Yet Another Study Supports “3 Steps To Conquering ADD”

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Jon Bennett. Hello, Jon Bennett here with “3 Steps to Conquering ADD-ADHD”. Today I’m sharing a brand new study that just came out from a doctor who posted her findings in the Lancet, which is a very prestigious medical journal.

I’m going to post the article and a link to some of the audio here on this blog post. But I just wanted to make the point that this is yet another study that confirms the teachings inside “3 Steps to Conquering ADD-ADHD”.

My book has been out for about eight years. It’s a worldwide best seller across the world. We continue to revise it. We’re working on the seventh edition right now. It’s going to be a big major overhaul. It probably won’t be out until later this year, but this is a current theme that happens.

I don’t know, at least, once a year a new study by a prominent researcher or doctor comes out and says, “Hey, we’re barking up the wrong tree with the drug first type of approach.” It’s interesting but most of the time these studies make no effect on how we handle ADD-ADHD, especially here in America where we are in a myriad of a medical spider web where everybody is looking out for the number one thing, which is profits.

You’ve got the drug companies, big drug companies, the insurance companies, and everything is locked into a system where it’s very difficult for anybody to actually conceive trying to use a natural approach before we just medicate right off the bat.

I’d like to play a little clip of the audio for you. Then I’ll wrap it up so here you go.

Man: Dutch researcher, Lidy Pelsser, says as many as two thirds of those kids may not need medicine at all. It’s a conclusion she recently published in the British medical journal, Lancet. Pelsser, who runs the ADHD research center in the Netherlands, argues that in many cases behaviors usually associated with ADHD can be controlled by changes in diet.

Lidy Pelsser: ADHD, it’s just a couple of symptoms. It’s not a disease. We should look for the cause of it. Like an eczema the skin is affected, but a lot of people get eczema because of a latex allergy or because they are eating a pineapple or strawberries.

I think there is a paradigm shift needed if a child is diagnosed ADHD. We should say, OK, we have got those symptoms. Now, let’s start looking for the cause.

Man: The majority of children who are diagnosed ADHD are given medication. But you believe that this research suggests that many of those children may not need it. They may simply need to alter their diets.

Lidy: Well, what we know now is that in 64 percent of children with ADHD, ADHD is caused by food. It’s a hypersensitivity reaction. So then, there is 36 percent left. In those children we could start research for dyslexia, for highly talented or, maybe, children who are not so talented but who have to do too much in school and just don’t manage it to do it.

They are getting distracted and they start fidgeting, too.

Jon: That’s just a short audio clip from the interview with NPR. I’ve got links to the entire study here on the blog post. But I just wanted to point out that this is not a new concept. There are similar studies dating much further back than my book or anything else. I’m just a messenger. I just want everyone to know that the first course of action does not have to be drugs.

Many people just make that mistake. They blindly follow their doctor’s advice. They think it’s truly a condition, a disease that requires medication, and that’s simply not true.

Enjoy the study, and I’ll see you soon.

Transcript: [spoiler]

GUY RAZ, host:

ADHD – or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – is said to affect up to 10 percent of American children, and almost 3 million of those kids take medication to control it.

But Dutch researcher Lidy Pelsser says as many as two-thirds of those kids may not need medicine at all. It’s a conclusion she recently published in the British medical journal Lancet. And Pelsser, who runs the ADHD Research Centre in the Netherlands, argues that in many cases, behaviors usually associated with ADHD can be controlled by changes in diet.

Dr. LIDY PELSSER (ADHD Research Centre): ADHD, it’s just a couple of symptoms; it’s not a disease. We should look for the cause of it. Like in eczema, the skin is affected. But a lot of people get eczema because of a latex allergy, or because they are eating a pineapple or strawberries.

And I think there is a paradigm shift needed. If a child is diagnosed ADHD, we should say OK, we have got those symptoms; now, let’s start looking for the cause.

RAZ: The majority of children who are diagnosed ADHD are given medication, but you believe that this research suggests that many of those children may not need it, that they may simply need to alter their diets.

Dr. PELSSER: Well, what we know now is that in 64 percent of children with ADHD, ADHD is caused by food. It’s a hypersensitivity reaction to food. So then, there is 36 percent left. In those children, we could start – research for dyslexia, for highly talented, or maybe children who are not so talented and who have to do too much in school and just don’t manage to do it, and they are getting distracted, too, and they start fidgeting, too.

RAZ: Now, you’re not saying that some children with ADHD should not be given medication, right? I mean, you’re saying that even…

Dr. PELSSER: No.

RAZ: …with your research, some kids will still need medication.

Dr. PELSSER: Yes. I think in all children, we should start with a diet research. And if that is not successful, if behavior doesn’t – changes, well then we do need drugs. Of course, we do need them. But now, we are giving them all drugs, and I think that’s a huge mistake.

RAZ: Explain how you tested the children. What did you feed them, for example?

Dr. PELSSER: In fact, we started with a very elaborate diet. And after two weeks, we made an inventory of the problems. If the problems still were there, we started to restrict the diet until we came to that few food diet – with only rice, turkey, pear and lettuce – and water.

RAZ: And we can know – or you say that your research shows that it only takes about five weeks to determine whether…

Dr. PELSSER: Yes, five weeks of diet. Parents should not start a diet for a year or so. It’s only five weeks to find out whether diet is the cause.

RAZ: Right.

Dr. PELSSER: And if it isn’t, that child can have drugs, of course. And if it is the diet, then we start to find out which foods are causing the problems.

RAZ: Right. But how would a parent listening now go about trying this? I mean, what should they do? You know, should they go talk to the doctors?

Dr. PELSSER: Well, we have got the good news that food is the main cause of ADHD. We’ve got the bad news that we have to train physicians to monitor this procedure because it cannot be done by a physician who is not trained.

RAZ: Now, did you hear from any of the schoolteachers of these kids, or even the physicians who describe changes in behavior?

Dr. PELSSER: Well, in fact, they were flabbergasted. After the diet, they were just normal children with normal behavior. They were no more easily distracted. They were no more forgetful. There were no more temper tantrums. Some teachers saying that they never thought it would work – it was so strange that a diet would change the behavior of a child as thoroughly as they saw it. It was a miracle, a teacher said.

RAZ: That’s Lidy Pessler. She’s from the ADHD Research Center in Eindhoven, in the Netherlands. She led a study that links diet to ADHD. It was published in the latest issue of the journal Lancet.

Dr. Pessler, thank you so much.

Ms. PESSLER: I was glad to join you.

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Official Summary of Study:

Background

The effects of a restricted elimination diet in children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have mainly been investigated in selected subgroups of patients. We aimed to investigate whether there is a connection between diet and behaviour in an unselected group of children.

Methods

The Impact of Nutrition on Children with ADHD (INCA) study was a randomised controlled trial that consisted of an open-label phase with masked measurements followed by a double-blind crossover phase. Patients in the Netherlands and Belgium were enrolled via announcements in medical health centres and through media announcements. Randomisation in both phases was individually done by random sampling. In the open-label phase (first phase), children aged 4—8 years who were diagnosed with ADHD were randomly assigned to 5 weeks of a restricted elimination diet (diet group) or to instructions for a healthy diet (control group). Thereafter, the clinical responders (those with an improvement of at least 40% on the ADHD rating scale [ARS]) from the diet group proceeded with a 4-week double-blind crossover food challenge phase (second phase), in which high-IgG or low-IgG foods (classified on the basis of every child’s individual IgG blood test results) were added to the diet. During the first phase, only the assessing paediatrician was masked to group allocation.

During the second phase (challenge phase), all persons involved were masked to challenge allocation. Primary endpoints were the change in ARS score between baseline and the end of the first phase (masked paediatrician) and between the end of the first phase and the second phase (double-blind), and the abbreviated Conners’ scale (ACS) score (unmasked) between the same timepoints. Secondary endpoints included food-specific IgG levels at baseline related to the behaviour of the diet group responders after IgG-based food challenges. The primary analyses were intention to treat for the first phase and per protocol for the second phase. INCA is registered as an International Standard Randomised Controlled Trial, number ISRCTN 76063113.

Findings

Between Nov 4, 2008, and Sept 29, 2009, 100 children were enrolled and randomly assigned to the control group (n=50) or the diet group (n=50). Between baseline and the end of the first phase, the difference between the diet group and the control group in the mean ARS total score was 23·7 (95% CI 18·6—28·8; p<0·0001) according to the masked ratings. The difference between groups in the mean ACS score between the same timepoints was 11·8 (95% CI 9·2—14·5; p<0·0001). The ARS total score increased in clinical responders after the challenge by 20·8 (95% CI 14·3—27·3; p<0·0001) and the ACS score increased by 11·6 (7·7—15·4; p<0·0001). In the challenge phase, after challenges with either high-IgG or low-IgG foods, relapse of ADHD symptoms occurred in 19 of 30 (63%) children, independent of the IgG blood levels. There were no harms or adverse events reported in both phases.

Interpretation

A strictly supervised restricted elimination diet is a valuable instrument to assess whether ADHD is induced by food. The prescription of diets on the basis of IgG blood tests should be discouraged.

Funding

Foundation of Child and Behaviour, Foundation Nuts Ohra, Foundation for Children’s Welfare Stamps Netherlands, and the KF Hein Foundation.

Linda’s ADD ADHD Story

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Jon Bennett: … Well, hello everyone. My name is Jon Bennett, and I’ve got my good friend Linda Clark with me on the phone. And just to set the call up, just to let you know. I asked Linda to share her story, because I’ve heard bits and pieces of her story for the past seven years. And I really knew that we needed to get this recorded, at some point. And she has graciously agreed to do that.

And I’ve got Linda on the phone here with me. And we’re just going to, you know … off the cuff. This is not scripted or anything. We’re just going to talk, just like she has probably talked to many of you on the phone before, in the same way.

So, without further ado, I’m going to introduce Linda. And I’m just going to ask you the simple question. Tell us your story, and if you can do that, go back to the beginning and kind of start with where it all started.

Linda Clark: Hello. Yeah. I just want to tell you about Bradley. He’s my son, and he was diagnosed with ADHD when he was seven. He was in the first grade.

But before that, in kindergarten, his kindergarten teacher kept telling me that he needed to grow up. That he was immature, and this and that, whatever. And that she didn’t think he would be able to pass kindergarten.

Well, I knew he would be able to pass because he was very smart. But she kept sending sad faces home and stuff every day, because he couldn’t sit still. In circle time, he would get up and do his own thing, while the other kids were sitting around in a circle and doing whatever they were supposed to be doing.

So anyways, she kept telling me that he needed to grow up. That he needed to grow up and this and that, whatever. And so, at the end of the year …

Jon: How did it hit you at first, when she started saying that?

Linda: Oh, I was totally shocked, because I knew he was spoiled because he was the only child. And I knew, I thought his behavior was because he was spoiled and that I hadn’t been strict enough on him, or whatever. But whenever he went to school, I was totally shocked that he brought home sad faces. I just did not believe that.

But anyway, all through the year he brought home sad faces, but he made good grades, or whatever. And she said she was really surprised because that he kept up, even though he was not paying attention, and he was doing something and everything.

But anyway, whenever he passed, she still recommended him to go to pre-first, because she said he was immature. And she thought he would do better if he grew up a little bit before he started into first grade. Which, how grown-up is a first grader supposed to be?

Jon: Exactly.

Linda: So anyway, I thought, OK. She’s been talking this for so long, that I thought, OK.

So anyway, she put him in for pre-first, but there’s only so many that can get in there or something. So anyway, they didn’t accept him. Probably because of his grades or something, I’m not sure.

So anyway, he went on into first grade and things started getting worse, because whenever they’re under stress, that makes the condition worse. And he was getting into trouble at school, and he was getting into trouble at home because he was getting into trouble at school.

Jon: A bad cycle basically.

Linda: Yeah. He didn’t really have bad behavior, and not disrespectful behavior, in kindergarten. But in first grade started getting to that, just because his condition was getting worse and he was starting to be disrespectful, which he had never been before, so.

Jon: Did the teachers suggest that he … because I’ve had a lot of people, parents, tell me that the teachers told them that their … basically diagnosed their kids for them and told them they needed to go to the doctor. Did the teacher suggest that or hint at that?

Linda: I can’t remember the exact words that she used, but she kept telling me how bad he was doing. And I guess, pretty much, saying that he needed something or whatever. And at one time, she then told me he was the worst that she’d ever seen. And I just could hardly believe that.

Jon: So, that’s not what you want to hear as a parent. And it’s easy now to kind of laugh about it but at the time, from a parent’s perspective, that’s tough to hear.

Linda: Yes, I know. And so anyway, it was almost at the end of the first grade. I decided to take him to the doctor, and so I did. He got diagnosed with ADHD and they put him on medication.

Jon: So yeah. Tell me about that, because this is always curious when I hear stories. What was that process of being diagnosed? Do you remember that?

Linda: Well, there was just a short conversation, and that was it. They asked a few questions and there was nothing really, other than a conversation asking a few questions about it.

Jon: Yeah.

Linda: I think there was also a questionnaire for the teacher, if I’m not mistaken. But it’s been a long time ago. I think the teacher also had to fill out a questionnaire, I think. But it was just not much at all, really.

Jon: And at that time, the drug of choice was Ritalin?

Linda: Adderall.

Jon: Adderall.

Linda: Yeah. He took Adderall for three years. And when he first started taking it, it was like wow, big improvement. And I thought, well, they say that if you didn’t need it, he wouldn’t see an improvement, or whatever. So, it made me feel a little bit better, because I don’t like medication.

But I saw a big improvement, at first. And so I thought, I guess he did need it, or whatever. So, he took it, but then after a while the dosage … he started not working as well. It started not working as well. So they raised the dosage, saying that as they grow up, they need more medication or whatever.

And so they raised the dosage, and then I started getting side effects. It got to where he couldn’t go to sleep and didn’t want to eat anything. And he got frustrated real easily, whenever the medication wore off in the evenings. And his focus was even worse, whenever it wore off in the evenings and stuff.

And so, his dosage went up two or three times over the three years, and the side effects went up. And so …

Jon: Did you notice any personality change at all? Or was it pretty much the same?

Linda: Whenever he was on the medication, he was like a little zombie. And when it wore off in the evenings, he was bouncing off the wall, just went from totally one extreme to the other. And you wanted him somewhere in between, you know?

Jon: Right.

Linda: I would go to school, and he would just look so … I just wanted to cry whenever I would see him, because he would just look so blah, you know? And then in the evenings, it would take me all evening to get him to do his homework, because he just couldn’t focus at all, or whatever. After the medication wore off, and it was just totally, you know.

Jon: Yeah, it wasn’t happening.

Linda: Right. And so, he would stay from the time he got home from school to the time he went to bed, just about, trying to get his homework done.

Jon: Yeah, ugh. That’s tough. So, but how did … it worked to some degree for his grades, and pacified him, and pleased the teachers, I’m sure.

Linda: Yeah, the teachers were happy. He had a very good second grade teacher, and whenever I told her that he was the worst that she had ever seen, she did not … she knew the teacher that said it, and she goes, “Well, her daughter is not too good in school, as far as that goes, either!” [laughter]

Jon: There you go!

Linda: But, anyway, she understood a little bit more, and she actually let him have two desks to spread out on because he was just … [laughter]

Jon: It’s funny, there’s teachers that are willing to try to understand the kid …

Linda: Right.

Jon: … and there’s teachers that don’t want to be bothered. And it has got to be a certain way, or … you’ve got to medicate, or get out, or something, but, that’s interesting.

Linda: Right. One of the things she said to me, the second grade teacher, was, she goes, “Bradley always has to fiddle with something. He’ll be at his desk, and he’ll be fiddling with pencils or whatever.” And she goes, “I’ll swear up and down that he’s not paying any attention to me, or whatever.” And she goes, “Bradley, what did I just say?” And she goes, “He tells me every time.” Whatever you know. [overlapping discussion]

Jon: That’s common, and it’s because he’s not being engaged enough at that point. I mean, and people that are listening, you know exactly what Linda is talking about. When you think your child is not listening, or whatever, but they are, they just need more stimulus, or whatever. But, I don’t want to get off on a tangent, keep going. So, he’s been on … you did the Adderall for how long?

Linda: Three years.

Jon: Three years.

Linda: It was almost at the end of the fourth grade whenever I found the Neu-Becalm’d.

Jon: So, OK, dosages started going up …

Linda: Right.

Jon: … because it wasn’t as effective. And, as the dosages began to increase, you saw more of these side effects …

Linda: Right.

Jon: … where he started nagging at you, bothering you.

Linda: Right. He started … he got to where he would go places, and come home, and I would say, “Well, did you have fun?” and he would say, “No, not really.” And so, no matter what he did, he didn’t have fun. So he was starting to show signs of depression. Like I said, he didn’t eat anything, he couldn’t go to sleep at night. I didn’t know until after he got off the medication, he heard me talking about his side effects one day, and he goes, “Yeah,” he goes, “I used to have nightmares, too.”

And I go, “Really? You never told me that.” But I did remember, he used to … whenever he would go to bed, he would turn on all the lights as he went down the hallway. [laughter] And he always wanted the lights shining in his room. Whenever he got off the Adderall, he didn’t do that anymore. He wasn’t afraid of the dark, or whatever, anymore. And he wasn’t before that, either, it was during the time that he was on the Adderall that he was scared of … he was afraid of the dark, or whatever.

Jon: So, as it started to … the signs of … you started to think that maybe this wasn’t the right thing for you?

Linda: Oh, right. I mean, like I said, I didn’t want to put him on medication in the first place, and the more side effects he got, the less I wanted him on it. So, someone had told me that serotonin was supposed to help, and I did not at that time even know what serotonin was. So, I got on the Internet, and was researching serotonin, and I found the Neu-becalm’d, and I read about, and read about it, and read about it, and read about it, and I just decided to try it.

Jon: So, when you were googling, and just I do when I have a problem, and whatever anyone does, pretty much. Because you know if you go back to the doctor, their answer is going to be, “Let’s up the dosage,” or something like that.

Linda: Well, actually, the doctor wasn’t too bad whenever I told him that I was going to … actually, it was a different doctor that actually prescribed it. We had changed doctors during that time, but whenever I went back, it was a female. And whenever I went back to her, I told her that I wanted to try something natural, and she goes, “Well, go ahead. Because I’ve heard some good reports on things, and just let me know how it works for him” or whatever. Actually, I think that was the last time I went to her. [laughter] I don’t think I went back. [laughter]

Jon: Yeah, that’s good, they are understanding like that. A lot of doctors kind of turn their nose up …

Linda: Right, oh, yeah.

Jon: … at the idea of a natural type of solution. So you’re googling around. Now, I know that when you google around for this, there is a lot of stuff that pops up.

Linda: Right.

Jon: What made you decide? Did you try anything else? Did you look at other solutions at all? What made you kind of decide on trying this?

Linda: Well, I had tried some things before I put him on medication, you know, things that I had heard. Grapefruit extract was one, and it helped some, but it seemed like it helped for awhile, then the benefits went away. And some other things, I don’t even remember right now.

But whenever I found the Neu-Becalm’d, I was looking at the 5-HTP, and it sounded … it helps with serotonin, but not the other neurotransmitters, like dopamine and stuff like that, you need them all, or whatever. But I kept going back and forth from the Neu-Becalm’d to 5-HTP for the serotonin, or whatever, and then I ended up trying the Neu-Becalm’d, or whatever.

Jon: So, you found a website, and you just ordered a bottle, I guess, and tried it.

Linda: Well actually I’m kind of the optimistic type. I think I went ahead and ordered four bottles to give it a good try or whatever whenever I started.

Jon: Right, the idea that you can’t just do it for a couple of days.

Linda: Right.

Jon: Yeah. Tell me how that went. How did it go when you started? What was that process like and were you doing it at the same time with the Adderall or how did you handle all of that?

Linda: Yeah, I started out at first, it was close to the end of the year and I didn’t want to just take him off the Adderall because I didn’t know what that would do to him or whatever. I gave him both; it was probably a month and a half or so, you know before school was out. But I started noticing improvements or whatever like he went to his friend’s house and came home and said he had fun. I thought, “Really? You had fun?”

That was the first time he’d said anything like that in years. He got to where he was going to sleep better and he was doing his homework better and that while he was on both of them. Once school got out I took him off the Adderall totally and he’s been off ever since. Now he’s in college and doing very, very good.

Jon: That’s awesome. So you weaned him off of it. I think there’s a good point right now for me to say that neither Linda nor am I a doctor and we do not, whatever we’re telling you here is not medical advice. You need to seek the advice of your doctor so please don’t take what we’re saying and just do it. You need to make sure you do it the right way. Having said that, a lot of people are trying to wean off of these things. I know for a fact you can’t just stop Adderall because like cold turkey a lot of times it can have…

Linda: Yeah, I’ve heard of people that have and I really don’t know which way is better or whatever because I’ve had some people say that they quit the Adderall without weaning but I don’t know which way is better. I would think that probably weaning would probably be better. I’m not sure.

Jon: I don’t even know how you do that. Like just chop them in half or whatever or reduce the dosages or whatnot as you’re introducing others. Now you said something too. A lot of people use the summer as a testing ground so to speak. Is that what you did or when school got out?

Linda: Yeah, that’s whenever I took him off the Adderall totally was whenever school got out. I reduced it a little bit while he was in school but once school got out I just took him off of it totally. I think he didn’t go through any major withdrawals like if you would if he was on some medications or whatever but I’m pretty sure he was addicted to it because he wanted at first to keep taking it and I think it was because he was addicted to it. Now he talks about that he felt like a zombie when he was on it and he’s glad he’s off of it and everything. I think he was addicted to it.

Jon: So he comes back to school the next year and tell me how that went. You said it went well. So that’s kind of shocking actually for a lot of people to hear. [overlapping discussion]

Linda: Right, well even when he was on the Adderall things at school wasn’t perfect. They were just better. They weren’t perfect or whatever and it wasn’t perfect at first even on the Becalmed but it seemed like the longer you took it the more benefits you got and the better he did with it and everything because it just takes time. It’s well worth it.

Jon: Did you see changes in his personality and …

Linda: Oh yeah, he…

Jon: …started to be generally happier.

Linda: Well one of the things whenever he was in the fourth grade, that was whenever I got him off of it, but it probably before I got him off of it or right about the same time I don’t know; his teacher had a party and I took him to it and I was shocked because he was this little bitty kid and all these other ones looked like they should be in middle school or something. They were so much bigger than him. It was like it stunted his growth. Anyway, whenever he got off of the medication he started eating again and started growing and now he’s six foot tall.

[laughs]

Jon: Yeah, I hear that a lot. It kind of stunts the growth or whatnot. Interesting. Well that’s really just an amazing story. It’s kind of funny that you can find something like that just on the Internet. I will tell you that I have a very similar story and I grew up in a ADD home and just to let everybody know, my path and Linda’s path crossed because about seven or eight years ago, or really ten years ago, I began helping people try to eliminate their ADD symptoms naturally and that’s where we kind of met up and we’ve helped a lot of people over the years with that. Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Linda: Well, probably after I get off I’ll think of other things but that’s probably the main things that I can think of.

Jon: So what would you say to somebody who is where you were, there’s literally probably a million parents right now that have a kid and a kindergartner or going in to first grade and they’re starting to get that pressure, getting the parent teach conferences, and they don’t know what to do. Many of them won’t think twice, they’ll just go to the doctor and be on the medication. Most of them, there’s something in their gut that will say, “You know, I really don’t want the medication.” What would your advice be from a parent to a parent about that?

Linda: I would never do the medication again if I had it to do over with. The medication in time makes the condition worse because what it’s doing is it’s making your brain think it’s got enough of the neurotransmitters, like the dopamine and serotonin and so when you’re brain thinks it’s got enough it slows down the production of it.

So the longer you take the medication the less you’re brain is producing so the condition gets worse. And it’s not because they’re getting older and the condition’s getting worse. A lot of times it’s because the medication or stress can make the condition worse, because stress depletes the neural transmitters as well. So, I would never do the medication again.

Jon: That’s very interesting. Now, when we talked about the Becalm’d, we touched on it, and we’re not here to pound and sell Becalm’d. But we do want to share why I would take it every day, and why we recommend it. This company’s been around for a long time, hasn’t it?

Linda: Yes it has.

Jon: A lot of what you’re saying about the neurotransmitters and everything, we learned from the company. And the company and the science that has backed it. Can you talk a little bit about what made you feel that the company was credible? Neurogenesis as a company like, you know?

Linda: Mm-hmm. Because everybody was so concerned. They were in it to help people more than anything else. I think. And still are.

Jon: And they … in case you don’t know. Neurogenesis has a line of nutritional based products. They’re not drugs. They’re nutrition based. But they work on basically … I like to call it brain food.

Linda: Right, exactly.

Jon: If you put it in simple terms, a lot of what’s happening is because our brains are not getting the vitamins and nutrients that it needs. And then we’re not getting it in our diet. So, that’s kind of where the Neu-Becalm’d comes in, right?

Linda: Right.

Jon: Now, I have read and heard … was this product used in clinics for like … this companies been around for what, 20 years?

Linda: Oh, it’s probably getting close to 30 years now. But yeah, it was used in clinic and rehab hospitals for alcohol and drug addictions for about 13 years. And it was covered by insurance, and then the insurance quit covering the program. So they started distributing it to the public.

But what they found out during this time, when they’re with people that had alcohol and drug problems, was they started giving it to their kids. And they started getting reports that their kids were getting benefits from the Becalm’d as well, or whatever. And that’s when they realized that it also helped other conditions, like ADD and ADHT.

Jon: Yeah. And I guess it’s a good time for me to say that we’re not saying that Becalm’d helps or treats ADD-ADHT. We’re not saying that it cures it or anything like that. It’s just us sharing our experience of how it has helped, so.

Anything else? I’m trying to think of what people listening to this, the questions they may have. What’s the most common question you get from people when you’re talking to them about Becalm’d?

Linda: Oh wow. I don’t know. Let me think.

Jon: Well, is it safe?

Linda: Well, yeah, is it safe? How long do I have to take it? And that kind of depends. You know, Bradley will probably always take some. He doesn’t take as much as he used to. He doesn’t seem to need as much as he used to, or whatever. But he still takes it and probably will always take it.

I take it too. I take it for sleeping problems. Before I started taking it, I would go to bed at night and I would sleep for two hours, and I would wake up and be wide awake the rest of the night. And that’s from a serotonin deficiency. When you sleep for a couple of hours and wake up, that’s because you’re low on serotonin. And…

Jon: I didn’t know that.

Linda: Yeah. So I started taking it and I don’t have any problem at all staying asleep and stuff now, or whatever. But it helps with stress. It just helps you deal with everyday life. So I take it for those two things.

Jon: And for kids there is a chewable, right?

Linda: Yes. Uh-huh.

Jon: And there’s capsules, of course. And the typical scenario is what? They take it in the morning before they go to school, right?

Linda: Well, yeah. The best time to take it is first thing in the morning before you eat or drink anything. As a matter of fact, I used to wake Bradley up and give it to him while he was still in bed. That way he could eat as soon as he got up. And that worked fine for him. That might not work for everybody, but first thing in the morning is a good time. And then I always gave it to him whenever he came home from school, as soon as he walked in, because his stomach was empty then also.

Jon: Right. Good. And as far as it being safe, I know that’s a concern. But people are always worried that the FDA doesn’t regulate vitamins or whatever it is, that they use that kind of stuff.

Linda: Right. Well all the ingredients are water soluble and they’re all necessary nutrients. They’re all things that you get in your food every day, it’s just it’s hard to get enough out of your food alone. So, yeah, it’s safe.

The only time … and I don’t know if I should go into this or not. People that have panic attacks, it is not good for. But we do have another product that helps with panic attacks.

Jon: Very cool. Now if people want to learn more, what is your website that they can go to?

Linda: Neu-becalmd.com.

Jon: How do you spell it? Because …

Linda: Neu-becalmd.com. [spells]

Jon: Cool. That’s Linda’s and Linda and I have been helping people with this for … she’s been doing it longer than I. We met about seven or eight years ago. I’ve got some information on my site too, at 3stepsadd.com.

And just dig in and start reading and educating yourself. If nothing else, try it. You’re not going to lose anything by trying it, if it worked for you. Do you have anything else you’d like to add, Linda?

Linda: I can’t think of anything.

Jon: Well that’s awesome. I really appreciate you sharing your story. I know that it will help people, when they hear that. So thank you much.

Linda: Oh, you’re welcome.

Jon: We will see you soon, and we’ll talk to everybody later.

Linda: OK. Thanks a lot.

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