Erin Brockovich Launches Investigation Into Tic Illness Affecting N.Y. Teenagers


Environmental activist Erin Brockovich has launched her own investigation into the mysterious illness causing facial tics and verbal outbursts among 15 teenagers in Le Roy, N.Y.

Most of the teens have been diagnosed with conversion disorder — a psychological condition that causes physical symptoms like jerky tics, convulsions and even paralysis. But Brockovich suspects groundwater contamination from a chemical spill from more than 40 years ago may be behind the Tourette-like symptoms.

“They have not ruled everything out yet,” Brockovich told USA Today. “The community asked us to help, and this is what we do.”

Don Miller, whose 16-year-old daughter, Katie, still suffers from debilitating tics, said his sister contacted Brockovich for help.

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  • Rick

    I wonder who'll get to play her this time?

  • Trinity

    Psychological trauma (intentional or otherwise), environmental, or a combination? Interesting case, but I doubt seriously that we can play "solve it yourself" successfully with half the pieces missing or witheld from public view. Throwing celebrityism into the mix can only obscure the view further. Was group hypnotherapy used to accent test performance? Could it have accidentally tapped into a level of conciousness which acknowleged a strong desire for attention? If so, the tics would be very real and uncontrollable to the subject, and not "acting" in the sense of a performance. In such a case, added sensationalism, such as that brought by the introduction of famous personalities, would only deepen the problem to the extent a "cure" may not be possible. Lots of good questions but it all falls to conjecture and speculation.

  • JIM

    what next ???? will these possessed tanagers be pointing their fingers at the '' witches'' among us

  • May Pelletier

    Erin Brockovich is a fraud! She is in it for the money! Maybe (someone other than Brockovich) should be looking into other than legal or prescribed drugs to see what extracurricular behaviour is common to these kids. Brockovich sounds like
    Al Gore…always finding a boogeyman and raking in the $$$$$. Quit drinking the koolaid!

  • Ann Wilson Kingsley

    The Transcendental Meditation Movement is teaching TM in some schools, and they have resurrected the ancient Vedic Mantra Weapons with which they have maimed and killed practitioners and others, especially in the last 40 years. Frequency of this abuse is increasing, so if T.M. was taught in the school, and these teens participated in the program that is also a possibility.

  • Smith

    Since all of these girls are in the same high school, I believe they should look into any vaccinations that were given to all of them. Possibly HPV? I find it hard to believe that something 40 years ago is suddenly affecting 15 girls all at the same time in the same high school.

  • Thomas Marotta

    Has anyone thought if these girls had the New Vaccine for Preteen, Teen Girls Licensed by FDA. Just a thought !!!!

  • daves

    It is very sad these kind of things are happening in the U.S.