Throat infection Tourette’s link | Tic’s may be caused by Strep infections as well as OCD


There is growing evidence that a common childhood throat infection increases the risk of neurological disorders such as Tourette’s syndrome.

Scientists found children with such disorders were twice as likely to have had recent streptococcal infections than their healthy peers.

Researchers at Seattle’s Center for Health Studies suggest the body’s response to the infection may be key.

But they tell the journal Pediatrics that it is just one potential trigger.

 We’ve found more tantalising clues about possible connections between childhood infections and certain disorders 
Dr Robert Davis, lead researcher

OCD is more commonly associated with adults, but the researchers say it affects around 1 to 2% of school-age children – and transient tics can affect 10 to 25% of primary school age children.

Tourette’s – a neurological disorder characterized by tics, involuntary vocalization, and, in some cases, the compulsive utterance of obscenities – affects around one in every 100 children to some degree.

Scientists had suspected there may be a link between the streptococcal infection and neurological disorders.

It has been suggested that the body’s natural response to infection, where particular antibodies are produced and directed to parts of the brain, might be linked in some way to these disorders.

However, it is not clear why most of the millions of children who have bacterial throat infections each year do not develop such disorders.


The team from the Group Health Center for Health Studies in Seattle aimed to assess the strength of the link between strep infections and the incidence of neurological disorders.

They looked at 200 children aged four to 13 diagnosed with a neurological disorder between 1992 and 1999, and compared them with healthy children in the same age group.

Children with Tourette’s, OCD or a tic disorder were more than twice as likely to have had at least one streptococcal infection in the three months before symptoms of their disease emerged.

And incidence of the disorders was more than three times as common among patients who had had two or more streptococcal infections in the year before the onset of their disease.

Dr Robert Davis, who led the study, said: “There are likely a number of different causes for these conditions, which often show up first in childhood or adolescence.

“Following a number of different leads from past research, we’ve found more tantalising clues about possible connections between childhood infections and certain disorders.

“However, our findings certainly don’t suggest that there is any immediate need for a change in medical – or parental – practice.”

He stressed that much more research was needed before advice could be given to parents and doctors in a bid to reduce the occurrence of childhood neurological disorders.

But he added: “Right now, this is all still in the research stage.

“We still don’t know if treatment with common antibiotics helps prevent these neurological conditions that might follow strep throat, or reduce their severity, or shorten their duration if they do occur.”

The researchers say a person’s genes may play a critical role, with infection acting as a trigger.

The UK’s Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Centre says streptococcal infection is one of several suggested causes for the condition, because of the potential damage caused by antibodies to neurotransmitters in the brain.

It adds: “Investigations into the impact of throat infection on the malfunctioning area of the brain identified with OCD are looking promising but are, as yet, inconclusive.”

Comment: I see so many cases of neurological disorders in my practice that began after they had an infection. I believe that besides strep there are viral and other bacteria that can contribute to the auto immune complication this article talks about.

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Testimonial for 60 years of balance, vertigo and anxiety treated with FCR and Functional.Neurology


I want to…help Dr. Lieurance, D.C. promote his unique therapy with functional neurology. For me to see the changes in balance and the resulting calming effect is amazing to me. After living with this for 60 years, I find it phenomenal that my brain is able to make the changes that it is: brain neuroplasticity is a heavy player in research. I am glad I am living proof that “old dogs CAN learn new tricks”. The improvement in my quality of life continues to surprise me—as I never knew it could be this way—I just had adapted to what I knew as “normal”. Now people invading my personal space is not as overwhelming and threatening. I don’t get nearly as upset if someone bumps into me, or touches me. No longer do I feel like I am losing my balance when I turn quickly, go up or down stairs or make quick movements. My sense of security is improving as I am not having to monitor every movement, I am enjoying exercise more. Eating is becoming more reasonable, as I am not as likely to eat to calm my stomach, as it is not as constantly upset (think vertigo nausea).
This is not traditional vestibular therapy: it is very skilled/specialized and individualized—no cookbook methods here. Dr.  Lieurance has had extensive training in functional neurology, and returns to be a lead in grand rounds 2 times a year where he trained. I have always avoided traditional vestibular therapy as I felt it would make me worse. Sensory processing therapy which would have been more appropriate is not readily available in the valley for adults. I feel I have found a gold mine in Dr.  Lieurance’s practice, and my therapist, Paul who is an AIS specialist is fantastic. I want to get the word out so others can benefit as well.”



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What do the balloon adjustments (FCR) do for Palatal Myoclonus?


Dr. John Lieurance can you explain what the balloons do? I have tried many of the “conventional” methods for treating this. Next is botox, if that doesn’t work I am interested in trying FCR.

Thanks for asking.  I’m still not 100% sure what the primary action the balloons is having for PM or that its multiple. My theory’s are that it could be mechanical see picture below as the manipulation the balloon makes is so close to the action of the the soft palate (also known as velum or muscular palate).


The following are the muscles that can be involved in Palatal Myoclonus.

  1. Tensor veli palatini, which is involved in swallowing
  2. Palatoglossus, involved in swallowing
  3. Palatopharyngeus, involved in breathing
  4. Levator veli palatini, involved in swallowing
  5. Musculus uvulae, which moves the uvula

Notice above the proximity of the nasal cavity to the muscles of the palate/velum. Next look below and see the cranial bones such as the palatine bone, vomer and sphenoid. The vomer is midline nd is not depicted in the second picture but is very important and is manipulated with FCR.Gray174Palatine-Bone-Image














The second theory is that it’s neurological through the trigeminal nucleus and that the inflation is somehow interrupting the windup in the inferior olivary nucleus. Since the sinus’ are innervated through the trigeminal nucleus. The soft palate muscles are innervated by the vagus nerve, with the exception of the tensor veli palatini. The tensor veli palatini is innervated by the mandibular division of the trigeminal nerve. Somatosensory Trigeminal Projections to the Inferior Olive, Cerebellum and other Precerebellar Nuclei. This then corrects the dentato-rubro-olivary pathway that is dysfunctional in Palatal Myoclonus.

To date I have treated 26 cases of palatal myoclonus and have seen more success with these cases than failure. Most cases also have head pressure along with the “clicking” from the myoclonus pulling on the eustachian tube to the inner ear. I have found the head pressure almost always goes away with endo-nasal balloon adjusting (FCR) and the myoclonus has been relieved by the endo-nasal balloons on some cases but generally these cases also require specific activation of the brain described as functional neurological exercises. These exercises are based on a detailed neurological evaluation and also sacciometry testing. I also use Glutathione nebulized (GlutaGenisis) and PEMF of the brain to support the brain with it’s neuroplasticity (healing). Many cases have had the 4 day series and had complete resolution of PM. It should be important to note that some cases required follow up treatment. I generally see these cases for a 4 day course of care.   Some cases require follow series. I have seen some cases receive incremental improvements in the symptoms of palatal myoclonus. I

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