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    Sheila got a reaction from Chemar in New, overwhelmed   
    Hello dswm. I wanted to welcome you to the forums and offer my sympathies for all you are dealing with. It is no wonder you are overwhelmed. The relentless coughing in itself is so much to deal with, and then anxiety, ER and doctor visits, plus medications on top of it all.
     
    You are to be commended for all the reading you have done, and all the doctors you have seen. It is clear you don't want to leave any stone unturned in your search for help.
     
    Your description of the terrible feeling that it was as if the child you knew had died is sometimes mentioned when an underlying infection is causing a severe neurological reaction. The abrupt change is dramatic and distressing.
     
    Other very significant environmental insults can cause similar symptoms.
     
    The FluMist has been associated with a range of side effects, and tics and other responses have been reported by parents on these forums. It is difficult to know of course if that was the precipitating cause in your son's case.
     
    With all your googling you may have come across the term PANDAS or PANS. Here is a brief summary that you could check out and consider in light of your son's case. summary.
    We have an e-book on the topic here.
     
    Did any of the doctors prescribe an antibiotic at any point, and did you see any change in symptoms with that?
     
    Just wondering -- have you tried taking him off of milk and eggs as an experiment to see if it takes the edge off? Not that this is the ultimate cause, but it might be worth trying to see if it helped to any degree.
     
    Also, since it is respiratory related, it is important to use all the approaches one normally would for allergy/asthma in the home.
     
    Does your family have any history of asthma or allergy?
     
    Since you seemed to find magnesium helpful before, you could consider warm epsom salt baths if your son would be OK with those.
     
    Of course the key is to get to the main precipitating factor, and if it is an infection that will require additional testing.
     
    I know you will be hearing from other parents with specific suggestions. With the holidays, parents are sometimes more tied up than at other times, but I am sure people will want to help you with you difficult situation.
     
    Hang in there, and I look forward to hearing back from you.
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    Sheila got a reaction from Eloine in A new natural approach to tics and stuttering   
    Hi --Sorry for all the difficulties in tracking this down!
     
    We have learned of a couple of positive responses for tics by using the patches from http://www.repreeve.com/
     
    Hopefully those people will be willing to post their experience soon. Of course it is good to hear from from anyone who tries it, regardless of the result.
     
    You can testimonials on their site.
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    Sheila got a reaction from Chemar in Thank you for the Forum and Sheila!   
    Hi Barbara,
     
    We were so happy to read your post about your success in treating your young boy, with help from the forums and our book.
     
    I apologize for the delay in responding, I'm out of town. You really did a wonderful job in attacking the environmental and diet issues, plus limiting ipad use. Your son is lucky to have you for a mom.
     
    It's interesting that you eventually found dairy to be one of the worst triggers. Your message is so helpful, and I know it is appreciated by Chemar and others on the forum who offered their suggestions.
     
    I'm going to be sending a PM to you!
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    Sheila got a reaction from hkginger in Thank you for the Forum and Sheila!   
    Hi Barbara,
     
    We were so happy to read your post about your success in treating your young boy, with help from the forums and our book.
     
    I apologize for the delay in responding, I'm out of town. You really did a wonderful job in attacking the environmental and diet issues, plus limiting ipad use. Your son is lucky to have you for a mom.
     
    It's interesting that you eventually found dairy to be one of the worst triggers. Your message is so helpful, and I know it is appreciated by Chemar and others on the forum who offered their suggestions.
     
    I'm going to be sending a PM to you!
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    Sheila got a reaction from yogatillmay in Why Tourette Syndrome Assoc Needs to be Investigated   
    Chances are, if you were satisfied with the treatment options that are available for Tourette syndrome and other tic disorders, you wouldn't be on this forum. So many families like you need help finding better therapies than the drugs that are offered. We've written a series of articles calling for an investigation of the Tourette Syndrome Association because for the last 40 years they have ignored information on safer, new directions for treatment while at the same time having a virtual monopoly on information provided to the media. Don't believe me? Click the links below and follow this effort. A 10 PART SERIES ONE Making our case – The first in a series of articles
     
    TWO Looking back 40 years
     
    THREE There’s a lack of research studies reflecting positive reports received
     
    FOUR Dr. Marshall Mandell’s amazing discovery was ignored by the TSA
     
    FIVE The TSA ignored the work of Doris Rapp, MD
     
    SIX The TSA medical board ignored the findings of the Alternative Therapy Network for Tourette syndrome even while TSA staff referred families to it and success stories with natural treatments were mutually shared.
     
    SEVEN The TSA and our organization had a liaison relationship for a few years . . . yet they sought to stifle our message and discourage people from trying natural approaches.
     
    EIGHT The TSA has failed to alert the public and medical community that environmental triggers can worsen Tourette syndrome symptoms. Their negligence is indefensible.
     
    NINE The TSA has censored and controlled the media message, making it difficult for families and physicians to learn of integrative and natural approaches to Tourette syndrome.
     
    TEN This is the final article in a series that has documented the Tourette Syndrome Association’s (TSA) failure to determine the cause of Tourette syndrome and find safe, effective treatments for symptoms.
    Please support this very important effort. We need to make sure research goes in the right direction and families learn about better options for treatment. Thank you, Sheila
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    Sheila got a reaction from Teri in Dr. T in Ramsey - everybody must read   
    Yes pik, this board is and always has been monitored,
     
    Though we are sympathetic to your situation, we try to be evenhanded in the public information that is shared about various physicians as well as other people.
     
    We have an advisory board that sets policy and we do our best to follow it. Part of that policy is:
     
    Text should not be defamatory, harsh, accusatory, intimidating, slanderous, an invasive of a person's privacy, or violate any law. Doing so may lead to you being banned (and your service provider may be informed). The IP address of all posts is recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions. You agree that the webmaster, administrator, and moderators of this forum have the right to remove, edit, move, or close any topic at any time should they see fit. In particular, though we can't claim to catch every negative post, we try to make sure that material that is against the guidelines does not remain in a public venue in which a person being criticized is not able to defend him or herself.
     
    We always appreciate when members alert us to posts that need moderator attention.
     
    We felt that the material that was left on your posts after editing was sufficient for you to get your point across.
     
    As a reminder, everyone is asked to please adhere to these guidelines, found in full here. Thank you in advance for your help with this issue!
     
    Sheila
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    Sheila got a reaction from Chemar in Dr. T in Ramsey - everybody must read   
    Yes pik, this board is and always has been monitored,
     
    Though we are sympathetic to your situation, we try to be evenhanded in the public information that is shared about various physicians as well as other people.
     
    We have an advisory board that sets policy and we do our best to follow it. Part of that policy is:
     
    Text should not be defamatory, harsh, accusatory, intimidating, slanderous, an invasive of a person's privacy, or violate any law. Doing so may lead to you being banned (and your service provider may be informed). The IP address of all posts is recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions. You agree that the webmaster, administrator, and moderators of this forum have the right to remove, edit, move, or close any topic at any time should they see fit. In particular, though we can't claim to catch every negative post, we try to make sure that material that is against the guidelines does not remain in a public venue in which a person being criticized is not able to defend him or herself.
     
    We always appreciate when members alert us to posts that need moderator attention.
     
    We felt that the material that was left on your posts after editing was sufficient for you to get your point across.
     
    As a reminder, everyone is asked to please adhere to these guidelines, found in full here. Thank you in advance for your help with this issue!
     
    Sheila
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    Sheila got a reaction from cara615 in tics are back. What could it be?   
    Hi tstryker, It sounds like you've made some good progress with your son. We know that setbacks are tough to take though.
     
    A couple of things struck me. It would seem that your own observation that tics are typically worse in the spring and the fall could contradict what you were told by your naturopath --that there were "no environmental allergies." I would not assume that statement to be accurate—or perhaps it is a difference in terminology and there are intolerances that don't fall under her definition of allergy. Or maybe she was talking about that particular testing day?
     
    No one gets it right all the time, especially if this was based on muscle testing which is an approach some find helpful, but results can vary widely. Don't let that comment keep you from exploring environmental possibilities.
     
    You were also told by her at the time that there were no major food allergies, yet you have noticed foods that make the tics flare: corn, soy, food dye, nitrates. It's great you have been able to figure that out on your own. Whether your son is experiencing classic food allergy or an intolerance or sensitivity, focus on your own observations.
     
    I'd start watching with an open mind for what might possibly be playing a role at home, school (in school?) or outside the home.
     
    It might be a good idea to print this list below and think about what might be involved. Could you let us know what you suspect on this list?
     
    http://ticsandtourettes.com/downloads/acn_tics_triggers_checklist.pdf
     
    By the way, we are preparing an article on mouth appliances and will ask the specialist about letting teeth grow in.
     
    Wishing you lots of luck and hoping to hear back from you, Sheila
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    Sheila got a reaction from Chemar in Don't let your doctor disempower you when dealing with tics   
    Many on this board have told us that when they see a doctor about tics, they're given some combination of this advice:
    It's probably a transient or temporary tic that will get better on its own. There's nothing you can do—but don't worry. Your child has Tourette syndrome. The tics will "wax and wane," (come and go) and this is one of the mysteries of Tourettes. The best thing you can do is simply reduce stress. The tics aren't bad enough to offer medications because they are very strong. Come back when the tics are worse. I can offer you Drug A and we can see if it helps. If not, come back and we can try Drug B. There is no connection with diet. Natural therapies or allergy approaches are no help.  
    Families are often annoyed with their neurologist or pediatrician for not being more helpful. Or for dissing them if they suggest they have seen a diet connection or other trigger for tics. But it's not entirely their fault!
     
    Doctors get their advice from the national Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA). For years the TSA has gone out of its way to make sure you don't use simple, natural approaches. It's appalling but true.
     
    Check out my latest article in the series that shows how the TSA discourages families from finding helpful approaches that you could start looking into today.
     
    The first comment to the linked article is fabulous, check it out. Then please add your own comment.
     
    http://latitudes.org/tourette-syndrome-association-investigated-part-seven/
     
    Children and families deserve better. Things won't change until we all make it happen!
     
    Sheila
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    Sheila got a reaction from kimballot in Dr. Triffiletti   
    Hi Pik,
     
    We know how very difficult it is to find a doctor that is the right fit for a family (Not to mention the expense!). Unfortunately, it is a major challenge.
     
    That said, we do our best to avoid focused discussions of any particular physician in this open forum.
     
    Members should please send a private message if they have any comments they would like to share.
     
    We hope you understand--and also hope you find the right doctor for your family.
     
    With best wishes, Sheila
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    Sheila got a reaction from kim in Why Tourette Syndrome Assoc Needs to be Investigated   
    Chances are, if you were satisfied with the treatment options that are available for Tourette syndrome and other tic disorders, you wouldn't be on this forum. So many families like you need help finding better therapies than the drugs that are offered. We've written a series of articles calling for an investigation of the Tourette Syndrome Association because for the last 40 years they have ignored information on safer, new directions for treatment while at the same time having a virtual monopoly on information provided to the media. Don't believe me? Click the links below and follow this effort. A 10 PART SERIES ONE Making our case – The first in a series of articles
     
    TWO Looking back 40 years
     
    THREE There’s a lack of research studies reflecting positive reports received
     
    FOUR Dr. Marshall Mandell’s amazing discovery was ignored by the TSA
     
    FIVE The TSA ignored the work of Doris Rapp, MD
     
    SIX The TSA medical board ignored the findings of the Alternative Therapy Network for Tourette syndrome even while TSA staff referred families to it and success stories with natural treatments were mutually shared.
     
    SEVEN The TSA and our organization had a liaison relationship for a few years . . . yet they sought to stifle our message and discourage people from trying natural approaches.
     
    EIGHT The TSA has failed to alert the public and medical community that environmental triggers can worsen Tourette syndrome symptoms. Their negligence is indefensible.
     
    NINE The TSA has censored and controlled the media message, making it difficult for families and physicians to learn of integrative and natural approaches to Tourette syndrome.
     
    TEN This is the final article in a series that has documented the Tourette Syndrome Association’s (TSA) failure to determine the cause of Tourette syndrome and find safe, effective treatments for symptoms.
    Please support this very important effort. We need to make sure research goes in the right direction and families learn about better options for treatment. Thank you, Sheila
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    Sheila got a reaction from Cleopatra in Why Tourette Syndrome Assoc Needs to be Investigated   
    Chances are, if you were satisfied with the treatment options that are available for Tourette syndrome and other tic disorders, you wouldn't be on this forum. So many families like you need help finding better therapies than the drugs that are offered. We've written a series of articles calling for an investigation of the Tourette Syndrome Association because for the last 40 years they have ignored information on safer, new directions for treatment while at the same time having a virtual monopoly on information provided to the media. Don't believe me? Click the links below and follow this effort. A 10 PART SERIES ONE Making our case – The first in a series of articles
     
    TWO Looking back 40 years
     
    THREE There’s a lack of research studies reflecting positive reports received
     
    FOUR Dr. Marshall Mandell’s amazing discovery was ignored by the TSA
     
    FIVE The TSA ignored the work of Doris Rapp, MD
     
    SIX The TSA medical board ignored the findings of the Alternative Therapy Network for Tourette syndrome even while TSA staff referred families to it and success stories with natural treatments were mutually shared.
     
    SEVEN The TSA and our organization had a liaison relationship for a few years . . . yet they sought to stifle our message and discourage people from trying natural approaches.
     
    EIGHT The TSA has failed to alert the public and medical community that environmental triggers can worsen Tourette syndrome symptoms. Their negligence is indefensible.
     
    NINE The TSA has censored and controlled the media message, making it difficult for families and physicians to learn of integrative and natural approaches to Tourette syndrome.
     
    TEN This is the final article in a series that has documented the Tourette Syndrome Association’s (TSA) failure to determine the cause of Tourette syndrome and find safe, effective treatments for symptoms.
    Please support this very important effort. We need to make sure research goes in the right direction and families learn about better options for treatment. Thank you, Sheila
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    Sheila got a reaction from ibcdbwc in Allergy Question?   
    Just a note that this mother http://latitudes.org/finding-help-last-diet-environment-causing-tourettes-ocd-child/ told me chicken was one of the foods her daughter was most allergic to. Not usually at the top of people's list.
     
     
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    Sheila got a reaction from mgullion in My son's Tics and Seasonal Allergies   
    Hi Megan,
     
    Welcome to the Forum -- we're are glad to have you here!
     
    I'll write more tomorrow, but in the meantime I'm wondering where you live related to the allergies being so bad. Also, you sound like awesome parents, having done so many interventions already. (Nice family photo!) Sheila
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    Sheila got a reaction from Pic13 in Pediatric Acute Neuropsychiatric Symptom Scale, Parent Version   
    A new scale for parents to rate the severity of obsessive compulsive symptoms and 11 associated neuropsychiatric symptoms (i.e., anxiety, moodiness, sleep disturbance) is in the development phase and available for use.

    The current scale is based on the clinical experience of doctors Susan Swedo, Miroslav Kovacevic, Beth Latimer, and James Leckman, with the help of parents Diana Pohlman, Keith Moore, and others.

    Instructions to complete and score the scale are included throughout the document.

    ACN appreciates that Dr. James Leckman, Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Psychology and Pediatrics at Yale, has given us permission to share the scale here. We hope it will be helpful to parents.

    Click here to view and print the scale.
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    Sheila got a reaction from MomWithOCDSon in Reseach on Autism and Deficits in Gut Bacteria   
    New study abstract (July 3, 2013) is below. Full research here. Discussion article here.  
    Reduced Incidence of Prevotella and Other Fermenters in Intestinal Microflora of Autistic ChildrenHigh proportions of autistic children suffer from gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, implying a link between autism and abnormalities in gut microbial functions. Increasing evidence from recent high-throughput sequencing analyses indicates that disturbances in composition and diversity of gut microbiome are associated with various disease conditions. However, microbiome-level studies on autism are limited and mostly focused on pathogenic bacteria. Therefore, here we aimed to define systemic changes in gut microbiome associated with autism and autism-related GI problems. We recruited 20 neurotypical and 20 autistic children accompanied by a survey of both autistic severity and GI symptoms.
     
    By pyrosequencing the V2/V3 regions in bacterial 16S rDNA from fecal DNA samples, we compared gut microbiomes of GI symptom-free neurotypical children with those of autistic children mostly presenting GI symptoms. Unexpectedly, the presence of autistic symptoms, rather than the severity of GI symptoms, was associated with less diverse gut microbiomes. Further, rigorous statistical tests with multiple testing corrections showed significantly lower abundances of the genera Prevotella,Coprococcus, and unclassified Veillonellaceae in autistic samples. These are intriguingly versatile carbohydrate-degrading and/or fermenting bacteria, suggesting a potential influence of unusual diet patterns observed in autistic children. However, multivariate analyses showed that autism-related changes in both overall diversity and individual genus abundances were correlated with the presence of autistic symptoms but not with their diet patterns. Taken together, autism and accompanying GI symptoms were characterized by distinct and less diverse gut microbial compositions with lower levels of Prevotella, Coprococcus, and unclassified Veillonellaceae.
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    Sheila got a reaction from Chemar in Teen accused bomb plot, rare form OCD/PANDAS   
    The article posted above by dut is a good place to end this discussion. The Child Mind Institute points out the dangers of associating a condition such as PANDAS with a particular act.
     
    http://www.childmind...d-and-bomb-plot
     
    It says in part: It's troubling whenever an act of violence is associated with a particular psychiatric disorder, because it's easy for people to stereotype other people with the disorder, wrongly, as prone to violence.
     
    Comments can be added to the Institute's article and you may wish to do that.
     
    Thank you all for your input on this difficult issue. Sheila
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    Sheila got a reaction from beeskneesmommy in Teen accused bomb plot, rare form OCD/PANDAS   
    The article posted above by dut is a good place to end this discussion. The Child Mind Institute points out the dangers of associating a condition such as PANDAS with a particular act.
     
    http://www.childmind...d-and-bomb-plot
     
    It says in part: It's troubling whenever an act of violence is associated with a particular psychiatric disorder, because it's easy for people to stereotype other people with the disorder, wrongly, as prone to violence.
     
    Comments can be added to the Institute's article and you may wish to do that.
     
    Thank you all for your input on this difficult issue. Sheila
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    Sheila got a reaction from Kathy4Him in Teen accused bomb plot, rare form OCD/PANDAS   
    The article posted above by dut is a good place to end this discussion. The Child Mind Institute points out the dangers of associating a condition such as PANDAS with a particular act.
     
    http://www.childmind...d-and-bomb-plot
     
    It says in part: It's troubling whenever an act of violence is associated with a particular psychiatric disorder, because it's easy for people to stereotype other people with the disorder, wrongly, as prone to violence.
     
    Comments can be added to the Institute's article and you may wish to do that.
     
    Thank you all for your input on this difficult issue. Sheila
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    Sheila got a reaction from twinmomny in Pediatric Acute Neuropsychiatric Symptom Scale, Parent Version   
    A new scale for parents to rate the severity of obsessive compulsive symptoms and 11 associated neuropsychiatric symptoms (i.e., anxiety, moodiness, sleep disturbance) is in the development phase and available for use.

    The current scale is based on the clinical experience of doctors Susan Swedo, Miroslav Kovacevic, Beth Latimer, and James Leckman, with the help of parents Diana Pohlman, Keith Moore, and others.

    Instructions to complete and score the scale are included throughout the document.

    ACN appreciates that Dr. James Leckman, Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Psychology and Pediatrics at Yale, has given us permission to share the scale here. We hope it will be helpful to parents.

    Click here to view and print the scale.
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    Sheila got a reaction from JosyJoy in Is this OCD? Need Advice   
    Good luck with looking into allergens and chemical exposures. Am not sure if you have seen this article on triggers on our site. It is expanded in our book (the book is featured on the website where those worksheets are provided); the article gives you a quick start. http://latitudes.org/articles/finding_triggers.htm
     
    The comment about infection was just a general one, am not implying that one exists. It's good he hasn't been on a lot of antibiotics.
     
    For sure it could be a good idea to look into candida, especially since this was mentioned to you already. Many with tics report a reaction to sugary and yeasty foods, and this is sometimes connected with candida.
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    Sheila got a reaction from JosyJoy in TS in Late Teen & Adulthood   
    For the inhalant allergies, you might want to consider Modified Quantitative Testing (MQT). It is mainstream, generally covered by insurance, and is considered more accurate than standard skin pricks. It provides a more specialized therapeutic dose than standard inhalant testing. Could look for someone experienced in this technique.
     
    If you introduce a new food back into his diet that you already know he has been sensitive to, a very small amount should be used to avoid the possibility of a significant reaction. Also, try to have it in pure form (not a processed food) and organic. For example, a little organic cream of wheat made with water versus a muffin. This assumes wheat is a problem, not a gluten sensitivity.
     
    Avoidance of a food for more than a year is often helpful in reducing reactions in mild to moderate food issues, but it depends on the severity and type of food. Peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish are often the most long term. Some allergists prefer to have a child retested for a food before introducing it orally, to be sure it seems safe -- again, depending on the circumstances; and some want to have any oral challenge done in their office. You can be the judge of whether that is needed based on the level of reactions to foods that you've seen.
     
    It is important to be sure that he avoids all chemical additives in foods including artificial sweeteners, while you also watch the environmental exposures. And keep sugars to a minimum.
     
    Has anything else changed for him -- new house, remodeling or painting, leaks and mold, pest treatments, new car, new or remodeled school? And what do you think about his bedroom--how is it as far as electromagnetic exposures and dust, pets, etc?
     
    Sheila
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    Sheila got a reaction from JosyJoy in Is this OCD? Need Advice   
    Hi -- again, have a related comment under your Tourettes forum thread.
     
    NAET is difficult for me to respond on. Some people find it helpful and some reputable practitioners endorse energy medicine like NAET and similar approaches; other families report it was not useful. It may depend both on the the individual health circumstances and the person doing the testing.(If NAET treatments were going to clear the food allergies, shouldn't your son be able to tolerate the foods better and not need the strict elimination diet? Or did you just use it for identifying troublesome foods?)
     
    I can say that OCD, tics and hyperactivity can all be affected by foods, allergens, and chemical exposures. I personally would explore more traditional testing for inhalants (as mentioned in Tourette forum). Not sure if that is feasible for you.
     
    It's not possible to predict whether managing allergies will completely eliminate symptoms, but it should help. If there is an unidentified exposure or infection that is creating an underlying immune hypersensitivity, it could be difficult to completely heal until those factors are under control.
     
    These are just general comments, naturally can't be sure about your particular situation. You son sounds like a real trooper though, having cooperated with your efforts -- and fortunately finding some success. Sheila
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    Sheila got a reaction from JosyJoy in Is this OCD? Need Advice   
    Hi JosyJoy, I just posted a note to you in the Tourettes forum, where you had started a thread. It is related to food allergy and other allergens, and how they can cross react. Not sure if you will find that a match for your son. http://www.latitudes.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=19978
     
    We do know from reports we receive that OCD behaviors can be triggered by foods and allergens, though of course there can be other factors playing a role, as Nancy has pointed out. Hope you will keep us posted on how things work out for you and your son. Sheila
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    Sheila got a reaction from JosyJoy in TS in Late Teen & Adulthood   
    Hi JosyJoy, It's good you have been able to stick to a rotation diet and see improvement with tics, and you say you've seen they get worse if he eats the wrong food. But I know that is hard to maintain that diet. Sometimes people can let up on the diet a little after an extended time, or at least experiment with doing that. Sometimes the food reaction is related in part to the total load of allergic issues a person is dealing with.
     
    In other words, if he is an allergic child and those allergies are not under control (dust, mold, pollen, animal dander) or he is exposed to toxins/scented products his food sensitivities might be worse. Since he is so sensitive to foods, there is a chance he is also sensitive to other things in his environment. Did your doctor advise you in this area or have you had a chance to look into it?
     
    Tics often do get better with age-- just as childhood allergies often improve over time. Of course it is hard to predict.
    The Great Smokies Medical Center clarifies some of the common cross reactions that can occur between foods and inhalant allergens. See the info below. Does your son have allergies? If so, they may need to be controlled in order to get the best response to dietary approaches.
     
     
    If you are especially allergic to ragweed, there is an increased chance that you will react to the following foods through cross-reactivity: chamomile, melons, squash, egg, milk, mint, bananas, and lettuce.
     
    If you are especially allergic to grass pollen, there is an increased chance through cross-reactivity that you will be allergic to: legumes, including beans, peas, cottonseed, soybean, and its byproducts, and cooking fats.
     
    If you are especially allergic to birch pollen, there is an increased chance that you will react to the following foods through cross-sensitivity: raw apples, carrots, and celery. More info from this site here.
     
    Does any of this seem to be a match for your son? Sheila
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