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The nation has now seen the face of the mysterious tics that have affected a dozen LeRoy High School Girls.
Two of the 12 appeared on NBC’s Today Show this morning.
Thera Sanchez and Katie Krautwurst appeared on the show with their mothers.
But the impact on the girls was painful to watch and listen to.
Thera Sanchez, a 17 year old honor student. said her life has been dramatically altered by the tics which were obvious during her brief appearance on the show.
 
"The doctors told me this is mostly stress induced. When these (tics) started, I was fine, I was perfectly fine. I felt good about myself, I was on honor roll, there was nothing going wrong. I just woke up one day and the stuttering started," Thera said. 
State Health Department officials maintain the ailment affecting the girls is not contagious, and it not environmental.
The state says there is a diagnosis and it has been given to the girls and their families, but due to federal privacy laws, the diagnosis can not be made public. 
Some parents dispute the claim that a confirmed diagnosis has been made.

Some doctors have been quoted as saying the aliment is a conversion disorder…where psychosomatic symptoms are converted into physical symptoms. 

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# Dave
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 2:18 PM
Probably a bad vaccine batch since they're all in the same school...
# bo
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 7:28 PM
exactly.a bad vaccine
# Lynn Johnson
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 11:31 PM
After Sanjay Gupta tells the world, two years ago, that my daughters overnight sneezing tic 25,000 a day is "psychosomatic" only to look like a fool when my daughter finds healing (and proper diagnosis) AFTER high dose antibiotics and IVIG. Now Sanjay is on Anderson Cooper 360 tonight doing the same damage to these poor sick girls in Leroy, NY. SHAME ON YOU! There are infectious triggers causing these kids to be sick. we have had over 4,000 families reach out to our organization www.pandasresourcenetwork.org in the last two years who's children have found healing and it WASN'T through psychiatric treatment and psycho-tropic medication. WAKE UP!!! Tell the WHOLE STORY!!!
# david bald
Thursday, January 19, 2012 5:55 PM
what about this drs. explaination.?

Cause of Sick LeRoy, NY Teens Remains a Mystery [WITH POLL!]
Jan 19

Posted by Bethel Buzz

Cause of Sick LeRoy, NY Teens Remains a Mystery ~ By Dr. Russell D. Caram


Pictured: LeRoy, N.Y. teen who mysteriously developed tics along with half a dozen other females at her high school. Photo contributed.
Editor’s Note: Dr. Russell D. Caram is one of our local sponsors who shares weekly articles on Bethel Buzz. Material in this article is meant to provide information about Chiropractic but is not a substitute for professional health care. The opinions represented in this article do not necessarily reflect those of Bethel Buzz or its editor.
By Dr. Russell D. Caram
Over the past few weeks, you’ve probably seen an article about it, but in case you haven’t… there are 12 adolescent girls – all from the same high school in upstate NY. all about the same age. All developed a strange neurological disorder that manifests itself with uncontrollable tics, and all within a pretty small period of time – severe enough that some of them could not continue attending school.
The story of these 12 girls is now national news. The parents are livid that the state medical authorities are refusing to disclose information about the illness – including what it is – to anyone, including the parents – and are basically telling everyone, “Stay calm. Please disperse. Nothing to see here…”
Imagine it was YOU or YOUR child. Imagine you lived in the town and wanted to warn your children not to do what THOSE 12 did (if anything at all), but you can’t because the people who know aren’t telling you? Imagine that you couldn’t take any special precaution to protect your other children KNOWING that something can cause harm, but you aren’t being told what it is? And when you ask the people WHO DO know, you get stonewalled?

The Health Department for NY State narrowed the causes to down to one of 4 things – genetics, environment, infectious disease, and drugs (recreational or prescription). Those authorities are from the CDC and “cluster” doctors from Columbia University. My guess is that someone sees a serious problem here. Afterall, who calls on such bigwigs for a simple allergic reaction or food poisoning? But they’re leaving a gaps with subtle clues…
Let’s break this down…They stated in a meeting with parents about the 4 possible causes: Environment, Genetics, Infectious Disease or Drug Toxicity(recreation or prescription). Let’s see…
Environment: If there were something in public, there would have been some kind of public warning. Same goes for food-borne illness – there would have been a food manufacturer exposed and given the “perp walk” of shame in order to point the finger at someone/something…like a bad batch of chicken, salmonella in the lettuce, etc. Now the “establishment” has diagnosed them with “Conversion Disorder” – a disease resulting in similar symptoms (true), but usually brought on by some kind of stress or traumatic event. But when asked, nothing fits the criteria(at least nothing has been mentioned at this time). The above-definition falls just short of the diagnosis of “hysteria”, but in this mass of 12 girls, would be termed “mass hysteria.”
Genetics: Hardly an issue here. These children are not related to each other, nor do the possess the family histories inclusive of anything to account for experiencing simultaneous symptoms – and the possibility of such a high occurrence(frequency) in such a small population would make this statistically impossible.
Infectious Disease: A possibility. But if so, should there be NO further action by authorities to limit where these girls were? Or how about other individuals? There would be more labeling and finger-pointing to expose some fear that everyone should guard against. And what other infectious disease is so selective that it affects GIRLS only? The flu? A cold? Meningitis? Mono? …all equal-opportunity illnesses. All the right age-group, but GIRLS only? So, kind of rules this out, too…

Drug exposure(prescription or recreational): Well, there are a lot more possibilities here. Recreational drug use is always a possibility, but medical tests would have probably revealed something and they were performed. We would need to find something that would have a predilection for girls (notably adolescent girls) but also, common enough that would be obscured amongst other things that are considered “routine” enough and accepted as ‘normally experienced or taken’ by adolescent girls. There are two possibilities… birth control pills and HPV vaccines(Gardasil and Cervarix). Take into account the timing. This occurred within a short period of time. Exposure to a bad batch of birth control pills would be easy to explain, and there would be some reason to keep it quiet, considering the close ties of the AMA to the CDC. But the timing would need to be coordinated in such a way that they were all on them, got the same brand, and started taking them all at the same time. Not impossible, but improbable. The other possibility here are HPV vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix. The timing becomes more easily explained – as most children “get their shots” (and boosters, such as DTaP and the flu shot) before enrolling in school in the fall. It also satisfies the girls-only attack (even though they’re trying to convince boys to get the Gardasil shot also), as well as the age group (9-27).
The latter seems the most probable. Vaccines have been known to cause neurological disorders. Gardasil especially – based on the high levels of aluminum which is used as an adjuvant in the vaccine. Even the possibility of a cocktail effect of BCP’s and the vaccine MUST come into play considering the BCP’s deplete the body of certain vitamins (B6) that work to eliminate aluminum. This would make a girl more susceptible to a vaccine injury – again making the vaccine-theory more possible.


As a physician, I find the whole government group handling this to be untrustworthy. These officials are not unbiased by any means, and they have an interest in the outcome of this tragedy – with them being paid by Health Departments whose income depends widely on the promotion and sales of vaccines. Maybe no one else questioned this, but I certainly don’t buy the “Conversion Disorder” diagnosis being offered.

So, the questions remain…and so does the frustration of the parents (and citizens) of Leroy, NY. They’ve been given NOTHING as to the cause OR as an explanation, and I personally grow tired of watching regular people being talked down to and treated without respect by a government authority or the medical establishment. The reason this became a national story is because the shell-game, the omissions of facts, and the deceit of the public (and patients) with a grouped “garbage can” diagnosis. So, now the “cleaners” are in town making sure nothing gets out. Because they didn’t go up to Leroy NY to ask what they’re doing for breakfast, that’s for sure…
As a parent, I’m be insulted and frustrated too. And my guess is that you’ll hardly hear about the conclusion of this story since the FEAR is what’s making it survive…and that won’t help anyone, either. In either case, the truth is in Leroy…but will it be told? Or will the cleaners and media change it for us…you know…for OUR protection?
What do you think caused the LeRoy N.Y. teens to develop tics?
# Sandra Coogan
Friday, January 20, 2012 10:22 AM
Please check into PANDAS. Simple antibiotics which treat strep infections may be the cure! Le Roy girls, google it!! Strep virus is contagious!
# Sarah
Monday, January 23, 2012 11:57 AM
Sanjay is an idiot.
# Leonora Burger
Monday, January 23, 2012 12:55 PM
After seeing the segment on the girls with tics, body movements, etc. I by concidence came across in the Tess Gerritsen novel I was reading (on page 187 of"Bloodstream") reference to St. Vitus dance (chorea) which sounded so similar. Has this particular cause (a type of fungi) been examined?
# Dave
Monday, January 23, 2012 8:24 PM
thanks.....really interesting similarity with Strep.

great comments here.........
# Kandy
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 11:09 AM
Have these girls been tested for Strep. I watched a news show not long ago with a boy who started doing strange things like climbing walls that weren't there, stopped talking and interacting with the outside world. He felt compelled to do the odd movements. His parents were baffelded. The mother-in-law happened to ask the mother if her son had been tested for strep. He had not. She got him test and treated for strep and the boy returned to normal. Strep had impacted a part of the brain that caused the weird behavior. The show said that if treated early enough people can be returned to their previous selves.
I hope someone reads this and passes it on.
# Lymie
Saturday, January 28, 2012 9:57 AM
Has anyone looked into Lyme Disease? I came down with sudden tremors in 2008 with no warning. Get some blood work done for Lyme. It's exploding all over the country especially the east coast!
# Renee
Saturday, January 28, 2012 5:57 PM
The parents of these girls should look at the vaccines and heavy metals these girls have been exposed too. My own experience with a family member is a simular to the one these girls are experiencing. The cause was found to be Gardasil and the flu vaccine. My niece went to a doctor in Huntersville, NC who has not only given her life back to her and us, but who also helped other members of our family. Since being treated my niece is back to normal and other members of our family now have the option of a longer and healthier life. All our medical issues were from eating all wrong and high levels of heavy metals. I would highly recommend these parents seek out help from The Center for Advanced Medicine in Cornelius, NC (the office moved from Huntersville to Cornelius last year).
# Leif Hertz M.D.
Saturday, February 04, 2012 4:30 PM
Has any of these girls been tested for dopamine receptor density (see article about testing below). Toxic Parkinson's disease has been seen previously.
Please let me know the answer. Thanks.
Leif Hertz

Vlaar AM, van Kroonenburgh MJ, Kessels AG, Weber WE.BMC Neurol. 2007 Sep 1;7:27.Meta-analysis of the literature on diagnostic accuracy of SPECT in parkinsonian syndromes.

BACKGROUND: Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative
disorder. One of the most widely used techniques to diagnose PD is a Single
Photon Emission Computer Tomography (SPECT) scan to visualise the integrity of
the dopaminergic pathways in the brain. Despite this there remains some
discussion on the value of SPECT in the differential diagnosis of PD. We did a
meta-analysis of all the existing literature on the diagnostic accuracy of both
pre- and post-synaptic SPECT imaging in the differential diagnosis of PD.
METHODS: Relevant studies were searched in Medline, EMBASE and Cochrane databases
with back-searching of their reference lists. We limited our analysis to studies
with a clinically relevant methodology: i.e. when they assessed the ability of
the SPECT to provide 1. diagnosis of PD in an early phase vs. normalcy; 2
diagnostic differentiation between PD and essential tremor (ET); 3.
distinguishing between PD and vascular parkinsonism (VP); 4. delineation of PD
from atypical parkinsonian syndromes (APS). Gold standard was, dependent on the
study type, clinical examination at initial visit or follow-up, and/or response
to dopaminergic agents.
RESULTS: The search gave 185 hits, of which we deemed 32 suitable for our
analysis. From these we recalculated the diagnostic odds ratio of SPECT for the
clinical questions above. The pooled odds ratio (with 95%CI) for presynaptic
SPECT scan's ability to distinguish between early PD and normalcy was 60 (13 -
277). For the ability to differentiate between PD and ET this ratio was 210
(79-562). The ratio for presynaptic SPECT's ability to delineate PD from VP was
105 (32 - 348). The mean odds ratio for the presynaptic SPECT scans to
differentiate between PD and the two APS was 2 (1 - 4), and for the postsynaptic
SPECT imaging this was 19 (9-36).
CONCLUSION: SPECT with presynaptic radiotracers is relatively accurate to
differentiate patients with PD in an early phase from normalcy, patients with PD
from those with ET, and PD from VP. The accuracy of SPECT with both presynaptic
and postsynaptic tracers to differentiate between PD and APS is relatively low.
# Carol Nardecchia
Sunday, February 26, 2012 9:47 AM
Today Show
Did the doctors check the girls for rheumatic fever? An undetected strep infection can cause rheumatic fever. Rheumatic fever can cause a rheumatic chorea or sydenham's chorea, which is the involutary muscle movements.
I have seen one case years ago. It was very similar to what the girls were going through. The more that the girls try to control their movements the worse the movements get.

Carol Nardecchia

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