Tourette Syndrome

Tourette Syndrome

Condition Description

It is a complex Neurobehavioral disorder which has motor and vocal tics. It begins in childhood.

Common Symptoms

  • Mild to severe debilitating tics
  • Behavioral issues
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Attention Deficit (ADD)
  • Hyperactivity

Underlying Causes

  • Food Allergy
  • yeast Overgrowth
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • chronic Streptococcal infection
  • Neurotransmitters’ imbalance

Traditional Approach

  • Symptomatic
  • Assuring family that it will resolve by adulthood
  • Medicines like Clonidine, Guanfacine, Clonazepam, Risperidone etc.
  • For ADHD component : Methylphenidate, Dextroamphatamine etc

EHAC Approach

It depends upon the cause.

  • Look for food allergy and treat
  • Look for Yeast Overgrowth and treat with antifungal medicine and immunotherapy
  • Identify nutritional deficiencies especially minerals
  • Chronic Streptococcal infection like chronic tonsillitis: if strept is found to be the culprit, tonsillectomy may be indicated
  • Check for Neurotransmitters’ imbalance and treat nutritionally or targeted therapy with appropriate medicines
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