During a trip to speak at the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada conference in Montreal, I marveled at the refreshing cleanliness of the city and surrounding areas. Canada has a reputation of being pristine and wholesome—but unfortunately, it turns out this image is misleading.
A report confirms that Canada has one of the worst pollution records among industrialized countries. A study reported in Toxic Nation found a total of over 60 chemicals in the blood streams and urine of just 11 people. The chemicals included stain repellents, flame retardants, mercury, lead, pesticides, toxins from plastics, and others. On average, 44 chemicals were found in each volunteer.
According to the Environmental Defence, many of the chemicals discovered in the bodies of Canadians are associated with cancer, hormone disruption, reproductive disorders, respiratory illnesses and harming the development of children.
Meanwhile, the conference was excellent, with an inspiring group of attendees and speakers. It was sobering to watch the adults continue to deal with major physical and vocal symptoms. Many explained that the medications for Tourette syndrome had such bad side effects that they couldn’t handle them, and they were now medication free—yet loaded with tics. They were among the most anxious for our new book, Natural Treatments for Tics and Tourette’s.
It was clear that there’s a shift in public awareness on natural medicine issues, and a growing desire to bridge conventional and integrative approaches. The group was open minded and shared personal stories that reinforced the fact that tics are greatly impacted by the environment.