More Dyslexia

More dyslexia is about how it can be safely treated without drugs.

This page is all about some more of the funny mistakes that poor Christopher Robin made. He can't spell too well, and he's always getting into trouble at school.

Just see what he learnt about the Creation of the World in Sunday School. It really is important for Christopher to concentrate better. But he can't, can he? Ask Mom or Dad to help you iron out his mistakes.

Here's a tidbit for mom and dad from our dyslexia page.

As the world's largest drugless profession, we as chiropractors feel very strongly about the taking of drugs particularly by children. Ritalin has many undesirable side effects.

Is this perhaps time to take a good hard look at your child's diet? Perhaps a handful of lentil protein thrown in with the brown rice? New research confirms what we already instinctively know; white rice is junk food, and should be on neither your plate, nor your child's. It's devoid of vitamins, minerals and fibre, lower in protein and the healthy fats, and is proven to be associated with a higher incidence of vascular disease. Also, because of its extremely high glycemic index, it's very fattening. 

Fish oil and Evening Primrose oil

Fish oil and evening primrose oil contain they essential fatty acids needed by the brain to function properly.

While there is certainly a place for taking medication, we strongly recommend you consider giving your child a combination of fish oil and Evening Primrose Oil. It's well researched and is safe and effective. Story 4.

More Dyslexia

More dyslexia from the Sunday school class.


A team of researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital analysed about 200 000 adults followed for up to 22 years and found eating more refined white rice was associated with a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes. Simply replacing it with brown reduced that risk by over a third.

White rice should never be found in your shopping basket and should certainly never be fed to your child. Isn't it odd that we would be totally shocked at a parent who allowed their small child to have alcohol or a cigarette, yet we happily feed them sugary, highly refined carbohydrates that we all know are so bad for them. 

It's vital for your child, and you too, to have some protein for breakfast to stop the 11 o'clock blues. Together with the healthy fats, they help to sustain the blood sugar.

There is so much research now confirming that too much animal protein, absolute maximum of red meat once per day, raises homocysteine levels in the blood leading to inflamed and clogged arteries. The easiest source of vegetable protein is the chickpea. You can make this authentic hummus recipe in your own kitchen in only four minutes; literally.

Authentic hummus recipe

Authentic hummus recipe saves you buying it in the supermarket. It's value is in its anti oxidants, so itself is rapidly reacts with air, read goes off. Hummus just doesn't keep so manufacturers have to add various preservatives that ruin the taste and are bad for your health.

Make your own authentic hummus recipe, but do finish it within three days; I use the excess to make our low GI bread. That's also only five minutes' work. Healthy choice foods don't need to take hours to prepare.

I pressure cooker does save you a lot of time in cooking the chickpeas.

I hope you enjoyed working with your child through poor Christopher's mistakes. You see, if your child can't concentrate, he or she is going to get the wrong end of the stick all the time.

Is your child suffering from constipation? Kids do a lot, sometimes though not always giving them tummy cramps. Normal is a daily bowel movement. I remembering suffering awful constipation as a child and young adult, until I met she who must be obeyed and she came up with Helens 15 euro salad. For more information on constipation, and how it can be easily treated, click here. Beetroot constipation.

This is highly anecdotal, and scientifically not worth a jot, but when we one year ago arrived back in South Africa from the Netherlands our youngest grandchild was suffering from severe constipation. Severe. She was obviously wanted to pass a stool, but it was very painful, even some blood. She was on medication and there was talk of surgery for a fissure.

Before many weeks had passed the mulberries were ripening, and Granny made her way, mite in hand, every morning to the down the garden. Some medication was needed too for a month whilst the fissure healed, but since then Broccoli Beth hasn't looked back. Here's she enjoying our spinach soup recipe, with relish. May I have some more, please, Sir.

Broccoli, spinach, butternut and fish can be made into delicious soups and she keeps coming back for more. More fibre, that's the solution to constipation, particularly the water soluble kind found in fruit and vegetables.

It's a very dangerous precedent to start your children on any chronic medication; do it with great reluctance. Obviously there are exceptions but, the norm for children, and adults too for that matter, is drugs only for acute episodes.

Remembering that medications are the direct cause of death for over 200,000 Americans every year.  It's known as iatrogenic illness, or doctor caused disease, the third most common killer in Western society.

Drug companies, of course, have other ideas. Some will go to any lengths, legal or not, to promote their products to boost the bottom line for shareholders. You'll be astonished at the Pfizer bextra story.

The long and the short of it is do everything in your power to find alternatives to drugs for your children. And that certainly includes dyslexia.

Broccoli soup is so delicious. 

"Thirty years ago, Henry Gadsden, chief executive of a large drug company, told Fortune magazine he wanted his company “to be more like chewing gum maker, Wrigley.”

What did he mean? Continuing, Gadsden said it had long been his dream to make drugs for healthy people, because then his company would be able to “sell to everyone”. This is the starting point and central thesis of Moynihan and Cassels’ book, SELLING SICKNESS — that pharmaceutical companies are working to turn us all into patients..."

Although Ritalin is prescribed for Attention Deficit rather than Dyslexia, they have so many symptoms in common that many children with Dyslexia find themselves on Ritalin. Currently well over a million children in the USA are on Ritalin.

When one reads what medicine itself has to say about the dangers of Ritalin, it seems to me vital to first consider getting our children on a fundamentally good diet and exercise routine before considering putting your child on any drug...

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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.

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