Is It Dyslexia?

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Or Digestive Problems?

Some signs that diet is causing a problem are:
  • Spikey performance. Sometimes they can do things and sometimes they can't.
  • Purple bags under eyes. This can be a sign their liver doesn't work very well and isn't detoxing the body properly, which is due to injesting food the liver can't handle.
  • Excess wind or farting, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, stomach ache, feeling sick are all obvious signs of a diet problem. You should be doing soft sausage shaped poos at least once a day.
  • Raised glands which can be due to an autoimmune problem.

Allergies

A Link between allergies and dyslexia has been found by the New Mexico Lions Crane Reading Foundation. They claim that: "Allergies are often misdiagnosed as dyslexia, ADHD and/or learning disabilities. Seventy percent of our students have allergies with thirty percent hurting." More discussion can be found here.

This article on Brain Fog also believes gluten intolerance can cause brain fog.

The Great Plains Laboratory says:

"Urinary peptides are incompletely broken down pieces of protein. The peptides from gluten and casein can react with opiate receptors in the brain, thus mimicking the effects of opiate drugs like heroin and morphine. These compounds, called neuropeptides, have been shown to react with areas of the brain's temporal lobes that are involved in speech and auditory integration. Neuropeptides also decrease the ability to feel pain and effect cognitive function."

So if your child can't digest the peptides in dairy or gluten then the peptides act like morphine!

You need to be very patient when cutting out food, as undigested peptides take a long time to leave the body. It takes about 6 weeks for dairy to leave the body, and 6 months for gluten - or even longer.

Leaky Gut

Leaky Gut can cause all sorts of problems - including dyslexia. Symptoms of Leaky Gut include 'foggy brain' and 'poor memory'. These leaky gut symptoms can look like dyslexia, because they can make it hard to remember anything or learn how to read.

Other symptoms of leaky gut are feeling sick, stomach cramps, constipation or diarrhoea.

Following the GAPS Diet improves symptoms of Dyslexia, ASD, ADHD and Dyspraxia. It is a hard diet to follow, but I highly recommend reading the book and then following as much of it as you can.

The theory behind the diet is that dyslexics have a problem digesting food because their gut is damaged, and then traces of food leaks into their blood causing foggy brain, poor memory and other problems.

Candida

Candida & Learning Difficulties

"Candida is a yeast mould which is a natural inhabitant of the gut. If circumstances allow it to proliferate, it changes from a yeast to a fungal form, which grows into the gut wall and breaks down the boundary between the intestinal tract and the rest of the circulation, allowing both candida organisms and potential antigens to enter the bloodstream. Candida can then travel to other parts of the body and in the majority of children assessed for educational therapy it is found in the brain or the ear, where candida toxins are able to disrupt sensory integration and auditory processing. Candida is often a major factor in hyperactivity and behavioural problems and it is a common cause of food and chemical intolerance."