Functional Lab Testing is it a Key for Tic Disorders?

I am sure you are wondering how do I stop tics? Are their natural treatments for tic disorders? The internet says magnesium and B6 work for tics, but they didn’t help! What gives? 

Most diagnoses of ADHD, ADD, ASD, SPD, OCD, Anxiety, Tics, and Tourette’s are diagnosed using behavioral modalities. These diagnostic criteria are no more objective than a teacher’s observation. 

When we only look from the outside, we are missing a big piece of the puzzle. 

When your check engine light comes on, do you ignore it? No, most of us take our car to the mechanic.

How mad would you be if the mechanic took a walk around your car, watched it for 20 minutes, and said it’s okay to go home?

I don’t know about you, but I would be furious! How come he didn’t take it back and hook it up to all his diagnostic machines? 

How come when it comes to our health, this seems to be an acceptable approach? 

Most of my clients have never had any testing, and most of them don’t even know it exists. They think that a diagnosis is a gold standard for their child’s health. 

Sadly, it isn’t…

When my son was diagnosed with a neurological tic, we felt alone, scared, and frustrated. We wanted answers that one seemed to have. We were told to ignore it and move on. 

Had we known about functional lab testing, we could have reversed his symptoms years ago.

Our story isn’t one of a kind; I hear this same story from clients all the time. They are told to ignore, take this med, and go home. 

I am here to tell you that good health doesn’t come in a pill. Pills are like band-aids, they may cover up the scratch, but the scratch is still there. Prescriptions don’t heal the body; they just put a damper on the symptoms, and over time the body continues to break down because we never took the time to address the root cause. 

The symptoms our children are experiencing are not normal; they are a check engine light telling you it’s time to look under the hood. 

A tic is not the problem, a tic is a sign that there is a problem.

Your child did not just wake up one day like this; it has been building over time as their little bodies were breaking down on the inside. I always thought that my son just woke up with a tic, but looking back, I can see the subtle warnings that were showing up more and more frequently. 

If you are looking to put the pieces of the puzzle together, you will want to do some functional lab tests to look at how the whole body functions. 

The functional lab testing we used is not found in your typical doctor’s office. In fact, I now teach doctors how to use and interpret these tests.

  • Stoolpathogen testing to assess digestion, internal inflammation, microbiome, and toxicity
  • Food sensitivity test to assess delayed food reactions impacting digestion and increasing inflammation
  • Toxic elements and environmental toxins to know if toxins are depleting the body and if adequate minerals are available for bodily functions. 
  • Comprehensive Organic Acid Testing to have a snapshot of overall health and to get an accurate evaluation of intestinal yeast and bacteria. We know that abnormally high levels of these microorganisms can cause or worsen behavior disorders, hyperactivity, movement disorders, fatigue, and immune function.
  • Nutrigenomic Testing can help us predict with increasing accuracy which is more likely to develop certain diseases, who may respond positively or react negatively to a particular drug or supplement therapy, and finally, which nutrients are optimal for a specific individual’s health and well-being. Knowing where the cracks are in our foundation can tell us where we may need the most support. By supporting the cracks with the right diet, nutritional supplements, and lifestyle strategies, you can dramatically increase your child’s quality of life. 

The body is a complex set of systems, and your child’s symptoms are never going to be secluded or in the system; they are all intertwined!

This is why it’s so essential to run a couple of tests at once to look at the hormone, immune, digestion, detoxification, energy, and nervous system all at the same time so you can see how they are or aren’t working together and honestly know what your healing opportunities are.

If you are ready to dig deeper into your child’s tic disorder, click here and start with the Tic Disorder Cheat Sheet.

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