A LETTER FROM TRACY’S MOTHER
When our daughter, Tracy, was exhibiting complex tics at age seven, our neurologist identified the problem immediately as Tourette Syndrome—which we had already done on our own—and sent us on our way. We were provided with no support or any ideas of what to do other than implement antidepressants if her obsessive compulsive disorder symptoms increased in severity.
We independently started play therapy and acupuncture for her. Both helped Tracy cope with the tics but did not reduce the symptoms themselves. Acupuncture gave her short-term relief; we found she was calmer after a session. Yet her tics affected everything, and she was terribly unhappy. In fact this past January and February her mood extremes were so bad, we thought antidepressants might have to be the answer.
I had read articles online from your ACN Latitudes publications regarding food and chemical impacts on tics, but felt overwhelmed by the information and also felt we were already feeding her properly. However, we went to a naturopath in April (at the recommendation of the acupuncturist) who helped change everything!
He was realistic and practical but insisted that we add a large amount of fats to her diet including cod liver oil every night, “pure” butter from grass-fed cows, chicken skin, and more. We eliminated all artificial coloring and sweeteners from her diet as well as products with high fructose corn syrup. Basically we tried to take her back to what kids would have eaten 100 years ago. Within two weeks, her tics radically diminished and, more importantly, her mood swings stopped.
We’ve been waiting for the swing back to ticcing and OCD behaviors, the “waxing and waning” the medical profession warns about, but the symptoms only show themselves – and on a much more limited basis – when Tracy is very fatigued and under great stress or has eaten junk food! (Coke, never in our household but in many other homes, really sets her off.)
How more clear can it be? Now when I read the articles in your publication, I understand them. It is incredible to me that these changes are treated as anecdotal blips. I’m hoping we can impact the medical profession enough to have a “serious” study done so that more people can be helped. I understand that each person suffering from this is different and our child wants to be free of all symptoms, but nonetheless the changes we’ve experienced in the last several months cannot be ignored.