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Hi, i've been taking focus formula now for just over 2 weeks and i'm sure i feel a slight improvement. My main problem has been my scattered, random occuring thoughts i couldn't get out of my head but using this i feel alot calmer and as it says more focused. Don't know if it's just placebo but i think it's slowly working for me. I've also in the last few days really started trying to find a new job (and applied for 3 in the last few days which i haven't done for a while) Also i've totally stopped video games on my games console as i used to be obsessed with games and now can't stand the sight of them. I'm a writer and i'm now focused back on this right now. I also run every day 1-2 miles and meditate and do a humming breathing technique before bed aswell as using a magnesium spray daily.. There's are just my ramblings anyway.. if anyone finds them interesting then good :)

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Surprised nobody replied to this.. then again hardly anyone speaks on here anyway...

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Hi Goldenben,


I've just seen your post today although it stayed here,indeed, for quite a while, without anybody answering. I haven't oberved it earlier because I am not looking in Medication/Diet/Vitamins/Supplements section often. I suppose the same thing happened to others from this forum. I am sorry nobody replied.


You said you have tried this 'focus formula'. Is it still working? How do you feel now? And what is it, anyway?


I am musician myself (piano teacher)who likes to write, meditate, and is interested in spirituality. All this also helped me over the years when I felt lonely and through difficult times. I have a son (11) with ASD and trying to expand his own world as well because he has no friends and feels lonely. I believe it is very important.


Well done for your success in song writing. It is also fantastic that your world is so rich. :notworthy:



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