A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Tourette’s Syndrome
I had a question the other day about Tourette’s syndrome.
Tourette’s is a brain condition that starts in childhood.
Children with Tourette’s make sounds or movements (like coughing or twitching) they can’t control.
These are called tics.
Tics usually start at about age 2.
They may be at their worst by age 12.
Tics tend to decrease during teenage years.
They can continue into adulthood but occur less often and are less severe.
Most children with Tourette’s have different patterns of tics.
The tics may not be obvious.
They can be bursts of movement or sounds lasting for seconds or minutes.
Tics can include:
>A slight twitching of your eyes.
>Jerking of your neck.
>Coughing or throat-clearing.
>A mix of movements and sounds.
It’s common for a person with Tourette’s to feel an urge in some part of their body that builds and builds.
This urge can only be relieved by performing the tic.
But not everyone with the disorder is aware of these urges.
Treatment for Tourette’s focuses on helping your child cope with the tics.
Understanding how tics affect your child can help you and your child know what to expect.
It may help to identify when tics occur and what’s going on in your child’s life during those times.
If tics seriously affect your child’s quality of life at home or school, then counseling and behavioral therapy to reduce tics may help.
If your child has other medical problems, these may need to be treated first to see how they affect your child’s tics.
Despite what’s shown in movies or on TV, most people with Tourette’s don’t have uncontrollable outbursts of cursing or sexual behavior.
As your child ages, the pattern of tics can change.
Tics may come and go over weeks and months.
They may also change from one kind to another.
Tics may get worse and then get better.
Your child may get a new tic, or an old one may come back.
Tics may get worse for no reason.
Your child may try to suppress tics, which may make them last longer or be worse.
They may also get worse when your child is ill, under stress, or excited.
Having Tourette’s doesn’t have to mean your child will have social problems or trouble in school.
You can help your child learn to cope with tics.
Start by learning more about Tourette’s and being supportive at home.
Work with your child’s teachers so they understand how tics affect your child.
To deal with Tourette’s it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Review my post on keeping clean on the inside.
*Breathe easier; purify indoor air.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Consume a 50% raw food diet: lots of fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible). Include fresh juicing.
*Consider liver and colon cleanses.
*Increase exercise, deep breathing, relaxation, stress management and energy techniques.
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect to nature, adequate rest.
*Deal with any underlying emotional issues.
*Consider skin brushing, Epsom salt baths, hydrotherapy or add baking soda to bath water.
*Ensure regular (2 per day) bowel movements.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds.
*Investigate and eliminate “hidden” allergies/sensitivities.
*Decrease or eliminate any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, and deep-fried foods.
*Decrease or eliminate sugar-laden foods, white flour products, simple carbs.
*Decrease or eliminate processed, instant, chemical-laden, “lifeless” foods.
*Decrease or eliminate smoking, alcohol, coffee, soda pop, processed juices.
*Become educated about all possible side effects and detrimental influences of any medications or treatment procedures you are taking or considering.
*Research and address underlying Candida issues.
*Avoid MSG and artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
*Explore dental amalgam toxicity.