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84 of 86 people found the following review helpful
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.
61 of 72 people found the following review helpful
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.
43 of 50 people found the following review helpful
The only way... Dec 26 2005
By Christine - Published on Amazon.com
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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...
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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.)
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
eye opening and EXCELLENT book Jan. 9 2012
By homestead - Published on Amazon.com
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my son who is 5 and extremely healthy started to exhibit extreme neck tics out of NO WHERE. looking back he did have a brief eye tic that went away for a few weeks the year before. However his neck and face tics came on fast and furious out of no where. my son has always been extremely well behaved, great concentration level, great socially and this really was scary. we took him to a neurologist and his pediatrician who were useless. said they knew nothing about tics (no one does in the medical community) and that they grow out of them and not much they can do. if it becomes severe they would then treat it with SERIOUS drugs (not anything i was going to do). i've always been interested in natural remedies and grew up on them. i read this book and it was FASCINATING to hear about how some of things these can be fixed with a simple diet. so that is what we tried first. i realized our son although a healthy eater ate way too much surgar and snacks - not enough real food. he had just started kindergarden and we packed his lunch - so he was getting a lot of snacky food. we cut down the snacks, sugar - - starting pushing more veggies and fruit and kale and greens. then put him on fish oil (1 tab and a half a day) and a supplement for kelp. we did see a naturopath and this was recommended. his face tics when away IMMEDIALTEY along with the neck. literally instead of doing a tic every 30 seconds all day long - he does one once a day or not at all. i did run out of fish oil as the brand i liked was on back order. he stopped and guess what - the tics came back. not as bad but just more often (more like five times a day). he's back on the fish oil and poof gone again. he still does them occasionally like maybe once a week or every other day - so we're going to see a allergist. but i SWEAR by this book. for all you nay sayers. JUST STOP! just try some simple recommendations and you will see it works. The medical community makes WAY TO MUCH MONEY off drugs so ofcourse they think this is all crap cause they have a lot to loose. drugs stop the symptoms not the underlying problem. these remedies and supplement get a the root cause. a TIC just means something is off - but i swear it can be fixed.


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