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  1. Hi -- we are locking this thread so the conversation can be continued in the Comment area of a regular article. That way more people can see it and learn from it. I hope you will participate in sharing ideas there! Please see here. (https://latitudes.org/can-you-help-amelia-with-her-tics/) Thank you!
  2. Hi there and welcome to the forums. Where do you live please? (State/country)
  3. Hello Lenny and welcome to the Forums. I'm really sorry for the delay in responding, this totally slipped through! As Ahmoy44 said, you seem to be in the US. What area of the country are you in? I'm asking in case you would benefit from seeing an environmental physician. Allergy testing is a controversial field, with people--even on this forum-- turning to a range of techniques for allergy testing. Part of the issue is cost and whether insurance coverage is an issue. In general, I would not recommend the mail-in testing. A number of lab tests can be completed depending on the situation; it is best to have a practitioner overseeing those. Please write back and let me know where you live and tell us a little more, OK? Do you think anything changed in your son's environment around the time when the vocal tics started up? How long has he had those? I'm glad you have seen some improvement with the diet changes you've tried. Sheila
  4. Hi Ahmoy, welcome to the Forums. It is good to see that you have already made some helpful observations to help get you started in the right direction. Please check your email, I have sent a note to you there and we will look to provide more info here in the forum. Hopefully there will be more answers for you and your daughter soon. Sheila
  5. Hi Ashley, Please see this article by Dr James Greenblatt, one of our advisory board members, that includes a discussion of NAC. While not addressing each of your questions, I hope it will be useful. Wishing you all the best, Sheila https://latitudes.org/key-nutrients-for-adhd-ocd-and-tics/
  6. Hi Sunflower78--welcome to the Forums. You sound like a wonderful mom and all the efforts you have made to stay green, breastfeed and eat clean have no doubt helped your son. Please don't assume it was the vaccines or that you did anything wrong. Many, MANY kids have symptoms just like your boy. Sometimes they go away on their own, sometimes it takes extra steps to find the cause and then go from there. You are right that there is no way this could be considered Tourette's (Geez!). I apologize that I am out of town and have to get off the computer but will check in soon. Don't despair, there are lots of things that can be done to help your son. Others on the Forum can help also. Best wishes, Sheila
  7. Hi Dawn, You've taken a number of sensible approaches and made a significant effort; I'm sorry you haven't hit on the answers you need yet for your boy. It can be complex to sort everything out. For example, and I'm just throwing this out there for the concept--the diet could have been helping and maybe your community sprayed for mosquitoes and that triggered the neck tic. I'm not suggesting this happened--but it's why it can take patience and investigating to figure things out with environmental approaches. Let's see if others come up with ideas for you as far as physicians. In the meantime I'm sending a private message since you said you are willing to travel. Sheila
  8. Hi Sad Dad, Welcome to the forums. I'm so sorry you are in this situation of feeling helpless. So many of us have had that awful feeling yet also been able to turn things around. Please read a couple of articles on our site that give a overview of approaches people have found useful, linked below. (Don't count on one thing, like some magnesium, to be a silver bullet.) Also I would suggest you get the book you see at the top of this page -- Stop your tics by finding what triggers them. It could be helpful in trying to get to the bottom of what is going on. Our other book, Natural Treatments for Tics and Tourettes -- both books are on Amazon--will give a broader picture beyond triggers, including nutritional supplements and ideas for lab testing if that were needed. Lots of info from families who met with success with natural approaches are included in both. Here are a couple of articles--remembering that everyone is different, just to give some concepts; you can find more on the site. https://latitudes.org/dealing-with-tourettes-or-tics-i-wrote-this-just-for-you/ https://latitudes.org/how-we-reversed-jessicas-tic-disorder/ Our organization finds that tics are often allergy connected--and not just just throat/nasal, but rather an allergy that affects the brain. That allergic inflammation or immune response can be triggered by factors such as gut conditions, chemical exposures, typical allergens, or dietary issues. Please don't be sad. You've come to the right place to start looking for answers, and you seem like the type of parents who can find them. Your daughter sounds like a sweet and lovely girl. It's good to continue to just think of the tics as habits and avoid her being self conscious of them. I hope this helps? Sheila
  9. Hi Jasmina, I'm glad you will be able to follow up when you go to Beijing. I think you are right that the swimming could have caused the difficulty breathing and an emotional reaction. Chemical exposures can affect people in different ways. It would be good if you could get him back to a normal day without hours of exposure very day to pool chemicals and control his diet, etc. Also I am sending an email note to you, please look for it. Good luck with all your efforts!
  10. Hi Jasmina, Your English is very good and we were happy to hear from you! It is good to learn that you have found a way to get help for your son. You have made some good starts. I'm sorry not to be able to give you suggestions on amounts of supplements for detox but can say that the amount you are giving of B6 is quite low, nothing to be concerned about; (you can check with your doctor about using more). Some people need to take it with food to avoid stomach upset. In addition to the approaches you are using I wanted to mention that it is important to avoid potential triggers that may be affecting him. Triggers include diet and also things in the environment. We have a book, Stop Your Tics by Learning What Trigger Them -- and it was just translated into Chinese. The concept is that if there is something aggravating his system, it is best if it can be avoided and this will also help other approaches be more beneficial. The publisher gave me these two links for the book in case you are interested. I don't know how it works with you being in China and trying to order from Taiwan, but I hope this could be of some help to you (please let us know if you decide to do it): FROM THE PUBLISHER: You could find the complex Chinese edition on our official website:https://www.wunan.com.tw/bookdetail?NO=14327 Or on Books.com.tw:https://www.books.com.tw/products/0010820544 (Books.com.tw is the biggest online bookstore in Taiwan) We are looking forward to hearing back from you, Jasmina and hope you can find all the answers your son needs, Sheila
  11. Hi, garnerflys, welcome to the Forums. Sorry to hear your son's tics are getting worse. I'm sending you a message shortly-please look for it. Thanks! Sheila
  12. Hi Samz, I'm really sorry that doctor did not work out! How very frustrating. I will give this some thought. Are you willing to travel? Sheila
  13. Hi Ryan, Welcome to the Forums, and I'm glad you wrote. It is clear you have been though such a tough time with your Tourette's. I'm sorry to learn of it, and all the meds you have tried unfortunately haven't been enough help. What area of the country do you live in now? I'm gong to send a private message to you--please watch for it, OK? Sheila
  14. Hi Ashly -- I apologize for the delay in getting a response to you! I am sending you a private message tonight. Please check. All the best, Sheila
  15. HI Joy -- There are a number of reasons that people can have short term memory problems, and different approaches can possibly improve it. Since you have seen that there is a diet connection to his tics I would continue to pursue that approach. Also two additional ideas to consider are that amino acid imbalances or a lack of certain nutrients (i.e., B vitamins) can affect focus and memory. For this effort I would see a nutritionist who is skilled in working with youngsters and natural approaches (versus a conventional nutritionist at a hospital setting, for example) or an integrative practitioner who can test for deficiencies or make recommendations based on a clinical evaluation. And along the lines of the probiotic that you mentioned, a common cause of memory problems is "brain fog" caused by a candida overload in the gut. You can see this article for an explanation. Someone does not need to have all the symptoms for a connection with candida--but you will see memory in the list. Since you are not sure how much cooperation you will get from your son with diet change you might need a practitioner to explain it to him (if indeed it seems this is an issue) rather than you trying to control his diet especially since it usually means reducing intake of some favorite things like breads and sugars. There are other causes and approaches, but starting here could make sense for you. (With the B vitamins be sure to get one that doesn't upset the stomach. ) Also our book Stop Your Tics by Learning What Triggers Them gives a lot of ideas of things that could be playing a role. It is user friendly. I hope that gives you some direction. I know it is a challenge, but you seem to be on the right track! Sheila
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