Raw Food for Learning Disabilities – Speech & Language Issues
– Q&A Interview with Karen Ranzi
Karen Ranzi is a regular Raw Mom contributor and author of “Creating Healthy Children”. In yesterday’s Part 1 of Raw Mom’s 3-part Q&A series on Raw Food for Speech and Language Issues in Children, Karen addressed how raw foods can help children with their speech and language disabilities.
In today’s continuation of the topic, Karen answers further questions about the raw foods diet and learning disabilities in children, informing us why raw food can improve a child’s speech and language issues, as well as how soon changes will be seen after a parent has changed their child’s diet over to raw foods.
Q: Why does raw food work?
A: The raw, living foods diet is effective because it is water-rich and loaded with available vitamins, minerals and amino acids. These foods nourish the cells and tissues of the body with superior quality; easily-digested foods containing excellent nutrition. “We are what we eat” rings true not only for our body tissues, but for our brain chemistry as well. Speech and language development is focused in the left hemisphere of the brain. Foods are transferred to the brain through the circulatory system. The brain can only function well when we feed ourselves optimally. Since 85% or more of nutrients are destroyed or severely depleted through the cooking process, it makes sense that the brain foods are fresh, whole, ripe and organic plant foods.
Q: Once a parent has changed the child’s diet, how soon are changes seen?
A: Changes in diet through observation of individual children are highly dependent on total toxic load factors. Each child is a unique individual with his/her own developmental history, and the causes of receptive/expressive/pragmatic language difficulty are not always the same. I have worked with children having language/learning disabilities who switched to a raw food lifestyle for a period of six months and amazed teachers with their sudden academic progress and new ability to concentrate.
Parents who have attended my “Creating Healthy Children” workshops have healed autism in their children by gradually adding more fruits, vegetables, and soaked nuts and seeds to their daily food intake while excluding refined and processed foods. This has meant alerting those who work with their children at school or therapeutic settings, as well as family and friends, about the need for consistency in order for the dietary lifestyle change to be effective. [Many therapists provide processed food reinforcements such as potato chips and M & Ms as a reward for a desired response during tasks. This would need to be addressed so that these toxic foods are no longer part of the therapy.]
Lifestyle and dietary changes were combined with heavy metal detoxification through oral chelation and/or the hyperbaric chamber. Following cleanup of the diet and heavy metal detoxification, other lifestyle factors were explored: cleaning and laundering products, personal care products, bedding, home construction details, and electromagnetic fields in the child’s environment. [It’s important to purchase only chemical-free products which don’t out-gas.] All tobacco exposure was eliminated.
Once all, or most, toxic exposures were eliminated, and biological issues were therefore addressed, adjunct therapies were provided to address sensory, language, social-emotional and academic development.
Performance in many areas improved, especially with the detoxification of mercury. These parents also incorporated vision and craniosacral therapy into their children’s therapeutic regime. Allergies were gradually alleviated and motor skills improved. This process takes great patience and perseverance, and there is no specific time-line I can prescribe. It is dependent on the individual child and the total toxic load.
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Click here for part-3 of this Q&A series with Karen in which we’ll learn how long parents should feed the raw foods diet to their children, as well as the first step parents should take when transitioning their child’s diet over to whole raw foods.