"Why do some children inexplicably underachieve despite adequate intelligence?"


There has been much emphasis recently on the importance of fish oils for brain development.

Research by Dr Jacqueline Stordy, Malcolm Nicholl and clinical trials by Dr Alexandra J Richardson on the effects of a specific combination of Omega 3 & Omega 6 on dyslexia, dyspraxia & ADD makes very interesting reading.  

In Dr Richardson's study 116 children started the trial, with 110 continuing to the follow-up stage at 12 weeks.  

“The preliminary results indicated a highly significant group difference in favour of the active treatment. There were positive changes in reading, spelling and measures of working memory.  There were also both teacher and parent ratings confirming significant reductions in ADHD related symptoms. The visuo-motor functions showed only minimal differences.”   

Dr Stordy's book The LCP Solution is a mine of information on long chain fatty acids.  LCP stands for long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids.

“The LCPs will help repair the faulty brain circuitry that impacts children with these learning disorders.”

There are individual child studies and some good solid research showing the very significant difference Omega 3 & 6 can make to a very wide range of difficulties.

In my practice I have been recommending for some years that parents consider the use of these supplements. The feedback has been very positive. When children who are already on the supplements come to me I find they respond more readily to my programme.

Interestingly, two dyslexic brothers who had been on the programme for some time had ceased taking the supplements. They both had taken a step backwards in their progress. The younger boy's ability to copy simple shapes had very definitely regressed.  However, his skills improved noticeably a few weeks after he resumed taking the supplements.

A mother who forgot to pack her daughter's supplements when they went on holiday reported a marked deterioration in the girl's behaviour.

I am often asked how long it is necessary to take the supplements. I don't think there is a definite time-scale, though I do recommend continuing for at least two years after finishing my programme as there is still much "catching up" to do. The parents and child are probably the best judges of this as there can be a noticeable deterioration over time if they are stopped too soon.

Further reading
The Fats We Need to Eat - Jeannette Ewin
The LCP Solution - Dr Jacqueline Stordy & Malcom Nicol
Nutrition Behaviour & Learning - Dr Alex Richardson (www.dyslexic.org.uk)