The story of Q Sciences (formerly
Truehope) and Q96 (formerly EmpowerPlus™)
began with a father’s desperate desire
to save his children. Anthony
Stephan’s wife, Debora, suffered
with bipolar disorder for half her life
and committed suicide in January of 1994
just 2 weeks after starting
a prescription of antidepressants.
Debbie’s father had done the same
sixteen years earlier.
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
believed that if there was something
that could save his kids, God would
guide him in the right direction.
When he least expected it, his
answer came Anthony met David L. Hardy who was
well-educated in biological sciences and
had spent 20 years as an animal feed
formulator. Hardy said the bipolar
behaviour of Anthony’s son, Joseph,
sounded to him like a pig with
ear-and-tail-biting syndrome. Hardy
explained to him some farmers had
successfully used a nutritional
supplementation program to control the
Anthony knew he had his answer.
The nutritional approach Using the pig feed supplementation idea,
Anthony and David 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.
they recovered and began to resume
healthy lives, word spread through the
community. Anthony was happy to share
his formula and soon hundreds of people
were trying this early version of what
is now Q96™.
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
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 Q96™.
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 Q
Sciences and Tony Stephan’s focus is to
ensure Q96™ 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 Q96™ will be available through
standard medical systems.