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Stopping the Worst Childhood Epidemic of Our Time

There is an alarming escalation in the number of children who cannot fully function in this world because they don't have fully functioning brains. There are over 21 million children who have been diagnosed with severe attention, behavioral, or learning problems. Every day, thousands more are being diagnosed with ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia, Tourette syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, or other frightening conditions that confirm that something is not right in the brain. A couple of decades ago, autism was 1 in 10,000 children----today it's about 1 in 68, including 1 in 42 boys. ADHD is now considered the most common childhood health problem of any kind worldwide, with children as young as 3 years old being prescribed Ritalin or Adderall. These statistics are making headline news everywhere, almost daily, yet no one is explaining why. Why is this happening? How can we stop it? What can we do about it?

Most professionals give vague answers about chemical imbalances and genetics and little else. The books on the subject all seem to say the same things. They review the symptoms and then relate a number of case histories and examples. They talk about basic treatment with medications. They say these conditions are mostly genetic and can't be cured. That is about it. They never clearly state what the actual problem is and how it produces the symptoms of ADHD, autism, dyslexia, and other disorders. These professionals and books simply don't have real facts as to what these problems are and what is causing them. They have no established neorological theory that's been accepted and used in the scientific or educational community. It is clear that the problem is still increasing dramatically and that whatever professionals have been doing is not working to end, or even really slow down, the epidemic.

Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. There is a great need for more and more people to stand up and do things different so we can get different results for our children, who are the future of our nation and world.

Childhood neurological dysfunctions share many features in common and are often referred to as learning disabilities or behavioral disorders, implying that the primary symptoms affect only behavior and that the rest of development proceeds smoothly and without incident. This is not the case. Each disorder is complex and often involves every system of the body. Science, however, hasn't taken a whole body approach to seeking a solution. It has been seeking a solution by focusing on what appears to be the major issue. With ADHD, they say it's an attention problem or impulsiveness. They say dyslexia is a reading problem. They say autism is a socialization and communication problem. They haven't been looking at the other issues these children have----problems that could help provide clues to the underlying cause. But one person did, Dr. Robert Melillo, an expert in child development and an expert in neurology. He found that these problems do involve every system in the body, not just the brain, and this is how his Brain Balance program was born in the mid 1990s. As a pediatric and prenatal Chiropractic clinic that studies and utilizes child development and neurology at the center of patient care, here at Cove Freedom Chiropractic, we took much interest in Dr. Melillo's work and experience. His program, utilized around the nation has sucessfully helped tens of thousands of children completetly eliminate their brain dysfunctions and symptoms, and many more make drastic improvements.

Though these disorders may manifest with different symptoms, they are really one and the same problem: a brain imbalance. There is even a name for it----Functional Disconnection Syndrome, meaning areas in the brain, especially the two hemispheres of the brain, are not electrically balanced or synchronized. This electrical imbalance interferes with the ability of the two hemispheres to share and integrate information, meaning the brain cannot function as a whole. The result is that a child with a brain imbalance has normal or even unusually good skills associated with the higher-functioning area or side of the brain, and unusually bad skills associated with the underactive area or side of the brain. The problem seems to come about because one side of the brain is maturing at a faster rate than the other. As the child develops, this imbalance becomes more significant and the two hemispheres can never fully function as one. The brain is functionally disconnected. Fix the disconnect---that is, get the immature side of the brain to catch up to the other side---and the symptoms go away. So does the disorder.

This is what the Brain Balance Program does and why it is so revolutionary. Despite the program's success and all the scientific studies providing how and why it works, most professionals have not changed. They are still approaching and treating each of these conditions as a single condition----and they are content to only treat the symptoms, instead of arresting the problem. It has been found that most of these children have a combination of many different symptoms that include sensory, motor, cognitive, academic, emotional and immune challenges, as well as dietary and digestive problems. As stated already, they involve basically every system of the body.

The Brain Balance Program all these symptoms by stimulating the slow side of the brain without affecting the other side through a series of sensory-motor and sensory-academic exercises that address the symptoms of the individual child along with dietary, nutritional, and behavioral changes. It gets the two sides to integrate and start working as a whole.

Unfortunately, most parents of children with developmental neurobehavioral disorders do not have a good understanding of the nature of their child's dysfunction. They do not understand what is wrong with their children and why they are behaving the way they do. They are also led to believe that there is no solution to the problem. The best fix, they are told, is through medication that will mask the symptoms but not make them go away.

The Brain Balance Program, developed by Dr. Robert Melillo, has been working with children who are labeled with these disorders since 1994 without drugs or other interventions and has seen, through tens of thousands of cases, that all symptoms can be resolved. ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, and even autism, among others, can be a thing of the past.

To our knowledge, it is the most successful and comprehensive program available anywhere today. It is the only truly holistic approach to the brain, and the only one that addresses all the symptoms that are troubling these children.