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Natural Treatments for Tics and Tourette's: A Patient and Family Guide [Paperback]

Sheila J. Rogers

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Oct. 21 2008
This welcome guide explains how to treat tics and Tourette’s syndrome using natural and alternative therapies, from nutritional therapy, behavioral and counseling therapies, EEG biofeedback, and homeopathy to bodywork, energy medicine, and Chinese medicine. Author Sheila Rogers discusses categories of tics including spasmodic facial movements, eye blinking, mild sounds, and humming. She persuasively counters the medical establishment’s standard claim that such disorders are “mysterious” and based in genetics. The dramatic spike in cases, she argues, belies this explanation. Natural Treatments for Tics and Tourette’s takes a closer look at the environmental factors and underlying physical imbalances that trigger these conditions’ symptoms. In this second edition to Tics and Tourette's: Breakthrough Discoveries in NaturalTreatments, Rogers offers a detailed natural treatment plan. No more will patients have to rely on traditional, drug-based treatments that often carry multiple side effects. In eight sections, the book offers advice from medical experts, the latest reports in medical research, a checklist of common tic triggers, inspirational stories from families who have successfully conquered tics and Tourette’s, and practical worksheets for readers to use in their treatment and research. Each of the 23 chapters includes a place for notes and “Takeaway Tips” summarizing key points.

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“With this book we are competently and comprehensively ushered into a new era of treatment for children. It is a triumph and an indispensable guide for any parent of a child with a neurological disorder—ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, autism, and mood disorders…. Nowhere else can parents find such a well-organized and scientifically documented presentation of promising alternative medical treatments. Countless families will find this book a comfort, an intelligent, easy-to-read reference, and a lifeline for bringing their child back to health.”
—Tamar Chansky, PhD, author of Freeing Your Child from OCD; Freeing Your Child from Anxiety
 
“Whether you’re concerned with minor tics or a more serious case of Tourette syndrome, you’ll find yourself turning to this book again and again for its enlightening exploration of treatment choices and practical steps toward healing.”
—Chris Phelps-Thiry, EdD, former state chapter chair of the Connecticut Tourette Syndrome Association
 
Natural Treatments for Tics & Tourette’s is an alternative treatment guide for sufferers of Tourette’s who don’t want to turn to traditional drugs and their high saturation of side effects. With insights from various medical experts, author Sheila Rogers offers many routes to minimizing the effects of Tourette’s.”
Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Sheila J. Rogers, MS, lectures widely on Tourette’s syndrome and directs the Association for Comprehensive NeuroTherapy (ACN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to exploring advanced and alternative nontoxic treatments for a variety of conditions. The editor of Latitudes Online and contributor to Better Brains, Naturally, she lives in Broken Arrow, OK.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Our child will have a normal life, thanks to the info in this book Jan. 21 2006
By Always Learning - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is perfect for families looking for "alternative" treatments for tics syndromes. Our elementary school child had frequent tics which were not resolving on their own. We did not want to put him on drugs because of all the possible side effects that people we knew had told us about.

This book explains possible causes of tics and gives terrific suggestions and things to try with your child. We started off with avoiding some of the triggers that the author Sheila Rogers mentions. Amazingly, after a week the tics went away!! This gave us confidence that this wasn't some permanent condition that we just had to live with. Once we understood more about how a faulty immune system could likely be an underlying cause, something the book describes well, we found a doctor to help us with testing and natural treatments--so far it has mostly been diet change and over the counter supplements. The book also helps guide you to the right kind of doctor for this, since most neurologists today still tend to teach acceptance or provide drugs. I see this book as a 'must read' before going the route of drugs.

Our son's tics are completely gone and we no longer have to avoid as many triggers now that his immune system is stronger. The side benefits are that our son is sleeping better and has more energy. It scares me to think we could have put him on drugs to mask the symptoms instead of addressing the underlying cause.

Families reading this should know that the book doesn't give a one-size-fits-all formula, which unfortunately doesn't seem to exist yet, but rather a list of things that you can try with your child. The parent must still be a detective and the process takes diligence. I have spent countless hours searching the internet for solutions, and I thought this book provided by far the most comprehensive explanation I have ever seen about what can cause tics and what can be done to minimize and even eliminate them.

The book has not only the theory, but also practical ideas that really make a difference. The success stories alone are touching and very encouraging. Our family is proof that the methods can work. It is such a joy and relief to see my son so happy and his face and body so relaxed.
45 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only way... Dec 26 2005
By Christine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My son was diagnosed with Tourette's syndrome a few years ago. We went through the wringer with everything from anti-ADHD agents to anti-depressants, etcetera. What I have found is that he is 150% better...but only because of natural remedies. Vitamin supplementation, diet, exercise, and cognitive strategies have been far more helpful than the poisons the psychiatrist prescribed. However, I am not anti-medication...I am only anti-med when it comes to my son's treatment. Why? Because the psych meds just don't seem to work for him.

I think it's sad that so many parents out there blindly follow the "doctor's orders." If your child has been diagnosed with TS, please buy this book. It's worth a try. Also, check out Latitudes and BrainTalk. Both are online communities that have tons to offer in the way of alternative treatments and support/friendship.

If your child is worse on the meds...If you're sick of the doctors not listening...If you're scared of long-term med side-effects...If you've reached the end of your rope...Remember: nothing changes if nothing changes. It's worth a try.

There is hope to be had...
63 of 75 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly "non-scientific" alternative medicine Dec 12 2009
By Just thinking - Published on Amazon.com
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I am an RN and am conditioned to favor very scientific researched evidence. Although I appreciated the books attempts to link things such as fluoride, aspartame, pesticides, mold, yeast overgrowth, and allergies to Tourette Syndrome, it seemed that most of all links were "hearsay" and letters from readers. It would say something like "many people report that eating sweet increases their tics."

Of course I believe that having a healthy body (exercising, eating well, sleeping enough) will make anyone's tics better, I couldn't buy into the stretched logic that drinking fluoride in water exacerbates tics.

After reading it I just felt completely frustrated like everything from the dust in the air to the sugar in my sons corn cereal was making his tics worse. I finally went online and watched this hour long Tourette seminar from the leading Yale expert Dr. John Walkup and I felt enormously better (I am told it is now a 4 hour long presentation). It is like sitting in the doctor's office of the biggest expert on Tics as he presents all of the cutting edge research to you bit by bit for free! You can get to it by going to the Tourette Syndrome association website and clicking on the newly diagnosed link under the parent section. I was able to get the facts that I was craving.

I hope I haven't offended anyone, that wasn't my intention. This book simply wasn't what I was looking for.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheila J. Rogers Has Opened Doors of HOPE! June 27 2007
By Raymond Vacchino - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Tics and Tourette's: Breakthrough Discoveries in Natural Treatments

As a concert-pianist, music therapist, author, and an individual living with Tourette Syndrome, I must "take my hat off" to Sheila Rogers for bringing together a cascade of knowledge by various doctors, pediatric neurologists,
authors and many other leading authorities. As there is no cure for Tourette Syndrome, parents, families and adults are desperately seeking out new innovations and ideas with the hope that somewhere a new approach/approaches will come to the forefront. This book offers exactly what so many have been looking for, thought provoking ideas without the side-effects of medication, approaches that
are natural and display underlying common sense!
Since reading the book, I have followed many of the innovative ideas and have found improvement in my own tics.
As a music therapist, which is also a natural, non side effect technique, I have incorporated the many findings in this book with my own student's!

BRAVO! SHEILA J. ROGERS!, what will you come up with next!

Author: Raymond Vacchino M.Mus.(MT) A.Mus. L.R.S.M. Licentiate (hon.)
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a MUST HAVE resource! Jan. 11 2007
By Melinda Syvertsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
After a diagnosis of Tourettes Syndrome a few month ago, and hearing that my 12 year old would "grow out of it" from the medical community, I decided to investigate on my own. My son also has eczema, allergies (environmental and food) and asthma. Being on too much medicine already for a child (in my opinion), another prescription was out of the question. This book is a God-send! I see our situation throughout the book, and Sheila J. Rogers has written in a way that is easy to understand. She provides hope and practical information that I have already put into action (and I'm only half way through the book!). The book does not demean the medical community, but offers an alternative to us who refuse to believe that this is how our loved one has to be. The advice in this book is sound commonsense from reputable sources backed by experience from families of children with TS. I highly recommned this book as a vital key in helping your loved one. Whether your loved one is newly diagnosed, on medication, or you just suspect there is something "wrong"... you need this book!

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