Quackery Exposed: Simple Spectrum Supplement

Simple Spectrum Supplement is a gummy vitamin with Acetyl-l-carnitine, Choline, Coenzyme Q10, Inositol, MSM. MTHF, NAC, Larch Arabinogalactan, Bioperine, and HydroCurc.  These ingredients will be explained. It will be shown why they should not be given to children. Any person should not have a supplement unless they know their body is deficient of that particular nutrient or mineral. Having too much of a nutrient or mineral can be just as dangerous as not having enough.

One red flag was they are supported by Autism Hope Alliance and TACA



I started by asking the seller on their Facebook page to explain why. 




After asking these questions, they private messaged me. I think they did not want our conversation to be for public view. That's what screen shots are for! I asked basic components of a research study. 




They blocked me. I do not think they were amused. The "study" they linked me to was this:

It is not a real study report. There are many missing parts. Anyone who has been in college and has done research, can spot all the holes in this "report." When I challenged it, they blocked me. 

 They said they had appointed functional medicine doctors. Functional medicine is alternative medicine where they try to find the cause of a disease and use supplements to try to cure. 

Here are the ingredients of this supplement and what they are supposed to do. No supplement is approved or evaluated by the FDA. Please keep that in mind. 

Acetyl-l-carnitine- it helps the body produce energy. It is used to treat Alzheimer's Disease, high blood sugar, alcoholism, depression, fragile x syndrome, sciatica, male infertility and Peyronie's Disease. It does not take a scientist to figure out that typical autistic child does not have any of those problems. Why would anyone put it in a supplement for autistic children? 

Risks: diarrhea, vomiting , nausea, stomach pain, headaches, insomnia, higher blood pressure, lower blood sugar, higher triglyceride, and psychosis for those with bipolar disorder. 

Choline helps with fat build up in the liver, athsma, and birth defects of the spine or brain (neurotube defects). 

Risks: In adults they are sweating, a fishy body odor, gastrointestinal distress, diarrhea, and vomiting. In children, the risks are increased in severity. 

Coenzyme Q10 is a naturally occurring vitamin like substance in the body. It can be found in the heart, liver, kidney and pancreas. It is used for heart failure, congestive heart failure, chest pain (angina), high blood pressure and migraine prevention. What child need that?

Risks: In adults stomach upset, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It can cause allergic skin rashes in some people. It also might lower blood pressure, so check your blood pressure carefully if you have very low blood pressure. THIS SHOULD NOT BE USED IN CHILDREN WITHOUT MEDICAL SUPERVISION.

Inisitol is a vitamin type substance found naturally in the body and in plants. It is used for type two diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome, depression, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, compulsive hair pulling, panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety.

Risks: In adults nausea, headache, stomach pain, fatigue and dizziness. It is possibly safe in children. 

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a chemical found in animals, humans and many plants. People use it to treat arthritis. There has not been enough research to determine its safety. They want to give this to children?
Folate (MTHR) is used for neurotube development during pregnancy. How many pregnant children do you know?
Risks: Nausea, gas, bloating, poor appetite, bad taste, insomnia, feeling depressed or overexcited.
N-acetyl cysteine is used by the body to make antioxidants. It is a prescription drug that is used for acetaminophen  (tylonol) overdoses. It is also used for break up mucus in asthma sufferers. Some people use it as a supplement to protect the liver. 
Risks: Side effects are upset stomach, diarrhea, fatigue and skin rash. Do not take if you have asthma or bleeding problems. It is not for children. 
Larch Arabinogalactan is a starch like substance that is found in many plants. It is found in largest concentration in larch trees. It is used for infections including the common cold, swine flu, flu, ear infections (in children) and HIV/AIDS. It is also used to treat liver cancer and brain condition caused by liver damage (hepatic encephalopathy).
Risks: Bloating and intestinal gas. Not enough research for long term use and children. 
Bioperine (Cardiotek) is used to prevent vitamin deficiency and treat vitamin deficiency. It is mostly used in anemic patients. 
RisksBronchospasm,Difficulty Concentrating, A Feeling Of General Discomfort Called Malaise, A Skin Rash, A Sleep Disorder, Confusion, Decreased Appetite, Depression, Gas, Irritability, Itching, Nausea, Over Excitement, Skin Redness, Swelling Of The Abdomen and Taste Impairment (this is supposed to be given to children by these people?!)
HydroCurc (turmeric and curcumin) spice that comes from the turmeric plant. It is used for pain, inflammation from osteoarthritis. The rate of juvenile arthritis is addressed above. 
risk: abnormal heart rhythm. There is not enough research on this. 
All these are ingredients in this "safe supplement." Would you give this to your children? Now that you know what it is, I can guess the answer would be no. 

Sources: 
http://www.simplespectrumsupplement.com
https://www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/folic-acid

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  5. I bought this. They say its flavourless. They dont tell you it smells like sewerage! So it cant be flavourless if it stinks! What they mean is they dont ADD flavouring to it. Very deceptive. I told them its no good. My son wont take it. He was literally gagging. They sent me another. Same thing. After a week opened it clumped together and stunk. They told me I am not storing it right
    Nope. Stored them perfectly in a dry area with no moisture and kept the lid sealed. Oh and they offer refunds but they dont honour that offer they just send replacements whether u want it or not. The WORST part is if you publicly share your experience they delete it and block you from their page. So ALL their reviews are positive because you cant leave a negative one. Im seriously wanting to find out if legal action can be taken or if there is a consumer watchdog for this because you just cannot get an honest opinion on the product. I cant contact them in their FB page as they blocked me from commenting. These people are crooks.

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  6. I,m glad I read this before buying a supplement for my autistic son.

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  7. I found this post when trying to research all the ingredients in it, as well. The one that tipped me off was NAC -- I took that very "fringe" when I was pregnant with my youngest based on small studies that said it helped reduce miscarriage. My midwives were VERY adamant I not take it while breastfeeding because there was no research, and they are awesome and research anything I looked into.

    That said, some of the other things here have the research backing it up (COQ10, Insitol, etc.), so I don't know if your take down is fully fair. But seeing that they blocked you is enough to turn me off from buying it!

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  8. This was good and you dig deeper. I did buy this unfortunately,but I found it got very lumpy in a months time. I stopped using it even though they are called them and they explained why. They are shipping another bottle but I will not use! It was on Amazon but discontinued. People complained about it with pictures some liked it. It's not for all kids on the spectrum. I purchased it for vitamins my son may be missing. Thumbs down on this product be weary on some products meant for autistic kids.

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