Natural Treatments for Tics and Tourette's: A Patient and Family Guide Paperback – Oct 21 2008
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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 Rogers DeMare, MS, lectures on Tourette syndrome and is director of the Association for Comprehensive NeuroTherapy (ACN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to exploring advanced and alternative nontoxic treatments for a variety of related neurological conditions. The editor/director of Latitudes.org and StopTicsToday.org, she lives in Grosse Ile, MI.
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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.
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.
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...
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