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  1. I recognize the purpose of the forum and it is a good one. Here's a question for the forum then? Since discussion is valuable. - Why is it that testeosterone levels reach a PEAK in males between the ages of 20-30 yet TS symptomology is 10x more prevalent in children than adults? The connection between the two is conjecture, hypotheses and speculation at best. Sorry, but it is. And the vast majority of the research backs that point up. The following passage is from another site. The woman who put it together is also not a fan of traditional medicine to treat TS. She augments her site and c
  2. And i wish yo the same for your son and to all those on this site. I do believe the tradition scientific data about kids with TS, in that the vast majority, just like your son, will see their symptomology reduce greatly as they age. So yes, my son is, and will be fine. Thanks for the warm welcome and I wish evryone a happy, healthy and productive 2013. Kevin
  3. Chemar, I am not looking for the scientific or the traditional. My son is on no traditional meds - has never been - he's on L-carnitine for vocals, Vit B, Mg++ ...etc). And I have no doubt that steroid based big pharma drugs are bad...for just about everybody and everything. They are bad for a whole host of reasons My question/statement wasn't that steroid drugs are bad for people but your statement that - "Genetic TS can also "switch on" suddenly too (especially at pre or puberty in boys when the surge of androgens result in increased dopamine), as can any other trigger result in sudden t
  4. Chris, I'm not discounting anyone's own experience. And yes I agree....my doctors have been essentially useless. But there is a difference between what my doctors say and what scientific studies say (which have no agenda...they are not linked to pushing big pharma...at least not the tic survey studies aren't). They are simply studies conducted by reputable entities who see thousands of patients over many years. I also agree that this forum is a wealth of non-traditional information but that doesn't mean opposing views should be shunned or mocked. The idea that puberty and increased tics ar
  5. Hi Chemar, Not discounting anyone's personal anectdotal experiences or doctor/healthcare professional's anectdotal observations, but the peer-reviewed research from places like the Yale Tourette Center and other's shows no significant correlation between a person's highest tic level's and puberty. Most kids, according to all of the pertinent studies show that kid peak early in their first decade (10-12) and start declining slowly but steadily after that. The notion that puberty increases tics is not correct, at least not scientifically. I realize that may not mean much to someone whose
  6. Hi Chemar, Just curious about your statement that the androgens pump up dopamine levels....which by inference or implication....that tics increase during puberty. There is no scientific/peer-reviewed data that supports that idea. Curious if that contention is anectdotal or I may have missed a study. Not being argumentative by the way, just curious. Thanks - Kevin
  7. I have been on the site only once before as a poster. About 2 years ago. My son dx TS 3 years ago. There is sooo much literature out there to sift through and stories to read about. I'm curious how many of you have seen TS proceed in the way most of the medical sites say it should (fully recognizing that this is very much a case-by-case condition). But most of the peer-reviewed studies say that the time of highest symptomology is between ages 8-12 or 9-13. Followed by a reduction in intensity as adolescence continues. For those of you who have travelled through this time period with your child
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