by Lang Reid
such a ‘come in’ title, how could any parent pass this up? This is the
latest offering from local publishers IQ Inc (ISBN 974-8845-97-4) and is one of
the books in their ‘Prodigy Programme’. The promise inside, and repeated on
the back cover, is “Parents conversant with the many dietary, environmental,
physiological and psychological components that can help expand and inspire
intellect during the early years when so much is possible, can potentially
increase their children’s growth by an exponential degree.” It also
promises that it’s never too late because “you can boost IQ at any age.”
Rather than just read this book from the point of view of a
literary reviewer, as the subject matter is very medical, I passed it on to our
medical writer, Dr. Iain Corness. Here are his words.
“The book does have a challenging title, and I must admit
I was interested to see just how the promise would be fulfilled. From the
outset, I should also point out that I am a conventionally trained western
doctor, and all my experience is in that sphere.
“I was immediately very pleased with the first few
chapters, where the author(s) used the conventional yardsticks to express IQ,
and the fact that they stressed the difference between ‘intelligence’ and
‘education’. This was done with enough of the scientific basis, but kept
“The anatomy of the brain and the dominance of the left or
right hemisphere is also well described, though I can imagine a few of the
women’s libbers getting annoyed at the (cerebral) anatomical differences
between the sexes being described, and ascribed to history!
“I was impressed with the depth of research in each
chapter, with references, and the pr้cis with ‘tips’ at the end. The
book manages to take parental ‘wisdom’ and give it a scientific basis.
“I also enjoyed the ‘Kid and Dad’ sections, where two
of the authors related their thoughts on various parts of their growing up
together, from their individual points of view.
“My only reservation lay in the osteopathy section, this
being a field outside my ken, and I felt in some ways running contra to the
section on the advantages of ‘natural’ birth. However, I feel that
conscientious parents can make up their own minds, when presented with the
“The book also does not leave those parents whose child is
just ‘average’ as if the child is then of no importance. It shows any
parent how to raise their children in the best possible way, and by doing so,
maximize their children’s chances of a successful and happy life, something I
do agree with.
“Finally, they should have found a better photograph of
Einstein. He should have shot his hair stylist!” (Dr. Iain.)
As I wrote in the beginning, how could any parent pass this up? It seems
that the advice gets the medical nod of approval, and the advice can be easily
followed. Perhaps your offspring will become talented enough to keep you in the
manner to which you would like to become accustomed! Good luck!