Tics: immune system on high alert

Revolutionary Findings: Tics Linked to Immune System Overload

As a parent of a child with tics, you’ve probably been searching high and low for answers. You might’ve even been told by a well-meaning doctor that your kiddo “just needs a good spanking” (yeah, we’ve heard that one before 🙄). But here’s the thing: the latest research is showing that tics are more complex than just a behavioral issue.

The Gut-Brain Connection 

Did you know that a whopping 90% of your immune system is located in your gut? Wild, right? But most doctors don’t make that connection when you bring your child in for a neurology appointment. They’re not asking about your little one’s digestive health or looking for underlying infections.

That’s where functional & holistic medicine comes in. And before you start picturing crystals and sage (although, no shade if that’s your thing!), holistic simply means looking at the whole body and how all the systems are interconnected.

Tics as a Check Engine Light 

I like to think of tics as your body’s “check engine” light. When that light comes on in your car, you wouldn’t just ignore it and hope for the best. You’d take it to a mechanic to figure out what’s really going on under the hood.

It should be the same with our kids! But instead, many doctors simply observe the behaviors and slap on a diagnosis without digging deeper.

The Neuroimmune Connection 

Recent studies are showing a strong link between tic disorders and immune system dysregulation. Basically, when your immune system is on high alert (often due to allergies, infections, or even exposure to toxins), it can cause a chain reaction throughout the body.

Those specialized immune cells in the brain? They get activated and cause a “glutamate storm.” Glutamate is an important neurotransmitter, but too much of it can lead to all sorts of neurological symptoms… like tics!

Bridging the Gap

The problem is, this cutting-edge research takes forever to make its way into mainstream medicine. We’re talking 30+ years in some cases!

That’s why I’m so passionate about bridging the gap between the latest scientific findings and practical solutions for parents like you.

So, What Can You Do When Your Child Has Tic Symptoms?

First off, know that you’re not alone. There’s a whole community of parents out there navigating this journey right alongside you.

Second, start thinking about your child’s health from a holistic perspective. Are there underlying gut issues that need to be addressed? Could allergies or infections be triggering the immune system?

And finally, don’t be afraid to reach out to us who are well-versed in the latest research and willing to look beyond just the neurological symptoms.

Together, we can help our kiddos thrive, one puzzle piece at a time.

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