Setting the Record Straight
In a recent book published by Wynford Dore entitled, Dyslexia: The Miracle Cure, Dore devoted Chapter 4 (pgs. 45–55) to our past relationship. Since Dore and his worldwide clinics are becoming better known, a clarification of his self-acclaimed altruistic and underlying motivation is clearly in order here — especially since he has created and stated what appear to be highly imaginative “illusions” concerning our relationship.
Although belatedly crediting me in Chapter 4 for my pioneering cerebellar-vestibular(inner-ear)-based Dyslexia/ADD discoveries in a highly complimentary manner, Dore erroneously claimed to have altruistically offered to provide me with ten free dyslexic centers so that I might successfully treat other dyslexics as I did his daughter Susie.
And with an even greater misleading creativity, he then ingeniously spins a fantasy that I refused his gracious offer because I was a scientific type fearful of “the commercial world” — and thus he was sadly forced “within seconds… to go it alone” and thus generate countless millions for himself.
And by the time he completed this chapter, an additional illusion among many others was created: that my therapeutic use of the inner-ear-enhancing and highly effective side-effect-free medications and nutrients that Dore claimed to have saved his daughter Susie’s troubled life in the beginning of Chapter 4 were suddenly considered by him too complex and difficult to comply with, and even somewhat frightening by the chapter’s ending.
As a result of this apparent medication anxiety, Dore once again states to have been driven by his fatherly concern to pioneer the development of a new non-medical and “curable” exercise program for Susie and other dyslexics, one that he failed to mention I initially told him about 10 years ago and planned to use in a holistic treatment center; and that had been pioneered by Belgau, Ayers, the Blythes… and available for over 30 years at the time. 1
To the best of my knowledge, Dore is a gifted and brilliant businessman and salesman. However, he did not acquire enormous wealth as a result of deep-seated altruistic healing or scientific tendencies. In fact, almost two years or so before 9/11/2001, I sadly discovered Dore attempting to covertly hijack my (1) clinically-based diagnostic/treatment methods and research, (2) my treated UK dyslexic children, and (3) their parent self-help group. As a result, I was forced to legally block his previously hidden Business Plan to rapidly expand my medical dyslexic treatment centers without me and without specially trained MD’s. Cleverly, Dore then switched to a non-medical exercise treatment programme for dyslexia, utilizing my cerebellar-vestibular concepts and the pioneering research of others.
In summary, the profit-driven and highly successful business Dore appears real and ingenious. And the “scientific and altruistic” Dore seems to be a brilliant illusion. These opinions of mine were taped by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in their 2007 interview with Dore and his critics! Additionally, I emphasized that “miracle cures” for dyslexia do not realistically exist. Indeed, the exaggerated and seductive promise of cures suggests a sales pitch and/or the opposite — a failure to obtain even moderately favorable therapeutic results in a majority of treated subjects utilizing an exercise programme designed by others.
Interestingly, Dore’s therapeutic exercise claims and cures were significantly refuted by independent UK researchers cited below — thus supporting my above reasoned assumption. 2,3
1. Dr. Rutherford was legally cited and rebuked by the UK Independent Television Commission “that the DDAT treatment claims are both revolutionary and a breakthrough were not sustainable.” The ITC ruling also stated, “The ‘cerebellar theory’ originated at least 30 years ago (not 10 years as Rutherford had implied) and exercise-based regime programmes have been available here and in the US prior to DDAT.”
2. Payne, G. H. Miles, T.R. & Wheeler T.V. (2007). Does the DDAT programme provide a cure for dyslexia? Results from the Bangor Dyslexia Test. Dyslexia Review, Vol 19, No. 1, The Journal of The Dyslexia Guild. Results: There was no significant reduction in the number of dyslexia indicators in 11 children tested on relevant items from the Bangor Dyslexia Test before and after taking the DDAT/Dore programme. As a result “claims in the media that the DDAT/Dore program provides a cure for dyslexia should be treated with caution.”
Rack, J.P. Snowling, M. J. Hume, C & Gibbs, S. (2007) No evidence that an exercise-based treatment programme (DDAT) has specific benefits for children with reading difficulties. Dyslexia: An International Journal of Research and Practice 13 (2) 97-104. Results: Rack et al “argue that the design of the study [by Reynolds and Nicolson (Dyslexia: An International Journal of Research & Practical, 2007) is flawed, the statistics used to analyze the data are inappropriate, and reiterate other issues raised by ourselves and others in this Journal in 2003. Current evidence provides no support for the claim that DDAT is effective in improving children’s literacy skills.”
About Harold Levinson, M.D.
Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Great Neck, Long Island, New York. He is a well known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author. His “highly original” research into the cerebellar-vestibular (inner-ear) origins and treatment of dyslexia and related learning, attention-deficit/hyperactivity and anxiety or phobic disorders has evolved over the past four decades. Initially supported by Nobel Laureate Sir John Eccles and other outstanding cerebellar neurophysiologists and inner-ear scientists, Levinson’s research has more recently been independently validated worldwide by highly sophisticated neuroimaging brain studies.
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Source: The Sunday Times, 27 November 2006. Scientists quit in dyslexia “cure”.