Winter holidays should be a source of joy, but between the treats, allergens, and new electronic “toys,” many experience just the opposite.
Allergens in the home can include fresh trees, special occasion scented candles and air fresheners/potpourri, and dust from holiday items stored in the attic.
A reader, Rob, wrote today:
It could be coincidence but I’m noticing a tic flare up in my son from playing video games (Wii and Nintendo DS). I also noticed an increase after eating items with food dyes, like cupcakes or cookies with sprinkles on top, like Jimmies, etc.
I answered Rob that many find a similar connection with tics, foods, and video games or TV. The article “Ritalin Caused My Tics and Now I Need Answers to Treat Them,” addresses this topic.
Free worksheets to track down triggers
Rob was provided links to free worksheets that can help him keep track of possible triggers as he tries to identify more, as well as confirm any connections he suspects. The worksheets are excerpted from our book Natural Treatments for Tics and Tourettes:
As we start a New Year, be sure to double check that your home is scent-free, with no toxic chemicals, and your foods are natural and additive-free.
We appreciate your support for ACN Latitudes and wish everyone a healthy and happy new year.