This blog has on various occasions (check out this post as well as the FAQ on thiamine and magnesium as a treatment for stuttering) focused on the use of thiamine (vitamin B1), with or without magnesium, to alleviate stuttering. According to a study, about 1/3 of people who stutter seem to benefit from either thiamine or thiamine together with magnesium.
Following this study there have been anecdotal reports, in Facebook stuttering groups as well as blogs, from some people who stutter that their fluency, or that of their stuttering child, has indeed benefited permanently from these supplements, sometimes dramatically so.
It could be helpful to collect information from these lucky individuals on the successful use of the supplements, and those who are benefiting PERMANENTLY are therefore invited to relate their experience with thiamine, with or without magnesium, as a comment below this post. This is in no way intended as a "scientific" study; it is simply a gathering of rough anecdotal information, which could however result in more serious studies.
The requirement of "permanent benefit" is important in order to minimise any possible "placebo" effects from the supplements. (A placebo effect is a positive effect resulting not from the supplement or medicine as such, but from self-suggestion; it often happens that people get or feel better just because of a hopeful, positive state of mind induced by taking a pill for their problem, even if the pill itself contains no active ingredients.)
Your comment can be any length, and feel free to provide anonymous feedback, though it would obviously carry more weight if real names are used.
Please note: the comments below are exclusively for POSITIVE feedback on thiamine/magnesium usage - other comments should please be placed below other relevant posts (such as the thiamine/magnesium FAQ post). Non-thiamine/magnesium-related comments will unfortunately have to be deleted.
If possible it would be most helpful if you could provide information in particular on the following:
1) For how long you have been on the supplements, and whether you are still taking them.
2) When you began to experience an improvement in fluency (e.g. immediately since taking the supplements, or after a few days or weeks?)
3) Details of the supplements you are taking: e.g. the type of thiamine and/or magnesium taken (e.g. thiamine hydrochloride, magnesium orotate), brand, dosage (mg per day) and the daily intake spread (for instance, taken three times a day?).
4) Does the positive effect stop when you stop taking the supplements?
5) Is the positive effect dramatic / significant? Provide a figure on a scale of one to five, where 1 = "Very slight improvement", 2 = "Definite improvement, but not dramatic", 3 = "Significant improvement / life is certainly easier", 4 = "Major improvement, but not cured" and 5 = "Total fluency / cured".
6) Would you say that the positive effect is due to lower stress levels resulting from the supplements, or do you think that something else is causing the improved fluency?
7) If possible, provide details of age, gender and weight. (Optional! I know these are sensitive questions - don't worry about them lol - but they are relevant...)
8) If you are taking both thiamine and magnesium, did the positive effect occur only after you added the magnesium?
9) If stuttering children are involved - keep in mind that about 3/4 of young children anyway outgrow stuttering, so any improvement may be due to outgrowing the disorder. Also keep in mind that the fluency of children can vary considerably. They can have "good periods" that can last for days, weeks or even months - probably due to the ebb and flow of general stress levels - so keep that in mind before deciding that your child's fluency is really the result of taking a supplement.
Looking forward to receiving your input, which could be very important for future research, and thanking you in anticipation! Feel free to also participate in the informal poll which you will find at the end of this older post.