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TIC Talk on Facebook

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TIC Talk is a group created initially for parents of kids with Tourettes. However, adults with TS are welcome to join us. The group is listed as closed to respectfully keep private things shared amongst the group. There are over 400 members so it is a good forum.

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January 31, 2012 at 9:56 pm

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Yeast-Free Diet

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When we called Martha (see Electrodermal Screening post) for the first time she suggested that Kendrick might have a Candida infection and we should eliminate malt, vinager, and peanuts (fermented foods). That seemed very easy to do, and quite amazingly three days later my son was way better!!!! About two months later, when we went to see her, we started a yeast free diet when she confirmed my son had a Candida infection.

The Candida yeast is a part of the gut flora, a group of microorganisms that live in your intestine. When the Candida population starts getting out of control it weakens the intestinal wall, penetrating through into the bloodstream and spreading throughout the body. As it spreads it produces toxic by-products that cause damage to your body tissues and organs, weakening your immune system. Candida infections, also known as candidiasis, can be controlled and eventually eliminated through proper treatment and care.

Tourette’s Disorder is a neurological disorder, which means it originates in the brain and/or the nervous system. It is believed it may be caused by a malfunctioning in the way the brain uses its neurotransmitters. Although sometimes neurotransmitter abnormalities can be genetic and one may be born with them, they may also occur later in response to a variety of other situations. Other factors that alter or deplete neurotransmitters are a diet lacking in adequate protein, a diet high in sugar, white flour and other refined junk food, caffeine, nutritional deficiencies, Candida overgrowth, food allergies or sensitivities.

After eliminating malt, vinegar and peanuts, we eliminated sugar, except for natural sugars in fruits. Then I read two books and used the yeast free diet guide on the women to women’s website. It has a nice list of of foods you can and can’t eat. The books were “An Extraordinary Power to Heal” by Bruce Semon and Lori Kornblum and “Feast without Yeast” by Jeannie and Bruce Semon. They helped alot to understand what we were doing and why. We did not eliminate milk from his diet.

My son is doing way better. He is still taking Resperidone, but we have been able to reduce the dose substantially. He definately has a food sensitivity and his diet is very important to reduce the tics. The hardest part of this diet was finding bread. So many contain malted barley or vinager. The one we use is the Tuscan Pane Bread from Trader Joes. The ingrediants are wheat flour, water, sourdough starter, salt, and natural enzymes.

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January 16, 2012 at 6:26 pm

The Atlas Bone and Tourette

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Electrodermal screening is used to find issues by measuring the electrical resistance on the skin’s surface. It detects energy imbalances along the invisible lines of the body described by acupuncturists as meridians (see my post on this for more details). Martha is a specialist in using natural therapies and uses this machine to see what the body’s problems are. We went to see her in Alabama and with this machine she found that my son had a problem with his atlas bone.

Upon our return we searched for a good chiropractor. We found out that some chiroprators specialize in altas bones, and there were three in our area. We chose to go see Dr Windman. She is an upper cervical specialist and is a Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist. This method uses a compression wave to realign the atlas bone, instead of manual manipulation.

Our first appointment confirmed that Kendrick’s atlas bone was displaced, most probably due to a whiplash injury, of which I have no recollection happening. One of his legs was 1 1/2 inches shorter than the other and one shoulder was lower than the other as well. X-rays later confirmed that the atlas bone was out of place by 7 degrees. A displaced atlas bone causes the whole spinal cord and pelvis to also go crooked and the distorted skelatel structure can cause nerve dammage. Also, the compression this displaced bone could be causing to the spinal fluid flows between the spinal cord and the surrounding vertebral column and so could be affecting his nerves seriously.

We went back for the actual “procedure” of putting his bone back in place. It was painless and took less than a few seconds. We measured his legs again, and they were the same length! Kendrick was feeling sluggish for an hour or two, and that was it. And most importantly his tics have diminished substantially since. We are continuing the visits to the Chiropractor, going once a month to make sure he is fine.

Is it possible that muscular tics reflect a “weakness” in the area of the tic? I have not seen anything written yet related to this, but my son had tics in the neck / shoulder area and these went away afterwards. His whole body tics have subsided as well.

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January 14, 2012 at 6:47 pm

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