Anyone who has gone through chemo has experienced “chemo brain” – the feeling that you are now going through life with half your brain tied behind your back. It’s a real thing, as anyone who has had half their vocabulary wiped out can attest to. In my case, chemo thrust me head first into menopause, so I had a double whammy of brainlessness. I had just enough of my brain left to know just how much I had lost. I would probably never again be able to ace a statistics test. (But now I don’t care!)
I have one of those jobs where focus and concentration is one of the top requirements for success. If you don’t have it, you get noticed, but in a bad way. Usually I have time to prepare thoroughly for a concert, but sometimes we get our music at the one and only rehearsal we might have. Sight reading it is! I think I’m a pretty damned good sight reader, and it never used to be a problem for me. After chemo brain, however, I felt like I was hanging on by the skin of my teeth. I made stupid mistakes all the time. Fortunately, most of them went by with little notice. I had no focus, no concentration, and no energy.
So what changed? Well, for a little over two months now, I’ve been taking EHT, a new supplement sold by Nerium International. Full disclosure: I am an independent brand partner, and the company wanted us to try it before it went on sale to the general public. By nature I tend to be very skeptical, and I’ve taken TONS of supplements and vitamins over the years. I’m taking a bunch now. But after two and a half months on EHT, I can honestly say that this is the only supplement I have ever taken where I know absolutely, unequivocally, indisputably that it does what it says it’s going to do. Simply put, it works!
So what is it and what does it do?
EHT is short for eicosanoyl-5-hydroxytryptamide. It was developed over 20 years of research by Dr. Jeffry Stock of Princeton University.(Scientific papers can be found here.) Dr. Stock and his son, Dr. Maxwell Stock, lead Signum Biosciences, the lab which has patented the EHT molecule. According to information from Nerium International, EHT:
• Promotes better cognitive function and overall brain health
• Combats oxidative stress and chronic inflammation
• Fortifies and strengthens natural brain functions
• Protects and supports neuronal networking
• Enhances the body’s natural energy stores
• Boosts the body’s immune system
• Increases focus
Or, as one person put it, “it fixes split ends in the brain!” Prior to partnering with Nerium, the Doctors Stock were marketing to professional athletes. That was all good, but they wanted a bigger audience and more help getting the word out. Enter Nerium, the company that sold $100 million of just one product in its first year in business. And we are getting the word out, especially as we ourselves feel the effects of this supplement! (Full ingredient list here.)
I have no idea why the Stock family has chosen this route over the traditional “Big Pharma” route. They have a history of brain health issues in their family, which is why they chose to focus on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease, and they surely know how drug companies work. My guess is that they wanted to get EHT into as many hands as possible, as quickly as possible. There is no love lost between me and the drug companies. This 60 minutes report outlines what happens behind the scenes. When a cancer drug works, the drug companies jack the price up, dramatically raising the literal cost of living. Think about it, we could still be treating ourselves with willow bark, valerian root, or foxglove, but the drug companies have made huge profits from Aspirin, Valium, and Digitalis, just for starters. Oh, and don’t get me started on the medicinal properties of marijuana…
Bottom line, I’m sorry for the sales pitch, but you simply owe it to yourself and your future brain to try EHT. Try it for three months, and if you aren’t convinced, then stop. But I am convinced that you WILL be convinced!