Tourette syndrome (also called Tourette's syndrome, Tourette's disorder, Gilles de la Tourette syndrome, GTS or, more commonly, simply Tourette's or TS) is an inherited neurological disorder with onset in childhood, characterized by the presence of multiple physical (motor) tics and at least one vocal (phonic) tic; these tics characteristically wax and wane. Tourette's is defined as part of a spectrum of tic disorders, which includes transient and chronic tics.
Tourette's was once considered a rare and bizarre syndrome, most often associated with the exclamation of obscene words or socially inappropriate and derogatory remarks (coprolalia). However, this symptom is present in only a small minority of people with Tourette's. Tourette's is no longer considered a rare condition, but it may not always be correctly identified because most cases are classified as mild. Between 1 and 11 children per 1,000 have Tourette's; as many as one in a hundred people may have tic disorders, with the more common tics of eye blinking, coughing, throat clearing, sniffing, and facial movements. People with Tourette's have normal life expectancy and intelligence. The severity of the tics decreases for most children as they pass through adolescence, and extreme Tourette's in adulthood is a rarity. Notable individuals with Tourette's are found in all walks of life.
Genetic and environmental factors each play a role in the etiology of Tourette's, but the exact causes are unknown. In most cases, medication is unnecessary. There is no effective medication for every case of tics, but there are medications and therapies that can help when their use is warranted. Explanation and reassurance alone are often sufficient treatment; education is an important part of any treatment plan.
The eponym was bestowed by Jean-Martin Charcot (1825–93) on behalf of his resident, Georges Albert Édouard Brutus Gilles de la Tourette (1859–1904), a French physician and neurologist, who published an account of nine patients with Tourette's in 1885.
reference: from "Wilkepedia" online dictionary.
Having dealt with the symptoms of Tourette Syndrome for 7 years as an observer of my 15 year old son, I have come to understand the disorder and have used the following alternative methods to control the symptoms. Please understand that these supplements have worked for my son and may not work for you in the dosages stated. As with all medicine, there is not a one size fits all. Therefore, the use of these supplements for any other particular case needs to be discussed with a knowledgeable health care professional. Dosages may need to be adjusted to fit the individual case. If there are any questions concerning this treatment, please do not hesitate to write (contact us) for more information. You may also request a personal consultation through:
Omega-3 fish oil - 3000mg daily with a minimum of 900mg of EPA and 600mg of DHA.
Lecithin - 1000mg daily.
Evening Primrose Oil - 1000mg daily
Flax seed oil - 1000mg daily.
High Potency Multi Vitamin (softgel or liquid)
Grapeseed extract - 200mg daily on empty stomach
Inositol - 650mg daily
5-HTP - 100mg daily on empty stomach
B-Complex - 50mg/50mcg (some B vitamins are in mcg) daily
L-Phenylalanine - 500mg daily
Calcium Citrate - 600mg daily
Magnesium - 300mg daily
Vitamin D3 - 2000 IU in addition to multi vitamin
GABA - 200mg daily
L-Theanine - 200mg daily
hops/lemon balm/passion flower - 50mg each daily
These supplements can be divided between morning and evening with the oil supplements given in the evening.
This combination has worked extremely well in controlling tics for my son. Depending on the personality of the individual patient, homeopathic remedies can be used to control OCD, if those symptoms are present.
SAMe can also be used to help control serotonin levels. Since none of these supplements have any side effects (except for the rare allergic reaction) they can be used safely with any tourette patient. Results may be realized within 4-6 months without the use of any pharmaceutical drug. These supplements may also be used in combination with pharmaceuticals, as they are complementary and can make the drugs work better. Be sure to let your doctor know what you are using so that he or she can monitor the effects.