To quote the back cover: “[This book] presents a major breakthrough in the treatment of … ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia”. And it does just that, presenting a clear case for the importance of Long Chain Polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPs) in brain development and the critical role they have with learning problems such as dyslexia.
The book is divided into four parts:
‘The Disorders’ covers the history, diagnosis and the day to day reality of dealing with each of the problems. Each problem has a chapter (with Apraxia being covered with Dyspraxia) that goes into a good level of detail and gives clear information on the current thinking and science of each disorder.
Part two, ‘The Science’, covers the research done by Dr Stordy and others into LCPs, more commonly known as Omega-3 (Fish Oil) and Omega-6 (Evening Primrose Oil). Here the three letter acronyms flow thick and fast as the authors explain how the importance of LCPs was discovered and proven. The case the authors make is compelling but occasionally lacks details especially in quantifying how much the children improved in standardised academic test rather than the more subjective assessments of parents.
‘The Plan’ is predominantly a reference section, detailing what supplements are available from where and how much LCPs there are in every day foods. It also provides brief action plans for parents to help the children’s learning and behavior patterns.
The final part, ‘Putting It All together’, gives information on support groups and internet sites where parents or suffers from ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia can get further help. The final chapter is one of case histories and anecdotes of children and adults who have followed Dr Stordy’s advice and seen massive improvements. The book is rounded off by a comprehensive bibliography and index.
Overall this is a well written and informative book that deserves a place on any parent’s bookshelf but its not a perfect book. Whilst the book never claims that LCPs are the silver bullet that will cure ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia, the style of the book gives that impression. LCPs certainly play their role and Dr Stordy, a nutritionist, is right to highlight the impact of our modern diet and the danger of its almost complete lack of LCPs. However its worth noting that one of the pioneers of dyslexia was Dr Hinshelwood writing in 1899 in Glasgow, a major port a few miles from the sea. If the modern diet and LCPs were the only cause of dyslexia it seems unlikely that Dr Hinshelwood would of found multiple cases of dyslexia in that city at that time. The book also doesn’t mention movement based therapies or the role of the cerebellum and vestibular in the disorders.