Nutrispec Logo


Volume 11 Number 2

Guy R. Schenker, D.C.
February, 2000

Dear Doctor, 

     Now that you have a good case of MIGHTY MINS fever, here is
a story you will like.  


     The Drug and Violence Early Intervention and Prevention
Program of the Mountain View Medical Center continues to work
what many call miracles on children with behavioral disorders. 
Two more front page newspaper stories have appeared in the last
month, complete with photos of smiling congressmen giving
congratulatory hugs to adorable little girls recently transformed
into angels.  The hero of this story is certainly not me.  In
fact the whole program was conducted without my knowledge, by
people who had never even met me.        

     Who gets the credit for this phenomenally successfully
program?  Primarily one dedicated and very caring lady named
Kathryn Magill.  

     Kathy has devoted herself to children with behavioral
problems for more than 20 years.  In fact she has earned quite a
reputation in her field, and conducts regular seminars across the
state of Pennsylvania for educators such as guidance counselors
and special education teachers.  She informs and trains these
education professionals in the latest approaches to dealing with
such children.  The only problem Kathy had with her career was
frustration over the fact that no matter how much she cared, nor
how much the education professionals that she worked with cared,
nothing they did consistently worked.  Counseling the children
rarely worked;  counseling parents rarely made any difference;
elaborate and very expensive educational facilities and
procedures never made a nickel's worth of difference.  She
practiced and taught all thoselatest and greatest techniques for 
many years -- each technique taking her profession by storm with
promise of a major break-through, only to ultimately disappoint
and be relegated to the scrap heap of heart- breaking failures.  

     Without a doubt the greatest frustration of all was watching
the use of drugs such as Ritalin gradually come to dominate the
care given to these poor children.  Kathy knew that drugs were
not the answer because she knew that drugs did not address, let
alone solve, the causes of disruptive behavior.  Each child she
saw put on Ritalin was a sign of the failure of her profession,
and sadly represented another life that rather than be saved, was
to be drugged into submission.  

     A couple of years ago Kathy teamed up with L.G. Guiser,
M.D., owner of the Mountain View Clinic, who shared her distaste
for the indiscriminate use of Ritalin on so many children.  The
two set up a nonprofit organization operating through the clinic
that was dedicated to finding alternatives to the use of Ritalin. 

     One of the first projects Kathy wanted to pursue with her
new organization was to look at the role of nutrition as a
causative factor in behavior disorders.  Dr. Guiser and the other
physicians in the group were skeptical to say the least, and many
were outright antagonistic.  Nevertheless, Kathy prevailed and
was fired up and ready to go.  The problem was that she wasn't
really sure where to begin.  In her years of experience she had
seen many obvious cases of inadequate nutrition among the problem
children.  She had often made dietary counseling at least a small
part of what she did.  Now she thought perhaps the way to go was
to find supplementation to back up the recommendation of a
"balanced diet."                                                  
     There was more information and misinformation about
nutritional supplementation out there than she could possibly
work through, so she decided to begin by just searching for a
multiple supplement that was somehow superior to everything else
that was available.  Among all her contacts who gave a
recommendation of a product to investigate, one (she does not
remember who) suggested she look at a product called MIGHTY MINS
made by a company named NUTRI-SPEC.                 

     Kathy called the NUTRI-SPEC 800 number, talked to the people
in customer service, and was reasonably well impressed.  A week
or two later, after investigating some other leads, she called
NUTRI-SPEC again, and before long decided that this looked like
her best shot.  Since by now she was more than impatient to get
started, she placed a small order for MIGHTY MINS and asked that
UPS deliver it 2nd day air.  Little did she realize that NUTRI-
SPEC was a mere three minute drive from the Mountain View Clinic. 

     The physicians who were her associates were not as
enthusiastic as Kathy.  They thought she was totally wasting
time, energy, and money.  After all, many of the children they
had seen over the years had already been taking a multiple
vitamin with no apparent benefit.  

     No one, not even Kathy, expected what was about to happen. 
Kathy's next client was a particularly violent little boy to whom
she decided to give MIGHTY MINS just to see if anything might
happen.  Everyone was shocked when in one week the parents
reported that all the boy's severe behavior traits had
disappeared.  After one more week the boy's behavior was
essentially perfectly normal.  

     Kathy called NUTRI-SPEC customer service, fishing for more
information.  Just exactly what was this product, and again, why
was it so special, and how was it different, and who developed
it, and above all, was it possible that this product could have
an immediate impact on an uncontrollable child?                   
     By now Kathy had given MIGHTY MINS to a second child and an
equally dramatic reversal had occurred.  (Also at about this time
Kathy realized she was talking to people right down the road.) 
More MIGHTY MINS were ordered, more parents and their problem
children were interviewed and given MIGHTY MINS, and the pre and
post test data on these children left everyone with their mouths
hanging open in disbelief.

     Many months and many success stories later Kathy decided she
had to meet the man who had developed this extraordinary product. 
She made an appointment at my chiropractic office to not only
meet me but to investigate the whole NUTRI-SPEC testing idea
which she had by now read about.  She came in expecting to meet
some old guy in a long white chemistry lab coat who looked and
talked like the absent minded professor.  Instead she found --
well I don't know what she found, you would have to ask Kathy --
but she said I was not at all what she expected.  To this day I
don't if that was a compliment, a dig, or simply a statement of
bewilderment.  In any case, Kathy and I developed a nice mutual

     At our second or third meeting Kathy said that she and her
associates at Mountain View had a burning desire to get the word
out about Mighty Mins and the results they had achieved, and
asked my advice.  Their thoughts were something along the lines
of trying to get Associated Press news coverage, or getting a
write up in Parenting or some such magazine.  

     I told her that that would be an excellent step two, but the
all- important step one would be to get their work published in a
legitimate peer reviewed journal.  To make a long story short,
they asked for my assistance and I agreed, and ended up actually
becoming the principal author of the study.                       
     Upon being presented with the actual nuts and bolts numbers
of their project I was at once elated and crushed.  I was elated
at the amazing breadth of their success -- with every child
participating in the program enjoying clinical improvement far
beyond anyone's expectations.  Yet I was devastated to learn that
their study had no control group.  Of course the nature of their
program did not lend itself to segregating the children into two
groups, one who got the treatment and one who didn't or who got a
placebo, and that explains the absence of the control group.      
  I had thought, though, that the same objective criteria used to
analyze the children had perhaps been done in a prior clinical
setting by the same professionals and that out of their clientele
prior to the use of Mighty Mins a control group could be put
together -- but such was not the case.  I told them that it was
highly unlikely that we could get a good journal to publish the
study -- I told them that if I were the editor I wouldn't publish
it myself.  Nevertheless, since the project had been done and I
had written the entire background of the study and the
statisticians had done the statistical work, it was decided to go
ahead and submit it for publication and to go all the way to the
top (The Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics) to
take our shot.  But with no great expectations.

     The Journal has notified us that the study is currently
under peer review.  We should know shortly whether we have been
accepted or rejected.  If rejected, we will submit the study to
another journal.  Meanwhile, Kathy has tentatively lined up a
couple of prospective groups, one at UCLA and one here in
Pennsylvania to do a similar study but with a control group. 
We'll keep you posted on further developments.  

     Meanwhile, continue to do everything you can to get this
amazing supplement to as many children as possible.  Remember,
our point in discussing children with behavior problems in the
MIGHTY MINS brochure and in these last few Letters is not to say
that MIGHTY MINS is just for those children.  Rather, if it will
meet the extraordinary nutrition needs of children with
disruptive behavior disorders then it will certainly meet the
needs of all children -- to maximize their development physically
and mentally.  MIGHTY MINS is one thing you can do to have a
major impact on many young lives.  

One question that Kathy asked me very early in our association
was whether I was surprised at the amazing impact that MIGHTY
MINS had on children with such severe problems.  I replied that I
honestly was quite surprised.  I had no doubt that NUTRI-SPEC
could work such wonders on children with behavior problems, but I
was surprised that so much could be achieved with MIGHTY MINS
alone.  The question then came up of whether children could eat a
diet inadequate enough to sabotage the benefits of MIGHTY MINS? 
I am certain it could be done, but I don't' know just what it
would take.  The children in the Mountain View Prevention Program
received no dietary counseling whatsoever and continued to eat
the same rotten diets that created the nutritional  inadequacies
that were causative in their behavior disorders.               

     The other thing Kathy did was begin to talk up MIGHTY MINS
in the seminars and lectures she does.  She began to tell all
those other education professionals that in nearly 25 years of
experience MIGHTY MINS is the first thing that she could honestly
say worked.  Naturally her audiences wanted to know how they
could get involved with MIGTHY MINS, and to that end Kathy was
investigating the possibility of having these counselors refer
their clients to NUTRI-SPEC practitioners for testing.  We
decided this was not feasible and probably not even necessary. 
What I gave Kathy to pass along in her seminars was a bare bones
nutritional approach for children with behavior problems.         

     There are many of you who are now making MIGHTY MINS
available to your patients who do little if any NUTRI-SPEC
testing.  You may find this regimen a useful way to truly help
the occasional patient in your practice who has a troubled child. 
Here is the regimen that must be followed which will assure at
least some improvement in any child's behavior :

1. Eat three meals daily with each of those meals to include a
nice serving of meat, fish, poultry, eggs or cheese.  

2. Take a MIGHTY MINS after each meal.  

3. Drink absolutely nothing but water (whole milk is acceptable
if there are no obvious reactions to it, particularly for
children age 6 and under).  

    That's it a simple, three element regimen that will have at
least some favorable impact on any child.  Of course, for those
of you who are doing NUTRI-SPEC testing, these children would be
even better served by finding their glucogenic imbalance or
whatever else they have, and treating accordingly.  

     But again -- don't  associate MIGHTY MINS with the needs of
children with behavior problems.  Every child of every patient in
your practice needs MIGHTY MINS to assure that they develop to
their full potential.  
    The feedback you have given us on the MIGHTY MINS brochure
and display has been very gratifying.  You love it, and your
patients love it.  Setting up the display with the brochures in
your waiting room will in itself generate much interest. 
However, if you want to use the brochure most effectively you
will also have a staff member routinely hand it out to patients
who have children.  A good time to do this is when patients are
checking out at your front desk to schedule their next
appointment.  Have your staff member hand it to the patient with
a comment such as, "Mrs. Smith you have children don't you?  You
will enjoy reading this."  The brochure makes such a compelling
case for MIGHTY MINS that there aren't too many caring parents
that can read the brochure and not want to give the benefits of
MIGHTY MINS to their children.             

Please carry on with your MIGHTY MINS mission -- there are few
things we can do more important than helping children grow
straight, grow strong, and grow smart.   


Guy R. Schenker, D.C.


Nutri-Spec Letters