Parents have long observed that some kids go bonkers after eating foods with a lot of artificial ingredients or neon-bright colors. Medical researchers–not to mention the food industry–have been skeptical; there was no proof of this effect, at least nothing like a double-blind, controlled study.
„When I was at school they never understood what dyslexia was, and I’m terribly dyslexic. I start reading a book and I’m reading a line backwards, or I read the same thing over and over again before I realize what I’m doing.
„All my children have the same problem and the reason I moved to Los Angeles in the first place was because England or Great Britain didn’t have very many schools for dyslexia and attention deficit disorder and LA does. I mean, they have everything there, including f**kin‘ pet psychiatrists!“
Racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart said he hoped a new DVD would help increase awareness of dyslexia and prevent sufferers „being left in the dustbin of life“.
The three-time Formula One world champion was in Edinburgh to launch the Scottish Executive-funded DVD, which is being sent to every school in Scotland to raise awareness of the condition.
The DVD features Sir Jackie – who was not diagnosed as having the condition until the age of 41 – speaking about how he struggled while at school.
Sir Jackie, who is president of the support group Dyslexia Scotland, said that when he was at school he was told he was „stupid, dumb and thick“.
And he said he believed the DVD, created with the support of Dyslexia Scotland, would give youngsters with the condition more hope that they could go on to lead a successful life.
He added it should also improve awareness of the learning difficulty among teachers and education authorities, leading to earlier diagnosis of the condition.
Sir Jackie said: „There are so many people being left in the dustbin of life through poor education and the education authorities have
to make sure all of our teachers are fully versed on early recognition of dyslexia so they can help all those people out there.“
Jerry Hall has revealed that she and all four of her children with Sir Mick Jagger suffer from dyslexia.Miss Hall, 50, said that the family see the condition as a gift since „it makes you think differently“.
The former model, who was married to the Rolling Stone for nine years, said yesterday that their children Elizabeth, 23, James, 22, Georgia May, 15, and nine-year-old Gabriel all suffer from the learning difficulty.
USA RIVERSIDE – The Inland Empire branch of the International Dyslexia Association will be hosting a meeting Jan. 11 at the Riverside County Office of Education Conference Center at 3939 13th St., Riverside.The meeting will include an ice cream social at 6:30 p.m. followed by the normal annual meeting at 7 p.m. and a presentation by Clarann Goldring at 7:10 p.m.
NEW YORK – Eating seafood twice a week is good for you, Americans have been told.
New US guidelines recommend that people, especially children and pregnant and nursing women, eat seafood that often.
The guidelines summarise scientific findings presented at a conference in Washington reiterating that seafood helps people to live longer and healthier, cutting the risk for heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, stroke, diabetes and inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
The conference was sponsored by the Governments of the US, Norway, Canada and Iceland, aided by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation.
Nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, iodine, iron and choline, present in fish such as wild and farmed salmon, shrimp and catfish, are important in brain development and may lessen the effects of dyslexia, autism, hyperactivity and attention-deficit disorder, researchers have found, and some studies have linked those nutrients with increased intelligence in infants and children.
William E.M. Lands, a retired professor of biochemistry at the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois says, „not eating seafood is more harmful than eating it“.
Sally Gardner, who is severely dyslexic and only learnt to read at the age of fourteen, has won this year’s Nestle Children’s Book Prize for her book
I, Coriander. Her fantasy tale of murder, magic and romance set in 17th century London, captivated the 2005 judges and won a gold medal for the best book in the nine to eleven years category.
The award was made today, December 14th, at the British Library, London, in front of an invited audience of some of the 4,500 schoolchildren who were this year’s judges.
As is the case with many toddlers, Michael Thieme’s early spoken language was quirky. He called his older brother William „Illiam,“ for example. „He couldn’t get his W’s out,“ his mother, Annette Thieme, said. Unlike most, Michael had speech problems that persisted into kindergarten, putting him at risk for the reading difficulty known as dyslexia. Michael’s parents didn’t stop at speech therapy. They also enrolled both sons in a five-year study at the University of Denver to uncover why early speech and language problems so often lead to dyslexia. The study, which just ended, showed a genetic link between early speech problems and later dyslexia. Both problems showed up in the same genetic regions, said DU psychologist Bruce Pennington.