When people come to see me for dyslexia, ADHD and various learning and behavior issues, one of the promises they make to me is to eliminate sugar (as much as humanly possible) for six weeks. Why would I insist on this? Because sugar makes such a huge difference in the brain functions and the way the body behaves.
It is downright amazing to watch the mood shifts and concentration levels improve once sugar is out of the system. It is eye opening! And it gives a sense of power. “If I can see this much change by changing one thing, what else can change with a little effort and awareness?”
“Power to the people.” Feeling empowered and in control gives us an enormous boost in motivation – to think we can actually change things that other people said weren’t important or even possible. This one act of cutting out sugar motivates people to start believing bigger changes are possible.
Our belief systems play a big role in our getting better or staying sick. I’m all for being pro-active and staying well and feeling better than you ever dreamed possible. This belief is pretty contagious – I must warn you. If you come to see me for care, you’re likely to start feeling more positive about a lot of things in your life.
Here is an excerpt from my book, Reversing Dyslexia: Improving Learning and Behavior Without Drugs. Demonstrating how sugar can wreck havoc after Halloween.
The Shocking Effects of Sugar:
When eight-year-old Meghan came to see me, she was getting Ds and Fs in all her subjects, and of course, she hated going to school. I started treatment by assessing her strengths and weaknesses, and then designed a set of exercises and therapies that would stimulate her brain’s capacity to process the basic information required to read and do math. We did physical coordination exercises to wake up her brain and get the signals firing in the right areas. We did eye exercises together. I performed gentle movements around her eyes and ears to help coordinate neurological pathways and connections between her body and brain.
Within two or three months of our working together, Meghan’s father started crowing about his daughter, who was now getting all As and Bs. This lasted almost a year. Then one day, I received a rather frantic call from Meghan’s dad, who said his A student was flunking math again. The call came about three weeks after Halloween, so I asked him if Meghan had been eating candy. “Yes,” he replied. When she came to see me again, we talked about sugar and how that seemed to be creating a problem with her learning. She literally crawled into the corner, in an almost fetal position, and cried, “I can’t live without sugar.”
Sugar is a potent and addictive substance, and can actually cause some of the bones that form the eye socket to slide out of place, leading to problems with information processing. In Meghan’s case, it took the removal of excess sugar from her diet and my gently coaxing the bones and muscles around her eye sockets back into their correct positions to remedy her math problem. In a matter of days, she returned to being an A student again.