From: Guy R. Schenker, D.C. January, 2000 Dear Doctor, Do you know what stinks? I'll tell you what stinks -- giving kids Ritalin for inattention, aggression, and other disruptive behavior symptoms. Why do I feel sick to my stomach every time I hear of yet another child being put on stimulant drugs to control behavior? Here are the obvious reasons: 1. The drugs don't work. How is that for a good reason to despise them? The improvements reported in aggression and other disruptive behaviors in a few studies only applied to an educational or clinical setting. No improvement was shown based on behavior observed when the children were at home. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the only behavioral problem that shows consistent improvement, but only in educational settings. 2. The drugs are over-prescribed. Since they have shown some positive effects on disruptive behavior there is a tendency for their efficacy to be used to justify wholesale treatment with these stimulants of every child who presents with seemingly deviant behavior. There is support in the literature for the likely bias or over-diagnosis of ADHD as a means to legitimatize the prescription of Ritalin as a convenient crutch. In other words, if a child is driving his teacher crazy with conduct disorder or oppositional defiant disorder (two conditions which show only very limited benefit from Ritalin), the doctor will give in to the demands of the teacher and parents to "do something" by pretending to find ADHD just as an excuse to get drugs in the kid, and fast. 3. Again, the drugs don't work. Do the drugs make the kid smarter? Is the child more attentive? Does Ritalin really enrich a child's life, giving both child and parents a happier, healthier, more productive future to look forward to? None of the above. Ritalin simply drugs the child into a stupor. With their brains half scrambled by drugs, these children are more easily molded into well-controlled robots. At last they can be programmed to perform the duties expected of the sheep in a group educational setting. Having a zombie in a class is certainly much easier on the rest of the flock and takes a tremendous burden off the teachers' shoulders. Not only is the flock happy and the teacher happy, but since the drugged children get better grades (which doesn't have anything to do with learning anything) the parents are thrilled. 4. The stimulant drugs have horrendous side effects -- not the least of which is that the child is never him or herself. Whatever creativity, ingenuity, and spirit the child may have had are drugged away along with the disruptive behavior. Other side effects are common, including bedwetting which can last for years after dis- continuance of the drug. 5. My most fundamental source of exasperation over these drugs is that they do absolutely nothing to address the cause of the behavior disorder. Any educator, and certainly any physician, who gives a hoot about the long term well-being of these poor children, could, with no more than a couple of hours invested in a literature search, track down the true causes of most behavior disorders. That same literature search would also clearly reveal that the two most common approaches to this clinical problem -- drugs and counseling -- are largely ineffective. How could so many educators and so many doctors be so out of touch with reality to allow so many children to suffer the indignity and the assault of mind-altering drugs? This sad state of affairs has existed now for decades -- during which the real causes of disruptive behavior could have been thoroughly explored and largely erraticated. Fortunately, not all professionals will unquestioningly accept the dogma of drugging and counseling which is promoted and financed by the establishment. You read in last month's Letter of a maverick group of professionals who formed the Prevention Program of the Mountain View Community Medical Association. They knew that Ritalin and counseling were not the answer. They embarked on an open-minded search for causes and means of prevention. They had enough clinical experience among them to lead them to suspect there was likely a nutritional component to most behavior disorders. To make a long story short, they serendipitously stumbled across MIGHTY MINS, and knew from their very first clinical experience that they had discovered gold. If you have been around NUTRI-SPEC long at all you are quite aware that there is, indeed, a nutritional component to disruptive behavior in children. We have discussed on many occasions the fact that NUTRI-SPEC testing shows the vast majority of these children to be hypoglycemic. In particular, they are glucogenic hypoglycemic with a strong sympathetic compensatory reaction. What that means is that these poor children are dealing with two neuro-biological assaults simultaneously: 1. Crashing blood (and brain) sugar 2. Surging stress hormones (adrenalin and nor-adrenalin) Many of you have fascinating and gratifying success stories to tell about your clinical experience with these kids. But the big news in last month's Letter that we want to follow up on now is not the successful treatment of glucogenic ADHD children, but the startling impact of MIGHTY MINS on these problem children (and all children). Recall the three children whose amazing stories you read last month. These and the dozens of other children in that study (most of whom had stories just as dramatic) did not have the benefit of NUTRI-SPEC testing. All they had was the benefit of MIGHTY MINS. There was no counseling; there were no drugs -- every child who entered the study who was on drugs was able to stop the drugs during the course of the study. There wasn't even any dietary advice given. MIGHTY MINS was the only means of therapeutic intervention. You are learning how childhood behavioral problems have a nutritional component that you are well equipped to handle with NUTRI-SPEC. Further-more, the foundation of your approach to these children is the use of MIGHTY MINS. And in fact, MIGHTY MINS alone will work wonders in many of these children, even without NUTRI-SPEC testing. But by far the most important benefit you are getting from this Letter is the realization that MIGHTY MINS is truly in a class by itself. You've got a a children's multiple supplement that is a quantum leap above anything your patients can get anywhere else. You have scientific evidence supporting MIGHTY MINS as being the most important thing the parents in your practice can do for their children. Last month we put you on a mission selling MIGHTY MINS for the children of every parent (or grandparent) you know -- as a means to add more to the length and quality of life of more young people than anything you have ever done. With the evidence of the Mountain View study, we have shown that there is no hyperbole in that statement. If you haven't yet taken advantage of our MIGHTY MINS special -- do it today. Place your order for two dozen MIGHTY MINS (any combination of regular and economy size). We will send you FREE the free-standing MIGHTY MINS Brochure display along with 50 brochures for the display pocket. (We will also send a copy of the Prevention Program MIGHTY MINS Study as submitted to the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.) The brochure tells the compelling MIGHTY MINS story with an appeal that no parent or (grandparent) can resist. Think of all the parents in your practice who are feeding their kids supplements that literally do more harm than good. This is an opportunity you can't pass up. Generate a steadily growing income stream for yourself while you get dozens if not hundreds of children started down the path to a long, strong, happy, healthy life. If you are one of the hundreds of doctors reading this Letter who doesn't do much NUTRI-SPEC testing -- this is the perfect chance for you to do some serious good with nutrition with literally no time and energy invested. Do you get it? Do you see that all this talk about the Mountain View Prevention Program and the amazing benefits of MIGHTY MINS on children with disruptive behavior disorders was not to say that MIGHTY MINS is just for those children? We are using the benefit of MIGHTY MINS on those children with extraordinary needs to illustrate the point that MIGHTY MINS will cover the nutrition needs of every child. Nothing even comes close to MIGHTY MINS as a children's supplement. Why? Here is an over-view of MIGHTY MINS' unique features. We put this formulation together with a realistic understanding of the diet typical of a modern child. Even the most caring and most nutritionally aware parents feed their children a diet excessively high in refined carbohydrates. There are three problems with this common diet: a. These foods distort the proportions of the child's diet in favor of excess carbohydrates with respect to the amount of protein and healthy fats. The excess carbohydrate animates the hypoglycemic monster lurking within each child. b. These foods have been stripped of many nutrients -- and thus are largely empty calories. c. To give the illusion of compensating for the paucity of nutrients in these devitalized foods, the food industry has "enriched" these foods with B vitamins and vitamin C. For reasons we are about to explain, these added vitamins are worse than no vitamins at all. Now think -- what do we need to put into MIGHTY MINS to compensate for the typical child's diet? Our first concern is to prevent the occurrence of what we have often referred to as "the trace mineral tragedy." We know that agricultural soils have been depleted of trace mineral for more than 60 years. We know therefore that our foods are deficient in trace minerals. Many times we have discussed at length in this Letter the devastation caused by trace mineral deficiencies. Literally any symptom or condition you can name can result. Children (and pregnant and lactating women) are the most vulnerable. So -- what do you find in MIGHTY MINS? You find not only an abundance of trace minerals in their most bio-active forms, but you find a trace mineral content that is high in proportion to the vitamin content. You just read the word "bio-active," which brings us to the next essential benefit from MIGHTY MINS. All the nutrients are in their most bio-active form. What does that mean? It means the form in which they are most effectively absorbed and utilized in the appropriate metabolic pathways. To illustrate: the form of chromium in MIGHTY MINS has been shown to be as much as 18 times more bio-active than a typical chromium supplement. Furthermore, this is the chromium which has the most favorable impact on glycemic control. Now consider the bio-activity of the vitamins. Your MIGHTY MINS brochure suggests that parents take a look at the label of the bread and cereal that they feed their children and read the names of the B vitamins "enriching" these starchy foods. They will find, for example, thiamin hydrochloride; they will also find pyridoxine hydrochloride. These are not the active forms of these vitamins used by their children's bodies (nor, for that matter, by their own bodies). Now look at the MIGHTY MINS label. You will find vitamin B1 as thiamin pyrophosphate and vitamin B6 as pyridoxal-5 phosphate. These are the active co- enzyme forms of the vitamins as used by the body, requiring no prior conversion. In MIGHT MINS you will also find vitamin C as fat soluble palmitate instead of the ordinary water soluble vitamin C that is so quickly lost form the body. (By the way, all of these qualitative factors apply to your Oxygenic B as well as to MIGHTY MINS). Now imagine the quantity of cheap vitamins your typical child gets in the amount of bread, cereal, "fruit drinks" and other refined trash they consume. Is it likely that this child has a primary deficiency in vitamins? Certainly not. There is no quantitative deficiency -- but a qualitative deficiency. That is why MIGHTY MINS delivers small quantities of extremely bio-active vitamins. The other problem with the abundance of cheap vitamins kids eat these days is the issue of trace mineral depletion. We have often pointed out the fact that taking vitamins increases our loss of trace minerals (the very nutrients in which we are mos likely to be deficient). Do you begin to see why "enriching" foods just adds insult to injury in the refining process? Do you see how the typical child's chewable multiple vitamin supplement can actually be worse than taking no supplement at all? THE MIGHTY MINS GUARANTEE The delightful brochure that will sell your patients on MIGHTY MINS ends with "the MIGHTY MINS guarantee." You are guaranteeing your patients that if they can ever find a children's multiple that is more comprehensive or of higher quality than MIGHTY MINS that you will refund the purchase price of their last bottle. Please understand that NUTRI-SPEC backs you up in this guarantee. In other words, should a patient ever claim they have found a children's multiple that is superior to MIGHTY MINS you can refund their money knowing that NUTRI-SPEC will refund to you the full patient purchase price. Go on a mission. Begin today -- to help as many children as you can -- with MIGHTY MINS. Sincerely, Guy R. Schenker, D.C.