Learning Difficulties

Learning difficulties encompass a wide variety of disorders from dyslexia and stuttering to easy distractibility, ADD, ADHD and others. General comments about these disorders are:

  • Most involve disordered body chemistry. A few cases mainly involve stress, a very sensitive child, or a problem in the learning environment such as the effect of other students, the type of lessons offered or toxic chemicals in the school or even the home.
  • Since biochemistry is often involved, most of these children respond extremely well to Nutritional Balancing programmes.
  • Food sensitivities are commonly involved in learning and behavioural disorders of children and sometimes of adults as well. Attention to the diet is most important, and food allergy testing may be very helpful if progress on a Nutritional Balancing programme is slow. Eating sugar, artificial sweeteners and stimulants are always problematic.


Contents and Quick Links


Dyslexia is often a copper-related syndrome. It may respond to Nutritional Balancing programmes, although dyslexia goes deeper than just copper toxicity. It is an altered perception of letter and numbers that has to do with brain integration, which is somewhat different. Nutritional Balancing can be helpful to calm the person’s mind, and this can assist with brain integration. Other techniques may be necessary along with a Nutritional Balancing programme for full correction of this common condition. A good book on this subject is The Gift of Dyslexia by Ronald D. Davis and Eldon M. Braun (1997, 2010).


Autistic children are often very bright, but are poisoned with vaccines, medical drugs and other toxins acquired in utero or afterwards. They may decide to withdraw into a self-made world. This is mainly the situation with this sad condition that is sweeping across the globe. An important hint as to the cause of this epidemic is the fact that autism is a new disorder. It was unknown before the late 1940s or 1950s. This is when the number of drugs and vaccines, especially combinations of vaccines, increased dramatically. Today, young mothers are third generation vaccine-poisoned. Mercury is still added to some of these vaccines, including flu shots.

Other contributors to the epidemic are poor quality diets, and medical and other toxins in the bodies of mothers, not enough breast feeding of infants and overall higher stress levels in families today. Autism is actually not one disorder, but a spectrum of disabilities ranging from very mild social anxiety to extreme anti-social and withdrawal tendencies.

More research is NOT needed about this condition, in the author’s view. That is just a poor excuse to ignore known facts about this horror. Autism is preventable and mainly a doctor-caused or iatrogenic disease. For example, according to research by Dan Olmstead, there is NO autism among the Amish. This group does not vaccinate their children, and they eat better food, live simpler lives and tend to take many fewer medical drugs, as well.


Nutritional Balancing is extremely helpful for most, if not all cases that we have encountered. Several patterns are common on hair mineral analysis of autistic children. Among them are very fast oxidation with a low sodium/potassium ratio, and always toxic metals. They may include manganese, iron, aluminium, copper and perhaps mercury toxicity, though they may not be revealed on early tests. At times, the symptoms of autism are identical to the symptoms of mercury toxicity. Mercury continues to be added to vaccines, flu shots and spewed into the air by coal-burning power plants in many nations of the world. Studies suggest that autistic children have more difficulty eliminating toxic metals than other children.

Food allergies always play a role in cases of autism, along with most instances of ADD, ADHD and other childhood diseases.

Most of these children feel better on a gluten-free and casein-free diet. Nutritional Balancing programmes offer far more for these children, however, as they almost all have severe imbalances in their body chemistry.

Autism is so serious and so costly it deserves thousands of times more attention than it receives. Discussions of health care reform make little sense until this occurs. The needed reform is to stop the dangerous practices that are destroying a normal life for so many children and now adults around the world.


Causes for ADD and ADHD revealed on hair mineral analyses include fast oxidation in younger children. Most are deficient in calcium, magnesium and zinc, the sedative minerals. These minerals also act as psychological buffer elements, meaning they are needed to protect a child from all kinds of stressful situations. Without them, the child becomes hyper-irritable, anxious and easily upset.

These children need a fast oxidiser diet with no sweets or fruit, preferably, along with supplements of calcium, magnesium and other elements such as zinc and copper in the right balance. With this simple regimen they will often calm down in a few days to a week or two. Deeper correction of food sensitivities and toxic metals will take a little longer. It is definitely worth keeping a child on a Nutritional Balancing programme for a year or several years to correct these deeper imbalances that were often present from birth.

Older children and adults with ADD are usually in slow oxidation, although not all of them. Most have copper toxicity and many other imbalances on hair mineral analyses. Toxic metals that often play a role include iron, lead, cadmium, aluminium and mercury. Four lows, a high or low sodium/potassium ratio and sympathetic dominance may also be present. As the metals are removed and the body chemistry balances, most parents report their children turn sweet and gentle in almost unbelievable ways. School or work performance also improve significantly as the person calms down. ADD in adults mat also be due to deeper emotional imbalances that can be harder to correct, and therefore may take longer for full correction.

© 2010, The Center For Development

Return to top ⇧