Our chiropractor suggested we try Applied kinesiology. It is a technique used to diagnose illness or choose treatment by testing muscles for strength and weakness. She uses it to desensitize the body to potential “allergens”. So in the assessment lo and behold our son showed a sensitivity to neurotransmitters! She went ahead and desensitized him. We noticed that the vocal tics have diminished, however, we started him back on his medication about a month ago. So which worked? I for one was desensitized to the pollen using this method and I have not had any allergy issue yet!
So after a five month break, where we did not need to have any medication at all, we had to get back of them. My son started have vocal tics, repeating the word “probably” all the time, and obliging us to acknowledge the fact that he said it. Plus he started having to say it louder and louder. So after a month we started him on Risperidone again at the minimum dose. Practically immediately he started have anxiety issues. Is that due to the meds or is it part of Tourette’s? Also noticed he’s cranky, tired and winey now. But after three weeks he started saying maybe a lot less and is doing better. It is so hard to assess though which is better: repeating probably/maybe every other sentence loudly or being scared tired and winey. Hopefully in October he’ll do better again, like last year.
The active ingredient in many insect repellents, deet, has been found to be toxic to the central nervous system. Vincent Corbel from the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement in Montpellier, and Bruno Lapied from the University of Angers, France, led a team of researchers who investigated the mode of action and toxicity of deet. Corbel said, “We’ve found that deet is not simply a behavior-modifying chemical but also inhibits the activity of a key central nervous system enzyme, acetycholinesterase, in both insects and mammals”.
So I believe it would be better to use natural bug spays instead.
Many believe that tics are worse due to allergens The problem is trying to identify these. For my son we saw that his tics would be bad for three days and then subside. A doctor suggested a food sensitivity due to the cycle and sure enough we have reduced the severity of his tics by eliminating nitrates, food coloring’s, and anything else containing chemicals. But what if that was not enough? Next week I’m taking him to the Chiropractor to do a NAET muscle-testing procedure.
The Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET) is based on curing the pathways of energy in the body using applied kinesiology and acupressure points. It is very far removed from Western Medicine!
The treatment begins with muscle testing for the “basic” allergies, as defined by Dr. Nambudripad: eggs, calcium, Vitamin C, B-Complex, Sugar, iron, Vitamin A, mineral mix, salt, corn and grain mix. When holding a vial of one of these allergens in your hand, your other arm is tested for muscle strength – the practitioner tries to push your arm down. If you continue to have muscle strength, no allergy is present. If you become weak and can’t hold your arm up, an allergy is present.
If you do have an allergy, then acupressure points are stimulated while holding the vial of allergen. After that you must hold the vial for 20 minutes. Subsequent to the treatment, you must stay away from all foods that contain the allergen for 25 hours.
When buying potatoes, avoid the slightly green ones. The chemical solanine, which gives the potato a green tint, can interfere with nerve impulses, cause diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain.
High fat foods linked with brain chemical changes: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2012/12/12/fat-food-brain-chemical-changes-depression-withdrawal_n_2287880.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003
“It’s clear that trans fats are bad — both for your heart and now, we see, for your brain,” the researcher of that study, Dr. Gene Bowman, of Oregon Health & Science University, told HuffPost Food. “So I would recommend that people stay away from all trans fats. If you aren’t sure whether something has them, just look at the ingredients; if there’s vegetable shortening, partially hydrogenated anything… just put it down. That’s the big message here.”
Soups are the best way to get our kids to eat their veggies. Make them from scratch and they should be appreciated. The bodies of our little ones are so challenged by their tics that their immune system could be weakened. It is up to us to help their immune system as much as possible by getting our kids to eat properly. And that means getting their servings of fruits and vegetables. I serve smoothies all year long, salads on warm days and soups on colds days. The wonderful thing about soups is that you can also prepare a big amount and eat it over several days.
My son prefers the veloutes which are creamy and tasty (if you do a Google search you can easily find a couple of recipes) and I like them cause they are simple and get the kids used to the taste of vegetables.