A chipur reader dropped me a line the other day, expressing his joy over finding a product called Panicyl. He asked me what I thought about it, so I did some research. It’s always polite to share…
I’m not going to give a recommendation as to whether or not any of us should use Panicyl. I am, however, going to provide some objective information, as well as a model for the kind of research any of us needs to do before going forward with a supplement, medication, therapy, or procedure.
What Is Panicyl?
According to the website, “Panicyl is a scientifically formulated natural anxiety remedy that is both safe and effective. It will stop your cycle of anxiety and panic attacks so you can live your life uninhibited by fear and worry.”
Panicyl appears to be the brainchild of a fellow named Bill Burniece. He refers to himself as a “Panic Attack/Anxiety Attack Survivor,” and you’ll find a link to his Overcoming Anxiety blog on the Panicyl site.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Burniece founded Panicyl Corporation in 2007. He says he’s an “Expert in Natural Treatment Alternatives for Anxiety & Panic Disorders.” He also states he’s the President of Burniece Holdings, Inc., in the marketing and advertising industry. From 2002-2007 he was self-employed as a Loan Officer for Equity Lending Corp. He lives in the Greater Denver area.
There’s a text link on the Panicyl website that teases you into finding out why Panicyl was recently named a “top pick” by AnxietyTreatmentReviews.com. Sure enough, when you click on the link you’re taken to the website, Natural Anxiety Treatment Reviews. And there you’ll find a review and rating of Panicyl, along with other natural remedies for anxiety. At the very bottom of the page you’ll see a disclaimer that includes…
…AnxietyTreatmentReviews.com is under no obligation and does not assume any obligation to monitor the information residing on or transmitted to this service…Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Finally, you’ll see this…
Compensation Disclosure: Site owner receives compensation for some or all products on this site.
Back to the Panicyl website. It states, “Quality control and your safety is our #1 priority. Panicyl is manufactured in an FDA Registered Facility in Lynden, Washington (my guess is it’s First Priority Manufacturing, Ferndale, WA) under the supervision of staff physician Dr. Kathie Golden N.D.”
It goes on to say that Dr. Golden “…is a graduate of the prestigious Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, and current quality control physician for their pharmacy.”
An N.D. is a doctor of naturopathic medicine. It refers exclusively to a complementary medicine degree granted in 16 states and six Canadian provinces by an accredited naturopathic medical school. “The prestigious Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington” happens to be one. Anyone can claim to have an N.D. degree outside of the 16 states and six provinces, because the term is unprotected. The title “doctor” is allowed in some jurisdictions, but not others.
With regard to Panicyl being manufactured in an FDA Registered Facility – typically, supplement manufacturers don’t have to register their products with the FDA, or get FDA approval before production and marketing.
One last thing. At the bottom of the Panicyl website you’ll find this statement…
The statements on Panicyl.com have not been evaluated by the FDA (Food & Drug Administration). Panicyl™ is a dietary supplement and not a drug. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Very similar to the disclaimer language used on AnxietyRecoveryTreatment.com.
What’s In Panicyl?
So what’s in a two capsule serving size of Panicyl?
The primary active ingredient is a proprietary blend containing 1120 mg of (click on each)…
- Ashwaganda 1.5% Withanolides
- Gamma Amino Butyric Acid (GABA)
- Korean Ginseng (Panax)
- Rhodiola Rosea 4%
The blend also contains rice flour and/or magnesium stearate, gelatin
The supporting ingredients are – Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride), Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), and Folic Acid.
Again, I’m not going to make a recommendation as to whether or not any of us should give Panicyl a go. That’s a personal decision. What I am going to do is encourage each of us to do our research if we’re considering it. And that research includes chatting with our physician, psychiatrist, and counselor.
It’s absolutely vital that we connect all the dots, as we look at the big picture. I know all too well how good a seemingly quick-fix can sound. But let’s do ourselves a favor – don’t allow our desperation to cloud our judgment. Okay?
Among other things, I want chipur to be a trusted information and relief resource. And presenting this kind of information helps it become just that.
Any experiences with Panicyl out there? We could sure use your input in a comment or two!
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