From: 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. SERENDIPIDITY 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 respect. 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. THIS IS INFORMATION YOU CAN USE. 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. Sincerely, Guy R. Schenker, D.C.