A Mother's Journey Blog


Charlie LOVES his Rhodiola

Through the years Charlie has tried many different types of supplements. We’re always trying new things. Early this year we added to his vitamin regimen an herbal stress adaptogen called rhodiola. It’s considered to be one of the most resilient of all the known adaptogens. Charlie saw immediate results and LOVES this product! Rhodiola enhances concentration by stimulating neurotransmitter production. It also increases your endurance, puts you in a better mood, supports your immune system, and many many more benefits. We have a rule in this house that whenever we open the last bottle of any supplements, it is written on a list so I can re-order more. I have yet to get Charlie to comply with this rule until Rhodiola came along. Not only does he write it down on our re-order list when he opens the last bottle but he writes me a note and puts it on my computer. And finally he will ask me numerous times, “Did you get my note? B/c their are only 30 caps in each bottle. If you don’t order today I’ll run out!” Isn’t that crazy??? He loves this stuff! He says it makes his thinking sharper, his reflexes quicker, and it helps him take notes faster.

There is just one slight problem. Because it’s an herb, you need to cycle off of it. He takes it 5 days on (Mon-Fri) and 2 days off (Sat & Sun). Unfortunately in 2 months the power of rhodiola starts to wear off. I could increase his dosage but I’m comfortable with him at 200mg a day. I do not want to go higher. If I did that then eventually his body would get accustomed to that and we would need a higher dosage and so on. So after 2 months we take 1 month off. Right now we are in off month with Rhodiola. And Charlie is bugging the crap out of me. Since he started this new school (Collegiate High School on our college campus- he’ll graduate with his associate degree along with his high school diploma), he keeps telling me how he doesn’t think it’s a good idea to take this month off since his classes this year are extremely hard. I mean the drama that is coming from this child, I tell you! I told him we are doing our EEG Biofeedback treatments (brain mapping), so I really need to see how his treatments are truly affecting him minus the rhodiola. Plus we found what works for best for Charlie when taking this herb. I have a bottle in our room that my husband and I take on stressful or hectic days. Charlie still continues to try to get me to come off our stash! I was going to keep him off this product until we were done with our EEG treatments (5-6 months) but Charlie isn’t having any of this! So I guess after this month is over, I will start him back on this herb. 

Here is the product we use:

100mg  http://www.vitacost.com/New-Chapter-Rhodiola-Force-100 

300mg http://www.vitacost.com/New-Chapter-Rhodiola-force-300-mg 300mg are for special occasions such as finals.

P.S Remember this stuff is great but based off my personal experience and testimonies of family and friends, it will lose it’s effectiveness. How long? I guess it really depends on you. We didn’t start taking Rhodiola to help with Charlie’s focus or concentration. We have mastered those obstacles years ago. Another mom from my website brought this product to my attention after recieving wonderful results from her son. I thought we’d try it just to see what would happen. Little did we know this would become Charlie’s favorite supplement!

 Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers

www.addnaturalremedy.com

When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.

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Is Organic Food Not Nutritionally Better Than Commerical Produce?

According to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Researchers, organic produce DO NOT have a higher nutritional content. This team of researchers have now completed the most extensive systematic review of the available published literature on nutrient content of organic food ever conducted. Over 50,000 papers were searched, and a total of 162 relevant articles were identified that were published over a fifty-year period up to 29 February 2008 and compared the nutrient content of organically and conventionally produced foodstuffs.The review focused on nutritional content and did not include a review of the content of contaminants or chemical residues in foods from different agricultural production regimens. The researchers found organically and conventionally produced foods to be comparable in their nutrient content. For 10 out of the 13 nutrient categories analyzed, there were no significant differences between production methods in nutrient content.

So, since this is now a proven fact, “Do I still recommend that ADD/ADHD have a strict organic diet and continue to pull the crap from their diet such as dairy, MSG, hydrogenated oils, etc??” My answer is, ABSOLUTELY!!  As I mentioned in previous blogs: Eating organic foods isn’t just about getting more minerals and vitamins into your diet but to bypass poisonous chemicals that are used to grow produce and livestock. Heck why do you think we still put our son on high quality liquid supplements to aid with this ADHD? I never once for a moment that he was going to get everything he needed just from the food the consumed especially since ADHD are highly deficient in vitamins and minerals already. He would have to eat like 8-10 serving sizes of various raw vegetables daily. Please understand that eating organic foods is crucial for ADD/ADHD because they are FREE of pesticides, herbicides, harmful fertilizers, insecticides, or any other poisons for that matter. PLUS they are not GMO or genetically engineered or modified. Organic meats or livestock’s are FREE of antibiotics, steroids, and growth hormones. Since omega-3 originates in the green leaves of plants, grass, and algae; organic grass feed livestock’s will be higher in omega-3 and CLA (helps fend off cancer and burns body fat). Ask yourself, “What is ADD/ADHD?” It’s a neurological disorder. Pesticides, fertilizers, hydrogenated oils, etc. are all neurotoxins. This means they are destroying neurotransmitters and keeping the nervous system from developing properly. Do you really think it’s a good idea for a child who doesn’t have a developed immune system diagnosed with ADD/ADHD that they should eat chemical laden foods that’s only going to make their existing problems worst? Personally I think EVERYONE should eat organic not just ADD/ADHD! When you purchase organic products this is the only way to ensure that their are NO artificial sweeteners, dyes, flavors, MSG, trans fat, or other preservatives.

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers

www.addnaturalremedy.com 

When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.