Bonnie Grimaldi, a medical technologist, set out singlehandedly to find a nutritional treatment that would help reduce symptoms of Tourette syndrome and associated conditions.
While raising two children and working part-time, she dedicated herself to a study of the literature, and later developed a theory that has been accepted for publication in Medical Hypotheses: “The Central Role of Magnesium Deficiency in Tourette Syndrome: Causal Relationships between Magnesium Deficiency, Altered Biochemical Pathways and Symptoms Relating to Tourette Syndrome and Several Reported Comorbid Conditions.”
Grimaldi came up with a nutrient combination and dietary recommendations that she believed could help reduce symptoms of TS and ADHD for some people. Several individuals tried the protocol themselves or on their children. While a few had no improvement, others found it reduced tics, improved attention, alleviated obsessive compulsive tendencies, and/or improved mood and frustration to varying degrees. As word spread, more families experimented with it, even for autism. Grimaldi urged everyone to provide feedback, and many of those positive testimonials are on her Web site. Latitudes also received and printed letters from readers.
The original program required the purchase of several different products and brands to provide the recommended combination, and compliance was a problem. Grimaldi focused on developing a single product that would improve compliance and allow for consistent quality. She approached a reputable manufacturer to develop ts-PLUS CONTROL, as well as supportive supplements, under the company name BonTech. One significant hurdle remains — there are no studies on the products. BonTech expects studies to begin in the near future. Says Grimaldi, “I know there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all supplement. But I also know that this balanced formula can significantly help some people. I just wanted to make it available for those who want to try it.”
The cost appears comparable to other nutritional supplement programs of this type, but unfortunately most health insurance plans do not cover the cost of supplements.
The Association for Comprehensive NeuroTherapy (ACN) did not receive compensation for this article.