person with anorexia with dietary changes ( small portion, support groups, consulting and juicing to aid digestion)
 
Then there is Bulimia also a food/weight, obsessive/compulsive disorder.
  • Binge eating.
  • Lack of control
  • Over exercising
  • Fab-diets

Most common binge foods: wheat, dairy and sweets.


Epilepsy

Convulusions are thought to occur from temporary upset in brain chemistry.
  • fevers
  • meds (side effects)
  • extreme high stress
  • heart disease
  • diabetes
  • stroke
  • brain infection.
Key nutritional approach
  1. B-vitamins
  2. Magnesium, manganese and zinc
  3. EFAs
Nutrients to help reduce seizures
  1. amino acids
  2. choline
  3. DMAE
  4. Vinpocetine ( similar to CoQ10)

Allergies may play a role and should be addressed.

 


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