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  1. Yes, they fit all regular light & lamp fittings. Only difference is the light spectrum they emit.
  2. Daylight bulbs emit the light spectrum that being outside in daylight would :) Using them when on screens helped my son. It was physician recommended. We used them during the day and extra at night when he was on any kind of screen, including TV. You can get them at Home Depot
  3. Sorry to hear of the flare up. It is possible that increased screens could be contributing and yes, I know in my area the pollen is very high due to no rain in a long time. If he is stressed due to hearing about the pandemic, plus the change of routine being homeschooled, that could be a trigger too. The good thing is that he is home so not having to be extra stressed in social environments. I would just keep doing the things you know are helpful and try to remove as many triggers as possible, with understanding that screens may be hard to limit due to online school? We did find that using daylight lightbulbs were good as the screens in darkened rooms always seemed to trigger my son more Hope things stabilize for him soon. Be safe.
  4. Hi My son has TS and chlorine was a very major tic trigger for him. It's a relief your child didn't seem to have a reaction to this recent swim. Asking the camp to allow to shower at least directly after a swim in chlorinated water sounds like a very good idea!
  5. Bumping this old thread of mine up due to PM requests. Just updating too that my son is now in his early 30s and doing very well. He still maintains healthy diet and environmental habits, and takes only a few specific nutritional supplements that keep both the TS tic & Crohn's under control. He also avoids the things that he knows can trigger tics, and has found that as he maintains an anti-inflammatory diet for the Crohn's Disease, so that also proves very helpful for tics. He still knows without a shadow of doubt that a healthy immune system and avoidance of tic triggers as much as possible is key. His worst tics really were in his preteen to teen years and once he entered his 20s, although the TS remained, yet the tics were minor and much easier to keep subdued. Most of the people he encounters either at work or socially have no idea he has TS, unless he chooses to tell them.
  6. MLee I do want to try to encourage you not to worry, even though I so understand your concerns. I had to let go of so much stressful over protection for my son when he was still in those pre-teen extremely severe tics. Yes, there were times he would be exposed to a tic trigger and we had setbacks, but with continued diligence things always stabilized again. He soon learned for himself the consequences of things that triggered him, and became more careful of his own accord to take his supplements and avoid the triggers. The most liberating thing for him and for me was when he openly let his teachers and classmates know he had TS and what that involved, and they understood and accepted him even more, just the way he was! He still suppressed/masked a lot of his tics as he has always had ability to do that (helped by CBT) but he also knew he could release, and not feel stress to do so. Your son will only have his youth once....I would suggest to let him feel the liberation of just enjoying this camp. Your husband being there is an extra reassurance for you as well. I am honestly not dismissing your concerns...just speaking from our experience as to how often I allowed mine to get in the way of my son just being himself.....and more often than not, my worries were worthless and just caused us both stress (which in turn made his tics worse!)
  7. Mertol, I do think it's important to remember that, just as with anything that appears to fall into a Spectrum, symptoms and triggers etc vary greatly from individual to individual. People have so many variables in their immune systems and allergy/sensitivity scales that it really is not possible to make blanket statements eg that food isn't a factor, or that vaccines, antibiotics etc have no impact. In the 20+ years we have been on this journey with my son, with the clear genetic Tourette Syndrome link that runs in his dad's side of the family, coupled with whatever my side brings to his genetic mix, we have learned that you cannot put people with tics in a one size fits all box! I think it's very important to keep an open mind, and check as many things as possible, keep a journal and learn what helps and what hinders. That certainly was an outlook that provided tremendous help in our experience.
  8. I have also heard that perhaps as the hormones of the pre-teen - 20s years settle, it could play a part in stabilizing the dopamine sensitive aspect in the Basal Ganglia of folks with TS?
  9. Hi SuzyQ It does seem BonTech is no longer in business I keep a post (actually thread lol) on my profile page about me section for anyone wanting to look at the protocol we used to help my son. He is in his 30s now and doing just fine. Still keeps up with some of the supplements that he has always found most useful but doesn't take nearly as many as he used to have to! He also maintains as clean a diet and environment as possible, and avoiding the things he knows trigger him.
  10. I was just reading through your post and noted this Michele...just wanted to mention that RAGE is not really so common in Tourette Syndrome. Yes, some kids deal with it for various reasons, either co-morbid (Often an ODD parameter) or sometimes even a result of built up frustration that their tics etc are so misunderstood. But many kids with TS are actually very gentle, sensitive and calm personalities, who just happen to have tics. Not all have co-morbid conditions either. Have you ever had your daughter checked for possible PANS/PANDAS? Just some of what you describe makes me wonder?
  11. Hi again Michele, I seem to have missed this post when you made it. Sorry! Yes our physician was experienced with TS and was an Integrative Physician. (Fully qualified MD and also NeuroPsych specialist but also trained in more complementary/natural medicine) My son is now in his 30s and doing well. His TS/OCD was at it's worst in his preteen-early teen years.
  12. Hi MIchele Some kids with TS have what are known as Tourettic OCD. Tics morph into OCD and vice versa! There's quite a bit of literature about it. We found CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) very helpful along with supplements careful diet, environment and all else we could do to eliminate known tic triggers. My son also found acupuncture therapy very helpful. The therapist we used was experienced with TS
  13. We never used a B6 in liquid form so hopefully others may know However, our physician recommended using the P-5-P form of B6 for a number of reasons
  14. Hi again No L-Carnitine and NAC (N-acetyl-cysteine) are 2 different supplements We used the L-Carnitine. Our physician was very experienced with Tourette Syndrome, and was an Integrative MD My son is now a thirty something adult, doing very well. His TS was at its worst in his preteen years, which is when he had that yelling tic very severely.
  15. Hi LianaE As this thread is from 2013 I am not sure if Cara still follows it? I can comment from personal experience that the supplement L-Carnitine greatly helped my son when he had what we called the "shrieking tic" (very loud frequent yelling). Our physician recommended 500mg daily and the effect was remarkable. It's not supposed to be used longterm, and we were advised to discontinue after 3 months, but didn't even need to use it that long! We continued about 3 weeks past the cessation of the shrieking tic, The physician did say we could restart it if the tic returned but thankfully that particular one never did.
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