You don’t know me, but I am enormously grateful for your wonderful book Natural Treatments for Tics and Tourettes. It gave me comfort to read about other parents’ experiences and children’s reactions to certain stimuli that my nine-year-old daughter, Tammie, had also been having. For example, when I had told the neurologist that she ticced more in front of the TV I had the impression he thought I was imagining it.
Tammie first started having tics four years ago, at age five. She was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome (TS) two years ago. The symptoms were serious enough that top neurologists in London offered us drugs to calm the tics, but we declined. Instead, with the help of a nutritionist, we embarked on a healthier nutritional regime.
We began a search for a cause, and watched her carefully in an attempt to discover any triggering factors for increases in tics. Your book has given us a way forward, particularly in an environment where mainstream medicine seems to approach the subject from a very narrow perspective. Through trial and error, we learned a great deal about what was aggravating her symptoms.
We also have a son, and we blame some of his developmental delays in early childhood—cognitive processing issues and a stammer—on the thimerosal used in his baby vaccines. However, we cannot blame Tammie’s tics or Tourette’s on the vaccines or thimerosal, as she was not vaccinated. Neither my husband nor I have any known history of these conditions.
Initially we started her on a holistic approach that reduced her tics by, I’d guess, 80%. At the same time, her complex tics were reduced to simple tics. We were happy but not satisfied. We then tightened up on her diet even more and added a few additional measures.
After two years her tics are now 95% gone and we are so relieved. These are the interventions we have used, in order of what I believe had the most impact:
- We follow a much stricter diet: Gluten- and dairy- free; no processed sugar, additives, or preservatives;
- Additional use of organic body products that contain no chemical scents or perfumes;
- Cranial osteopathy;
- Green-lensed glasses (designed for people with dyslexia) which calm the visual “message” received by the brain when watching TV, at the cinema, or using screens. They are also helpful for reading and doing school work. With the screens, the glasses help reduce the number and frequency of tics. For school work, it helps improve the concentration and minimizes distraction from unwanted eye movement.
Overall we feel the results have been just short of a miracle. In the end, we did not need to use any of the drugs, such as Clonidine, that were offered. Tammie is doing beautifully, is socially at ease, and has made great strides in her school work.
I endeavor to spread the word of this work so that we can positively impact other people’s lives. I have attended a Tourette’s Parent Group here in London and recommended your book and a purer diet to many parents whose children are really suffering with TS. Even if just one of them investigates further with positive impact, that would be wonderful.
I also showed your book to one of the leading neurologists in England and her team who specialize in children’s tics. As part of one of the Parent Groups, they have referred other parents to make use of the checklists in your book, which is fantastic. I would love for them to link up with you and your contacts in the USA, as they are commissioning various research projects. I continue to push the role of allergy, one of the key messages I took from your book, as being co-morbid with tics and TS. I believe this area is seriously overlooked when looking look for the actual causes of TS.
I hope you keep up the fabulous work.
Editor: We appreciate this positive feedback and join in the family’s joy in their successful treatment of their daughter’s Tourette syndrome with natural approaches. We are also very grateful for the efforts made by Tammie’s mother to help spread the message of ACN Latitudes. The author’s name was withheld on request.