100: Dear Dr. Dunc, My husband was
diagnosed with ADHD a few years ago by a medical
doctor here. He tried Adderall for a while,
but now watches his diet more, is aware of the
benefits and drawbacks of caffeine, is more
aware of his stress level, sees a counselor,
etc. He does have some tics which you talk about
in your section on Tourette's, and he does take
Clonodine on occasion if he becomes angry and
his blood pressure rises. His doctor thought
at one point he might have one of the explosive
disorders. He wants to take a B complex/ multivitamin
supplement, but it was mentioned by his doctor
a few years ago that a certain B vitamin was
bad for someone with his conditions. Is it true
that one of the B vitamins might be bad for
someone with his conditions, and if so is it
B1, B2, B6 or B12 that he should stay away from
when buying a B complex/ multivitamin supplement?
Sincerely, B.D., CA, USA.
have a mild case of Tourettes and was wondering
if there have been any studies done on herbal
medices, such as St. Johns Wart, on the condition.
68: Greetings from Sunny South Africa. Our son (age6) has just
been diagnosed with TS. We were wondering if hypnosis would be of any
help to a TS sufferer? If under hypnosis it were "suggested"
that the urge to tic would lessen, would it help? Please let us know
what you think! Best regards, C. and K.L., Africa.
61: I had the pleasure of hearing you speak in April 2002 at
the York District Catholic School Board. At that time you made a reference
to Botox, but did not elaborate any further. My son has a number of
issues. He has hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, ADHD, OCD, TS and a developmental
disability. In January of this year he was given Botox injections in
the hope it would allow leg muscles to do some needed growing. Since
receiving the Botox injections, I have seen an increase in his TS. He
has added some new vocalizations. Is there a correlation between these
two things? K.B., ON, Canada.
Dr. 'Dunc", My daughter and I (she's 30) are watching you on Montel
Williams Show. We've seen other shows of his on this same disorder and
I have a question for you. Is this a disorder that could possibly be
helped with the use of medical marijuana? I've heard that it relaxes
a person. Would it relax a sufferer sufficiently to help 'control' some
of these involuntary tics? B.C., FL, USA.
39: We were at the conference in Edmonton last weekend and
would like to thank you for the wonderful talk you gave. I know it also
helped our little boy alot to meet other children with Tourettes. We
have heard that acupuncture has been very effective on some people with
Tourettes and would like to know your feelings about this treatment,
especially with children. Thanks again. J.V., AB, Canada.
23: I have read a lot lately on nicotine patches for the treatment
of T's, any thoughts or info on that?? L.D., Australia.