Smart But Feeling Dumb (Book Alert)
Parents will likely be stopped in their tracks when they learn that something as simple as an over-the-counter anti-motion sickness medication may mean an end to many of the academic and emotional struggles their children have been suffering through. While special education teachers have used counseling, visual aids and individualized instruction in the resource room to address learning disabilities and doctors have only treated ADHD with stimulants such as Concerta and Adderall – to the dismay of many who feel the condition is often overdiagnosed and overmedicated – the public has been generally unaware there is a single, simple and safe and highly effective holistic approach to treating these varied disorders, which actually have very much in common.
Dr. Harold Levinson, author of SMART BUT FEELING DUMB (Stonebridge Publishing), uses the term ‘dyslexia’ to describe not just the severe reading disorder we are familiar with – but rather an overall condition or ‘syndrome’ that encompasses hundreds of diverse symptoms – all resulting from a signal-scrambling impairment within the inner-ear and its supercomputer, the cerebellum — the lower fine-tuning portion of the brain which controls movement and enables you to sense where you are.
Dr. Levinson explained, “If you spin around and around and around until you are completely dizzy, of course you won’t be able to read, write, spell or concentrate. Your balance-coordination-rhythm is also affected because the signals coming into the cerebellum are scrambled and skewed — just like what is happening with traditional dyslexics and those with ADD and many of these other disorders.”
Similar to what the astronauts do to stabilize themselves in space in zero gravity, Levinson discovered that rapid and dramatic improvements occur when patients are holistically treated with a series of anti-motion sickness drugs along with antihistamines and vitamins. The inner ear enhancing medications improve concentration, memory, reading, writing, balance and coordination – substantiating the fact that dyslexia and all the other conditions the term encompasses do not come from the ‘thinking part’ of the brain as the medical establishment has long believed. Rather the opposite is true: the scrambled signals secondarily confuse the normal ‘thinking brain’ functions.
Levinson has found that his treatment, which sometimes includes the use of low dose stimulants, has helped 75 to 85 percent of his patients and that by and large, 80 percent of patients no longer need any medications after two to four years. “It’s as if the medications teach the brain how to function without them and thus are eventually needed less or not at all.”
Harold N. Levinson, M.D. began his research 35 years ago with the New York City Board of Education and was formerly a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at New York University Medical Center. He is now the director of the Medical Dyslexic Treatment Center (also called the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities) in Great Neck, New York.