Jessica McCabe on Why ADHD Brains Are Drawn to Crises, Sponsored by Landmark College

Jessica McCabe on Why ADHD Brains Are Drawn to Crises, Sponsored by Landmark College

Jessica McCabe joins Ned for a conversation about how ADHD brains respond to crises. The queen of the ADHD kingdom (as Ned dubs her in this episode) talks about the struggle she faced in college with dropping everything to help those around her. Jessica learned that responding to someone else’s crisis was a way to distract herself and avoid doing the boring stuff, like homework.  And as Dr. H says to her in this episode, “Boredom is our kryptonite!” 

The pair talk about why neurodiverse brains are draw to stimulation and the importance of recognizing what’s really going on when you drop everything to help someone else and avoid your own responsibilities. 

An extra special thanks to our sponsor Landmark College in Putney, Vermont for making this episode possible!

Check out Jessica’s videos at HowtoADHD

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Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media and produced by Sarah Guertin.

Do you know a student with ADHD or other learning difference looking for a higher education experience? Tell them about our amazing sponsor, Landmark College, in Putney, Vermont. Learn more about their summer programs HERE.

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A Simple Way to Reduce Toxic Stress

A Simple Way to Reduce Toxic Stress

Science shows that prolonged periods of stress can damage our bodies in many ways including heart disease, diabetes, depression and substance abuse. The pandemic has created the perfect storm for stress so it’s critical to our long term health and wellbeing that we find ways to reduce it.

Dr. Carol Locke of OmegaBrite Wellness (a sponsor of this podcast) shares some of the scientific research behind how and why omega-3 fatty acids work to reduce stress in our bodies on a cellular level. She and Ned talk about what foods you can eat to increase your daily intake of omega-3s, and how much you need to consume in order to see results.

Do you have a question or guest suggestion? Send an email with your thoughts to [email protected].

Dr. Hallowell’s new book, ADHD 2.0, comes out January 12th. Pre-order Now!  Click here to pre-order your copy of ADHD 2.0.

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Thanks to our sponsor, OmegaBrite Wellness!

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A transcript of this episode is below.


Dr. Ned Hallowell:
This episode is sponsored by OmegaBrite Wellness. Get a free bottle of OmegaBrite CBD Full-Spectrum Softgels with free shipping when you buy one bottle of their 70/10 MD Omega-3. Use offer code Ned. That’s my name Ned at omegabritewellness.com Distraction is also sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont, the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at lcdistraction.org. Hello, this is Dr. Ned Hallowell for Distraction. Thank you so much for joining me today. I’m very pleased to welcome back my good friend, Dr. Carol Locke. Carol is the founder of OmegaBrite Wellness, a sponsor of this podcast. And she’s joining me today to talk about how all of us can reduce anxiety and feel less stressed in our daily lives. Wouldn’t that be nice? Thank you so much for joining me today, Carol.

Dr. Carol Locke:
Hi, Ned. It’s a pleasure to be here.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
Oh, that’s wonderful. So you’ve been making this wonderful product for a number of years and it’s made an impact. Tell me if I’m wrong, is that it reduces inflammation, is that correct?

Dr. Carol Locke:
It reduces inflammation and it concurrently reduces anxiety and improves people’s mood and reduces stress. So those are the main components of how it seems to be working in people and providing benefit in daily life.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
And why is it important to reduce inflammation?

Dr. Carol Locke:
Inflammation is a natural response and it’s a positive response when it’s short term and in response to an injury, some kind of assault in our body and ourselves that we need our ourselves to respond to. But when it’s long-term and it’s unopposed, it causes damage to ourselves. It causes damage to our heart, to our blood vessels, to our brain. It increases your risk of cancer. It causes a whole variety of damage that we need to find ways to reduce, to be healthy and to protect our health. Particularly right now, with the pandemic causing such stress.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
Now, when you use the term stress and anxiety, how would you define those and how does omega-3 fatty acids reduce them?

Dr. Carol Locke:
Well, with stress, what I’m talking about is the physiological stress that we have when we’re faced with long-term unrelenting threats, such as the pandemic and that as you know, activates amygdala. And short-term stress actually improves your longevity, but long-term stress can become toxic.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
So what is stress? We use that word all the time.

Dr. Carol Locke:
I’m talking about the elevated levels of our stress hormones in our bodies, cortisol level, and that comes and attacks all the different cells in our body. It affects our brain and affects our mood, our neuro-transmitters, it affects amygdala, can cause long-term damage in the amygdala and in our ability to [crosstalk 00:03:36]-

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
Not everyone listening knows what the amygdala is.

Dr. Carol Locke:
So the amygdala is kind of like the supercomputer center in our brain of stress management. When we perceive a threat through our senses, the amygdala is activated and that puts us on alert. It increases our heart rate, our blood flow. It increases our cortisol levels through hypothalamus pituitary and adrenal cortical system. So that is our stress response.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
So what’s the difference between good stress and bad stress?

Dr. Carol Locke:
Good stress is stress that you can manage, is short-term, it’s something that your body addresses and your being addresses, manages and then it resolve. So that whole system with your stress hormones turns off and slows down. When it’s bad stress is when it doesn’t resolve. When you stay on that alert, fear response, and you have an ongoing threat and you can’t turn it down, or master it or regulate it. That creates in your body, a continual level of physiological stress from your cortisol system, driving it and affecting all of your cells, all of your organs. And that’s what we want with this pandemic to manage and interrupt in whatever ways we can.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
And how soon do you feel the effects after you take an Omega-3? Is it instant or does it need to build up in your system?

Dr. Carol Locke:
It needs time to build up. The Omega-3 is that I’m talking about are high EPA Omega-3s, and that takes time for your body to absorb and then to affect your cells and adjust your omega-6 to omega-3 ratio, which affects your inflammation level. So the studies that I’m referring to are done by Ohio State, one is on reducing anxiety in medical students and inflammation. And that was a 12 week study with 68 students, double-blind, placebo control funded by the NIH. And that study found that there was a 20% reduction in anxiety and a 14% reduction in inflammatory cytokine IL-6, from taking the high dose EPA omega-3. So that was a very interesting thing that where you see the mind-body merge, where as an anxieties reduce, you’re also reducing inflammation. So people who experience such stress is often with heightened anxiety. And here’s one way that study has shown in healthy medical students without an anxiety disorder, that omega-3 can reduce both the inflammation and anxiety.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
Are all omega-3 products the same?

Dr. Carol Locke:
No. They’re different in the amounts of EPA and DHA they contain, which are from marine molecules, or you can get a plant plate based on omega-3, which is a shorter chain, an 18 chain ALA. So they’re very different and they’re different in the amounts of each omega-3 that they contain. So a typical omega-3 contains fairly equal amounts of EPA and DHA. And doesn’t contain a high concentration or a high EPA? This study was done with a high APA omega-3, and those findings were confirmed in another study we did with 138 healthy middle-aged and older adults over four months. And what they found was that over four months in a placebo controlled, double-blind study, that on that high EPA omega-3, they had a 10% and 12% reduction in their inflammatory cytokines. So again, you’re seeing that you can reduce the actual inflammation level in your body with a high EPA omega-3 and that’s very powerful in it’s health consequences.

Dr. Carol Locke:
It can be both protective and it can help with ongoing disease. And again, coming back to what people are facing right now, with the high level of stress, which activates that amygdala in our body’s stress response with high levels of cortisol and corresponding higher inflammation. These are ways that you can use an omega-3 to decrease the inflammation and decrease the anxiety and the stress that your body is experiencing. And if you want to add that to the toolbox that we know with sleep, with exercise, with connection, with mindfulness, ways to manage the stress we face and reduce inflammation.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
For you listening, if you’d like to get Carol’s product, which is the kind that I recommend, you can get a free bottle of OmegaBrite CBD Full-Spectrum Softgels with free shipping. When you buy one bottle of their 70/10 MD omega-3 use the code offer my name, Ned at omegabritewellness.com and get a free bottle of OmegaBrite CBD Full-Spectrum Softgels, which I take every day. And I’m very glad I did. And my wife does as well. What are the best foods to eat to increase your intake of omega-3s, aside from your supplement, OmegaBrite or other supplements.

Dr. Carol Locke:
You want to try to take cold water fatty fish, and that’s mackerel, tuna, herring, sardines, salmon. You want to be careful with your larger fish because they can contain mercury that an omega-3 supplement doesn’t. The smaller fish are small on the food chain and they don’t contain very much mercury. So sardines and macro are very good. Salmon, you want to make sure that it’s not farm raised salmon raised on corn, because then it will be an omega-6 fish, and that won’t help. For the shorter chain, the 18 chain omega-3, you can have nuts and seeds, flax seeds, chia like in your chia pet, walnuts, plant oils. You can also get omega-3s in a lot of fortified foods, margarine milks, eggs, often have omega-3 added, infant formula does, soy beverages and your free range animals.

Dr. Carol Locke:
So if you get grass fed beef that will have higher and make a three, then grain fed, same with poultry. So those are ways to add it to your diet, which are important for your body’s health. It’s hard to get that level of EPA from diet, from food that you want to get some of the mood and anxiety and inflammation reduction.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
I want to recommend to you Landmark College. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Go to lcdistraction.org to learn more that’s LC for Landmark College, distraction.org to learn more. It’s a really wonderful special place in beautiful Putney, Vermont, it’s bucolic. But what goes on there is unique. It is a truly specialized learning environment for people who have the conditions I’ve got, ADHD and dyslexia for us to learn how best to acquire knowledge and also to express our own ideas. It’s a marvelously talented sympathetic lively faculty. The courses are rigorous, but also wonderfully forgiving if you have one of these conditions. Please, go to Landmark College, lcdistraction.org to learn more and feed yourself with the banquet you’ll find there. Okay, let’s get back to the show. And how much omega-3 does a person need to eat or ingest or some other way to get into their bodies to see results?

Dr. Carol Locke:
For the results of reducing the anxiety that was with the six capsules a day. With the reduction of inflammation in the middle age and older adults, that was either two to three softgels a day cause a 10% reduction in inflammatory molecules or five, six cups a day cause a 12% reduction. So people can really start on say, three capsules a day, see how they feel and adjust upward to see where they feel the best benefit is.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
When I started I’d take six capsules. When I started, I don’t know how many years ago it was that you turned me onto this. But typical me, I wanted to use myself as my own experimental animal. So I kept increasing the dose. And when I got up to 15 capsules a day, I started to have nosebleeds. So I guess, omega doses, it can interfere with clotting.

Dr. Carol Locke:
Yeah. I think you’re not supposed to go above three grams a day. So that would be above three grams a day.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
15 would be like 10 grams or 12 grams or?

Dr. Carol Locke:
Yeah. So you don’t want to go above three a day. I think a lot of people do very well with 2.5 grams a day of the OmegaBrite. A lot of the studies on inflammation and neuroprotection are recommending at least two grams a day. So it depends with-

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
So four to six capsules a day of your [inaudible 00:14:21].

Dr. Carol Locke:
Yeah. And I think from our experience, people report benefit in that range. They definitely feel-

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
My experience has been that they underdiagnosed, they take one capsule and I think that’s enough.

Dr. Carol Locke:
Right. And then they say, “I don’t feel anything.” Because most people, when they take an omega-3 don’t feel anything. But when you take the high concentrate and you take four to six, then people begin to feel a response. It takes a couple of weeks, but it can add tremendous benefit.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
Yeah. And it’s easy thing to do. By the way, we keep our capsules in our freezer. Is there any reason to do that? Or can you store them wherever you want?

Dr. Carol Locke:
You can store them wherever you want. We recommend a dark place, a not hot dark place, a cupboard, a lot of people prefer to keep it in the refrigerator. The freezer, you actually have to be careful with because the capsule, the gelatin can fracture in a freezing condition. So keeping in the-

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
So we should put it in the fridge instead of, okay.

Dr. Carol Locke:
Yeah, I would recommend that.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
In the refrigerator, not the freezer.

Dr. Carol Locke:
Right. Either a dark cabinet or the refrigerator.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
Okay. Thank you. I’m glad I asked. I always pick up something from you, Carol. You’re amazing. Well, it’s an amazingly good product. Carol, won’t toot her own horn, but she’s been doing this for more than 20 years. She’s a graduate of Harvard Medical School. She’s about the most careful, responsible person in this field that I know, not about though. She is the most careful and responsible and always learning, always studying, always keeping up. That’s why I’m proud to have her sponsor our podcast. Okay. Thank you again, Carol. That’s all the time we have for today. My thanks to my dear friend and learned colleague, Dr. Carol Locke, that’s L-O-C-K-E, for joining me. If you’d like to learn more about omega-3s and how they can help you reduce anxiety as well as improved sense of wellbeing and reduce inflammation and overall health, go to omegabritewellness.com and that’s Brite spelled B-R-I-T-E, omegabritewellness.com.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
And here’s a heads up, my new book, ADHD 2.0 is coming out on January 12th. It’s co-written with my buddy John Ratey, and we lay out a revolutionary new approach featuring new science and strategies to help people with ADD, ADHD thrive. And we certainly mentioned omega-3 fatty acids in the book. You can learn more about ADHD, 2.0, and pre-order a copy, which I wish you would do by clicking the link in the show notes, or by going to my website at drhallowell.com or of course, to the ever gracious and generous Amazon. Okay. Remember to follow Distraction on social media and please reach out to us, email us at Connect, [email protected] Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. The podcast is recorded and mixed by Scott Persson, the ever talented Scott Persson. And our producer is the abundantly talented Sarah Guertin. I’m Dr. Ned Hallowell, thanking Dr. Carol Locke and all of you, thanks so much for listening. (singing)

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
The episode you just heard, just now heard was made possible by my good friends at OmegaBrite Wellness. Get a free bottle of OmegaBrite CBD Full-Spectrum Softgels with free shipping when you buy one bottle of their 70/10 MD omega-3. Use offer code Ned, that’s my name at omegabritewellness.com

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The Benefits of Using a Body Double with How to ADHD and Landmark College

The Benefits of Using a Body Double with How to ADHD and Landmark College

Getting homework and other tasks done remains difficult for many of us as we continue to study and work from home. Jessica McCabe of How to ADHD explains how using a “body double” can help hold you accountable. Jessica talks about how she uses this simple technique to help stay on track in this special episode sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently!

Check out Jessica’s ADHD videos at HowtoADHD.

Share your thoughts with us! How have you been adapting to learning from home?  Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to [email protected]

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is Sarah Guertin and our audio engineer/editor is Scott Persson.

Do you know a student with ADHD or other learning difference looking for a higher education experience? Tell them about our amazing sponsor, Landmark College, in Putney, Vermont. Learn more HERE.

Check out this episode!

A transcript of this episode is below.


Dr. Ned Hallowell:
Hello and welcome to Distraction. I’m your host, Dr. Ned Hallowell. Thank you so much as always for joining me. We love our audience and we wish you’d tell our friends about us because we love reaching out to you and sharing the wonderful information as well as good cheer we hope that we do share. This episode is made possible by our wonderful sponsor Landmark College, the college of choice for students like me who learn differently. Joining me today once again is our favorite guests, the lovely, talented, amazingly triumphant in so many ways, Jessica McCabe, from How to ADHD. Jessica, I know you have an idea of what you’d like to talk about. You always do. So I don’t want to get in your way. Let me stand aside and welcome the so very talented Jessica McCabe.

Jessica McCabe:
Thank you for that incredible introduction. Yeah. I wanted to talk about body doubling today, because a lot of us are learning from home and things are even more challenging than maybe they usually are. There’s some great, great advantages to learning from home, or if you’re learning on campus, being by yourself when you’re studying or trying to take a course. Online courses can be great. They can also be really difficult because we don’t get enough accountability. We don’t have anybody else around. We’re not getting the cues that it’s time to work, that it’s time to focus the same way that you do, say you’re in the library and everybody else around you is studying. So you’re like, okay, cool. There’s that social pressure to study that we might not be getting when we’re at home. At home, we’re maybe getting pressured by things like the X-Box that keeps taunting us and being like, do you really need to study?

Jessica McCabe:
So one of the best things you can do is to use a body double. A body double in Hollywood means something very differently than what I’m talking about. In Hollywood, a body double means somebody who looks like you, who looks like the actor who fills in for the actor, maybe does some stunts or whatever, but is there so the actor doesn’t have to do the thing. If we have a body double when we have ADHD, we still have to do the thing. We just have somebody else in the room with us is really what it is. It’s somebody to sit quietly with you while you work. Maybe they are studying the same thing as you, maybe they’re studying something else, maybe they’re doing a completely different task, but the idea is you sit in silence and you have somebody else present.

Jessica McCabe:
And for those with ADHD, that can be really important because it can be so hard for us to stay focused and on task. The attention regulation is a part of our condition and our brains go so quickly that if we see a cue to do something else, we’re quick off and running, doing that thing before we realize, wait, I was supposed to be working on something else. So a body double can help with that. It can also help give us some emotional support to be honest, because there’s some tasks that we build this, as Brendan Mahan from ADHD Essentials puts it, a wall of awful around. We have struggled to do this seemingly simple tasks so many times, and we’ve failed at it in the past that there’s a lot of emotion that we have to get past to be able to start doing the thing.

Jessica McCabe:
And so just having somebody else there can be this emotional support as well in that way. It’s like that for me with paying bills. Opening and paying bills is one of the most difficult things in the world. It’s not that it’s hard technically. I do a lot more challenging things with a lot more ease because I just don’t have that same level of dread, of opening thing. And it’s a boring task and I’ve failed at it before and I’ve ruined my credit and there’s just so much around it that just having my boyfriend sit next to me while I do it is enough for me to be able to tackle that task. Otherwise, I’m going to put it off for forever and ruin my credit again. So knowing what tasks you could use a little extra support for, one thing to ask yourself is would this activity be easier if somebody else was in the room?

Jessica McCabe:
Another great thing about doing it is if you set it up ahead of time, it’s like an appointment. We tend to respect appointments more than we do saying, “Oh yeah, I’m going to totally play guitar today.” We’re not going to respect that as much as we have a performance day, somebody is expecting us to show up and perform for them. Body doubling is something in the middle, where somebody else will notice if you don’t do the thing and you’ve blocked out time for it. The way to find a body double, if this is something that sounds like it might be helpful for you, is there’s several ways. You can ask a friend and it can feel weird to be like, “Hey, can you sit with me while I do this thing so that I do this thing?” But you’d be surprised at how many people it benefits, how many other people are struggling with it, too. Because difficulty focusing isn’t unique to ADHD. It’s a part of a lot of other conditions as well, including sometimes the human condition.

Jessica McCabe:
So it’s beneficial, not just to you, but to the other person too, because you can be like, “Hey, is there something you’ve been putting off that you need help with making sure that you do? Cool. I’m struggling to do this. Let’s sit together and just put ourselves on mute and work in silence.” You can do it over Zoom. You don’t have to be in the same room. You can do it online. There’s also a website if you don’t know anybody that might be willing to do this with you. There’s a website called focusmate.com, where you can set it up. I think you get three sessions a week for free. And you can say, “Hey, at this time I need a partner. I’m going to be working on this. They’re going to be working on this.” And then you just sit in silence and work together.

Jessica McCabe:
If it is a friend, I do recommend having a distinction between when it’s time to talk and hang out and when it’s time to work. The Pomodoro Technique can work great for this where you set a timer for 25 minutes and then when the 25 minutes is up, cool, now we get to talk for five minutes. But then when that 25 minutes starts again, now we’re doing our work. Because otherwise, you’d set up a body doubling session and then you just end up talking to your friend for the entire hour. And there are certain people that it might be hard to do that with. If it’s somebody you haven’t seen in a long time, it might really hard to stop and study when what you actually really want to do is just catch up on everything that you’ve missed.

Jessica McCabe:
So it’s good to know yourself, know what tasks a body double might be helpful for, know who does and doesn’t work for you as a body double. And if you are being a body double for somebody else, recognize it’s not your job to make sure that they get their work done. You’re not there to lay down the law or anything. You don’t have to keep nagging them to do it. That’s their job. You’re just there to provide a gentle nonjudgmental presence, really. That’s pretty much all I got. Do you have any questions?

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
No. It’s such a great idea. Don’t you think a dog can also function as a body double?

Jessica McCabe:
Yeah. In a way they can, which is really interesting. I read once that sometimes they actually bring dogs in to classrooms to help kids with dyslexia who are struggling to read, who maybe feel self-conscious about doing it in front of other people. They’ll have them sit and read to a dog to get the practice, because that dog is not going to be judge-y. That dog is going to be absolutely welcoming. And my dog actually does serve as a body double for me while I’m at work. Part of what I’ve trained her to do is when I’m at work, she comes and hangs out with me and she sleeps or whatever, but I see her sleeping and I know it’s time to work, because at some point she’s going to wake up and need to be taken for a walk. At some point, she’s going to want to play with me. And so while she’s sleeping is a great time for me to sit down and focus.

Jessica McCabe:
So yeah, dogs can make a great body double. And sometimes people who don’t even know they’re being a body double can be a body double. For me, a great body double that I don’t need silence for is if I need to clean up, if I need to clean my room or something, if I’m on the phone with somebody, I’ll start cleaning my room, because usually it’s a horribly boring tasks that I don’t want to do for longer than three minutes. But if I’m talking to somebody, I’m distracted enough that I can clean my room without getting terribly bored. And so they end up keeping me company while I’m doing something that otherwise I wouldn’t do. And so you can do that even if they don’t know they’re being a body double as well.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
Music can serve that function. Plants can serve that function. There are ways that you can feel input that allow you to do tedious tasks.

Jessica McCabe:
Yeah, that’s true. I think the key with body doubling is basically just knowing that someone will notice for the most part, generally speaking, someone will notice if you’re not doing the thing. Somebody knows what you’re supposed to be working on. And when you see that person, it acts as a reminder of what you’re supposed to be working on. And so you can set up other cues for yourself, too. When I put on this certain music playlist, I know it’s time to study. And if you get distracted and then you realize what’s playing, that’s a cue, that’s a reminder, oh right, I’m supposed to be studying. The same way that a body double in person can, you look at them and you’re like, all right, I’m supposed to be working on this thing. So there’s a lot of different ways to set up cues, but body doubles can be a great way to give yourself the cues that it’s time to work on what you’re supposed to be working, as well as that sense of positive feedback, I guess.

Jessica McCabe:
Even if they don’t say anything, you know that they’re seeing that you’re working. And so then that feels good. And you can set up at the beginning of the session, “Hey, this is what I’m going to be working on. This is what you’re going to be working on.” And at the end of the session, you can say, “This is what I got done.” So then you get a little bit of, I get to feel good. Somebody got to notice that I did the thing.” And that could be [crosstalk 00:09:20].

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
I think it’s also, Jessica, the force of what I call the other vitamin C, vitamin connect. And I think just having a human in the room fortifies you, strengthens you, reduces your fear, makes you feel more in control. Particularly these days we’re living with such disconnection. When you have a person there, aside from the fact that they’re watching or what have you, I think just the force field that emanates between two people, we know, it’s a scientific fact how powerful it is. And when there’s no one there, social isolation, most people don’t realize this, but social isolation is as dangerous for your health as cigarette smoking.

Jessica McCabe:
Yeah. It can be a great way to give yourself a little connection as well. One other thing that I do with body doubling is I have trouble stopping work on time. And so my boyfriend and I started doing this thing where one of us picks the other one up from work, quote, unquote, we’re in different rooms, but we’ll pick each other up and then we’ll walk around and spend time together.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
That’s great.

Jessica McCabe:
And so we’re getting body doubling, because we’re both making sure that we get exercise, we’re making sure that we get outside. We’re making sure that we stop working. And that peer pressure and that connection that we get is really wonderful, because it makes it so that we get the things done that we want to get done. We get the connection we need, we get the walk, we get the exercise, which can be so important for ADHD. And it makes it easier. It really does. It just makes it easier to have somebody else be there with you when you do it.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
Absolutely. Absolutely. Well, as always, you are a treasure trove of wisdom and gems, always put in such a charming and pleasant way. That’s it for us today. You can learn more about Jessica McCabe at her website, Howtoadhd.com. And if you would like to support her work, she has this wonderful way that you can do it. You go to the website called Patreon, P-A-T-R-E-O-N, like a sponsor. Patreon.com/howtoadhd. Go to Patreon.com/howtoadhd. That’s a wonderful way to support Jessica’s work and other people who need that kind of help.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
And if you’re someone who learns differently like me, like Jessica, please check out our sponsor [email protected] That’s [email protected], Landmark College in beautiful Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
And please remember, reach out to us with your questions and comments. We thrive on them. We need them, by sending an email or a voice memo to [email protected] That’s [email protected] And remember to subscribe to Distraction wherever you get your podcasts. And if you’re on Apple Podcasts, please leave us a review. We love getting reviews. That really helps the show.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
I’m also now on Tik Tok. You can go to Tik Tok and find me with the username @Drhallowell. That’s @d-r, no period. Just @d-r-h-a-l-l-o-w-e-l-l. Please let me know what you think.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our recording engineer and editor is the extremely talented Scott Person. And our producer is the equally extremely talented Sarah Gurton. I’m Dr. Ned Hallowell thanking you all and Jessica McCabe. Look forward to seeing you next time. Bye for now.

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Peggy’s Path to Better Health with OmegaBrite Wellness

Peggy’s Path to Better Health with OmegaBrite Wellness

In this special episode sponsored by OmegaBrite Wellness, a woman named Peggy shares details about the debilitating pain she experiences from sciatica, and how a suggestion from a friend to try CBD provided the relief she was looking for. (We didn’t include Peggy’s last name per her request for privacy.)

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Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is Sarah Guertin and our recording engineer/editor is Scott Persson. Reach out to us at [email protected].

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Dr. Ned Hallowell:
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Hello and welcome to Distraction. I’m your host, Dr. Ned Hallowell. We found today’s guest through our sponsor, OmegaBrite Wellness. Her name is Peggy, and she joins me today to share her story with us. You’ve heard me talking for several months now about my experience with their CBD and Omega-3 supplements, so we thought it’d be nice for you to hear someone else’s experience with OmegaBrite Wellness. So, thank you for joining me today, Peggy

Peggy:
Oh, thank you for having me.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
So can you just jump right in and tell us what it’s been like with OmegaBrite?

Peggy:
Yeah, it’s been great. My particular pain is sciatica, which a lot of people suffer from.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
Yeah.

Peggy:
So it’s very, very painful. It sort of built up over a couple of years. I mean, about two years ago I had this pain and I would go for a walk and that would help. And over time, that walk started to be so painful I had to stop and I couldn’t walk anymore. And then sort of the old thing, you’re supposed to walk to help but you can’t walk because it hurts and that loop. And so it got to where basically 10 minutes into a walk, I was in so much pain I was almost crying. I had to like turn around and go back home, so.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
Wow.

Peggy:
Yeah, so over a long period of time. Some people only have sciatica for a short … like a few weeks or a couple of months. I mean, mine was a hole … And I also have pain on the same side, there’s also like a separate knee pain that kind of all works together for horrendous pain.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
They couldn’t diagnose it with an MRI of some nerve entrapment syndrome or anything like that?

Peggy:
No, just the sciatica so far, but they are looking at doing some other MRIs for spinal stenosis, so we’ll see. Yeah, I don’t know yet on that.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
So that’s when you discovered OmegaBrite.

Peggy:
Yeah. Well, in the midst of all that I had to move, suddenly I had to move. And the thought of that and the pain that that was going to cause. And sure enough, I mean, I’d move and then the end of the day, I would just fall into so much pain. And a friend of mine who was taking OmegaBrite, her and her son, she said, “Let me bring you over some of the CBD.” And I’m like, “Okay, I’ll do anything. I’m in so much pain.”

Peggy:
Because I was taking some kind of like high pain ibuprofen or high level, and that’s really bad for my kidneys. So I didn’t want to do that, I just did it out of desperation.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
Right.

Peggy:
So she brought it over. I thought, Oh, we’ll see. It probably won’t do much of any good but I’m willing to try anything because I’m in so much pain.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
Right.

Peggy:
And to my delight and surprise, it worked immediately. So the one great thing to me about it is that, like the CBD, the full spectrum, it works fast. So you take it and the pain is gone.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
Wow. So it was CBD and the Omega-3 or just the CBD?

Peggy:
Well, I take them both, but if I’m just having pain, the minute I just take a CBD, the pain goes away.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
That’s fantastic. Wow.

Peggy:
Yeah, for me it works. Yeah, it really works fast and good. I always keep a little bit in my purse, if I’m going to be somewhere, like I know I’m going to be out for the day or something, I’ll take one before I leave and then I always keep a little bottle in my purse, so if I have any breakthrough pain. But I never ended up taking more than two in a day and that means I’ve really had some bad pain.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
Really? Only two, my gosh. I start every day with four of them and I’m not taking it for any symptom. I’m just taking it for wellbeing. But just two of those pills does it for you?

Peggy:
Yeah. And I’m telling you, my pain makes me want to cry and I have a very high pain tolerance, so my pain’s pretty bad.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
Wow. So instead of getting hooked on Oxycontin, you’ve kind of-

Peggy:
Exactly. Yeah, and that would be really bad for my kidneys, so I don’t want to do that.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
Yeah, no absolutely

Peggy:
I really try to stay as holistic as I can and natural, so that’s another thing I like about this.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
How did you discover the OmegaBrite Wellness CBD?

Peggy:
Well, that was what I was saying before that a friend of mine was taking them, her and her son.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
Oh, okay.

Peggy:
And so she brought me some, she brought me both actually, the Omega-3 formula and the CBD full spectrum.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
Wow.

Peggy:
But she said, “Oh, use the CBD full spectrum because that helps with pain.” So at that moment, I just took that. But now I take the OmegaBrite Omega-3 formula in the morning with the CBD and then if I have any more pain, I’ll just take CBD by itself.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
That’s fantastic. Well, you must be grateful to your friend for sharing that.

Peggy:
Oh yeah. She a dear friend and that’s why I tried it in the first place or else I would be very, very skeptical. But I knew she wouldn’t ask me to try something that wasn’t going to work.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
Thank you, Peggy. This is terrific information for people and it is a wonderful product. I can’t thank you enough.

Peggy:
It really is. I’m so happy to have found it.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
That’s fantastic. That’s fantastic. Okay. Well that’s it for today. Thanks so much to Peggy for sharing her story. If you’d like to learn more about OmegaBrite Wellness and their supplements, just go to OmegaBrite, that’s B-R-I-T-E, omegabritewellness.com.
Distraction listeners, you will save 20% on your first order by using the promo code, podcast 2020.

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Distraction is created by Soundscape Media. The podcast is recorded and mixed by the extremely talented Scott Persson, that’s with two S’s. And produced by the also extremely talented Sarah Guertin. I’m your host, Dr. Ned Hallowell, thanking Peggy and saying goodbye for now.

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Science Shows Omega-3s Improve Executive Function with OmegaBrite Wellness

Science Shows Omega-3s Improve Executive Function with OmegaBrite Wellness

This special episode is sponsored by OmegaBrite Wellness.

This back-to-school season is especially stressful, so we know parents and kids are looking for ways to cope! Dr. Carol Locke, founder of OmegaBrite Wellness, shares some of the proven benefits of Omega-3s and how they can help adults and children. Dr. Locke cites recent studies out of Ohio State using OmegaBrite Omega-3s, which showed a reduction in anxiety and inflammation, and improved executive functioning in participants.

To view the studies cited in this episode, go HERE.

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Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is Sarah Guertin and our recording engineer/editor is Scott Persson. Reach out to us at [email protected].

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Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Hello, and welcome to Distraction. I’m your host, Dr. Ned Hallowell. Those of you familiar with the podcast will know my guest today, and she’s one of my favorites. She’s joined me on the podcast many times over the years, and especially over the past few months, Dr. Carol Locke, Harvard Medical School trained and all together entrepreneur, innovator extraordinaire, the founder of OmegaBrite Wellness, a sponsor we’re lucky to be able to say of this podcast, joins me today to talk about how parents and kids can alleviate some of the anxiety they are feeling as they embark on this new school year, a particularly difficult time because of the pandemic and the tremendous uncertainty that surrounds it.

What you might be feeling, whether it be political, medical, nutritional, spiritual, what have you, Dr. Locke is here to help us with one kind of intervention that you probably haven’t thought of, namely Omega-3’s and fish oil. So Dr. Locke, could you please begin the discussion by telling us why Omega-3’s are so important?

Dr. Carol Locke:

Omega-3’s are so important because, number one, we cannot make them. Our body cannot make them. We must take them in our diet and they’re very low or deficient in them in our diet right now. They have tremendous health benefits all across the board from cardiac, brain health, to our joints, as well as to managing stress. And that makes them very essential all of the time, and even more important now.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

I start every day by taking five of your little gel capsules. So what good am I doing for myself when I take them and swallow them?

Dr. Carol Locke:

Well, what you’re taking is OmegaBrite. That’s OmegaBrite 70-10MD, which is our high EPA Omega formula product. And what you’re doing in taking those capsules is you’re giving your body a way to not only provide for the health benefits of Omega-3, but have the unique ability to increase your ability to manage stress, decrease your anxiety, increase your executive function, and improve your mood as well as pain. So those are very big benefits that would help people in their toolbox as a parent, or as a child, in facing this pandemic, COVID return to school.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Huge. I mean, the advantages you just ticked off. And all I have to do is, I keep them in the freezer, reach in there and, and take five capsules out of the bottle and swallow them, and I’ve done myself a huge favor. Now there are many different, many different products, brands of fish oil. Why is OmegaBrite the best?

Dr. Carol Locke:

What I can speak to with OmegaBrite is it’s a very different formula than typically what you can get in the store or on line. OmegaBrite is clinically proven. We have over 10 studies in major academic centers showing OmegaBrite improving mood, helping with bipolar, with depression, with ADHD, with anxiety, with inflammation. So it’s a very proven product for you to gain these benefits. And these benefits we know come from OmegaBrite. You can’t get that with a typical Omega-3, which has say 180 milligrams of EPA in it. That just isn’t going to provide that benefit.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Oh, that’s really good to know. As you know, I have total faith in it, take it myself. So does my wife. Could you tell us a little bit about the study, recent study, that showed OmegaBrite reduced inflammation and anxiety in medical students?

Dr. Carol Locke:

Yeah. This was a great study. It was done at Ohio State and it was done on medical students, 68 medical students without any medical problems. Done over 12 weeks. It was a blinded study, meaning the researchers and the students did not know if they were taking the OmegaBrite or the dummy capsules. And what it found was a 20% reduction in anxiety, and a 14% reduction in the inflammatory cytokine IL-6. So you had a very powerful benefit from the OmegaBrite shown in this study, and that’s something that people could use right now in their life, reducing their anxiety, and stress, and inflammation.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

So I think with that in mind, I mean, honestly, my profession, psychiatry, and medical in general, we ought to be, we ought to be prescribing this, certainly before we prescribe drugs like Prozac or Zoloft.

Dr. Carol Locke:

I think it’s a very powerful foundation to give to yourself and to your patients. It’s has all-health benefits on top of these benefits. So I agree. I think it’s something that we can powerfully prescribe and use in our lives and in our patients’ lives to reduce anxiety, inflammation, stress, and help with mood.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

And tell me if I’m wrong, but isn’t it one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory agents?

Dr. Carol Locke:

It’s a very powerful anti-inflammatory agent without negative effects. So typically if you take a prescription anti-inflammatory, you can have problems with COX-2 inhibition. You can have various problems in your immune system with suppression. When you’re providing high EPA Omega-3 like OmegaBrite, you’re giving your body back the ability to balance inflammation in its own system. Omega-3 EPA competes with arachidonic acid, and so when you provide a high dose of Omega-3 in your diet, you gain ability to balance and modulate your own inflammation in your body, as it wants to naturally.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

And most people, most lay people, think of inflammation as what happens when you get a cut or you get a bruise, and you turn red and it’s hot. But in fact inflammation drives stuff that people don’t associate with inflammation, like obesity, like depression, like high blood pressure, like immune dysfunction, which is associated with cancer. So by suppressing inflammation, you’re suppressing one of the major provocateurs of the conditions that we fear the most.

Dr. Carol Locke:

Exactly. It’s a huge thing. And we want inflammation, like you said, if we get a cut, we break our leg. We want to know about it. But we don’t want that fighting against our body all the time, like you said, causing those disease states. One of the things, Ned, that people, as you know, are facing overload right now, and the kids are facing, is stress. And stress affects inflammation as well. We think that stress causes a neuroinflammation and it looks like the Omega-3’s can decrease that neuroinflammation. And one of the effects of stress is impaired executive function.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Yes, absolutely.

Dr. Carol Locke:

And we have a study I wanted to share with you, in 2019, just came out also from Ohio State, in youth and kids showing OmegaBrite improved executive function. This was in 95 kids over 12 weeks. So that’s a pretty big gain I think could go in and kids and adults toolbox right now with the pandemic to increase our ability to have executive function.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Oh my gosh, absolutely. What ages were these kids?

Dr. Carol Locke:

These kids were ages seven to 17, boys and girls recruited from the community. This study was done over 12 weeks in 95 children with the diagnosis of mood disorder, including bipolar disorder, not otherwise specified major depression, or cyclothymia. An important point, Ned, was many of these kids had co-diagnoses as well, 75 with anxiety and 58 with ADHD. There was improvement across the board for executive function in all diagnoses. And the ADHD population had a slightly higher level of improvement.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Is the dose different for kids?

Dr. Carol Locke:

The dose in this study was four capsules a day, four OmegaBrite capsules a day. And what we think when dosing is it looks like we can use weight rather than age in children. OmegaBrite, six capsules a day have been used in kids with bipolar disorder, a MGH study. Again, very healthy with only health benefits, positive health side effects.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Wow. Wow.

Dr. Carol Locke:

So the executive function study, I think, is really powerful because problems with executive function happen in ADHD. They happen in every mood disorder, and they happen across the general population in stress. And if we can help with that-

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Yeah. I mean they happen just in modern life, and now modern life with a pandemic thrown in, everybody’s executive function is going.

Dr. Carol Locke:

Yeah, is affected.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Yeah, no boy. And it’s such a simple thing to just take these capsules. Like I said, I take five of them. Is five enough, should I take six?

Dr. Carol Locke:

A lot of people take six, and there have been studies in mood disorders where less than six was not as effective as six capsules a day. A lot of people take four or five. This study on executive function was four capsules a day. In the anxiety study it was six capsules a day. So I think you can use your own body and experience to tell you, is four good? Is five good? Is six good? You’ll know.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Well, I’ve certainly found them to be mood stabilizing. My mood is all over the place. I don’t know what diagnosis I have other than ADHD, but my mood is very labile, up, down, in-between, and quick to change. And I found that the Omega-3’s really helped me with that. Not only with my musculoskeletal issues, but the mood issues as well. It is a wonder drug, you know, what can I say?

Dr. Carol Locke:

Thank you. We hear that a lot from people, particularly in the pandemic we’re hearing from customers that they’re finding it essential with their mood. They’re also finding the OmegaBrite Omega-3 essential in their relationships. Keeping their mood stable, positive, and feeling less anxiety helps them with their family relationships. And I think anything we can do to help kids, parents, and teachers right now, because of this added stress of do they go back to the classroom, at a changed classroom with partitions and masks and social distancing, or are they at home with their parents who are stressed, is such a powerful situation. I think we want to help give people tools to put in their toolbox to succeed and to feel like they are thriving and able to learn during the stress.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Absolutely. And this is such a simple tool. I mean some tools, you have to work out, or you have to stretch. I mean, those are all good too, but this is a simple tool. There’s no taste to it. There’s no aftertaste to it. What could be easier than swallowing a few capsules? I mean, it’s such a wonderful product. And there are fish oil products that you got to watch out for, because if they’re not pharmaceutical grade the way yours is, you can get mercury contamination. It can be dangerous. So it’s worth taking OmegaBrite to get the quality assurance that comes with it.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Any last words, Carol? It’s always great to hear you. You always have such good news.

Dr. Carol Locke:

I am glad to be here. I think this is a particularly powerful message of this executive function study, showing both the safety in kids, but also the effect, helping kids with their ability to get along. The parents in that study said that their kids had less distractibility, more ability to plan for and problem solve stressful situations, as well as less dysphoric mood irritability and improved self-esteem. So I think that’s the message I’d like to give, is we have something to help. OmegaBrite can help kids, is safe, and will add to their ability to manage stress. And the parents too. And teachers.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Wonderful. Wonderful. Thank you so much, Carol. And listen, to learn more, go to OmegaBriteWellness.com.

And Distraction listeners, you can save 20% on your first order by using the promo code Podcast2020. That’s Podcast2020. So go to OmegaBriteWellness.com. Enter the promo code Podcast2020, save 20% and most important, be on your way to promoting health, mental health, physical health, all-together wellness for you and your children, and your family and your friends for that matter.

It’s such a treat to have you as a sponsor because it’s spreading good news and powerful, powerful resources. Tools in the toolbox as you like to say.

Okay. Remember to reach out to us with your questions, comments, and show ideas. We thrive on them. We love them. We use them. We metabolize them. We turn them into new shows all of their very own. Our email address is [email protected].

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our recording engineer and editor is the brilliant always on top of everything Scott Persson. That’s person with two S’s. And our producer is the wonderful, brilliant, many-ideas Sarah Guertin. I’m Dr. Ned Hallowell wishing you a healthy and productive day, week, year, and life. Goodbye for now.

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How to Start Using CBD with OmegaBrite Wellness

How to Start Using CBD with OmegaBrite Wellness

Dr. Carol Locke, the founder of OmegaBrite Wellness, returns to the podcast to answer some basic questions about CBD, including the different types that are available, how to start taking it, how long it lasts in the body, and other questions we’ve received from listeners. You will gain a clearer understanding of how CBD works and the best ways to incorporate it into your daily regime. Dr. Locke also shares some anecdotal evidence about the potential benefits of CBD for those on the autism spectrum.

This episode is made possible by our sponsor, OmegaBrite Wellness.

Learn more about CBD by clicking HERE for a list of frequently asked questions.

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Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is Sarah Guertin and our recording engineer/editor is Scott Persson.

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Dr. Ned Hallowell:

This episode of Distraction is sponsored by Omega Brite CBD, formulated by Omega Brite Wellness, creators of the number one Omega three supplements for the past 20 years. Omega Brite CBD, safe third party tested, and it works. Shop online at omegabritewellness.com.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Hello, this is Dr. Ned Hallowell for Distraction here with a special episode made possible by our wonderful sponsor, Omega Brite Wellness. Omega Brite Wellness, creators of Omega Brite CBD. Since their sponsorship of this podcast began, we’ve gotten some questions from listeners about how to start taking Omega Brite CBD. So I’ve invited my good friend and the founder of Omega Brite Wellness, Dr. Carol Locke back to the podcast to share her knowledge with us. It’s so nice to have you on the podcast again, Carol.

Dr. Carol Locke:

Thank you. It’s a pleasure to be here.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Well it’s wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful to have you. Just before we went on, you mentioned some new research about CBD. You want to share that with our listeners?

Dr. Carol Locke:

Yeah, it’s an interesting study. It’s a survey, so it’s not a double blind placebo controlled study, but it is a survey of 547 parents from a Facebook group, who are using different treatments for their autism spectrum disorder children. What they asked is, did any of these people use CBD for their children? 40% had used CBD for their children. A remarkable, at the end, 78.8% said they were skeptical at the start, but 72% said their children had a better quality of life after taking it, with some pretty significant benefits that they saw. I found the study to be very interesting because we don’t have much research on children. This gave us a window into what people are seeing, what they’re using and what we want to study in the future.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

That’s wonderful. How long were the kids on it?

Dr. Carol Locke:

They don’t say. They started them on it. This is a Facebook group that is on autism spectrum disorder. They ask them a series of questions on what the benefits that they saw were. I can run through those with you, if you want. I think it’s very interesting for people to be aware of.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Sure, sure.

Dr. Carol Locke:

56% saw a positive mood in their children, 52.7% saw reduced anxiety, 45.5% saw stress relief, 40.5% saw increased appetite or nausea control, 38.2% saw improved sleep quality, 29.5% saw improved communication, 29.1 improved motor skills, 20.9% reduced pain, 19.1% improved cognitive function and 12.7% a reduction in their pharmaceutical prescriptions.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

That’s quite an array of benefits.

Dr. Carol Locke:

It was. It’s what we hear from people, but I thought it was a pretty remarkable report. Again, this is a survey. This is parents who are self reporting what the diagnosis is in their children, and there’s no blind. They know that they’re giving CBD. They’ve chosen to. It is interesting information for us to have.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Absolutely. Let’s get to the original question that we had. What is the best way to start taking CBD?

Dr. Carol Locke:

That’s a great question, and I think it’s very important that you start in a way that will give you the best success. What we recommend is identifying the benefit that you’re looking for, so you can keep track what you’re looking for, whether it’s a stress reduction, anxiety reduction, help with sleep, a reduction in aches and pain, improve focus, mood, whatever it is you’re seeking. Then you want to get a notebook so that you can keep track of how you feel and any changes in how you feel. You want to choose the type of CBD that you want to use, whether it’s a tincture, a soft gel, capsule, or a gummy, or whether you’re going to use topical CBD.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

How do you decide? You said you’ve got different choices.

Dr. Carol Locke:

Deciding is a personal choice. Some people feel it’s easier to take a soft gel capsule and just swallow it. Some people want to take a gummy, they feel more comfortable with the gummy. Some people want to take a tincture and feel that is a quicker onset in the tincture.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

What is a tincture?

Dr. Carol Locke:

A tincture is an oil or an alcohol solution, but we use an oil. That’s an oil that a CBD oil has been added to. So you can take the CBD in a liquid form with a dropper and dropping those drops or the dropper full underneath your tongue. That’s an absorption rate, it usually occurs in about 30 minutes.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Does CBD have to build up in your system before you feel the effects?

Dr. Carol Locke:

It doesn’t have to build up. You may require a higher dose before your particular body feels an effect, but there is no need for it to build up, say to a steady state in your bloodstream. You’re going to take a dose or you’ll slowly increase it over three days or five days until you begin to feel a benefit.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

How will the person know if the CBD is working or not?

Dr. Carol Locke:

It’s pretty clear. People report when they reach a dose, they go, oh, and then they feel better. They feel less stressed. They might feel less back pain. They say, “Oh, I had a really deep sleep.” They know. So it’s not a subtle thing. It’s like you go, “Oh, I’m feeling this. This is helping me.” You may want to increase it, but you are going to be adjusting it personally.

Dr. Carol Locke:

Ned, when you started, how did you first feel on it? How did you choose the dose that you ultimately… You’re taking I think four capsules of full spectrum a day. How did you get there? What was that like?

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

The way I do most things, just trial and error. It did nothing at first so I just kept increasing it until I noticed a positive result.

Dr. Carol Locke:

Then when you hit a sweet spot, you noticed it.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Yep, exactly. You said I’m taking full spectrum. What’s the difference between full spectrum and broad spectrum?

Dr. Carol Locke:

Full spectrum has the CBD. It has minor cannabinoids. So it has CBC, CBG and CBN in it. Those are very important and provide a lot of benefit. It has turpines in it, and it has less than 0.3% THC. Broad spectrum has the THC removed completely and often has less minor cannabinoids, which are very, very important and give a lot of benefit.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Is it safe for kids?

Dr. Carol Locke:

CBD in children hasn’t been studied in a child without a resistant epilepsy, such as Dravet Syndrome or Gastaut Syndrome. The science is still out on that and we need more studies. What we don’t know is how CBD affects neuro-development in typical children without a resistant epilepsy. That’s something we don’t know, and that’s a big question.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

In the report you mentioned at the beginning, they all were on autism spectrum.

Dr. Carol Locke:

Those were a study parents with children that had autism spectrum that were using it. 547 parents were surveyed, 40% we’re using the CBD.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Okay. Does CBD interact in any way with other medications?

Dr. Carol Locke:

It can. CBD is cleared by the liver in the cytochrome P450 system. It is cleared by the enzyme that also is involved in clearing grapefruit. Often you’ll have medicines that have a grapefruit juice or grapefruit warning on them. CBD has that same warning. The medicines that are cleared by that enzyme in the liver may be affected by the CBD dose or the CBD dose may be affected by the medicine. That’s something that you would want if you’re on any medicine that has a grapefruit warning on it, or has an effect on your liver function, to talk with your doctor. It’s always a good idea to talk with your doctor before taking any supplement or CBD and say, “This is what I want to do. Review your medicine, your medical history, and keep an eye out.” That grapefruit warning is something that you’d want to look out for. Those medicines that can be affected include blood thinners, such as Coumadin, some antibiotics and antimicrobials, different anti-cancer medicine, antihistamines, anti-epileptic medicines, some blood pressure medicines, some cholesterol medicines, some erectile dysfunction medicines, GI medicines, some heart rhythm medicines, mood medications. If you’re on valproic acid, you’d want to be certain to be reviewing that with your doctor for liver function. Different pain medicines. A whole variety of medicines, if they are cleared by the liver can be affected. That’s something that’s really important to be aware of.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

As always, you’re so informative. I’m so thrilled to have you as not only a friend, but as a sponsor of this podcast.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

That’s the time we have for today to learn more about Omega Brite CBD, go to omegabritewellness.com. Distraction listeners can save 20% on their first order by using the promo code, podcast2020.

Remember to reach out to us with your show ideas, comments, questions. We take them very seriously and do our best to answer them all. Email [email protected].  Distraction is created by Sound’s Great Media. The podcast is recorded and mixed by the brilliant Scott Persson. Our producer is the delightful, talented Sarah Guertin. I’m Dr. Ned Hallowell and thank you so much for listening.

The episode you just heard was sponsored by Omega Brite CBD formulated by Omega Brite Wellness, creators of the #1 Omega-3 supplements for the past 20 years. Omega Brite CBD, safe, third party tested, and it works. Shop online at omegabritewellness.com.

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