Beating ADHD Naturally, Sample Daily Routine Checklist


Is your child smart but disorganized, excitable, scattered, and struggling? Do you long for the day when his true brilliance and talents will be revealed? Your grueling wait is over! Renowned natural health expert, Dr. Scott A. Johnson, reveals indispensable evidence-based methods to release your child from the distracting obstacles that have repressed him for too long. Retrain your child’s brain to perform optimally and inspire him to realize his fullest potential with the unique and complete strategies shared in Beating ADHD Naturally. In this revolutionary book you will explore:

  • the mysteries of what causes ADHD, including brain irregularities, genetics, and environmental factors;
  • dynamics driving the skyrocketing surge in ADHD frequency;
  • customary treatment options, their risks, and why they are not the solution long-term;
  • nutritional shifts that encourage optimal brain function and signaling;
  • evidence-based dietary supplements and essential oils that balance brain neurotransmitters and reduce ADHD symptoms;
  • and how music and sensory integration diminish ADHD symptoms.

Free printable Daily Sample Routine for children with ADHD.

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For more information about the power of essential oils to influence ADHD symptoms, see chapter 5 of Beating ADHD Naturally.

The measure of true leaders


Today’s society all too often judges a person based on their race, gender, ethnicity, wealth, possessions, fame, awards and even the degree(s) they hold. Those with the most wealth and the loftiest degrees from elite universities are often revered as leaders. But, is this truly what leadership has become—fancy degrees and affluence?

While a great number of brilliant minds have come from the elite universities, an equal or greater number of brilliant minds sprouted outside these institutions. One only need to review recent history to discover that leaders are predominantly made through hard work, persistence, learning, and observation.

Henry Ford was born on his father’s farm in Dearborn, Michigan in 1863. His mechanical ability was demonstrated early on, when he taught himself—and other local boys—to build steam engines automobiles-502135_1280and water wheels, and to fix watches. Driven to learn more about the machines that fascinated him so much, he apprenticed wherever he could learn something new. Ford did not invent the car, nor the assembly line, but he took these concepts and improved upon them to implement his dream for the future. His only formal education occurred at Goldsmith, Bryant & Stratton Business College, yet his vision completely transformed the automobile industry (making automobiles affordable for the middle-class) and really the world as we know it.

One of the most influential businesspersons of all time, Walt Disney was a pioneering force in cartoons and the mastermind behind the most popular theme park in the world—Disneyland. Born in Illinois, Disney spent much of his childhood drawing, painting, and selling pictures to neighbors and friends. He attended the Chicago Art Institute, but dropped out to join the Army, only to be rejected because he was underage. Rejected by the army, he joined the Red Cross and drove an ambulance in France instead. Disney’s innovative ideas transformed the way the world looks at animation, introduced some of the most beloved and well-known characters in the world, and his accomplishments are an extraordinary example of hard work leading to success in business.

Steve Jobs co-founded Apple Inc. and produced some of the best animated stories to date with his animation company Pixar. His biological parents placed him for adoption, which lead him to a mother and father who was an accountant, machinist and Coast Guard veteran. Jobs worked on electronics in the family garage with his father, instilling skills that would benefit him later in life. Those who knew him well during his childhood call him an innovative and intelligent thinker that struggled and experienced severe frustration in formal schooling because of boredom. A college dropout, Jobs leadership and innovation at Apple helped the company pioneer several revolutionary technologies that have dominated the global mobile phone and tablet industry.

These are just three examples of uber-successful leaders and visionaries who left an enduring mark on the world. While self-education and the sum of experiences isn’t always the way leaders and innovators are produced, it certainly proves that this route to leadership is very possible. It also suggests that success is not contingent of formal education and that huge contributions to society can be made by so called self-made individuals. Indeed, Jim Rohn once said “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”

The reality is leaders don’t always have fancy degrees and letters behind their name; they share passion, drive and the desire to inspire others to be leaders. The measure of a leader is not the degrees and accolades which the leader has collected, but his ability to inspire others to greatness and to improve the lives of others. Leaders recognize that they don’t have all the knowledge they need to realize their goals. Instead they attract the right people to achieve success and surround themselves with other strong and successful people. Innovative leaders create lasting change in the world. They take concepts, whether their own or an existing idea, and develop and promote those ideas until they become the vision of what the future should be.

education-548105_1280Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that formal education from schools, colleges, and universities is not necessary. Perceptive societies recognize that structured formal education is central to the development of a nation and provides the knowledge and skills necessary to progress towards the achievement of societal goals. No one can deny that certain knowledge and skills can only be acquired through formal education. But, formal education provides a narrow view of one institutions view of the world; hopefully coupled with a greater ability to think and evaluate reality for one’s self.

The greatest leader of all time was Jesus Christ. He recognized that if serving people is beneath you, leading people is above you. He tirelessly served others, added value to them, and dramatically changed lives for the better. His desirability was not his wealth, formal education, or appearance, but his attributes and skills demonstrated so perfectly. Jesus operated from a fixed base of principles and truths that made his leadership style not only correct, but constant. He loved others with perfect love, trusted his followers to share in his work, listened without being condescending, and put his own needs second to the needs of others.

Everyone needs mentors and leaders. Leaders who will add value to them and help inspire them to greater things. We thirst for leaders that embody the attributes of Christ’s leadership. Unfortunately our expectation of a perfect leader like Christ will remain unfulfilled among flawed men. Flawed men make mistakes. The difference between flawed men and those who become leaders is leaders learn from each and every mistake to improve and realize success. Our challenge is to distinguish between true leaders from those who falsely lead. False leaders change their views to fit situations, desire control or people and situations, seek to manipulate, and are motivated by power at the expense of principle.

It’s time that we evaluate leaders and human beings based on their contribution to society, their ability to inspire others, and their ability to improve lives; not the degrees they hold, the wealth they have obtained, or other superficial attributes.


The Waterfall Technique: A new essential oil application technique to encourage homeostasis | And the damaging effects of blind allegiance

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The Waterfall Technique: A new essential oil application technique to encourage homeostasis | And the damaging effects of blind allegiance

The number of people enjoying the benefits of essential oils is growing daily, and more people are looking for effective ways to use essential oils to encourage homeostasis. This can be achieved in many ways from simple inhalation to foot massages with essential oils, to oral administration; but one way to really promote optimal well-being is an application to the spine and feet.

Dr. Daniel Penoel was the first to introduce the application of a specific sequence of essential oils to the spine in the 1980s, referring to it as “live embalming.” His technique involves applying large amounts of undiluted essential oils to the spine followed by the use of a hair dryer to drive them into the skin.

In the spirit of Dr. Penoel’s remarkable technique, I have developed a technique called the Waterfall TechniqueTM that employs a special sequence of clinically-significant essential oils and proven restorative touch techniques, each of which serves a specific purpose to balance, renew, oxygenate, protect, soothe, quench, synergize, enhance, and rejuvenate. I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Penoel in October 2015 as we both attended a wellness summit. We discussed this technique, my books and new certification program, and Dr. Penoel walked away happy and excited to read the course materials for my certification program (which I gifted to him).

The Waterfall TechniqueTM is the culmination of thousands of hours of essential oil research, years of clinical experience, and scientific evaluation, united with the art of essential oil application techniques and reflexology. It serves to support and rejuvenate cells (clean cell receptors, enhance cellular communication, and affect cellular behavior) and key body systems (nervous, circulatory, immune/lymphatic, musculoskeletal, and endocrine systems), and reduce limiting factors in health (stress, toxins, harmful substances, and negative emotions). Through this technique many have experienced extraordinary and wide-ranging wellness benefits.

To learn more about the why behind this remarkable technique, I invite you to join my new certification program, which contains all the details.

Now to a disheartening related subject. I believe in the regular use of essential oils and my wife and I regularly perform the Waterfall TechniqueTM on our children and each other. Our family finds it very relaxing and supportive of greater wellness. In the spirit of sharing how my family has enjoyed this, I posted about it on my personal Facebook page. To my astonishment, some felt the need to attack me both publicly and privately.

I was forwarded screenshots from a member of a private group who was very upset that this group was attempting to defame and disparage me. This group claims that my technique is “stolen” from an individual who developed a spinal application technique adapted from Dr. Penoel’s technique.

As is typical of members of this organization, they refuse to do objective research before coming to their conclusion. They choose blind allegiance rather than to be a free-thinking intellectual. They erroneously believe that only one person has the rights to a spinal application technique using essential oils and anyone who develops their own techniques has stolen and copycatted. I find this laughable, since it is reported and widely accepted that the individual they claim my technique was “stolen” from adapted his technique from Dr. Penoel’s live embalming.

In addition, this thinking is akin to providing a drug manufacturer a patent for all applications of drugs to the skin simply because the manufacturer was among the first to apply drugs topically. No government in their right mind would grant this patent, just as no reasonable person would say that only one person/company can develop a technique to apply essential oils to the spine and feet.

The fact, is my technique was not adapted from this other individual’s technique. None of the application methods are the same and the essential oils I chose are also different and were selected solely on their benefits to specific body systems and cells.

Indeed, since Dr. Penoel first introduced his technique, several other individuals have created unique spinal and foot applications using essential oils, which benefits all who love essential oils. No one person knows everything and so having multiple people exercising creativity and knowledge drives innovation. Each individual (or group of individuals) infused their knowledge into their technique to make it unique, and each technique has merit and positive experiences to report.

One of the comments from this private group was particularly laughable and shows just how much of a blind follower the poster is—not to mention how she has not done any independent or objective research. She states “He [referring to me] is dead wrong using a company that has known synthetics in their oils. And he surely missed out on the fact that brokering oils from manufacturers isn’t to be trusted and that manufacturers are corrupt.” I find this statement ironic for many reasons:

  • All companies (even the one she has chosen) buy the MAJORITY of their essential oils from brokers. In fact, industry experts estimate that fewer than 10% of her chosen company’s oils come from their own farms. So, she is eating the proverbial ‘crow’ after stating “brokering oils from manufacturers isn’t to be trusted.”
  • She claims I am using a company that has synthetics. First, I never identified what company I prefer, I simply stated that I have lists of essential oils for people to use their preferred brand during the Waterfall Technique. Though I assure you that I have chosen to use essential oils from a company that consistently provides pure oils that meet clinical standards established by the scientific community—a company that provides me proof in test results for every bottle of essential oil I buy.
  • She decries synthetics in other’s products, yet she doesn’t ask for any proof that her own company has pure oils. Where is the proof (all the testing available per batch of essential oil) that her chosen company is pure? I find it funny that she accuses others of adultering their products without any proof that her own products are pure.
  • It is an indisputable scientific fact that more than one company has pure essential oils. This is proven in testing and can’t be disputed. In fact, some companies buy essential oils from the same broker and so their oils are virtually identical. While, this may not be across the board at each reseller of essential oils, I have had the opportunity to review test results from multiple companies and find pure oils in several companies. I have also found some misbranded and adulterated oils. This is why transparency in providing test results is so important and should be an industry standard.

It’s unfortunate that these people feel the need to attack and demean others without facts. Ultimately, they are the ones who will suffer for their blind allegiance, and I feel sorry for them.







My mind’s made up–Don’t confuse me with facts


I have had this crazy ceramic pen/pencil holder since I was a child. It currently sits on the desk of my home office and serves as a reminder to remain objective and flexible. On the back is an inscription that reads “MY MIND’S MADE UP–DON”T CONFUSE ME WITH FACTS.” This quote is infamously attributed to the pro-Nixon Representative from Indiana, Earl Landgrene, who chose to support Richard Nixon amidst the Watergate scandal that lead to Nixon’s resignation and later Landgrene being voted out of office.

Recently, this profound statement on the back of my decorative desk item has been very indicative of experiences I have had with several people. I wonder if I came in possession of this item (I don’t remember where or how I even got it) as a prophetic warning that I would indeed face a number of people who hold dearly to this motto “MY MIND’S MADE UP–DON”T CONFUSE ME WITH FACTS.”

I feel sorry for those who make a conscious choice to avoid objective analysis of situations, people, politics, products, companies and more. These people choose to ignore facts and evidence, simply because they challenge their entrenched beliefs. The reality is these people who are unwilling to think for themselves are surrendering their free will to the situation, person, political party, product, or company they are clinging to. As “sheeple” these people not only lie to themselves, they are willing participants in their own manipulation.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said that “Everyone is entitled to his [or her] own opinion, but not his [or her] own facts.” People who want to have their own “facts” independent of truth fall victim to what is called a “confirmation bias.” Confirmation bias occurs when one thinks he knows something and tends to be blind and deaf to anything that disagrees with it. Even worse, people influenced by a confirmation bias selectively interpret information in a way that confirms one’s preconceived notions.

This error in thinking is not only damaging to a person, but could be life threatening. Imagine a pilot who has scheduled a romantic evening with her sweetheart flying over the sights of Delray Beach, Florida. She has carefully plotted the perfect route, anticipates seeing a variety of wildlife, and has looked forward to the trip for more than a month. The anticipated day arrives, but the weather forecast suggests a lightning storms is possible in the area around the time of her highly anticipated flight. If this pilot is afflicted with a deep confirmation bias, she would likely continue the trip — putting both her and her sweetheart in great danger — because she chooses to focus on the answer or facts she wants to believe, rather than reality.

A far better approach to life is to be flexible enough to objectively investigate information that contradicts what we hold to be true. Always be vigilantly aware of when confirmation bias may be influencing your decisions, particularly if you have a lot riding on the decision or information (i.e. a significant monetary investment). As you remain objective and flexible you will reduce the risk of manipulation and maintain your integrity and free will.

When to take your probiotic supplement to maximize effectivenss


To many it probably seems counter-intuitive to intentionally introduce live bacteria into the human body. Bacteria causes disease, right? So, who would want to willingly introduce bacteria into their body? The reality is that trillions of bacteria — some harmful, some beneficial to human health — live in and on the human body.

These beneficial bacteria are known as probiotics, and the growing body of evidences suggests that the balance of healthy to harmful bacteria within the human gut is critical to human health. Research suggests that probiotics influence immunity, digestive health, inflammation, allergies, mood, and nutritional status. Indeed, probiotics aid the absorption of calcium, fats, B vitamins, proteins, and phosphorus. To learn more about how these tiny organisms benefit human health, and what the therapeutic dosage is, read pages 99-100 of my book The Doctor’s Guide to Surviving When Modern Medicine Fails.

Now, the question I am frequently asked — when is the best time to take a probiotic supplement. If you search the internet for this answer you are likely to get a number of varying opinions and answers. Some say to take them on an empty stomach, some at night, others in the morning, and still others say they must be taken with food. So, what is the right answer?

As usual I looked to what science tells us about this question and applied the evidence to come to my conclusion. To answer this question it is first important to understand that probiotics are living organisms that must remain viable in order to provide a benefit. They must also be able to survive the acidic environment of the stomach and then colonize the intestines.

Research suggests that probiotics are able to survive a stomach with a pH of 3 or higher. Unfortunately, the stomach has an average pH of 1-3 when empty, but it usually remains at a pH of 2 — too low for probiotics to survive. However, when food is in the stomach the pH rises as high as 4 or 5 pH, which is ideal for probiotic survival. This helps us answer part of our question — that it is best to take a probiotic with a meal.

Now, to the timing debate. Is it better to take your probiotic in the morning or at night? Again, this requires a knowledge of how a meal affects stomach acidity (or pH). One study evaluated the effect of meals on stomach acidity and found that breakfast increases stomach pH to 2.5 to 3, whereas a high-fat dinner raised the pH to between 4.0 and 4.9. Interestingly, a spicy lunch induced a stomach pH of 3.0 to 4.2. The study authors concluded that a fatty meal had the greatest buffering effect on stomach acidity. That tells us that taking your probiotic with dinner may be best — as long as it includes some healthy fat.

So, now we have a solid evidence-based answer as to when we should take our probiotic to maximize survival and effectiveness. The best time to take your probiotic supplement is with a meal and at dinner time, with some healthy fat.

Now, one last thing before we leave the subject of probiotics. People are often concerned about how antibiotic medications alter intestinal balance of bacteria and if natural antimicrobials like essential oils harm friendly bacteria. It is unquestionable that antibiotics severely disrupt gut balance, and some researchers believe this alteration is permanent. Researchers have also investigated the effects of antimicrobial essential oils on probiotics and found some interesting conclusions. To discover these conclusions refer to pages 45 and 46 of Evidence-Based Essential Oil Therapy.

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Do you live in a world of fear or abundance?

The essential oil industry is expanding rapidly and more people are enjoying the benefits of essential oils. As the industry experiences this phenomenal growth the number of companies offerigoats-692660_1280ng essential oils also increases. This has provided the consumer a variety of options of essential oil brands to choose from, but it has also created deep enmity and hostility among the different factions. Indeed, essential oil brand choice is as divisive as religion and politics for some people.

Competition is healthy and encourages both innovation and fair pricing. Without it, companies may not be driven to introduce cutting-edge products, nor fund key research. But competition also creates rivalry (some healthy, some harmful) and may confuse consumers as they wonder which brand to choose for their family.

Lately, I have been thinking about how sad it is that when a person researches and then chooses an essential oil brand some people feel the need to attack that person because their choice of brand is different. This is akin to a person choosing a church to attend based on the brand of car that the preacher drives. I personally care more about what the preacher teaches and what his foundation is built upon.

I believe that people have the right to choose whatever essential oil company they are comfortable with (yes this even includes me) after they have done individual and objective research. This is why my books and Facebook page don’t support any one brand and the tone is neutral. My interest lies in helping people achieve greater wellness with the products they have found beneficial. And I have dedicated thousands of hours to research, writing, speaking, and answering thousands of questions to do that, without ever expecting something in return.

If one truly believes in a world of abundance (one with plenty for all), another person’s choice of essential oils is not a threat. Those who are threatened by another person’s choice of essential oil company may be expressing deeply rooted regret for their own choice, or are solely protecting their financial interests. Martin Luther King Jr. said “People fail to get along because they fear each other.” People have to decide whether they want to live in a world of fear or abundance. But if they choose fear, they need to take the high road and show respect for other’s choices.

I have personally experienced these unkind attacks, when people find out I choose a different brand than they do for my family. I have been criticized, condemned, “unfriended,” and had my Facebook page un-liked because of my choice. Some have even gone as far as to make attempts to discredit me (after praising me until they discover I don’t use their chosen brand). This flip-flopping is not only unethical and hypocritical, it lacks integrity. In reality, these spiteful reactions are very sad and equivalent to cutting off your nose to spite your face. What I share is neutral – and therefore not a threat to a person’s chosen essential oil company – and based on science and evidence. These people disconnect from the trustworthy information I share simply because we don’t “drive the same brand of car.” While I disagree with their reasoning, I respect their decision to choose what is best for them. I only ask that they provide the same respect in return.

It is important that people scrutinize a company and their products before choosing their brand. This is because not all essential oils are created equal. While there are several brands that have pure and good quality products, not all of the essential oils on the market are pure and of therapeutic value. To help one in their research to find an essential oil company they trust I offer the following guide from my book Evidence-Based Essential Oil Therapy.

To ensure you are using a pure oil, look for

  • a company that has expertise in the distillation process and innovative distillation equipment;
  • a company that has published essential oils research in scientific journals and takes a clinical approach to essential oil development;
  • a company that is personally involved in the farming and cultivation process through the inspection of supplier farms by a qualified expert;
  • a company that verifies purity with their own laboratories, third-party testing facilities, and educated scientists to read and interpret test results;
  • a company with oils that smell like the natural plants and whose single oils vary in aroma from batch to batch due to inherent variations in plants. Slight variations in the smell of each batch of oil is a good indication that Mother Nature has created the essential oil and not a lab. This trait is desirable and normal; whereas if your lavender oil always smells exactly the same, it could be an indication that the oil is adulterated.;
  • a company that is willing to share results from the tests their essential oils have undergone to ensure purity and authenticity, for the specific batch of oil you have purchased. If a company is not willing to share this information, you are placing blind faith in them and may very well be using a product that doesn’t meet the high quality standards required for therapeutic use.

Hating someone for their choice of essential oils will only do you harm. I’ll end with this quote from Mark Twain, “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”