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    Tics: There and Back Again {Part II}

    December 1, 2007 by Brandy Vencel

    Back in December, I wrote that we had discovered a lot of E.’s tic triggers. By triggers, I mean that, first of all, having upwards of fifteen tics at a time for most of the day did not last forever. The severity waned over the course of about a month, and we were left with many tics, but a little boy that was still able to function.

    I now, due to research I have done, have three or four theories concerning exactly what happened to our little boy. One would be PANDAS, which, unlike other tic disorders, is the result of an autoimmune reaction to a strep infection, and is also characterized by a burst of tics at the onset rather than a gradual increase of tics over time.

    However, I am not sure it matters what it is called as long as I can find the root issues and treat them. And once the doctor told me that preschool was the best solution for the problem, I knew that it was up to me to get this solved.

    We did see a second doctor, and she told me to relax, that, had she been there on our initial visit, she would have run a full toxicity scan since sometimes such a dramatic onset can also be a sign of poisoning.

    This doctor also informed me that he was probably a candidate for Tourette’s, but that a diagnosis for the syndrome requires the child to have symptoms for a year.

    I mentally gave myself until August 2007 to solve the problem. This is when we would hit the one-year mark, and E. would be a candidate for a Tourette’s diagnosis.

    Within five or six months, I had discovered major triggers for the worsening of his tics. However, I hadn’t solved the underlying problems. He still had a few little shoulder-shrugs each day, among other things. I felt that triggers were nice to avoid, but we needed to solve the problem.

    Early on in this journey, a friend of mine mentioned Asperger’s. This particular friend didn’t know a lot about it, but she was a former teacher who once had a student with Asperger’s. She said that all she remembered about this student was that he had tics coupled with an amazingly high reading level. She knew that our son was an avid reader already at the age of four, and thought there might be some connection.

    This is how I ended up in the world of researching vaccines and their side-effects, because many parents of children with autism spectrum disorders like Asperger’s believe that there is a connection between the excessive toxic exposure from vaccinations and the rising rates of autism, ADD, ADHD, Asperger’s, and Tourette’s.

    While researching the vaccines, I did find that some of the preservatives in them were the same ones that I avoided in food for E. because they were specific triggers. Why would I allow a doctor to inject him with a trigger chemical {which, by the way, is the least natural way for the body to receive a chemical because it bypasses the entire lymph system, the skin barrier, and the protective acids in the saliva and stomach and heads straight for the blood} when I didn’t even allow the poor boy to eat it? Needless to say, we discontinued vaccinations. We had already had our consciences pricked over other issues with vaccines, anyhow.

    By the way, don’t let anyone ever tell you that vaccines are harmless. If that were true, the U.S. government would not have set up a fund for the purposes of paying off the victims.

    Moving ever onward…

    It was research done by parent of children with these syndromes, not medical doctors, that would eventually lead me to the solution I was looking for.

    Read More:
    Read Part I
    You are reading Part II
    Read Part III
    Read Part IV
    Read Part V

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  • Reply Persuaded December 6, 2007 at 5:21 am

    My oldest dd happens to have an autism spectrum disorder- Asperger’s Syndrome, which you mentioned as a possibility for your son. She also happens to be the only one of my 5 children for whom I rigorously followed the recommended immunization schedule. It seemed like that child was getting shots every few months for the first few years of her life, and she usually had what was termed a “mild” reaction (fever, irritability). My other kids have been immunized, but on a much more relaxed schedule.. my son still hasn’t received all of his, and he is 8yo.

    I don’t know how I feel about the connection between imms and Autism spectrum disorders, but I think the correlation of the two within my family is interesting.

    BTW, this is my first visit here, and finding wonderful reading! I shall return;-)

  • Reply Brandy December 3, 2007 at 4:19 pm


    A kidney transplant! How scary for you and your entire family.

    I agree that many of these situations can be chicken-or-egg scenarios. For that reason, I would never be one to say that if we hadn’t vaccinated our son, then he wouldn’t have the problems with tics now. We can’t know an alternate future. Because of that, I am learning to let go, and not let all the “what ifs” plague me. Rather, we do the best we can in light of what we know now.

  • Reply Lydia December 3, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    This has been a very fascinating account to read. As a nurse I was taught conventional medical wisdom that vaccines are harmless and needful. I routinely receive the influenza and pneumococcal vaccines myself since I work in a health care setting. I haven’t researched the topic much, but I am open to studying it in depth and considering that these vaccines may not be as harmless as people claim.

    As a child I received all the routine vaccines for my age including the MMR. Within a few days I broke out with a case of full-blown measles and mumps at 18 mo. About 1 1/2 years later I had entered the beginning stages of renal failure shortly after my 3rd birthday. That is a whole other story in itself, but I ended up with a kidney transplant over 11 years ago out of the ordeal. My parents have speculated that there was a link between me breaking out with the illness shortly after receiving the vaccines and developing an auto-immune related kidney disease shortly thereafter. Of course we can’t prove it and it could be my immune system was already so out of whack for whatever reason that it didn’t respond properly to the vaccines as it was meant to. I also may have developed the kidney disease from my already malfunctioning immune system. It’s kinda like the age-old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? My poorly functioning immune system or the harmful vaccines that caused all the problems?

    After all, children aren’t supposed to develop the same illness from the vaccine unless the immune system is not functioning properly. There is greater risk of this with live attenuated vaccines (polio, measles, smallpox, etc.) rather than inactivated vaccines (influenza, Hep. A, etc.) but the likelihood is still low.

    Very interesting thoughts. I will be interested to hear the continuation of your journey through tics with your son and the conclusions you drew. Thanks for being willing to share your story.

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