James & Patricia
Tourette's Syndrome and ADHD
Jacinda came to Kentuckiana with an initial diagnosis
of borderline Tourette's Syndrome, borderline Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. She has a history of neonatal seizures
and sensory integration difficulties.
Her physical exam and x-ray analysis revealed 8 areas of subluxation and
multiple postural distortions. She had a slight spina bifida occulta at the
SI level. Her trace mineral analysis showed a lead level of 7.2 ppm and an
aluminum level of 15 ppm. Her nutrient mineral levels were abnormal, primarily
in relation to zinc, iron and chromium values.
Jacinda has been a patient in the clinic for
approximately 1 year and has shown improvement on all sides of the triad
of health. Jacinda continues to receive adjustments to the upper cervical
spine. Her headaches have decreased and her digestive disturbances are no
longer a major problem. She has had no seizures. Jacinda's structure has
been compromised this year by accidental fractures to the right tibia, fibula
and acromion process. She has also had multiple ankle sprains following roller
Chemically, Jacinda's latest TMA shows a lead level of 0.9 ppm and aluminum
at 4 ppm. Her nutrient mineral levels have reached a normal balance. On an
emotional level, it is very much apparent that Jacinda is a happier child
who maintains a healthy sense of self. She is reading books now for enjoyment
and has plans to attend college.
Tracy Barnes, D.C., D.I.I.C.P.(June 1995)
Her Grandmother's Story
Jacinda came to live with us, her grandfather and me, after being neglected
and abused the first 4 years of her life. I got custody from her mother because
of a socio-economic situation. Jacinda's situation seemed hopeless since
she could not trust a single person. She was sent to Head Start to perhaps
overcome social ability problems, also professional counseling, which helped
a little, but not much.
Jacinda was under so much stress, with so much anger and hurt inside, physically
and mentally she could not heal. In this state she ate her problems away
and then would sleep. Staying in the same system, not getting the support
she needed in the educational department, Jacinda kept going backwards.
Finally we went to get a second opinion from a psychologist by the name of
Dr. Lee Epstein. Dr. Epstein recommended we take her to Kentuckiana Children's
Center. At Kentuckiana, along with her education, Jacinda also received clinical
care which helped her physically. When Dr.(Tracy)Barnes and Dr.(Nicolai)
Hansen (Kentuckiana staff chiropractic doctors) started to provide chiropractic
care, Jacinda's attitude began to change. She became more interested in the
clinic and wanted to be there more and more. Chiropractic has helped her
back, and her PMS is less severe. She comes home happy, excited, and relaxed.
The nutritional supplements help her allergies which were once quite severe.
I feel the touching and adjustments are healing my granddaughter. She now
has high self esteem where there was none, until Kentuckiana. I want to thank
everyone involved in Jacinda's healing process.
Thank you, Rose Jacobs.
Her Grandfather's Story
Jacinda started attending public school with the Head Start Program when
she was 5 years old. It ended, by the grace of God, in August of 1994 when
she entered Kentuckiana Special School. Jacinda's
grandmother had the 3 of us in counseling together from the time Jacinda
first came to live with us. Jacinda was 4 years old at the time. We slowly
learned more and more about the problems Jacinda had, and tried as best we
could to help solve them.
Meanwhile, the local school system refused to accept evaluations from very
credible hospitals about her learning disabilities and many other problems,
and continued to look only at the tip of the iceberg, which was her unacceptable
behavior. I tried to help her at home with her studies and became very frustrated
at my failure, until I learned I was incapable of teaching her because I
was not properly trained. Before I learned and accepted that, I thought that
either Jacinda was the dumbest child alive or I was the dumbest teacher ever
born. But what really troubled me was I knew in my stomach that Jacinda was
I became increasingly angry at the school system because of their refusal
to acknowledge Jacinda's problems, except her bad behavior. In March, 1994,
Jacinda's grandmother and I made a decision that it would be child abuse
to send her back to the local school. This, is when God really took over
and we were led to Dr. Lee Epstein, a psychologist. It took him only about
one hour with Jacinda to detect her major problem for failure in public school.
He recommended Kentuckiana Special School. We went
there, she was accepted, and now we have a completely different child.
I do not know how they work the miracles they do at Kentuckiana but I certainly
am grateful for what they do. Jacinda comes home every day SINGING! She has
hope. I do know whenever I go over there I feel the love actually transmitting
from the walls-all those beautiful colors. Jacinda loves everyone there.
Everyone is so nurturing. Dr. Tracy and Dr. Hansen "puts her head on straight
and pops her" is what she tells me. She loves her teachers, Ms. White and
Ms. Harned. I can honestly say I have yet to hear Jacinda say anything negative
about anyone or anything at Kentuckiana. She even loves the food and the
We have always told Jacinda in her moments of despair that right now she
was just a little piece of coal, but that diamonds were made from coal and
someday she would be a highly polished diamond if she just kept trying. But
Kentuckiana is really speeding up this process and it throws both grandmother
and me for loops. I am so very, very grateful to everyone connected with
this fine, fine Center. Something tells me everyone there has gone through
some tremendous pain to be able to extend so much love.
This article first appeared in the Sept/Oct, 1995 issue of
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