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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1 edition (October 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556437471
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556437472
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

More About the Author

Sheila Rogers DeMare is a leader in the field of integrative therapies for neuropsychiatric disorders. She is founder and director of the international nonprofit organization Association for Comprehensive NeuroTherapy and editor of the website Latitudes.org. She communicates regularly with physicians, families, and organizations to learn and share new findings on treating neurological conditions with integrative medical methods. She served on the advisory board for Health Journal Television for several years during its production (hosted by General Alexander Haig).

Sheila is author of the Amazon best-seller Natural Treatments for Tics and Tourettes, distributed by Random House and co-author of Your Child Has Changed: Should You Consider PANDAS, and Behavior Charts to the Rescue.

A national speaker on Tourette syndrome she is co-author of the study "Nutritional supplements and complementary/alternative medicine in Tourette syndrome" (J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol).

In her career as a certified school psychologist, Sheila served as Mental Health Liaison for the School District of Palm Beach County, and was program developer for highly successful children's service programs in Palm Beach County.

Sheila resides with her husband in Grosse Ile, Michigan.

Customer Reviews

And this book was a great tool for just that.
Linda Helgesen
This book is a comprehensive educational resource on natural and alternative treatments for tics and Tourette's.
LK
This book explains possible causes of tics and gives terrific suggestions and things to try with your child.
Always Learning

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85 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Always Learning on January 21, 2006
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.
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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Christine on December 26, 2005
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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...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Raymond Vacchino on June 27, 2007
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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.)
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64 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Just thinking on December 12, 2009
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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.
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