Tics, PANS/PANDAS: Food Offenders

Uncategorized Mar 04, 2022

Have you ever picked up an item in the grocery store to read the label and thought, “what is this stuff?” Have you blindly tossed sweets and treats into your cart not reading the label because you’d rather enjoy them in blissful ignorance? Have you noticed that after your child eats certain foods their tics, behavior, hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, OCD, or rage start increasing or spiraling out of control, sometimes for days at a time? 

It’s not a coincidence! The ingredients in our foods have physical and neurological effects on our children. Foods are not what they were in the 1950s. GMO, chemically treated, bleached, nutrition stripped, lab-created, high fructose corn syrup pumped, trans fat, and color-filled foods are the centers of the American diet, and our health as a whole is suffering because of it. For kiddos with Tourette Syndrome, Tic Disorders, PANS/PANDAS, their systems go into overdrive when exposed to certain foods and additives. Two...

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Sick of Being Sick: Getting Over Long Haul Covid

Uncategorized Feb 26, 2022

What is Long Haul COVID?

The CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC) defines long haul COVID symptoms, also known as PASC (post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2), as new, returning, or ongoing health problems appearing four or more weeks after being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. The most common symptoms include fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, neurological issues, endothelial dysfunction, headache, loss of taste and smell, GI issues, and muscle pain.

Why is long-haulers syndrome so common and long-lasting?

Some people who had COVID-19 suffer from multiorgan effects or autoimmune conditions over a longer time, with symptoms lasting weeks or months after COVID-19 illness. This can affect many, if not all, body systems. 

Professor Gail Matthews co-leads ADAPT and is Head of Infectious Diseases at St Vincent’s Hospital and Program Head of Vaccine and Therapeutic Research at the Kirby Institute. She says when someone has a virus, the immune system gets switched on to...

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Tics, PANS/PANDAS: Why do you need a map?

Uncategorized Feb 18, 2022

Do you feel like finding solutions to your child’s symptoms is like searching for buried treasure? If only you had a map to follow for exact directions! The fastest way to get a data-driven and detailed plan to reduce the symptoms your child is experiencing is by booking a DISCOVERY CALL with us. 

Are tics affecting your child? Are unwanted behaviors making you feel helpless? Are your child’s ADHD or poor sleep habits exhausting you day after day? Are the challenges you are facing negatively impacting the relationships in your life? These are common reports from parents in your shoes. 

A CDC study found that 1 out of every 333 is diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome and it is estimated that many more go undiagnosed. 1 in 2 children will be diagnosed with a chronic illness.

The only way out is through, and to get through: You need a map. A Roadmap to Recovery as we call it here at Regenerating Health. So many parents call us and their main question is, “What...

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Tics, PANS/PANDAS: Why Parents Need Support

Uncategorized Feb 11, 2022

When you are the parent of a child with tics, sometimes your nerves are just plain shot. Sometimes the noise, the movement, the repetition, the rituals, all just get to be too much. Sometimes people you love have different ideas of how your child’s tics should be approached or dealt with, and relationships you cherish start to feel lonely and out of alignment. Even if you have the best support network around you, you’re the one in the trenches with your child, and the only way out is through

You may have heard every piece of advice, read every article, listened to every podcast, tried every therapy, medication, or diet. Some of us wish we could have done all of these things and we just don’t have the time or energy, so we end up feeling guilty for not doing enough. Sometimes it feels like it’s all we can do to keep our heads above water.

It’s normal to need support going through this day in and day out. Mommin’ ain’t easy! At the...

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Tics, PANS/PANDAS: A Child's Perspective

Uncategorized Feb 04, 2022

What is it like to be a child with tics?

“It’s the worst feeling, it’s miserable to not have control of your body.”

“It’s so embarrassing. I feel like everyone starts staring at me.”

“My teachers correct me for dropping my pencil over and over but I can’t help it.”

“People don’t understand the stress that tics make you feel.”

These are quotes from a client’s 13-year-old daughter. She was diagnosed with OCD, ADHD, and Sensory Processing Disorder at 4 years old, and Tourette Syndrome at 7 years old. Her mother isn’t the type to just brush things under the rug. She sought out all of the doctors, medications, and vitamins she could find. Her daughter only worsened as puberty set in. It wasn’t until she went through my Foundations to Flourish program, ran the right functional lab tests, and strictly followed the plan we designed that her daughter started to get better. 

Tics can be small...

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Why Endless Research Won't Help Treat Your Child's Tics, PANS/PANDAS

Uncategorized Jan 28, 2022

My Dear Friend, “Dr. Google”

I have been in your shoes. I know exactly how it feels to watch my child suffer from debilitating tics and question everything in my life. I obsessively combed through articles, clinical trials, research studies, lifestyle recommendations, therapy possibilities, off-label pharmaceutical options, and even researched invasive surgical procedures just to make sure I wasn’t missing anything that could help my son. I tried so many of the suggestions that I found on the web, out of sheer desperation and hope for success. “Dr. Google” was my best friend until I realized that it was becoming my worst enemy. I was driving myself crazy trying to piece together a science-based plan for my son using general and disjointed information from the web. It was time to break up with my dear friend. 

Fast forward to now: I know exactly how to help your child. In this article, I summarize 3 incomplete approaches to solving tic disorders and...

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Top 4 Questions Parents Have About Food Sensitivities

Uncategorized Jan 21, 2022

Most cultures center around food. Holidays and family gatherings are marked with special meals, dishes, and recipes that are oftentimes passed down through generations. Pop’s eggnog recipe he brought back from the war. Mom’s crab dip and pizza bread on Christmas Eve. Pappy’s ribs smothered in his secret barbecue spice blend.

Your child’s food sensitivities can feel limiting and overwhelming as you recognize ingredients or additives that need to be removed. You will probably find yourself standing in front of your pantry looking at all of the foods your child can not have. Restaurants, birthday parties, and drive-throughs may now seem impossible. How do you make these changes while balancing the rest of your life? Where do you even start?

Let’s take a look at the top questions parents in your shoes have.

Why now?

“I’ve been giving my child strawberries forever, why is she reacting now? My son loves milk, why is it suddenly on the list of...

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Tics/PANS/PANDAS: Why you don't need another MD

Uncategorized Jan 14, 2022

Have you already seen a Primary Care Physician, a Neurologist, an Allergist, an Ear Nose and Throat Specialist, a Psychologist, a Psychiatrist, participated in a clinic, or tried CBIT therapy or any combination of these in an attempt to help your child? In your experience with doctors, have you been prescribed medication for your child in order to help with tics, sudden behavior changes, or chronic complaints like stomach aches, heartburn, and/or constipation? Did doctors run CBC blood tests only to report everything is “fine” and “normal” when deep down you know something just isn’t right? 


Parents of kids with chronic medical concerns are the kings and queens of the google search bar. We are guilty of trying every suggestion we hear hoping and praying it will be the thing that works for our children. We lay awake at night worrying and we get on waitlists for prestigious doctors who will just medicate our children and book a follow-up weeks...

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The Top Four Tic Disorder Triggers

Uncategorized Dec 20, 2021

If you are a parent whose child struggles with tics, then you know that a tic is characterized by sudden, repetitive movements or vocalizations called tics. Tics are often classified as either motor or vocal. Motor tics are movements such as eye blinking, facial grimacing, head shaking, and shoulder shrugging. Phonic tics are sounds such as coughing, throat clearing, whistling, and grunting.

Many parents feel stuck when it comes to their child's tic; they don't know how to help them, and watching them is heartbreaking.

Tics are not purely neurological! I know mind-blowing, right? So you have a tic you see a neurologist, and he tells you to "ignore it"...

Today, we will look a little bit deeper at triggering events and the connection with tics.

What is a triggering event?

A triggering event is any physical, environmental, psychological, biological, or emotional trauma that can affect an individual. It can be something as minor as cold to something more severe like surgery. Tics are...

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Uncategorized Dec 13, 2021

Far too often I see clients come into my office and mom is about to pull her hair out because their child is out of control. 

He has mood swings, doesn't sleep, bounces off the walls, only wants to eat junk, and mom is about to lose her mind! All of these go hand in hand with tic disorders. 

I get it, I have worn those shoes and I know that nutrition plays a BIG part in behavior. Kids, naturally, need vitamins and minerals and in some cases, they need far more than the RDA. Not only do they need them for the same reasons we do, but they also need extra vitamins and minerals to build their bodies up to their full adult size. RDA does not equate to optimum health, RDA is a minimum created to keep you from getting diseases like scurvy. 

A deficiency in even one micronutrient would mean a kid develops rickets, skin problems, allergies, or a poor attention span. So, naturally, as parents, we want to feed our kids the healthiest possible diet, loaded with vitamins and...

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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