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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.”
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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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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: 8 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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.Read more ›
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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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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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