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    Cj60 reacted to Chemar in Scientists Against Vaccines   
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    Cj60 got a reaction from MamaC in Environmental Physician   
    Once we had run the gamut of tradtional drs. (Pediatrician, Ped. Neruologist, Ped. Psychologist), we sought out an environmental practice. A big part of the practice (but not the only part) was the allergist. His method was the pin prick method. He asked for details about our son's diet, then based on that information targeted a whole bunch of food items to test for by pricking my son's upper arms with the potentially offending agents. According to the reaction, he determined the level of harm the item was causing.
    My son was young at the time, and his upper arms weren't big enough to handle all the tests in one visit, so it took us two visits, with a period of around a month, I think, in between. But this worked for us. The allergist identified six or eight items that needed to be either eliminated or "rotated" in his diet. We had already identified some harmful foods on our own, and identified others even after the skin prick tests (perhpaps we hadn't included them on the list of foods that the allergist tested for), but the guidance from these tests put us on a strict rotation diet (difficult at first, but then became second nature) which over time was at the root of my son's improvement. I think from the time of the start of the rotation diet to the time when the tics were virtually unnoticeable was around six months or so. But there were some varialbles in there too; a couple of supplements that we learned about along the way that were also helpful.
    I'll add that the allergist was only one component of the environmental practice we attended. The main dr. ran several diagnostic tests as we tried to figure things out. In the end, though, it was the diet and the advice we got on this forum concerning supplements that have had the most significant effects with regard to my son's improvement.
    I know others swear by the blood test for determining intolerances. But the skin prick method was effective for us. We only did the food allergen tests. We always planned to go back for the tests for air born allergens, but never did. My son's issues were most probably gut-related, since addressing food issues cleared things up over time.
    Good luck with your visit,
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    Cj60 got a reaction from Tiger in If you know the triggers should they be avoided?   
    I think being up front with your kids (to the extent that they get what you're telling them) is the best thing. My son knew he had to deal with restrictions that other kids didn't have to deal with, but we always let him know that the changes were in his best interest. We also tried to compensate with other kinds of rewards when it was possible and appropriate to do so. Halloween was hard. But more for us than him, because we thought he would feel different. But he didn't. He still trick or treated with his friends, brought the crap home, and we subsituted it for other things that made him just as happy. Kids are more resilient than we suspect, I think.
    The ironic thing is, feeding your kids good stuff usually ends up being a non-issue for them. The habitual longing for the junk goes away eventually, after it has been substituted with a healthier "habit" -- healthy eating.
    My wife would probably not have been as thorough as I insisted we be as we worked our way through things. She's rolled her eyes on more than one ocassion. But she was the one who, in the end, did most of the hard work: shopping and preparing meals. So I really do recognize the importance of teamwork when dealing with kids' health concerns.
    One thing I can say with confidence, and I'm sure I'm not alone. Poor diets affect lots of kids adversely, whether the parents pick up on it or not. Over time, I've seen kids my son has contact with develop issues who seemed to be perfectly fine when my son was having his issues. It's not easy to have a healthy diet nowadays. And bad diet will get kids sooner or later.
    Finally, with regard to tv… my kids watch tv. Probably too much. I'm not proud of it. Lots of folks I know have never let their kids watch tv period. Tics has nothing to do with it for them. They believe tv adversely affects a child's development. Those kids are all perfectly normal, if not intelectual "high performers." They are not social outcasts. I know your children have two parents, and when each has a different opion, negotiation is part of the picture. But don't feel you're doing wrong by not letting your children watch tv. You're probably doing them a big favor.
    Good luck!
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    Cj60 got a reaction from hkginger in I am new here. 5 1/2 year old with motor tics since last week   
    Hello Barbara,
    There definitely can be a link between gastrointestinal problems and tics. While you're waiting for your dr. visit, you can try to keep your son's diet as healthy as possible: no artificials, preservatives or other chemical additives; eat organic and avoid GMO foods to the greatest extent possible. Removing dairy, which is a common food problem for children with sensitive digestive tracks, is probably a good idea. Also, is there a food that he eats far more commonly than other foods? If so, his body may have developed an intolerance to it, so curbing his intake or removing that food altogether might be a good idea while you are waiting to see what dietary sensitivities he migh have.
    A healthy, potent multi vitamin is also a good idea, but make sure it's free of additives that are unhealthy. We use one called Kirkman Spectrum Complete II, but others have had success with other multis, too (you could search the forum to see what information you can find in previous discussions).
    Magnesium is also beneficial for removing toxins that can build up and result in ticcing. A Mg supplement that is commonly cited here is called Natural Calm. Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) baths are also beneficial for kids with tics (both the magnesium and the sulfate help rid the body of toxins).
    If you are able do these things until your dr. visit, you'll be taking some good early steps.
    Good luck!
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    Cj60 reacted to SafePlate in Help please   
    Please visit my informational website, www.SafePlate.net. Too much information to put here. My daughter, Jessica, suffered for 5 years from a movement disorder with ever changing and sometimes disabling tics, OCD behaviors, comorbid ADHD, trouble sleeping, etc. We tried supplements, diets and other therapies. After research and experimentation, we found the least invasive, easiest and cheapest solution to be the most effective with a 95% improvement in symptoms. With some effort and the guidance in the website, you may see positive effects within a month. Please spread the web address to others. It's a safe website with nothing for sale. My hope is that if we are able to help another family, it will give meaning to the years Jessica suffered.
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    Cj60 got a reaction from my2sons in eye rolling? help!   
    We also experienced a gradual decrease in tics after establishing dietary changes. Part of that process were occasional rises in tic activity. But we never observed a sustained increase of new tics.
    Are your children taking good multivitamins? That was something that brought about a noticeable improvement in our son well after we had initiated the new diet. He had been taking a fairly generic multi as part of the modifications to his diet, but when we switched to a fairly potent one, the improvement was almost immediate. There are threads on this forum that mention different brands of good multis.
    Another improvement came when we identified a food item that wasn't agreeing with him (oranges). We had made extensive changes to his diet, and were hyper vigilant about what he ate, but somehow oranges had slipped through the cracks without being noticed. He took his multi every morning with orange juice... When we removed them, ticcing lessened, again almost immediately. I just mention this because even though your sons have a very healthy diet, there might be an item still in there (or recently introduced) that is causing an issue.
    Good luck,
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    Cj60 got a reaction from Jetocurly4 in What vitamins and suppliments help your tic child?   
    Hi Jetocurly,
    Vitamins have been a fairly regular topic since I've been on this forum. And I've always been happy to mention the brand of multivitamin that we use, since it's been one of the supplements that has had a truly noticeable and positive effect on my son's health. (The other thing has been diet, so no matter what supplements one takes, things probably should start with diet.)
    Spectrum Complete II by Kirkman Labs.
    We started using it as a powder mixed in with a drink, which was not always the easiest. But now my son's able to take it in pill form. Much less stressful!
    Valsmom mentions methylation as an issue. Improper sulfation can also cause a build up of toxins that can lead to problems. I think that the multi we use, in combination with another supplement (glucosamine sulfate) probably helps with my son's sulfation.
    Good luck!
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    Cj60 got a reaction from logismum in all 3 kids with tics?   
    PGell. Wow.
    My initial reaction is that I lost faith in the traditional medical community when I was starting to deal with my son's problems, due principally to the fact that traditional practioners fail (refuse) to think beyond "there's no peer reviewed research..." If I could do that every time someone asked me to help solve a problem where I work, I'd be out of a job, and quick. Medical professionals who use that excuse to hide behind should feel shame for doing so.
    So several years ago, my son develps a neck tic, then things progress to arm flaps and leg bends and breathing tics and facial tics and ocd type behaviors. A PN, a cruel person, diagnoses TS (with the exception that a full year had yet to elapse, but it would), gives me prescriptions for two meds. I ask what alternatives are there (we had already begun doing some food elimination)? None. All anecdotal information is quackery. When I say I won't be using the meds, she looks at my son, who's still lying on the table, and asks him directly if he wants the meds, don't you want to feel better?
    So we go to an alternative environmental practice, get serious about diet, and get lots and lots of information and support right here.
    My son't tics are barely noticeable now.
    As everyone says, not two cases are the same. But what had every hallmark of TS in my son has come to be managed by diet, a multivitamin and one other supplement.
    I took the time to try and figure things out without meds. And for me (not only me, but also for my wife and, needless to say, my son), it WAS worth the time and the energy and the stress and the worry and everything else.
    So you are a proponent of meds. Fine. But please stop suggesting that people are wasting their time by trying to find alternative ways to help their children.
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