8 – From Overdoser to Overachiever: The Story of Brendan Vermeire
8 - From Overdoser to Overachiever: The Story of Brendan Vermeire
Tips to Help You NOT Blame Your Child with ADHD

On this episode of the Soaring Child Podcast, we had a very informative conversation with metabolic health scientist/functional medicine educator, Brendan Vermeire. Brendan discusses his tumultuous journey dealing with ADHD. Two weeks after he was diagnosed with a major depressive disorder and ADHD at the age of 21, Brendan overdosed. The diagnosis for these mental disabilities was supposed to help him, but instead, almost made him take his own life.

It’s no wonder that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for Americans. Brendan withstood a lot at a young age and to add to his problems, he was in a toxic relationship. But it was in this relationship where he began to try to figure out his partner’s mental instabilities that he was introduced to the world of functional medicine. He became obsessed with health, specifically the dangers of oxidative stress and inflammation in the body.

Brendan knows exactly how over-diagnosed mental disorders have become. We have become so fixated on what’s wrong with our child instead of becoming fixated on what’s wrong with the environment. By simply cutting out fake foods from your child’s diet, living in a cleaner, mold-free space, and other fundamental changes, you can save money, as well as improve your child’s peace of mind. Tune in, listen, and learn about the importance of metabolic and mental health!

 Show Notes

Key Takeaways: 

[3:00] Reasons why Brendan became a health scientist

[7:07] Brendan’s steps after mental institution

[11:03] What really causes ADHD

[13:09] The importance of knowing your biochemistry

[16:59] Contributing factors to oxidative stress and inflammation

[19:20] Optimizing the gut-brain connection

[28:21] Breaking the ADHD diagnosis and medication stigma


Memorable Quotes

“What we’re doing with mental health and psychology is so butchered.”

“Then I was actually officially diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and ADHD at the age of 21, and it was actually like two weeks later that I woke up in the intensive care unit after overdosing, intentionally overdosing on my wellbutrins.”

“I think these diagnostic labels: the ADHD, the autism, major depressive disorder, or bipolar; I think they’re really really asinine labels that really just don’t make sense… they’re focused more on the label rather than other physiological issues.”

“With oxidative stress and inflammation, like those are the two mechanisms that drive any illness.”

“Focus on what we have control on as opposed to focusing on what we do not have control of.”
“88% of Americans are considered metabolically ill and 70% are overweight or obese, and 43% are diabetic and 30% have a fatty liver.”

“Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for Americans, and Alzheimer’s is #6.”

“You can’t get better in the environment that made you sick.”

“If you’re kid is eating fake food, they’re sedentary, you have to get them active., y You have to feed them high quality real food.”

“50% of the kids I work with, we change the diet, we don’t need to spend the money on lab testing… the fundamentals are the way to go for sure.”


Where to Find Brendan:


Facebook: @metabolicsolutionsllc

Instagram: @the_holistic_savage


Guest Resources:

Brendan is a Mental and Metabolic Health Scientist & Researcher, Functional Medicine Educator, Writer, and Speaker. He is a Board-Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Master Nutrition Coach, Master Personal Trainer, USAW Sports Performance Coach, and Crossfit Trainer.

He began his career as a personal trainer and nutrition coach at the age of 18 after disappointingly being medically discharged from the United States Navy Seal training pipeline due to an injury. After being exposed to the power of functional lab testing in the start of his career, he began intensely pursuing that as a career path which has led him to be widely regarded as one of the top leading experts in Metabolic Health and Functional Education.

He is the proud owner and founder of the Metabolic Solutions Institute for Functional Health and Fitness Practitioners and the creator of the Functional Mental Health Practitioner Certification Course. He is also the founder of the Metabolic Solutions Research & Education Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to ‘changing the way the world views mental health’ through advancing the science of Mental Health Dysfunction. He is also the creator of The Mental M.A.P.™, a cutting-edge Lab Panel for Mental Health.

When he’s not educating doctors/practitioners/professionals, helping clients overcome their most severe health struggles, or producing cutting edge scientific education, Brendan enjoys all things fitness and is probably working out. He also enjoys anything in nature and any activities that expand his heart, mind, and soul.


Dana Kay Resources: 

Website – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/adhdthriveinstitute

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/adhdthriveinstitute/

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/c/ADHDThriveInstitute

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/company/74302454/

Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/adhdthriveinstitute/

Tiktok – https://www.tiktok.com/@adhd_thriveinstitute

International Best Selling Book, Thriving with ADHD – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/book/

Free Reduce ADHD Symptoms Naturally Masterclass – https://bit.ly/3GAbFQl

ADHD Parenting Course – https://info.adhdthriveinstitute.com/parentingadhd

ADHD Thrive Method 4 Kids Program – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/packages/



Apple | Google | Spotify | Stitcher

If you’re enjoying the podcast, please subscribe, rate, and review it in iTunes. This is one of the best ways to help new listeners find us!