As stated, Dr. Levinson has successfully treated more than 35,000 dyslexics over the past 40 years with combinations of simple and safe inner-ear-improving medications, vitamins, and related supplements. To highlight both the improvements and underlying inner-ear-determined symptoms characterizing dyslexics treated at The Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities, several real-named and real-pictured patients were chosen for presentation:
Larry, now 20 years old, spontaneously wrote:
“My name is Larry Landsberg. I do not know how well you remember me. I visited you when I was in the fifth grade; a terribly disturbed child, lacking any self-confidence at all. At that age with a problem I had yet to know, I lived with the assumption that I was (the clearest way stated) dumb. I never dreamed that the cause of my problems was due to a section of my ear called the inner-ear, and that this portion of the ear controls the way the brain processes information.
“Since visiting you my marks in school increased semester by semester. I went from an elementary school C/D student, to a straight-A senior high school Honor Roll student, and a National Honor Society member who tutors students who may be suffering from dyslexia as I did.
“Thanks for all your help. Without your knowledge, skill, and persistence, I would never be the person I am today.”Larry Landsberg
Elizabeth Woolf: An inspiring “Thank-you” letter
Tom was eleven-years-old when his parents reported dramatic and wide-spread improvements in their son after nine weeks of treatment. His improvements affected: reading, writing, spelling, math, memory, time, speech, grammar, concentration/distractibility and activity levels, mood, frustration tolerance, self-esteem/body image, socialization, psychosomatic, balance/coordination, organization and planning, and obsessive-compulsive thoughts and acts.
Megan is 6 years old. Her mother wrote:
"Since starting the medication last week, Meg has done nothing but write and read — even before sleeping."
Meg’s dramatic change in her writing ability highlights similar overall improvement within her — especially enhanced self-esteem.
"Thanks: From Singapore With Love" — Hannah Chew
Written Aug 2012 — exactly one year after being treated by Dr. Levinson
I first visited Dr. Levinson in August of 2011 after struggling with symptoms of brain fog, panic attacks, lightheadedness and dizziness. Within a few weeks of simple medications, I had noticed a dramatic shift in my symptoms. My panic attacks had lessened to almost none. My brain fog, lightheadedness and dizziness disappeared. I was very relieved to say the least.
Today I can say I have put these terrible symptoms behind me and am living a productive, symptom-free life. And I've been off medications for the past 3 months.Eric R.
Luke is a very bright, determined but frustrated 10-year-old dyslexic. According to his mother:
"Almost instantly…he stopped tripping…dozing out and began telling us what happened each day. It's like he suddenly showed up for his life."
Rachel was 12 when she initially sought help. Her response to inner-ear-enhancing medications was rapid and dramatic — soon obtaining A's and A+ in all her subjects. She has just received a scholarship to American University studying International Relations.
Since starting on inner-ear enhancing medication, 37-year-old Andrea's panic attacks have disappeared during the day and while sleeping. Overall anxiety and agoraphobia are now minimal. Vertigo is gone. And Andrea completed her first book (500 pgs) ever with greater speed and recall.
Hearing Dr. Levinson on the radio (WBAI-NYC) was an absolute stroke of luck. The man's diagnosis and treatment has completely transformed my life. This is no exaggeration on my part.
After 30 plus years of being aware that something was not quite right in my life and 20 years of searching for the answer in books and in the offices of various medical professionals with no relief and often a worsening of my reality and realities of my loved ones, I emerge phoenix-like from the ashes of some very real suffering.
After one month of treatment I experienced a complete cessation of my CV dysfunction symptoms. Bless you Dr. Levinson. I can't thank you enough.Robert White
Shortly after treatment began, there resulted significant improvements in 15-year-old Nicole whose pre-existing symptoms had intensified after acquiring Mononucleosis at 13. Her reading, writing, math, memory, speech and auditory processing, direction, concentration, balance, anxiety…all responded favorably to inner-ear enhancing medications.
We first started seeing Dr. Levinson in December of 2009 when Nicole was in the 9th grade. Reading and keeping up with school work was getting more and more difficult for her each year. There were some subtle indicators in elementary school that there was some sort of problem, but as each new school year hit the problem was becoming more obvious. I just wasn’t sure what the true problem was. We took Nicole to several different doctors near our home and had her tested by the school. Everyone sent us away saying “Everything’s fine.” She was managing to get A’s and B’s and was actually in an advanced junior/senior high school in our town. No one realized how much she was struggling and how hard she was working at home to get her work done. Her self-esteem was going down quickly and it was breaking my heart seeing her feel defeated all the time. She often said she felt like some freak of nature or alien. We were really at our wits end and didn’t know where to turn. I heard an article on the radio about Dr. Levinson’s book, “Smart but Feeling Dumb.” It sounded interesting and I thought maybe it could have some helpful information, so I checked it out from our local library. When I started reading the book I was literally in tears because it was as if he knew my daughter and was describing her exactly. There was no way he could be making this stuff up. He hit on so many issues in the book that it made me realize that Nicole had been dealing with Dyslexia all along. I knew right then that he was on to something and I had to find out what it was all about. I spoke to several local doctors about Dr. Levinson’s theories but none of them were familiar with his research, so I decided that the best way to get help was to go straight to the source. That trip to New York was the best thing that ever happened in Nicole’s world.Nicole graduated high school in May 2012 and her life is so much different than when we first saw Dr. Levinson 3 years ago. It is so hard to truly describe the changes. Not only did the treatment make it possible for her to just complete her school work, she did it with all A’s. Getting her work done was no longer an issue. She is so much more confident in herself and what she can do. She has realized that she really is smart and is in fact a normal human being, not an alien. She never liked books but now reads for pleasure. We highly recommend Dr. Levinson. If you know in your gut that something is not right with your child don’t give up on what the professionals tell you and just accept it. Be the voice for your child and don’t be afraid to keep asking and searching for help. Going to Dr. Levinson was definitely worth the time and money. Anita Barbee
Phillip Woleslagle was 6 years old when he was initially diagnosed and treated for dyslexia and associated ADHD. His reading, writing, eye contact and socialization improved shortly after inner-ear-enhancing therapy began. These improvements are best illustrated by the changes in his writing and drawing.
Andrew Lopez, Jr.
Shortly after 9-year-old Andrew was treated for his dyslexia/ADHD, his reading, writing, memory, balance/coordination, speech and auditory processing, concentration and activity level as well as sleep pattern all improved.
Cal was diagnosed with dyslexia/ADD when 11 years old. His eye tracking, clarity and reading responded very well to medication as did math, concentration and mental focus.
Muscle tone, balance/coordination and sports improved, while accident proneness sharply decreased. Anxiety and emotional reactivity normalized.
Dr. Levinson has been instrumental in helping my daughter achieve goals that we thought were far beyond her reach. Once he evaluated her and she began on her regimen, we immediately saw improvement in her tracking of reading and handwriting legibility. Once we added in additional medication, her progress was even greater — she was able to sit through class and it became much easier and clearer for her to comprehend what she was learning. Her focus greatly intensified and she feels better about herself in general. We feel so fortunate to have found Dr. Levinson and his unique approach to helping our daughter reach her maximum potential.Mrs. Allison Friedman
Stupendous!… It’s like my spell check was broken before.Bethany Shackelford
Bethany Shackelford is a 50-year-old highly gifted artist and designer. Within several weeks of treatment, Bethany’s improvement was “stupendous.” Organization, memory and auditory processing dramatically improved — the latter resulting in handling phone messages more rapidly, without avoidance. Spelling suddenly became much easier.
Now she’s reading books instead of just magazines. Headaches are gone as is motion sickness. She’s no longer as fatigued and is more upbeat. Even better: Improvements still continue to evolve months after therapy began. Best of all, her son Teaghan has also dramatically improved.
Teaghan (9 years old) was recently examined and treated for dyslexia. Although brilliant, his needed improvement was both rapid and dramatic. Teaghan’s handwriting samples before and after treatment reflect a wide range of other “amazing” changes.
Jil is a highly gifted computer programmer with a degree in Internet Engineering who first sought consultation when 50 years old after reading Smart But Feeling Dumb. Learning and concentration have become more effortless. And her insight into her disorder has significantly enhanced her patience while decreasing her frustration.
Brittany Simon is a highly social 19-year-old college student who responded very rapidly and favorably to medical treatment. Her concentration, activity and impulsivity levels significantly improved as did her reading, writing, mental clarity, organization, mood and overall energy.
Ethan Haney is 20 years old. He was examined and treatment initiated on September 17, 2012.
Previously misdiagnosed as possibly autistic, borderline retarded and having responded poorly to all stimulants, his mom sought Dr. Levinson's help after reading Phobia Free and logging onto DyslexiaOnline.com. They drove over a thousand miles to get here, despite Ethan's fear of motion-related activities and having been told by their family physician that it would be a waste of time and money.
Despite an obvious intelligence, his reading level remained stuck at a 4th grade level after recent educational instruction elevated it three grades. Questioning revealed that he inwardly liked people but feared groups and crowds due to impaired sensory filtering and processing — triggering overloading, confusion and severe anxiety. Complete testing revealed Ethan to be suffering from an inner-ear (cerebellar-vestibular) dysfunction resulting in DYSLEXIA, DYSPRAXIA, ADHD, PHOBIAS and a devastating secondary emotional fall-out.
A trial dose of ¼ of an inner-ear enhancing medication resulted in rapid and dramatic improvements in most all of his many symptoms within an hour. This was the best he's ever felt. And his treatment was only at its initial stage.
Ethan and his mother will provide follow-up observations upon returning home and after completing the total medical program recommended.
I first saw Dr. Levinson in 1988, flying across country from San Diego, after a lumbar tap left me with disabling imbalance. I had a lifetime history of anxiety attacks, dyslexia and phobic responses, but these new imbalance symptoms were off the charts by comparison. After a day in Dr. L’s office, he was the first doctor to acknowledge that the lumbar tap could have played a role in my imbalance. He explained that already having an underlying vestibular disorder, the lumbar tap put me over the edge.
He gave me a “cocktail” of medications and supplements. Within just a few months the anxiety attacks, dyslexia and phobic responses were a distant memory and my balance had improved enough for me to return to work. Still, over the years I continued to struggle with my balance and was eventually diagnosed with MdDS (Mal de Debarquement Syndrome), a disabling balance condition that most people get after a cruise or rough plane ride. But mine had been caused by the lumbar tap.
I recently learned that there is a good likelihood that the lumbar tap caused a spinal fluid leak that causes my severe imbalance. When I learned this and made arrangements to have a blood patch to seal the spinal leak at Duke Medical Center, I contacted Dr. Levinson (9/12/12), 24 years after our first meeting. He explained to me that the outcome of my spinal procedure would have the best possible outcome if the known vestibular disorder and its partial contribution to my imbalance were treated first.
I have just begun to take the new and improved meds Dr. Levinson advised and I already notice a difference in my balance. With the patch for the spinal leak, I am hopeful that I can be made whole again. I said it 24 years ago and I will say it again. When I first walked into Dr. Levinson’s office I felt as though I had just left a country where everyone spoke a foreign language and no one understood me and suddenly found myself in the presence of someone who spoke English. He is one of a kind and I am so grateful for that.Merry Freer
My name is Jerry Wolkoff and I have a Vestibular Neuritis inner ear disorder that causes vertigo, imbalance, dizziness, and a multitude of motion related anxiety problems.
I am a professional Social Worker and had used a long list of highly respected medical specialists and non-medical specialists. No help previously offered me worked.
Dr. Levinson was professionally unique. He has taken the time, patience, caring, and personal attention to enable me to understand in simple terms what is happening to me and how to medically treat it.
His knowledge and highly effective treatments have enabled me to take better control of my disorder, lessened my symptoms, and provided me a better quality of life.Jerry Wolkoff
Ever since he was three years old, Ethan had been misdiagnosed by various physicians. One medical center diagnosed him with audio neuropathy, another with Language Developmental Disorder and others placed him on the Autism spectrum notating either mild to moderate autism or Asperger’s Syndrome.
Ethan is a very bright boy who naturally excels in mathematics. However, prior to treatment with Dr. Levinson, Ethan’s reading ability had been evaluated as two grades below par. We knew this did not reflect his aptitude nor his effort, and that something was clearly wrong. Given the fundamental importance of reading skills, we thought we might have to put Ethan into a special school.
In May of 2010, Dr. Levinson examined Ethan and solved the puzzle that had been perplexing our doctors and our family for seven years. Dr. Levinson diagnosed Ethan with Dyslexia and ADD due to a simple and treatable inner-ear dysfunction. He explained to us that many of the symptoms associated with Dyslexia are commonly exhibited by children who are Autistic, and the reverse. What a relief it was to finally have a simple, logical explanation we could act on rather than a bunch of confusing and frightening terms leading us in circles to nowhere.
Following special neurological testing and a definitive diagnosis, Dr. Levinson prescribed a series of medications for Ethan. One week after starting the first antihistamine, Ethan picked up a Dr. Seuss book and read it by himself. We were absolutely astonished. Previously, he couldn't read a sentence and refused help. He also suddenly became more outgoing socially--wanting to be funny and make others laugh. His eye contact dramatically improved and his prior tics lessened and then completely disappeared. Also his memory noticeably improved.
Over the next few months we noticed further improvements in Ethan’s ability to process information, pay attention in school and overcome anxieties. None of the side-effects we feared occurred. His dizziness disappeared, a symptom we didn't before know about. OCD and perseveration tendencies lessened. His reading improved enough so that he no longer had to be pulled from class for special instructions. Fears persisted but overall anxiety had sharply diminished.
After one year of treatment, extra tutoring and a lot of hard work, Ethan managed to pull within average scores for reading in his grade. He is now happy, confident and outgoing. We will always be grateful to Dr. Levinson for his peerless insights and his extraordinary care. It is a shame that there are not more doctors like him available to the public.Ethan's Mom
Ethan and his mother have provided follow-up observations upon returning home and during implementation of the total medical program recommended.
Within a few hours after increasing his first test dose, Ethan's initial improvements continued to rapidly expand: Ethan remained calm instead of becoming severely anxious and motion sick on the drive home. For the first time ever, he was smiley, talkative and even able to sleep in a moving vehicle. Importantly, he felt happier than ever and had the most comfortable night's sleep in memory. In fact, Ethan now wants to develop a website to help other dyslexics.
A summary of Deborah Haney's report — Ethan's Birthday (September 20, 2012)
“After one antihistamine: For the first time ever, Ethan wanted to celebrate his birthday by going to a busy restaurant. He hugged his brother at dinner in front of everyone, chose to shop at Walmart afterwards till 9:30pm. And he decided to write Dr. Levinson his own private letter expressing both his improvements and a desire to share them with others. He is now determined to help others as he was helped. Previously blocked, his deep, warm and affectionate feelings are suddenly emerging.”
September 19, 2012: Ethan's first spontaneously written content
(dr. levenson, the email that ethan sent was in his own words, i did not tell him what to say, and he sent it before i could read it so i don't know what he said, but i wanted him to send it in his own words.)
“hey this is Ethan Haney after being in your office on September,17,2012 and after taking the motion sickness pills i was alot more happier and was not in stress,nerves and i was happy in a car on the way back and Dr.Levinson i was sleeping better at night last night i went to bed at 9.00 a clock and i sleeped until 7.30 in the morning i never been this so happy never in my life before i was a baby hey Dr.Levinson can i created a website and link it to your website and if say yes i will do it next mouth ok that my new email ok”Ethan Haney
September 27, 2012
Ethan just learned and named the days of the week and months of the year. And he is able to recall more than half of the multiplication tables—a task eluding him until now. Although now getting bored doing nothing within the house, he's still too fearful of going outside because of his sensitivity to light.
September 29, 2012
Amazing. Ethan was outside shoveling gravel today. He poured concrete for 40 minutes before going inside. That's something incredible to us!!!!! More updates will follow later.
September 21, 2012
Ethan has continued to improve. Following Dr. Levinson's instructions, Ethan has avoided foods and dyes he was sensitive to and feels much better than before. Following your advice to get reading glasses with a tint and magnification, he went one step further. Ethan recently surfed the internet and found a program (Zoom Text) that has allowed him to magnify and change colors of the reading material and its background. He read two paragraphs of Dr. Levinson's web site without missing a word. What an amazing leap forward for someone who really couldn't read a month ago, despite years and years of trying.
It’s only been about a month since Ethan has been to Dr. Levinson and he is much happier and smiles a lot. That alone was worth the trip. But there is no doubt in our minds that everything will improve. He's now talking about getting his drivers permit. Thanks Dr. Levinson. We will update you soon.
Kevin was in 5th grade when we first consulted Dr. Levinson. His response to Dr. Levinson's treatment plan was very quick. Within two weeks we saw an improvement in his reading and communication. He no longer suffers from severe eyestrain following homework nor the feeling that his eyes "locked" and he'd have to "shake them loose." Within two months, he was reading at grade level for the first time since 1st grade. His reading speed increased due to better tracking, faster processing and enhanced memory. For the first time ever, he wrote a fiction story and typed it into his computer. In fact, he now claims writing to be his favorite subject. Although his concentration was always good, it's now even better and longer. He's less frustrated and no longer gets meltdowns by suppertime.
Now he feels confident enough to do his homework without assistance and is working at a faster pace. He is able to understand verbal instructions faster and responding quicker — without hesitation or stuttering. Socially, he's becoming quite a chatterbox. Now in 6th grade, he is organized, independent and gaining confidence — no longer feeling "dumb." Even his golf swing improved. It’s smoother. We are thankful every day that we found Dr. Levinson and that Kevin is doing so well.
Prior to treatment, Kevin's reading was below grade level, very slow, and often he needed to read passages several times before he understood them. His fluency in math was also affected. It took a lot of work and time for him to memorize anything. He had difficulty processing verbal information and often misinterpreted what was being said. He also had difficulty expressing himself and stuttered as he tried to communicate. All these difficulties translated into very long and frustrating hours spent on homework. Even with our assistance, he would take two to three times longer to complete assignments. It's a testament to his perseverance and hard work that he remained on the honor roll every year. But as he advanced in grade, the work became more difficult and the pace quickened. He began feeling very frustrated, exhausted and felt in his own words "stupid." That's when we decided he needed medical help.
It's been a year and a half since I first saw you for severe panic attacks. They occur only while driving. I couldn't drive anywhere without having a major emotional melt down. Unless someone else was driving, I was forced to basically stay at home. I thought I was losing my mind. Although all other areas of my life were okay, driving was literally driving me crazy.
Since being treated by you with simple inner ear medications, I have been able, slowly, to widen the area that I was able to drive comfortably in. But I just couldn't “break out” of that limited area. I just couldn't muster the courage to overcome whatever fear remained.
Today I intended going to a meeting within my “comfort bubble”. Trouble was, the meeting had been moved to a location requiring a 40minute drive further away. There was no one to ask and my car was available.
It was time to break the bubble. It wasn't easy. The first 10 minutes my stomach clenched. I had to work hard to breath regularly. But it paid off. I even had to deal with a GPS that refused to let me type in the name of the place to get directions. Solution: I called my husband who gave me ongoing directions until I reached an area I knew. This wasn't an easy day. But it was wonderful to get to the meeting...a route I hadn't travelled in over 10 years.
Your treatment improved my inner ear, lessened my driving anxiety, and gave me the insight needed to drive. Knowing I wasn’t crazy or wouldn’t suddenly lose control was enormously helpful. But I still had to overcome my prior anticipation that my old panic would suddenly and terribly reoccur. It took me all this time of continually trying, testing and succeeding to finally drive thru my ever widening “safety bubble.”
Thanks Dr Levinson for Phobia Free and freeing me of my driving phobia and panic.
A quarter or third of an antihistamine leaves me more nervous than I want to be. Feels like my insides are on over-drive. It's back to half a pill for the time being.
Friends and family are delighted about my drive to Bowie. I hope to drive the BW Parkway at an off hour. That would be a biggy for me. My friends say they'd be happy to accompany me when I'm ready. Got to love friends like that.
Thanks again, again, and again.Carolyn Bernache
Hi Dr. Levinson,
Progress is an odd business. Today I awoke to a 2 hour school delay and a heavy snowfall. In years past, I would have either stayed home or had my husband take me to school. This morning, I decided to give it a try. Our street didn't look great, but I was fairly sure that the streets beyond our development would be okay and I decided that if the street really wasn't good, I'd turn around and come home... I'm too old to be risking life and limb for a job (although who should?). The driveway was a bit dicey. The ABS kicked in twice, but I kept going. Once I was out of the driveway things were better. I went slowly and tested the brakes with no problem... said a short prayer that the closer I got to the main roads the better the road would be. At any rate, I made it to school without any stress or anxiety. I can't tell you how good it felt. Slowly but surely driving is becoming more of a pleasure. I have even noticed that I am no longer gripping the steering wheel for dear life. Instead, I am more relaxed and sometimes steer with one hand; the other poised in my lap ready for action if need be. What a difference from when I first came to see you. I had tried just about everything; hypnosis, therapy, meds, anti anxiety programs made for driving anxiety and none of them worked. I still marval that at 4 in the morning your name came up when I did a search for treating driving anxiety. I guess this is one more thank you for setting me free and giving me my life back.
Grateful as ever,Carolyn Bernache