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The Linden Method – Review (My Experience)

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I need to tell you one thing before I start reviewing this product – this is my opinion and experience. Some may have experienced help and relief from fear and panic using this method (I’m not going to say you didn’t), but it made me worse. I’ll also tell you why I don’t think you should buy from them.

Let’s get down to the review.

Right after Christmas my Mom saw this on Dr. Carolyn Dean:

“For anxiety I often recommend the Linden Methodâ„¢ that you can access online.”

Her words have a lot of weight in our house because we trust her to have good reasons why she recommends them. On this one I don’t agree with her.

Unfortunately I didn’t read the reviews on Amazon or I could have saved myself the hassle. I ordered the digital program in a hurry because it was on sale and I didn’t want to miss that, plus it said it had a 1 year satisfaction guarantee. (The “special pricing” hadn’t changed from what they had called the “special price” in December – still $87.00. – when I published the article in April 2012.)

But when I got it  I was excited and threw myself into trying it. My anxiety symptoms had almost disappeared on the GAPSâ„¢ diet and I thought this would just finish them up, since  I’d been struggling a little again. I just wanted them gone and couldn’t wait for it to work.

I fully believed what Charles was saying was the key.

I worked on each step, moving quickly through ones like “Talk to your doctor about stopping your medication” because I wasn’t on any medications.

But then I hit the final 5 pillars which include not talking with others about how you feel, seeking others for help, and keeping diverted. There are others, but I don’t want to cause a problem with copyright (though you can read them all in one of the reviews on Amazon).

They were hard but I gave them a honest try.

I started to wonder if it was working when one friend called me wondering if they had offended me during this time since I seemed so distant and not my usual self. Uh oh.

Stress

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Before I tell you one thing you need to understand that I need the connection of talking with people about my problems. If I’m scared or experiencing any strong emotion I need to talk it out. Otherwise I feel sick and just can’t shake obsessing over it. It just doesn’t work for me – I know that now.

So I’d been obsessing on: all my fears, trying to fix my fears, and on distracting myself. I felt like nothing was working and I was just running around in circles.

Well, one night the stress of not talking got to me and I started hyperventilating. It’s a weird feeling isn’t it? My Mom told me not to feel guilty at needing to talk once and a while.

I tried not to feel guilty when I had to talk about my fears, and tried not to say anything about them, but it wore on me and my digestion. I just started going backwards! After all I’ve come through that’s NOT what I wanted to happen.

Finally my Mom said I needed to stop. I agreed but wanted to give the Linden Methodâ„¢ one more try. When you buy their package you also get 1 year of free Unlimited Qualified Support by email or phone. So I headed to their client email support. You only get 300 characters in which to write your problem and when I did I got first an auto responder reminding me to make sure I was doing the program. I double checked myself and found I was doing everything they told me.

Then I got their email. It was horribly punctuated and obviously cut and pasted from a standard reply all boiling down to:

Implementing the 9 pillars will work.

I’d had it. I’d been trying and I was worse then I’d been in over a year. I wrote a long email back to them with my frustrations and told them I wanted my money. They told me I was welcome to refund and that my complaint about the emails cut and pasted “standard” reply was because they get the same questions over and over. Totally understand that, but then they said obviously much of my email pertains to my problems. I was like “why wouldn’t it? That’s what I need help about.”

They then told me that since I wanted my money back  it wouldn’t make sense to try and offer further support. I don’t know about you, but I would try to retain a customer by reaching out.

Then they told me what to do to get my money back — remember this is a 100% money back guarantee . Mail my membership card insured back to the UK.

Yes, I had to send it back to the UK as insured, registered mail which cost me a total of $15.15. And I couldn’t register it for anything more than $47.33 when the program cost more then that! I sent it and waited. It says that once they receive it it can take 7-10 before you receive your money. I waited to ask about it until the tracking said it had reached Britain on the 4th of March. (It didn’t say it was delivered and I was afraid it was lost.)

The Linden Methodâ„¢ hadn’t received it and asked for the tracking number I sent it and they told me they’d tried tracking it, but that the item said it just arrived in the UK. It hadn’t said it was delivered so I needed to contact the USPS and see what they say. They told me if it had gone missing I would need to claim compensation from the Post Office.

After reading those Amazon reviews I felt like they were either lying or would prefer the Post Office to pay me.

I called the US Post Office (they gave me wonderful assistance) and started an inquiry, into what happened to the letter, on the 23rd of March. They said they could see it was out for delivery on the 4th of March, but then nothing.

I didn’t tell the Linden Methodâ„¢ about what the Post Office said and low and behold on the 2nd of April they changed their tune and credited me with $87. I was so happy! It was over and I’d gotten my money back.

So after all that I’ve been through with them I just wanted to warn you to give this a good look over before you buy it.

Personally, I think GAPSâ„¢ works much better for anxiety.

If you post a reply to this post please keep it polite even if you disagree. All flaming or extremely rude comments will be deleted.

The Linden Method and Charles Linden are internationally registered trademarks owned by an independent body in the USA and UK.

I wrote this review out of my opinion and am not an affiliate for the Linden Methodâ„¢ or for GAPSâ„¢ diet.

GAPS is a registered trademark by Dr. Natasha McBride.

The Gapaliciousâ„¢ app was created with permission from Dr. McBride.

How to Get Fluid Out of Your Ears

I told you last Tuesday that I had had fluid in my ears. Since I don’t know that most people will find it easy enough to go to a Chiropractor for an ear adjustment – or that most would even want to – I thought I would tell you how a Naturopathic Doctor told me to drain my ears.

I’ve had trouble with my ears since I was a kid and once I was older my biggest problem was fluid in my ears. One Naturopathic Doctor told me that my ears were the cleanest she’d seen, but that my ear’s Eustachian tubes are extremely small.

So, she told me how to drain them and I’ve used it many times with great success.

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[title]Soak Your Feet.[/title]

It might sound weird, but it’s the easiest and safest way (in my opinion) to get fluid out of your ears.

What you need is a bucket that comfortably fits your feet. Then turn your faucet onto hot and fill the bucket about a 1/3 of the way. You need to get your feet in the water as hot as you can stand it (you can put some cold water in at this point if you need to so it’s comfortable enough to keep your feet in the water).

The trick of soaking your feet is to keep the water as hot as you can stand for at least 20 minutes. You’ll probably want an extra pair of hands around to send for more water. You can do this as many times a day as you need (I tend towards 2-3 if I’m really bad off.)

If you want you can add essential oils or pour boiling water over eucalyptus leaves and steep it for about 15 minutes for an extra punch.

I’m only recommending this for getting fluid out of the ears, please use this with your own judgement and if you have any questions read my disclaimer. Thanks.

Photo by Shaylor

Problem in the State of Denmark

Hi everyone! I wanted to let you know that I don’t have a post today.

I know “bad blogger!”.

But I’ve gotten behind. Usually I have – oh… a week of posts as a buffer (I should have more, but it is what it is.), and I’ve run out.

Why I’ve run out is probably a post in itself that I should write. Namely vertigo. Ugh. I hate vertigo. Talk about a life sucker, time sucker, okay an everything sucker. Then think about having it for almost 2 weeks straight.

Yeah, writing posts definitely took a back burner. So I wrote all this to say I should hopefully have posts up on Thursday to return to my usually posting schedule of Mon/Thur/Sat.

Thanks. See you Thursday!

(Realized it’s kinda silly to write a post about not having a post…)

Vertigo Pic

(I never watch Hitchcock Films, so I’m not recommending it. The pic just seemed to fit. And if your curious about why I don’t watch them – they’re to scary that’s why!)

#1 Tip for Making Creamy Mayo

Not being able to buy mayo was hard in the beginning. I mean, really, no other recipe seems to taste like the jars on the shelf. But, once you get used to making your own the flavor is really good.

If you’re still struggling with the flavor let me know below and I can write a post on flavor troubleshooting, but back to the subject at hand…

What I really missed was the creamy texture. It seemed like silky, smooth mayo was what professional chefs made, and seriously, if they told me to hand whisk I would have probably screamed. Uh, no. I like quick and easy. But my Mom came up with the perfect solution.

Use a food processor (affiliate link).

The top of your food processors compact cover usually has a little cup with a hole in it. So all you have to do is put all the ingredients (except your oil) in the food processor and turn it on. Then fill the little cup with oil and let it slowly drizzle in, filling the cup when it’s drained to far, until all the oil is gone.

Voila! That easy. That quick. And that simple.

Have you had any aha’s in the kitchen lately?

4 Tips for Being More Calm

Your mind may race with information, you may suffer from panic attacks, you might be struggling with a sense of unrest. With all of those and all the tips out their of how to calm down here are some of my tried and true favorites.

Let me reiterate that I am not a Doctor and you should read my wonderful disclaimer. Now that we’ve got all the sue happy people calmed down let me share what’s worked for me.

Prayer1.) Prayer (or meditation if you prefer)
I’m a Christian and prayer is something very important in my life. Taking time in a quiet space to pray about things going on in life or to pray scriptures is a wonderful stress buster.

 

 

Exercise2.) Exercise
I know there are two sides to this issue, those who want to do work outs each day and those who believe they only need to walk outside/garden for their exercise. I’m not knocking either view, but when you’re struggling with a feeling of unrest getting up and moving can be the best thing for you. Now what does that look like for you? To be honest I don’t know, you’ll have to get a feel for that yourself. In my case I do a light exercise routine (or try to) about 3-5 times a week.

 


3.) Get to sleep earlier.
I’ve been told that sleep before midnight counts as twice the amount of sleep after midnight, and whether or not you believe it’s true getting to sleep earlier will help you feel better. And being more rested generally means more calm.

 

 

and finally… 4.) Breathe right.
When you are nervous, scared, or shaky take a deep breath (in for 3) then release it in a long breath (out for 6). It’s important that you exhale longer than you inhale as in-for-3-out-for-6 will calm you and in-for-6-out-for-3 will rev you up.

These four tips are a few of my best tips to be more calm through your day. I would love to hear some of yours. And as always if you like what you read sign up for email updates in the upper right hand corner of the page.

Now, Relax! :)

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