Monday, November 26, 2012

Getting InTune with ADD/ADHD

I just saw this Facebook update from a good friend of ours who is also using doTERRA products—she's actually our direct upline contact. Anyway, here's the post (with names removed and some minor editing):
"I shed a tear this morning helping at the school. We've been using doTERRA's InTune and Frankincense on my daughter the last 6 weeks or so to help her focus (these are both suggested for use with ADD/ADHD). Almost right away her school work drastically changed, and I have been very pleased with our results. But today, I corrected the spelling pre-tests, the hardest test of the year the teacher says; even the kids who normally do well are failing this thing! It's a good thing her test was at the bottom of the pile because when I got to correcting her test she did so well I thought she must have copied off someone...except no one else did as well as she did so there was no one to cheat off! So yeah, I shed a tear. Am I extremely happy with our results? HECK YES!"
You can come up with whatever explanations you want—it's a placebo effect, or maybe the mom's attention and application of oils before school every day let's her daughter know she cares and that she's loved, which in turn leads to her trying harder and doing better. Many doctors—the kind that seem all too willing to prescribe Adderall and Ritalin—would likely dismiss this as a random coincidence. Personally, I've already seen enough inexplicable success stories with doTERRA to know that it's more than just dumb luck or a placebo. And no, it's not about the "smells" doing these amazing things—it's about the molecular compounds in the plant oils helping our bodies improve.

Cost for InTune: $34.50 for a 10ml roller bottle. It has a blend of amyris, patchouli, frankincense, lime, ylang ylang, sandalwood, and Roman chamomile essential oils. And it doesn't turn your kids into zombies or make them feel like there's something wrong with them because they have to go to the doctor's and take meds. And here's a crazy stat I just read while taking the WebMD ADHD quiz: "As of 2007, 9.5% of 4- to 17-year-olds were reportedly diagnosed with ADHD. That's 5.4 million kids—an almost 22% increase from just four years earlier. It's not clear whether more kids are developing ADHD, or if more are being diagnosed because of better ways to identify it."

I don't know about you, but if nearly 10% of all children are now being diagnosed with ADHD, either our doctors have begun telling kids that they're ADHD any time a child doesn't quite fit in their "normal" box, or we are over-prescribing medications to deal with problems in the home, or something else in our culture is so completely out of whack (i.e. our diets and exercise) that tons of kids are now ADHD. Or like me you might think "All of the above" might be the correct answer to why we're seeing so many ADHD cases. If I had a child that might be considered ADHD, I'd definitely give InTune a shot for a month or two. I'd rather go that route and see if it helps before turning to regular doctor visits, school stereotypes, etc.

If you're wondering about the specifics of what is working for our friend, she's using one drop of Frankincense (on a mole on her spine) with the InTune roller on her feet before bedtime. I presume that's so her daughter doesn't smell like InTune or Frankincense when it's time for school, though I'd probably do InTune in the morning as well just for an extra kick in the pants.

--== doTERRA Skeptic ==--