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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.

Tropical Traditions Hair Oil Giveaway and Review 4/17/12


Hi, everybody it’s time for a giveaway. I’ve been testing and trying Tropical Traditions Hair Oil lately. So I’ve got a review and a hair oil giveaway where one lucky winner will receive a bottle of hair oil. Yay!

Best of all it’s open to both the USA and Canada.

I’ve been wanting to try Tropical Traditions Shampoo and Hair Oil and when I got the chance to review the hair oil I also bought their unscented soap bar to try as my shampoo. So I’m actually going to be able to review how they work together on my hair. :)

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

Well, I need to tell you that I struggle with greasy hair. Very oily hair that feels sticky if it goes to long, but a dry scalp. Go figure. So I’m always worried about trying oil. I tend to stick to Macadamia nut oil on my ends because I don’t usually need anything else oiled.

But Tropical Traditions said that their hair oil shouldn’t leave build up (or an oily feeling on my hair). Basically that I shouldn’t worry it would definitely wash out.

First I tried just putting it on my ends and generally it worked well. Except if I didn’t wash it out my hair could look a little stringy, but since they tell you to wash it out that wasn’t unexpected.

Then I decided to take a giant leap and do a scalp and hair treatment. Talk about major leap of faith here! I’d done a coconut oil scalp treatment before and though it did make my scalp feel really good it took several washes to get the oil out. But I did it, let it sit for about 30 minutes and then washed it out with only the Tropical Traditions soap bar (I skipped my usual white vinegar rinse).

I liked how soft my hair felt, but my hair did it’s usual thing when I’ve tried oil treatments. Pretty up front but an oily dirty look in the back. Yuck. It’s taken me several washes for it to get better, but I’m wondering if it’s the soap bar’s fault. My hair just doesn’t seem to do as well with it so I’ll keep trying the oil.

I love the quality of the oil and I’ve found that it works great on my face! Hopefully I’ll be able to get it to work better for my hair.

My Mom on the other hand has more trouble with frizz and putting one drop in her hand, rubbing her hands together, then lightly gliding her hands over her hair tames those little hairs that stand up.

So my final thought is even though I probably won’t buy the hair oil I really like it for my face, but I think it’s different for each person so enter the giveaway and see if it works for you!

Thank you to Tropical Traditions for letting me try and review their high quality hair oil!
Tropical Traditions
[title]Hair Oil Giveaway[/title]

This giveaway is open in the USA and Canada. The giveaway will end on 4/23/12 at 12pm Eastern Time.

The winner will be contacted by email and asked to provide their name, telephone number, email address, and shipping address which will then be sent to Tropical Traditions and they will send you a bottle of their hair oil. Tropical Traditions and I will not share this information with anyone.

To enter the giveaway:

  • (required) Leave a comment on this page and tell me that you’ve subscribed to Tropical Traditions email Sales newsletter: http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/subscribe_for_special_sales.cfm
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  • Follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter @troptraditions and @ttspecialdeals and leave a comment saying you did.
  • Comment on (up to 3) one of my other posts then post a comment here telling me you did.

For great ideas on how to use coconut oil head over here!

If you order by clicking on the link below and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.

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BottlesUp Glass Bottle – Mom’s Review

Okay, I told you my Mom’s review would be coming today and here it is. I asked her the following questions:
Green Glass water bottles
[faq]
[faq_question]What do you think of BottlesUp Glass Water Bottles?[/faq_question]
[faq_answer]I like them very much. They’re beautiful and make me smile.[/faq_answer]
[faq_question]What is your favorite feature?[/faq_question]
[faq_answer]The silicon grips and lids. It’s really hard to choose because of course I like glass, but I really like the silicon features.[/faq_answer]
[faq_question]What do you like least about them?[/faq_question]
[faq_answer]I was afraid it would be a little bit big or heavy. But it isn’t as bad I thought it would be. I use it a lot.[/faq_answer]
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My Mom and I also hope that BottlesUp will create other sizes of glass bottles and we look forward to using ours for a long time.

Do you have any questions you would like answered by my Mom and I about the glass water bottles? Leave your question below and we’ll try to answer it.

By the way head on over to my Review of the BottlesUp Glass Bottles and see how you can enter a giveaway to win one for yourself!