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Your Secret Weapon Against Poor Concentration

by Mike Silver

OK. Stay with me for just a couple of minutes. I, too, used to have the attention span of a gnat hyped up on fast-cut soda commercials. No, actually… oh never mind, let me get on with what I want to say. See what I mean?

I was fortunate that when I was growing up, ADD was a math operation meaning addition, not an excuse to fry my brains with Ritalin. In fact, not until 5 years ago did it occur to me that “Attention Deficit Disorder” and “Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder” might be referring to me. I thought of myself as a bright guy who didn’t have time to just sit there and talk all the time. I got things done, and I was good at it. Mind you, nobody else could figure out what I was doing, but that was their problem.

And now I’m an “adult,” and still nobody else can figure out what I’m doing!

One thing I was sure of back then, as I am now, was that I was not going to take some drug, such as Ritalin, that was being pushed by multinational drug syndicates. I was reading the studies and nobody, but nobody, knew what these poisons (cleverly disguised as expensive drugs) were actually doing to your brain in the long run.

Most Common Symptoms of Adult A.D.D. and A.D.H.D.*

bulletDifficulty wrapping up the final details of a project once the challenging parts have been done
bullet Difficulty getting things in order when you have a task that requires organization
bullet Problems remembering appointments or obligations
bullet Avoiding or delaying getting started on a task that requires a lot of thought
bullet Fidgeting or squirming with your hands or feet when you have to sit down for a long time
bullet Feeling overly active and compelled to do things, like you are driven by a motor

*Excerpted from Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (ASRS-ver.1.1) Symptom Checklist – World Health Organization (WHO)

Are you still with me? OK. Good. These symptoms are often mistaken for a stressful life. However, they can have significant impacts on relationships, careers and personal safety. Other adults who do not suffer from these symptoms usually don’t understand you.

Scientific Research Has Shown That Ritalin Is More Addictive Than Cocaine When Snorted Or Injected

Ritalin is widely prescribed for children who have difficulty concentrating. I know that you, as a parent, don’t want to put your child on this drug, but, for some children struggling in our school systems, there seems to be no alternative!

I am too old for Ritalin, but I imagine a generation from now Ritalin will be seen as an absolutely barbaric way to fry our kid’s brains!

Have you heard that they want adults to take Ritalin-like drugs now?

Not satisfied with the huge profits from Ritalin for so many of today’s kids, the drug industry has realized that if they can get doctors to diagnose adults as having ADD, the profits will rise exponentially! Greed, greed, greed!

Doctors will tell you: “All your life you’ve had difficulty concentrating, and now we know that Ritalin will cure you!”

Don’t let it happen to you or someone you love!

They don’t care that no one really knows how Ritalin works in the long run or what it does when frying the brain. We don’t know what the side effects can be, such as stunting growth and reducing intelligence. Drug companies really can’t measure what is going on in the brain. They don’t know what psychoactive substances actually do to the quality of life, because they can’t measure it. But for you, of course, quality of life is of the utmost importance if you want to fulfill your peak potential. Pharmaceutical companies are vigorously trying to deny that the brain is permanently altered from this scary drug.

Who wants to risk brain damage?

A friend of mine, who had connections to the mob, likes to put it this way. “If you don’t understand something, follow the money.” So, let’s back up and look at the big picture.

On average 18 cents of every dollar you spend goes to health care. That works out to 1.5 trillion dollars in the United States alone! That’s a stack of one dollar bills that reaches two thirds of the way to the moon.

Can we agree that this is a LOT of money? So where does it go? Well some of it goes to pay the nurses and doctors, some goes to pay the clinic or hospital, but one half trillion goes to pay the very large multinational drug companies.

So, if you wanted to earn half-a-trillion dollars, would you not make very, very sure that your product is used early and often? Would you spare no expense to get your product name in front of as many doctors as possible to make sure that you got your cut of the 3 billion prescriptions that are filled every year. And why stop there? Why not advertise to the end customer directly?

Have you seen all the ads for drugs lately? This is exactly what is happening. The drug companies make the biggest profit by giving you just enough relief so you feel like the drugs are doing something. But then you have to keep going back again and again. And again.

Drug companies know that if they actually heal you, they have lost a customer! …And all the mega-profit that goes with it.

This Will Stop You Cold In Your Tracks

OK. Make sure you’re sitting down, now. Because I’m going to ask you a really chilling question. It’s a little bit of a complicated question. So be prepared to let it sink in.

Here we go. “Just because a multinational company can make BIG profits by being awarded a government patent for 21 years, does that mean the drug is the best thing for you?”

Wait a minute, you say. Isn’t it the job of the government to make sure drugs are safe and effective? Well, yes and no. I could spend a lot of time here explaining the very serious shortcomings of the drug regulatory system. The news media has tried to report the rampant problems with the FDA. But strangely, the information is quickly hushed up. But let me cut to the chase. It all comes down to that sick joke about “Trust us, we’re from the government, and we’re here to help.” If you dig down into what’s really happening, it’s a case of the fox guarding the hen house.

If you want to understand something, follow the money. Just because somebody is making money from your pain doesn’t mean they care even one bit about your happiness.

There’s Another Way!

A nutrient called L-Theanine works wonders at keeping me in one place, focusing on one thing at one time! Thank goodness. Now I can sit and concentrate as long as I need to. Where was this amazing discovery when I was studying in school?

Why haven’t I heard of L-Theanine before, you may well ask?

For now, L-Theanine is still a secret, because nutritional companies don’t have the money to outright BRIBE doctors to prescribe it to you or your kids. So, you need to come to a web site such as this to even find out about it. Well, lets get the word out!

Alright, we are almost done here. Take a breath, and let’s look at some facts about L-Theanine:

bulletL-Theanine is an amino acid. In animal tests, it is shown to be totally nontoxic, with no side effects.
bullet L-Theanine works in about 30 minutes. How do I know? Trust me, I know because I’m still sitting and typing away at this same document.
bullet L-Theanine is actually considered an instance of fifth taste in Japan, along with Sweet, Sour, Salty and Bitter. Now I ask you, would we be designed to be able to taste it unless it is really, really important?
bullet L-Theanine is why green tea is better for concentration than coffee. The L-Theanine mellows out the coffee buzz. Try taking some L-Theanine with your coffee the next time. You’ll see what I mean.
bullet L-Theanine raises levels of a feel-good brain chemical called GABA. Usually, as we get older, the level of GABA decreases. L-Theanine raises GABA to more youthful levels.
bullet L-Theanine also seems to raise the feel-good brain chemical levels of serotonin and Dopamine. This means you feel calm and alert!
bullet I used to wake up in the middle of the night from nightmares in a panic. No more! Thanks, L-Theanine!
bullet L-Theanine is Buddha in a bottle! (Blissful but highly attentive!)
bullet L-Theanine has anti-cancer and antioxidant properties.
bullet There’s more! L-Theanine also boosts the immune system and lowers blood pressure and feelings of stress.

So, where can you get some L-Theanine for yourself or someone you know? Most health food stores have it. Or try any of the major vitamin websites.

How much do you take? Experiment for yourself. 100 to 300 mg. as needed seems to work really well for up to 8 hours.

See Also:

Holisticonline.com Conditions and Remedies Infocenter

Holisticonline.com Nutrition Infocenter

Using Yoga to Manage ADD
Yoga can help ADDers feel calm, centered, in control, and in touch with their bodies. Practiced regularly, ADDers will find that yoga is a powerful mental and physical refresher that they can retreat to when feeling out of control or overwhelmed.

Mike Silver studied how our brain works while in Graduate School at the University of Colorado in Boulder Colorado. He has pursued an eclectic path in his studies of the brain and mind ever since.

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