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    My sister has a 4 year old son with Autism. She has started him on a dairy free, gluten free diet and cannot believe the difference. I am thinking about doing the same. Anyone have any success with this?

    Sara

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    Anyone tried controlling behavior and tics with diet?

    Saracronk,

    I am new to this site. I have suspected for some time that my son has ADD and Tourette's.

    We just went to the Tourette's clinic at Toronto Western yesterday. The Dr. was excellent and he confirmed my suspicions.

    I have not changed my sons diet much but I have noticed an improvement in his ability to pay attention by putting DHA (fish oil) in his smoothies in the morning.

    I believe that there is something to an elimination diet and it certainly couldn't hurt. Try and do it gradually or it will cause all of you a lot of stress.

    Candis

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      Thank you, .....more

      Hi there! How old is your son? I live in Orangeville Ontario and Travel to Brampton to see a Psyciatrist. I have tried the learning factors school aid products in the past and am thinking about re-starting them. My son has been diagnosed a year ago with Tourette's, OCD, ODD and ADHD. He also has sensory problems. It has been difficult on our family and on my son. He is doing quite well right now, with few tics and behaviour issues. The problem is that things can change fast. My son (Mason) is 6.

      Take Care Sara

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        Anyone tried controlling behavior and tics with diet?

        Hi again.

        My son is 9 and just diagnosed this week with Tourette's and ADHD without the hyperactivity. He is homeschooled and the DR. said that although we don't see hyperactivity in him now, if he was at school for 6 hours a day we might have seen that. Anyway, fortunately he does not need any medication at this time.

        There is a woman that has a website and she's done a lot of research into diet, supplements and Tourette's. I'll see if I can find it for you and let you know what it is.

        You travel a long way to get to a dr. as well. We're northeast of Newmarket. Getting downtown was a long drive but worth it as we only had to wait a little over a month to get in and this clinic is great.
        Candis

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        • #5
          Anyone tried controlling behavior and tics with diet?

          Sorry, I couldn't find the specific article but there is a lot of info about diet and Tourette's out there. Try a search specifying diet & tourette's or diet & adhd and you'll come up with a lot of interesting information.

          Also, Doris Rapp is an excellent author on diet and ADHD and she also has a book out regarding diet and Tourette's.

          I hope this helps you.
          Candis

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            Anyone tried controlling behavior and tics with diet?

            Has any research into diet in connection with TS been performed using scientifically based, controlled studies?
            Steve
            TouretteLinks Forum

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            • #7
              Anyone tried controlling behavior and tics with diet?

              Steve,

              Most of what I've found has been anecdotal. I can't recall having found anything from scientific studies.

              There is relatively little information regarding Tourette's & diet specifically. There is more information on diet & ADHD and often there will be references to children having Tourette's as well.

              At least that's what I've found in my search. And keeping in mind that this is information on the internet and may not necessarily be reliable.

              Candis

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                Anyone tried controlling behavior and tics with diet?

                >>>And keeping in mind that this is information on the internet and may not necessarily be reliable<<<

                Candis,

                Your point is well taken. There is a lot about TS that is still not fully understood, and so it's understandable that people will sometimes lose hope in conventional therapies.

                However, most conventional therapies are research based, which gives thm a bit more credibility than anecdotal reports.

                What success has there been with diet control and ADHD?
                Steve
                TouretteLinks Forum

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                • #9
                  Anyone tried controlling behavior and tics with diet?

                  I have been told (by my neuroligist) that diet can help but its more of what not to eat or drink. I know she said that products with high sugar can set tics off. Also, caffine can also be bad. I know when I drink coke or something, my tics go up.
                  The other day at a local grocery store, I saw a rack with books on it and one of them said, "pregancy for dummies"............

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                  • #10
                    Anyone tried controlling behavior and tics with diet?

                    We are trying a homeopathic approach to ease my son's tics. My homeopath felt confident that he could help us with this disorder. We however are in the very early stages of this (we don't yet have a confirmed diagnosis)
                    Homeopathy has helped us in many ways. My son no longer has asthma, eczema and it helped develop an imature digestive system in my son. My son's pediatricians were of no help in these areas so we are trying this route first instead of last this time.
                    I've found no mention of anyone else going this route and I'm anxious to see what results we get.

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                    • #11
                      Anyone tried controlling behavior and tics with diet?

                      I know from my family that milk products can really mess with the body, including the brain.

                      My youngest daughter (13), who I know has ADHD (and was homeschooled to the end of grade six for that reason, because I had no intentions of putting her on Ritalin) is intolerant to all dairy products. When she eats ice cream, she gets uncontrollably hyper, laughing hysterically for no reason at all and being completely out of control. When she eats anything with cheese (like pizza), she gets depressed as well as feeling sick to her stomach.

                      My son will get very hyper when he drinks milk. Unfortunately, he loves milk, and I can't stop him from drinking it any more, since he is 22, married and not living at home.

                      My husband's cousin used to suffer from severe depression until it was found out that she was very allergic to milk. As soon as she stopped having dairy products, the depression cleared completely within a very short time. Every time she slipped and had dairy, the depression returned.

                      So, it may seem surprising to most people, but diet can cause all kinds of reactions, including psychiatric problems. I say, every time a child suffers from depression, there might be a cause that needs addressing, rather than covering up the symptoms with meds.
                      German citizen, married to a Canadian for 28 years, four daughters, one son, eight grandchildren (and one on the way).

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                      • #12
                        Hi , Do you think I can get food allergic test from my famil

                        Hi , Do you think I can get food allergic test from my family doctor ? I'm in Toronto .

                        Simon

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                        • #13
                          Anyone tried controlling behavior and tics with diet?

                          Simon,

                          It's unlikely your Family Physician would have the resources or specialized training to perform food allergy testing.

                          However, your Family Physician is the person to begin with, because you would need a referral from your Family Doc to be seen by a specialist in Ontario.

                          What food allergies are you specifically concerned about and what are the manifestations (effects) that are causing you discomfort?

                          Are there specific food products that cause you difficulty? Dairy products, nuts...bread?
                          Steve
                          TouretteLinks Forum

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                          • #14
                            Thanks. I just wanna find out the possible connection with

                            Thanks. I just wanna find out the possible connection with my possible food-allergy and my tic . I'll try to visit my family doctor next week to get tested .

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                              Anyone tried controlling behavior and tics with diet?

                              Simon,

                              Keep us posted on the outcome of your doctor visit!

                              Good luck!
                              Steve
                              TouretteLinks Forum

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