We have an 8-year-old child who has a combination of Tourette syndrome and mild obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Through nutrition, cleansing, and supplements over the past year, we have seen some dramatic improvements.
A couple of weeks ago we looked at some brand new homes. As soon as we walked in the door the smell of “newness” really hit our noses. I noticed that there was a warning flier on the counter cautioning those who may suffer from asthma or other respiratory problems that they could suffer a reaction from the formaldehyde fumes. It took us about 45 minutes to look at the two homes we were interested in.
As we got in the car and started driving home we noticed that our son’s behavior went down the tube; he became very irritable, whiny, and unreasonable. His tics also became quite intense. The thought that it could be the formaldehyde briefly crossed my mind. The next morning he was better, and that afternoon we looked at a few more “new” homes. Within about 30 minutes our son experienced the same reaction as the day before. I don’t think this was a coincidence.
I called the poison control center and found out that formaldehyde is pretty hard to get away from. It is in the following: glues, preservatives (it happens to be one of the ingredients in vaccines), building materials, permanent press fabric, latex rubber, paper making, disinfectants, dye, plywood, particle board, cosmetics, some shampoos, some paints, and insulation. New carpeting is often sprayed with this chemical, and high heat over 100 degrees or humidity, such as from shampooing your carpets, can re-release the fumes. Many dried herbs are sprayed with it to preserve freshness.
Most people who have a child with Tourette’s probably know to stay away from aspartame (NutraSweet). Aspartame is made in part from formaldehyde. When the product is consumed it reportedly breaks down into formaldehyde once again.
When I think back to our son’s history, his tics first started when he was about three. We had just moved into a brand new home. His OCD greatly intensified during the first part of first grade when we had finished the basement and just installed a new carpet. I don’t think formaldehyde is his only trigger, but it is definitely a major one. We would never have figured it out had we not gone to see those new homes. I hope our story might be of help to others out there.
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