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Old 06-12-2005, 12:35 PM   #1
Join Date: Apr 2005
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Smile Touretts Syndrome and meditative states

Hi people,

I watched a fascinating documentary on the Discovery channel the other night on Tourettes Syndrome "The man who swears he's normal". The main thing this documentary put across is that there was an inability of drug treatment to fully deal with the condition. Some found the drugs to completely control their lives, lethargy being one of the main drawbacks, and also these drugs were mind altering.
The main guy in the doc stated that he had now refused the drugs and would continue to deal with the condition himself. The point that this man put across was that people mainly took the drugs to shield others from their condition, because of the paranoia this caused in the sufferer, and that if the sufferer could get over this side of it, the condition itself was much easier to handle.
What he had seemed to realize is that when in the company of people he didn't know the tic's and outburst's associated with the condition became progressively worse, directly associated with the paranoia increase in these situations.

He practiced an art of 'fire dancing', where he would swing two balls of fire attached to chains in complex patterns around his body. This he done for the general public at fairs and public gatherings, and stated that when practicing or even demonstrating in front of people the symptoms would not occur. He stated that the he could feel the symptoms bubbling up while doing the patterns but they would die away. This I presume would have something to do with the meditative effects produced by this sort of concentration and focus.

Their are tourretts sufferers in all walks of life including surgeons, painters, musicians, dancers and all other occupations, who i would imagine would claim the same sort of effects of a meditative state when practicing their own occupations especially surgeons.
I mean how else would a surgeon with this condition be allowed to practice unless some form of window opened to a calmer more relaxed world while performing surgery.

Seeing as their has, as yet, not been found any cause for this disease, and that experts still do not fully understand the brain chemistry associated with this disease, could their be a link to meditative states and relief of conditions.

And in that vein, are there any Aikido practitioners out their who suffer with this condition, and can say that Aikido helps produce these periods of calm. What I mean to say, is that if the condition is psychological and not physiological, would the periods of calm produced in Aikido and other such martial arts as Qi-gong and tai-chi, help this condition.

Thanks people.

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Old 06-13-2005, 03:13 AM   #2
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Re: Touretts Syndrome and meditative states

I have no personal experience to add, but this might be of interest to you:


"Since 1989, Langdon has been using techniques described on this site to effectively manage his own symptoms of Tourette Syndrome."

- Mike Malkin
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