"Smart But Feeling Dumb"

August 2, 2009 7:30:26 AM PDT
Even before kindergarten, children with dyslexia have trouble with letters and sounds. But, those with dyslexia can live successful lives with the proper tutoring and determination. Dr. Harold Levinson, author of "Smart But Feeling Dumb," joined us with his theory on dyslexia. What is dyslexia?
My research with over 35,000 children and adults has shown that dyslexia is not just a severe reading disorder characterized by reversals, as previously thought. Rather, it is a syndrome or related cluster of many and diverse symptoms affecting more than 15 major areas of functioning, including reading writing, spelling, math, memory, speech, sense of direction and time, concentration-distractibility-activity, balance coordination-rhythm - and especially self-esteem and body-image.

How many children and adults suffer from this disorder?
My studies indicate that a staggering 20 percent of the population suffer from dyslexia-related disorders - making it a priority for proper understanding, diagnosis, treatment and even prevention.

What did you discover dyslexia to be caused by?
My examination of thousands of intelligent dyslexia children and adults has clearly demonstrated that all the varied dysfunctioning symptoms of dyslexia are caused by a simple signal-scrambling impairment within the inner-ear and its supercomputer, the cerebellum - the lower "find-tuning" brain of man and the highest brain of most animals. This clinically-based theory was capable of explaining 100 percent of the observations characterizing 100 percent of all dyslexics studied.

What was wrong with the prior 100-year-old brain damage theory of dyslexia?
Ever since dyslexia was first recognized in 1896, all traditionalist researchers erroneously believed that dyslexia was caused by impaired thinking brain processors failing to recognize clearly received normal reading-related signals. However, this traditionally accepted brain damage or processing theory could not explain 99.9 percent of the observations characterizing 99.9 percent of dyslexics. And thus is led absolutely nowhere scientifically for over 100 years. Indeed, were the signals clear and multiple thinking brain processors impaired, as mistakenly thought, then all dyslexics would be severely retarded and their prognosis hopeless.

How do you diagnose dyslexia?
By recognizing that the fine-tuners within the inner-ear and its supercomputer were impaired in dyslexia, I was able to diagnose and even screen children for this disorder by means of previously utilized 1.) neurological and physiological balance/coordination-based measurements, as well as 2.) newly designed medically-based inner ear tests (i.e. 3D Optical and Auditory Scanners) - even before severe or obvious symptoms appeared, and before emotional scarring resulted. In contrast, dyslexia was previously diagnosed when children fell two or more years behind their peers or potential in reading scores. That's like waiting for a child to lapse into coma before a diagnosis of diabetes is made and before treatment is started.

How does your medical treatment work?
My research showed that a simple and safe combination of inner-ear-enhancing medications and nutrients similar to those given the astronauts can significantly improve the inner-ear-determined signal-scrambling characterizing all dyslexics. As a result, this medical treatment was proven capable of rapidly and dramatically helping 75 to 85 percent of treated dyslexic children and adults. And by also using find-tuning-enhancing non-medical conditioning therapies, all dyslexics could be significantly helped.

Has your dyslexia research now been independently validated?
Yes. After several decades and the support of Nobel prize cerebellar neurophysiologist Sir John Eccles and other outstanding scientists, my cerebeller-dyslexia concepts have finally been independently validated in separate worldwide studies. As a result, they are now lauded as "brilliant," "highly original" and "decades ahead of its time." This delayed acceptance just goes to prove a point made by Nobel physicist Max Plank: "Science progresses not by convincing the adherents of old theories that they are wrong but by allowing enough time to pass so that a new generation can arise unencumbered by the old errors."

Is it true, in your opinion, that dyslexia, ADD, ADHD and even phobias are all caused by inner-ear dysfunction?
Absolutely. That's why attention deficit and phobic symptoms very frequently overlap with the typical reading and related dyslexic symptoms per patient. This diverse symptomatic-mix or overlap occurs most of the time because dyslexic-attention-phobic symptoms all stem from one and the same inner-ear/cerebellar origin, rather than from separately caused impairments.

For more information, visit www.dyslexiaonline.com.