The Truehope Story

The story of Truehope and EMPowerplus™ began with a father’s desperate desire to save his children. Anthony Stephan’s wife, Debora, had bipolar disorder and committed suicide in January of 1994. Debbie’s father had done the same sixteen years earlier.

A year later, two of Anthony’s children were diagnosed with Bipolar I, the most severe form of the illness. Both had been given a variety of heavy psychotropic medications, but became progressively worse. Anthony feared he’d soon lose another loved one to the grip of bipolar affective disorder.

A father's anguish

For a year after his wife’s death, Anthony searched medical journals, read books, and poured over everything he could find that might save his children, Autumn and Joe. When a specialist told him to give up and accept his children’s fate — that both would likely be ill, medicated, hospitalized, and possibly die young — Anthony started a new kind of search.

He believed that if there was something that could save his kids, God knew what it was. He prayed ceaselessly, hoping God would hear his cries and have mercy on his broken family.

A prayer is answered

When he least expected it, his answer came.

Anthony met a friend who was well educated in biological sciences and who had spent 20 years as an animal feed formulator. Anthony felt the bipolar behavior of Anthony’s son, Joseph, sounded to him like what his friend described as a pig with ear-and-tail-biting syndrome. Then Anthony learned that some farmers had successfully used a nutritional supplementation program to control the syndrome.

Anthony knew he had his answer.

The nutritional approach

Using the pig feed supplementation idea, Anthony worked with scientists and manufacturers to formulate a human version of the regimen using human-grade supplements. Anthony’s children responded to the formula and were able to discontinue their medications.

As they recovered and began to resume healthy lives, word spread through the community. Anthony was happy to share his recipe and soon hundreds of people were trying this early version of what is now EMPowerplus™.

The success stories increase

Reports of success continued to pour in and Anthony knew there was more to do to bring this discovery to the world. In 1996, he formed a company to refine and produce the formula, a combination of various micronutrient treatments taken individually.

He sought to bring the results to the attention of scientists who he hoped would research this unorthodox approach. He realized he had stumbled on a clue that could lead to a new understanding of what causes mental illnesses and how to treat them.

Scientists take notice

Anthony systematically gathered information and data from new micronutrient treatment users and presented it to Dr. Bryan Kolb, a world-renowned neuropsychologist at the University of Lethbridge in southern Alberta. Intrigued, Dr. Kolb sent Anthony to see Dr. Bonnie Kaplan, a behavioural research scientist at the University of Calgary.

Although initially skeptical, Dr. Kaplan agreed to try the micronutrient treatment in a preliminary trial. In order to facilitate the research, Anthony put all the necessary ingredients into one capsule that could be administered easily. He found a manufacturer who would produce the product to his exact specifications, and he called the product EMPowerplus™.

Research begins

Once the all-in-one micronutrient treatment was available, Kaplan and her colleagues put together preliminary open trials. These studies showed that nutrition held significant promise as a treatment for mental illness, confirming the need for further research and grabbing the attention of researchers and specialists across North America.

Hope for the future

Truehope’s focus is to ensure EMPowerplus™ is available to all who suffer from mental illness. We hope that, as scientists play their part and as governments consider the welfare of all of their citizens, natural therapies like EMPowerplus™ will be available through standard medical systems.

Reflections of faith and hope

Anthony Stephan, in reflecting on the marvelous recovery of his children, said, “Truly God has answered my pleadings and intense prayers with a great blessing.”

Thousands of participants have borne that same witness and acknowledged the hand of God in bringing restoration to their life or that of a loved one. We have named this work “TRUEHOPE” because we believe true hope can only be found in the healing sustenance God offers. No man, company, or scientist can ever replicate or replace that which our Creator provides.