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Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

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Tourette Syndrome: Impairment Beyond Tics, Treatment Beyond Medicine

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Tourette Syndrome is a disorder characterized by involuntary motor movements and vocalizations called “tics”. Motor tics can range from something as simple as repetitive blinking to more complex motions, such as jumping. Vocal tics are usually seen in the form of throat clearing, grunting, sniffing, and sometimes words or phrases.

Triggers for tics can be physical, emotional, psychological, or environmental. Reported triggers include noise, anxiety, tight clothing, fluorescent lighting, illness and physical activity. Symptoms generally decrease during times of intense focus or calm.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ADD/ADHD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and other impairments, such as impulsivity are also associated with Tourette Syndrome. Problems with depression, reading, writing, and math are also commonly reported. Because the condition is so complex, it is often hard to treat. Severe symptoms can be treated with neuroleptics, but most people do not find that the side effects or risks outweigh the benefits.

A research project testing vitamins and supplements to lessen the effects of Tourette Syndrome was completed in 2009. A group of children with motor and vocal tics between the ages of 7 and 14 years old were treated with magnesium and vitamin B6. Their tic’s score decreased from 26.7 to 12.9 per day. This was a small study and larger studies are needed to determine what could be more helpful, but the findings were significant enough to justify further research.

Potassium helps your nervous system to function properly by regulating the hormones that are released by the adrenal glands. Calcium works with magnesium to suppress nervousness and hyperactivity. Low levels of zinc can actually cause anxiety, worsening symptoms. B vitamins help the nervous system to function at a normal pace instead of jumping to immediate highs and lows. However, B vitamins can heighten the effects of caffeine. So B vitamins found in energy drinks are often the culprits of higher anxiety.

Research of Tourette Syndrome patients has shown abnormalities in the neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine. These chemicals are responsible for communication between nerve cells and malfunctions cause brain malfunctions that present as complex behaviors, such as anxiety, hyperactivity, inability to pay attention, and tics.

Vitamin C is necessary for the synthesis of serotonin and norepinephrine. It is also necessary for the conversion of tryptophan to serotonin, which has a calming effect on neurotransmitters and helps to calm many of the behaviors that can be disabling with Tourette Syndrome. Buffered vitamin Ccan be taken if stomach upset or acid reflux is a problem.

Many people have found significant relief of symptoms by treating their Tourette Syndrome with vitamins and supplements. To get the full potential benefits of vitamins for Tourette Syndrome, you will want to work closely with your physician to monitor vitamin levels. Balanced levels of vitamins that affect neurological function will give you the best chances of controlling unwanted neurological symptoms and behaviors. An imbalance could make symptoms worse, so make sure that you carefully track behaviors as vitamin levels are changed.

About the Author: Stacy A. Pessoney is Wholesale Nutrition’s Chief Editor and Communications Research Director. She has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with the help of vitamins and supplements, focusing on sodium ascorbate in the form of vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

Sources:

http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/tourette/detail_tourette.htm
http://www.livestrong.com/article/448675-vitamins-for-tourette-syndrome/#ixzz216eciRdW
http://www.ventilation2009.org/vitamins-and-minerals-to-calm-the-nervous-system.html

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Vitamin News: Vitamin D Does Not Take the Place of UVB Exposure

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

There are five different forms of vitamin D, two of which are important to humans. There are major differences in the two, vitamin D2 and vitamin D3, which you may or may not be aware of. Taking the wrong one can be more detrimental than beneficial to your health. If your milk, calcium supplement, or standard vitamin D supplement simply says “vitamin D”, then you may want to take a look at the label.

A staggering number of Americans are considered clinically vitamin D deficient while an astounding number are considered to be in the insufficient range. This includes children who are exposed to sunlight and drink milk and/or orange juice with added vitamin D almost every day. Even a lot of adults that regularly take a daily vitamin D supplement are deficient.

How can this be? Without a blood test from your doctor, you may be putting your health at a major risk, all while thinking that you are being diligent about your vitamin D intake. Supplemental vitamin D comes in two different forms; ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) and cholecalciferol (vitamin D3).

The synthetic form of vitamin D2, comes from passing plant matter and fungus through a radiation treatment. This is the vitamin D typically added to orange juice, milk, and vitamin D supplements. Vitamin D2 can be obtained from plant sources.

Vitamin D3 can be obtained (in small amounts) from animal sources, such as egg yolks and non-pasteurized full-fat milk. While both vitamin D2 and D3 must be converted by the body into active forms, vitamin D3 is converted 500% faster than D2 according to a report by the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism. They also report that vitamin D3 is 87% more potent in raising and maintaining vitamin D concentrations and produces 2-3 fold greater storage of vitamin D.

Once your sources of vitamin D are converted into their active forms, sunlight is necessary to transform them into cholesterol sulfate. This means that, contrary to prior medical beliefs, supplementing with vitamin D does not completely replace the need for sun exposure. In fact, recent studies on the importance of cholesterol sulfate show that without sufficient UVB sun exposure, about 30 minutes per week, the body compensates by producing LDL, or “bad” cholesterol.

Doctors and researchers are now linking heart disease, high cholesterol, arterial plaque, cancer, autism, hypertension, obesity, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, dementia, seizures, asthma, migraines, depression, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, and both types of diabetes to a lack of vitamin D3 in the diet and inadequate UVB exposure.

This may sound overwhelming, but when you consider that the proposed 30 minutes of UVB sunlight exposure per week requirement must happen when the UV index is above 3, then you may start to realize why diseases such as these, increase in prevalence as you move away from the equator. Most of the United States only experiences this level of sunlight intensity for about 1-2 months of the year.

These diseases and more are being linked to inadequate vitamin D levels because vitamin D is responsible for an astounding number or processes in the body. It is a neuroregulatory steroidal hormone that influences almost 3,000 different genes and has receptors in nearly every cell of your body. It produces over 200 antimicrobial peptides, including broad-spectrum antibiotics, regulates the immune system and controls chronic inflammation.

Many doctors now recommend “safe” tanning bed use for obtaining adequate vitamin D3 levels. UVA rays are harmful, but beds that only produce UVB rays can be very effective forms of treatment.

About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

Sources:

http://www.jlr.org/content/44/7/1268.abstract
http://jcem.endojournals.org/content/96/3/E447.abstract
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/23/oral-vitamin-d-mistake.aspx
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/161618.php

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Are Allergies Causing your Anxiety and Depression?

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

It is generally easy to see how stress can cause our hormonal systems to become imbalanced and cause all sorts of problems. Weight gain, sleeplessness, fatigue, and lowered immunity are common among people who are “stressed out”. But did you know that people with higher stress levels almost always have allergies as well? Allergies are our immune system’s overreaction to an allergen, commonly causing itching, hives, runny or dry nose, watery or red eyes, fatigue and headache. This immune system malfunction is sometimes brought on by stress.

Current studies have shown that there are direct links between histamines, the irritants produced in an allergic reaction, and the nervous system. Histamines are chemicals that are used by the brain to transmit signals between neurons. It is only when our immune systems overreact that histamines are released in copious amounts, causing problems.

People with too much histamine in their brains experience anxiety and depression. Increased levels of histamines in the brain are also responsible for stimulating the “fight or flight” response in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. When it is overstimulated, it causes anxiety, which results in depression. High histamine levels are directly connected to neurological disorders, like attention deficit disorder, anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and possibly Autism Spectrum Disorder and sensory processing disorder. Children with asthma have been found to have much higher rates of anxiety, depression, insomnia, and fearfulness than other children. This is thought to be a result of heightened histamine levels in the brain.

Antihistamine drugs are effective in blocking histamine receptors and some reduce the amount of histamine produced. However, the side effects of these drugs can be fatigue, sleepiness, or in some people, excitability, so a lot of the symptoms that should get better when histamines are reduced or blocked, don’t seem to go away. This is because, if you remember, our brains do need some histamines to transmit signals. So, by taking an antihistamine, you are risking so many signals being blocked that you experience brain fog and fatigue.

Vitamin C supplementation may be the answer for you if you are suffering from depression, anxiety, allergies, asthma, imbalanced immune system, or other neurological disorders. Vitamin C side effects are almost nonexistent. Vitamin C breaks down the actual histamine molecule, so it does not cause the side effects that medications do. This essentially balances histamine production and response so that the fight or flight response is not stimulated. This classifies vitamin C as a neuromodulator, meaning that it plays an important role in mental health. It can greatly reduce anxiety and has an antidepressant effect as well. It increases secretion of the hormone oxytocin, which is the “feel good” hormone of the brain. When there is not a sufficient amount of vitamin C in the body, behavioral abnormalities and fatigue are consistently seen.

Speak with your doctor about supplementing with vitamin C, like sodium ascorbate, a highly absorbable form of vitamin C.

About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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Treat Tourette Syndrome Naturally

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Tourette Syndrome is a spectrum tic disorder that involves multiple muscular tics and at least one vocal tic. A person with Tourette Syndrome can usually feel urges building that can only be relieved by certain vocal sounds or muscle contractions. Most commonly, motor tics will appear as repetitive blinking, squeezing the eyes shut, wrinkling the nose, shrugging the shoulders, grimacing or quickly tilting the head. Vocal tics include barking noises, throat clearing, and other sounds.

Tourette Syndrome (TS) is often accompanied by other disorders, such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obsessive/compulsive disorder (OCD). TS and OCD have actually been genetically linked, but both are not always present. It is believed that OCD and ADHD can develop or become worse because of the presence of Tourette Syndrome. People aware of their tics generally become obsessed with controlling them and find it very hard to sit still or pay attention.

Tests can be done to see if there are physiological reasons for the tics to manifest. Tests generally are ordered to check for seizures and hypothyroidism. TS is often misdiagnosed as autism because of the similarity of behaviors.

Parents of children diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome can be desperate to find help. This is especially true because ADHD and OCD symptoms can be very debilitative in a school setting. Children with Tourette Syndrome often have major trouble concentrating, controlling outbursts, staying on task and writing.

Tics can usually be controlled for an extended period of time, much like refusing to scratch an itch. But, eventually a giant outburst must occur and the itch must be scratched. Parents of children with Tourette Syndrome that report good behavior at school often have a terrible time at home with behavior, anxiety, control and opposition.

People with tics generally do best if they are in a supportive environment. The perception of the severity of tics seems to be far more important for development than the actual severity of tics. There are no medicinal treatments for Tourette Syndrome that do not have adverse side effects, so behavioral, psychological and cognitive therapies are more beneficial in most cases.

Treating Tourette Syndrome naturally is something that many parents are looking into. The tics and symptoms can come and go, so it may be hard to tell if your treatment is working as planned. Additionally, symptoms can get worse all the way up to age twelve and can possibly get a lot better through adolescence. Most adults still have very mild tics, but most don’t even notice them.

So if your child is young and you are treating symptoms, you may be back and forth between thinking that it is really working and thinking that it is not working at all, but it could just be the natural progression of the disorder. You could be helping a lot more than you know, even when symptoms continue to worsen.

Treating TS behaviors and symptoms with vitamins and supplements can be a natural way to help your child minimize the trauma, anxiety and depression that can occur because of the stress and unwanted behaviors caused by TS. You can regulate anxiety and stress causing hormone cortisol by taking vitamins E, B and C. You can lessen neurosensitivity by supplementing with DHA fish oils. Most children and adults with Tourette Syndrome are deficient in vitamin C, which is responsible for keeping serotonin levels in check. You may want to supplement with vitamin C powder to get a high enough dose of vitamin C to be effective. As always, talk with your doctor before starting a vitamins and supplements regimen.

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