Tourette's Syndrome

Tourette's Syndrome is a disorder characterized by vocal and movement tics that cause people to shout, blink their eyes or clear their throat spontaneously. The disorder is named after French neurologist Georges Gilles de la Tourette.

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Can food cause Tourette's syndrome?

absolutely not, it is a genetic disorder that you are born with signs and symptoms typically show up around the ages 5-7 years of age.

Although, it is a genetic disorder certain foods may increase symptoms and it can be minimised by change of diet. Cutting out yeast or any other food that slows the brain down would be a good start to beating tics.

For a tic to occur a centre in the brain needs to fire triggering a muscle to move.

A majority of the brain is inhibitory; so it keeps most of the brain ready but not actually working unless it is needed.

With Tourette's the inhibitory function is decreased, so a brain center can fire and cause even a blink of an eye instead of being told to wait until needed. Part of the problem is that a center is too active, but it is also that the rest of the brain is not working properly. The rest of the brain should inhibit this overactive center but doesn't.

If there are toxic sedative chemicals slowing the brain down, the parts of the brain which keep other centers ready but not actually working, will not properly inhibited the centre, causing it to fire.

Therefor cutting out sedative foods that slow the brain down such as yeast, may then keep the rest of the brain working faster and able to control a centre more, from firing when not needed. It is also recommended taking Nystatin at the same time, this kills intestinal yeast. However you must change your diet in order for it to work.

You can find further information at the following website:

Yeast and Tourette's Syndrome by Bruce Semon, M.D., Ph.D., 2009,


What is the cure for Tourettes syndrome?

As far as I know, there is no cure for this disorder. My Brother-in-law's friend Jim has it and he says he will have it for life.

Sometimes it just goes away in the late teen years. That happened to me. However, I think marijuana might have been what cured it. I smoked once and the tics dropped to about once a month. I smoked again and after that I didn't tic any more. Someone should do a survey of the small percentage of people with Tourette's who lost Tourette's and see how many were smoking marijuana around the time it stopped.

I suffer from Tourette's myself and I have scanned the wasteland for anything that can help me.

There is no full cure as of yet, but these methods are your best bet.

Results are as follows:


Mostly Dopamine blockers like Haloperidol and Risperidone.

They do work for some people but the side effects are normally just as debilitating as Tourettes.

Drowsyness is the most occurring.

Complex Surgery:

Other than medication there is not much, there has been a treatment performed that is

currently not approved, it involves implanting electrodes in the brain and using a high and tuned frequency to regulate the brains electronic impulses, keeping the abnormal impulses shorted and the normal ones to do their thing. Its the same treatment they use for Parkinsons Disease and Dystonia/Tremors.

Its called Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS).

The trials are still underway, but all sufferers that have had the treatment have reported an improvement of near 100%, that's a good enough cure for me, but, as always, side effects should be looked up.

Hello, I also have TS. Medication only screwed me up more. But then i tried a yeast free, sugar free diet. My symptoms have decreased dramatically. Diet is the best solution.

Definitely! Sugar and caffeine are horrible for people with Tourette's. I was taken completely off cokes and sweets for a few months and my symptoms almost went away completely. but I'm a college student now so that didn't last long. Also, my mother always noticed when I was lying because the stress of hiding something from her would make my tics worse.

How do people with Tourette's Syndrome sleep?

Mostly they sleep with their eyes closed.

Tourette's syndrome patients often have cause difficulty falling asleep. They may be restless during sleep, may talk during sleep or may sleepwalk or have nightmares.

People with Tourette's syndrome can also go a long while or a short time before having bouts of tics or noise-making. There is no rhyme or rule to this.

If you are wondering how do people with Tourette's sleep because they might tic a lot in their sleep and can't stand it themselves the answer is they can! Most of the time.

Have you ever had a cough from possibly a cold that made you cough all night? Eventually you go to sleep and your parents might say you coughed in your sleep. Not quite the same with Tourette's but close enough. See they don't do it in they're sleep. It stops as your body relaxes. But sometimes people have trouble falling asleep.

Is it called tourrette or tourette's syndrome?

It appears to be referred to as both. See:

Does nat wolff have tourette syndrome?

Yes but,he doesn't like to talk about it. He got it from his dad,but its not as bad as it use to be. He can control it,most of the time.He does and he got it from his dad he can control it now so it is like he does not have it he is also very passonit about tourette syndrome

Does nat wolff talk about his tourette's syndrome?

no he does not. he really should because not allot of people know about tourette's syndrome. if he would allot of people would understand more about it.

If you have tourette's syndrom can you get in the military?

This depends on the severity of the Tourette's.

If your Tourette's is mild, and it will not prevent you from firing a weapon or cause you to hurt a friendly, then yes. But you can't join if you require any kind of medication for it, and you can't join if you have a co-occurring comobrid condition such as OCD or ADHD. You cannot join if your twitches disable you in any way, and if you have a serious twitch then you may be considered dangerous.

When does Tourette's Syndrome begin developing?

Typically in childhood around age 5. However there have been rare cases reported of what is often termed adult-onset tic disorder NOS. NOS stands for Not otherwise specified.

When does Tourette syndrome appear?

Though symptoms can appear anywhere between the ages of two and 18, typical onset is around age six or seven

Does pregnancy affect Tourette syndrome?

Certain stressful processes during gestation (pregnancy) or at the time of birth may increase the chance for a person to develop TS

Which famous people that have tourette syndrome?

Tim Howard

Howard Hughes

Marc Summers

Dan Ackroyd

David Beckham

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - (1756-1791)

Dr. Samuel Johnson

Jim Eisenreich

How is tourettes caused?

Genetic factors are believed to play a major role in the development of TS. Several chromosomal regions have been identified as possible locations of genes that confer susceptibility to TS. Some family studies have indicated that TS is inherited in an autosomal dominant manner. In an autosomal dominant condition, an individual has a 50% chance to pass the gene to his or her children. Not everyone who inherits a TS gene will show symptoms. Approximately 70% of females and 99% of males with a TS gene will express symptoms. An individual who inherits the TS gene may develop TS, a milder tic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) without any tics, or no signs of TS. The gender of a person influences the expression (the disease symptoms and severity) of the TS gene; males are more likely to have TS or tics and females are more likely to have OCD. Approximately one in ten children who inherit the TS gene from a parent will show symptoms that are severe enough to warrant medical treatment.

Non-genetic factors are also believed to contribute to the development of TS. In about 10-15% of cases, TS is not genetic. Certain stressful processes during gestation (pregnancy) or at the time of birth may increase the chance for a person to develop TS. For example, it is known that when both twins have TS, the twin who weighed less at birth tends to have more severe tics. Other non-genetic factors that may predispose a person to TS include: severe psychological trauma, recurrent daily stresses, extreme emotional excitement, PANDAS (pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder with streptococcal infection), drug abuse, and certain co-existing medical or psychiatric conditions. In PANDAS, children experience an abrupt onset of TS symptoms and/or obsessive-compulsive symptoms following a strep throat infection.

It is thought that TS is the result of abnormal metabolism of a neurotransmitter (a chemical in the brain that carries signals from one nerve cell to another) called dopamine and possibly of other neurotransmitters including serotonin and norepinephrine. As of December 2003, the exact mechanisms by which the TS gene or genes lead to disease symptoms were unresolved. It is hoped that locating the gene or genes responsible for TS will improve understanding of how TS develops and eventually will lead to more effective treatments.

Tics seen in patients with TS can range in intensity, frequency, duration, type and complexity. Although there is wide range of severity observed in TS, the majority of cases are mild. A minority of patients has symptoms that are severe enough to interfere with daily functioning. In the most severe cases, patients experience numerous debilitating tics during all waking hours. Tics usually occur in "bouts" with many tics over a short interval of time. Many patients experience waxing and waning (fluctuations in severity) of their tics over the course of weeks or months. Tics can be made worse by stress or fatigue and tend to improve when the individual is absorbed in an activity or task that requires concentration. Although the tics associated with TS are involuntary (not deliberate), people with TS can sometimes control their tics for a period of time ranging from minutes to hours. However the tic must eventually be expressed and will come out. Coprolalia, a sensationalized type of tic in which people make obscene or socially inappropriate comments, is present in less than 15% of TS patients.

Tics are classified as either simple or complex. Simple tics are sudden, repetitive movements that involve a limited number of muscle groups. Simple motor tics are fast and without purpose. They can cause both emotional and physical pain (such as head jerking or jaw snapping). Simple vocal tics are meaningless sounds or noises. Complex tics are coordinated patterns of stepwise movements that involve multiple muscle groups. Complex motor tics appear slower and more deliberate than simple motor tics. Complex vocal tics involve meaningful words, phrases or sentences. Tourettes can be caused by breast feeding from mothers with mercury tooth fillings. Use of forceps to remove the infant from the vagina during childbirth and the like.

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What does Tourettes Syndrome feel like?

It doesn't feel like anything, it feels like a muscle spasm. It is uncontrollable.

If you have Tourette's syndrome can you collect disability pay?

yes as this syndrome can cause trouble especially around machinery. But I bet the answer is no.

What are some good classroom accommodations for high school students with tourett's syndrome?

You might want to try a Social Skills (Picture) Book like those used with students who have autism and/or teaching the student Self Monitoring of Behavior. As for other accommodations, if the disability has interfered with student learning, preferntial seating, oral administration as allowable, small group or individual assistance, peer assistants, modified grading, reduced assignments, additional time to complete assignments/tests, visual cues, alternative assessment procedures, oral presentations, etc.

Is there someone who has Tourette Syndrome who would like to be interviewed?

Tourette Syndrome is, often (depending on severity), not a fun condition to have. Many sufferers may be unwilling to put themselves in spotlight. That being said, there are documentaries of interviewed Tourette's sufferers, one called 'I swear I can't help it'. Such documentaries are usually quite informative. Due to the sensitive nature of Tourette's being apparently an unpleasant condition, it is up to the inteviewee whether they be interviewed, not up to the interviewer.

Is tourette syndrome a cognitive disability?

No. Tourette's syndrome is a neurological disorder, typically caused by an abnormally structured basal ganglia and prefrontal cortex. It may also be related to levels of noradrenalin, seratonin and dopamine in the brain. It is not a mental disorder.

Evidence suggests that individuals with Tourette's without comorbid conditions have a higher-than-predicted* IQ (based on a statistical model taking into account their age, family history and background), and may be more skilled at grammer and native-language skills. No studies on mathematical skills have been performed.

Does Tourette's Syndrome hurt physically?


new answer: WRONG, shaking your head constantly doesnt hurt like running a marathon doesnt hurt, duh. u shake ur head all day, go to sleep, then you wake up with a neck thats so sore you can barely move it, but ur still shaking ur head. the other day it got so bad that whenever i twitched, my neck muscle would kinda sieze up. its not the tourettes itself that hurts it the muscle fatigue that hurts. you'd think i would have really huge traps right now, but i dont cause they're getting overtrained, so in all reality, the more i work them, the smaller they get, it sucks.

Is tourette curable?

No, but there is a 50/50 chance it will go away when the brain is fully developed