SIX EASY TIPS FOR PARENTS WHOSE CHILD HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH A TIC DISORDER

Uncategorized Aug 10, 2021

Parents of kids diagnosed with tic disorders (tics) often wonder what they can do to help their children. We've got six easy tips for you!

1. Be patient and kind- Tics are involuntary movements that come on suddenly, so it's important not to get frustrated if your child has a sudden outburst or gets nervous when they feel like one is coming on. By being patient and understanding, we show our children that there is no shame in having a tic disorder and that we love them unconditionally.

2. Monitor your surroundings- When entering new environments, note the people around you and any potential triggers for tics, such as bright lights or loud noises, before allowing your child to explore freely.

3. Tics are involuntary and can signify something going on more profound in the body. That can include infections, blood sugar imbalances, stress, poor gut health, nutritional deficiencies, and toxic overload.

4. Find out what triggers the tic and remove that trigger from their environment....

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HOW FOOD MAY BE AFFECTING YOUR CHILD'S TICS

Uncategorized Aug 03, 2021

"You're sitting there, eating your favorite meal, when you notice a tic in your child's eye. Your first thought is that they are just being silly and trying to get attention from you. But then the tics turn into a constant tapping of their feet and hands. You wonder if they are allergic to something, but it doesn't seem like anything has changed with their diet."

"In reality, what may be happening is that the food you are eating could be affecting how many tics your child has." "Maybe it's time for some food sensitivity testing?"

First of all, let's get clear on what a tic is…

Tics are brief, sudden movements or sounds. They may happen at random times and many times each day. A tic is hard to stop, but you are awake and aware during a tic. Tics do not cause you to lose consciousness.

What do you need to know about food and tics?

Food sensitivities are a delayed reaction to certain foods, and It can take from 48-72 hours for the body to react to something you are sensitive to....

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NO ONE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT KIDS AND POOP!

Uncategorized Oct 26, 2020

The gut is one of the most important factors when it comes to our overall health, many issues can be tied to unbalanced gut flora, so it is essential to make sure that we keep our gut health in check.

No one likes to talk about poop,( Ok, I like to talk about it) and it's typically something we don’t have to think about much.

However, it can become a real issue especially for children who are on the spectrum. It was found that kids on the spectrum are 250 times more likely than the general population to receive repeating laxative prescriptions. Almost 33 to 50 percent have experienced constipation.

While it may not seem like huge deal constipation can indicate a larger issue when it comes to gut and immune system health. It can be an indicator that your child’s immune system is not as strong as it should be.

So gut problems might be creating behavioral problems in kids?

It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. Loads of evidence have been suggesting a link between...

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TOP 3 FOODS TO IMPROVE KIDS MOOD AND CONCENTRATION

Uncategorized Oct 08, 2020

Do you have a little one that struggles with mood, weight, behavior, ADHD, anxiety, SPD, OCD, or even sleep? If so it’s time to kick the breakfast cereal and muffins to the curb. 

Yes, protein is essential for building muscle, but protein breakdown is vital for every function in your body.

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Generally, the broader the spectrum of amino acids a protein source contains, the more nutritious it will be for you

Amino Acids are the key to mood

Protein is broken down into amino acids that are used to create your neurotransmitters. Serotonin, Dopamine, GABA, and Norepinephrine are the four major neurotransmitters that impact mood and concentration. Without the proper breakdown of amino acids, your mood can suffer.

Remember: protein is your body's primary source of growth.

Yes, protein can help support muscle growth, but it is so much more than that! Good protein content can also help you achieve a stronger bone structure,...

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CANCER GOT ME

Uncategorized Oct 03, 2020

Thought it was a pimple BUT it wouldn’t heal.

My dad died from melanoma, and every year on his birthday, I share information about skin cancer. However, this year is unique because it was the year I got skin cancer. After all the years I spent preaching about the sun and sun safety, I ended up with basal cell carcinoma. Although basal cell cancers do not easily spread and if you have to have skin cancer, it seems to be the one to have…so “they” say.

My mom also has basal cell carcinoma; yes, I am genetically predisposed to skin cancer. However, genetics loads the gun, and the environment pulls the trigger. Even though the sun plays a big part in skin cancer, your lifestyle also matters. How you treat your genes will have the most significant influence on if you get cancer or not.

When I was a kid, sunscreen was SPF 8, and one rarely used it. Plus, I had a friend who got a gorgeous golden-brown tan every summer, and I always looked pastie. I was hell-bent on...

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4 LINKS TO YOUR ENDLESS ANXIETY

Uncategorized Sep 26, 2020

Conquering Anxiety!

I cannot tell you how many people I know who say they suffer from anxiety and depression. I see everyone on Facebook posts every day about how they can’t even function because their anxiety is so bad. For most people, anxiety depression, and panic seem to snowball and it gets worse and worse every day.  So many people think that anxiety is just part of their life and that is how they are going to have to live.  Let me be the first to tell you that you don’t have to live this way. Your issues are a symptom of a much caused by something much deeper and it’s a matter for finding the root cause.

I have lived a life of anxiety, I have conquered it, and you can too!

 Mental health, inflammation, and mood foods

Mental health issues have a huge impact on society. Some suggest that their impact is larger than any other chronic disease, including heart disease or diabetes. 

There are so many factors involved in complex conditions like...

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WHAT ARE TICS?

Uncategorized Sep 24, 2020

I get it…you are tired, frustrated, and confused! You have this diagnosis but no idea what it really means for you or your child. 

You hear me talk about tics and what we struggled with but what are tics?
Tics are brief, sudden movements or sounds. They may happen at random times and many times each day. A tic is hard to stop, but you are awake and aware during a tic. Tics do not cause you to lose consciousness and usually do not happen in your sleep.

Tourette's are both vocal and motor tics that last for more than one year.

Many people will tell you that their child's tics come and go (wax and wane). That was true for us but what we didn't realize that there were particular triggers that caused the tics to come and go.  

There are two categories of a tic: vocal and motor
Vocal tics involve making some kind of sound with your mouth or vocal cords. Symptoms can include:

·       Coughing

·      ...

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THE DANGERS OF ONLINE SCHOOL

Uncategorized Sep 18, 2020

Here kids take a puff of this cigarette!

WHAT?

You are probably thinking “this lady has lost her mind!”

We wouldn’t offer our kids a smoke but we are doing just as much damage by letting them sit in front of the screen all day long.

Sitting is the new smoking was first coined by James A. Levine, MD, Ph.D. and he showed that the impact of sitting was just as bad for your health as smoking.

Online school means more time in front of screens. It’s necessary for learning but not so great for our kids’ metabolism. Most of our kids are missing out on team sports and outdoor activities which only contributes to their lack of exercise.

It seems that everyone is spending more time on their butt than ever before!

For reference—here are the latest obesity statistics for children from the CDC:

14% of US preschool children are obese

18% of US elementary-aged children are obese

20% of US teenagers are obese 

Here’s the thing. Obesity is...

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TIC TALK

Uncategorized Sep 15, 2020

Looking back, my son's tic symptoms started long before he had a tic. When I look back from the second he was born. I can begin to put it all together and see why we ended up where we did. The day he was born, he had low blood sugar, and the very first thing that the nurses did was give him sugar water instead of bringing him to me for breastmilk. The best way to prevent low blood sugar in babies is to provide them with breast milk. He was born C-section, which means he missed all of the essential microorganisms in the birth canal, but the very first thing he was exposed to was sugar. Sugar is inflammatory, it has no nutritional value, and it causes inflammation. Breast Milk is full of antibodies and high levels of secretory immunoglobulin A (SIgA) to protect your baby's gut, plus it helps to kill off viruses and bacteria. We off to a great start!

He was jaundiced from birth, and we had to have bilirubin lights brought into our home so that he could lay under the lights every...

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SCREEN TIME DETOX

Uncategorized Aug 28, 2020

Screen time is toxic! It’s not just the toxicants in and around our homes but electromagnetic fields (EMF) exposure can be toxic too. We have also seen an increase in screen time usage in kids and the ADDICTION IS REAL!

Screen addiction is becoming more and more serious and is not something to be taken lightly. Screen addiction is very real and can make you anxious or cause you to lose focus on things that are so much more important than that Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or WhatsApp update that you checked five seconds ago.

OR the endless XBOX video games and YouTube videos that your kids are watching.  

Screen addiction can harm your mental health, personal health, and social relationships, even potentially causing you to fall prey to depression or anxiety.

Not only that increased screen time may be related to increased symptoms of ADHD, tics, and Tourette’s.

If you are reading this blog, you may have already experienced some anxiety or bad days due to your screen...

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Tic Disorders Cheat Sheet

The guide you need if you are tired of...

 -Being written off by your doctor?
-Told to just "ignore" it?
- Feeling like you are drowning because you don't know how to help your child?

Learn the 3 Secrets Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You About Tics