Tourette Syndrome is an inherited neuropsychiatric disorder that often comes on in childhood, characterized by multiple physical (motor) tics and at least one vocal tic. These characteristics wax and wane, can be suppressed temporarily, and are preceded by a premonitory urge. Tourette’s is defined as a part of a spectrum of tic disorders. Genetic and environmental factors play a role in the etiology of Tourette’s, but the exact causes are unknown. In most cases, medication is unnecessary. There is no effective treatment for every case of tics, but certain medications and therapies can help when their use is warranted.
Tics are sudden, repetitive, nonrhythmic movements (motor tics) and utterances (phonic tics) that involve discrete muscle groups. Motor tics are movement-based tics, while phonic tics are involuntary sounds produced by moving air through the nose, mouth, or throat.
Motor tics are movement-based tics affecting discrete muscle groups.
Phonic tics are involuntary sounds produced by moving air through the nose, mouth, or throat. They may be alternately referred to as verbal tics or vocal tics, but most diagnosticians prefer the term phonic tics to reflect the notion that the vocal cords are not involved in all tics that produce sound.
Tics may increase as a result of stress, fatigue, boredom, or high-energy emotions, which can include negative emotions, such as anxiety, but positive emotions as well, such as excitement or anticipation. (Wikipedia)
Treatment of Tourette’s does not always indicate the use of medication; often therapy and education are enough.
It has been proven that a proper diet high in nutrients can treat many illness and disorders, and Tourette’s may also be treated with diet (along with behavioral therapy).
Tourette’s may be the result of imbalance, particularly in the brain, and it may also be the result of emotional factors, as well as environmental factors. Emotional distress causes an imbalance in the brain as well.
The brain is mainly comprised of fatty acids. Insufficient fatty acids can cause brain related disorders (depression, inability to process emotions, bipolar, Alzheimers, to name a few). Eating a diet rich in unprocessed, chemical-laden foods is also important. Fresh, raw foods will help the body balance and heal. Hempseed is very rich in protein and other nutrients as well.
Getting enough essential fatty acids (Omega fatty acids) is very important, and because hemp has the perfect ratio of fatty acids for the body, it may be a good way to help treat Tourette’s.
The recommended daily serving of hempseed is 2-5 Tablespoons per day. That will give the perfect amount of fatty acids; hemp is also an excellent source of protein, amino acids, vitamins, and phytosterols.