Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Avoid Artifical Sweeteners, Take Natural Sugars, Coconut Oil
- B Vitamins
- Blackstrap Molasses
- Coconut Oil
- Dietary Recommendations
- Edgar Cayce Remedies
- Eliminate Wheat, B Vitamins
- Epsom Salts
- General Feedback
- Glutamic and Aspartic Acid
- Gluten and Casein Free Diet
- Ingredients to Avoid
- Learn to Stay Calm
- Multiple Remedies
- Natural Remedies
- Remedies Needed
- Stay on Your Medications
- Taurine, Tyrosine, B-50 Complex, Acupuncture
- Ted's Remedies
- Ted's Remedies Reader Feedback
- The Aspartame Link
- Vagus Nerve Stimulation (Vns)
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[YEA] 08/28/2010: Jualsy from Torrevieja, Alicante. Spain: "Epilepsy has been around for a long time and it has interferred with the quality of life for a lot of people. The medication that is recommended may stop the fits, but the side effects can be dismal, and the epilepsy continues and the medication recommended has to be increased. After doing research on the subject, because I had a good friend who was on the strongest medication and was STILL having grand mal fits every day, I was impressed enough to ask her to trust me to try something. The solution is to take magnesium in the form of Epsom Salts. Half a teaspoon in orange juice every morning. From the first dose her fits stopped. She ceased taking the medication and her quality of life was restored, after suffering for over 12 years. I advertised in the paper for more poeple with the complaint and visited them at home and recommended the Epsom Salts. In EVERY case it worked. My chemist refused to sell Epsom Salts to me any more as he said I didn't know better than the doctors, but there were many more places to buy it!! I contacted the Epilepsy Sopciety and offered to give a talk at their meetings..... But they didn't want to know!! I can recommend it with confidence........ Half a teaspoon of Epsom Salts in some orange juice...Try it!! Makechanges@gmail.com"Replies
08/28/2010: Jualsy from Torrevieja, Alicante, Spain replies: "It doesn't matter when you take it. The results will build up and you will see the difference almost immediately."
01/01/2011: Trish from Eureka, California replies: "I just had another seizure today (Happy New Year's.. ) and I am so tired of this. I've tried all the meds they could think of with a myriad of side effects and the taste of poison forever on my tongue. So I went searching the internet and found this very informative site. I plan on trying the epsom salt tomorrow, then other rememdies that speak to me. Thank you so much of all the wealth of information. You all seem to be a caring community! Keep it up. See you again, Trish"
03/05/2011: Ahmed from Niles, Il replies: "I have 9 years old son suffering from nocturnal seizures since 3 months old. His seizures started after taking his first vaccination shot. We tried many medication for 3 years and nothing really worked. Then we started giving him herbal (ayurvedic) medicine which helped to control but did not completely stopped them. His EEG results showed improvement but at least we were happy as their were no side affects. We gave him for 3 years then stopped as it did not stopped completely.
After one year without any medication I found this link and read everyone comments. I have started epsom salt in orange juice. Last night when he got up from the deep sleep he was just staring at us but did not had any seizure or convulsion. I was really happy with this first step. I am going to continue this formula and hope and pray to God it helps him out. And I hope it helps to improve his speech. I pray for all of those who are going through pain. I am just worried how long should we use this epsom salt and are their any side affects on long term usage."
05/28/2010: Dean from Fort Collins, Co: "Hi, I have read about the epsom salt helping seizures on this website. It says to take half of a teaspoon in orange juice every morning. My seizures are nocturnal and was wondering if it would be better to take the epsom salt with orange juice before bed or if I should take it in the morning? Thanx"
04/07/2009: Lgali from Nepean, ON, Canada: "epsom salts and seizure: could you please advise me more about use of epsom salts for my 13 old girl?"Replies
04/07/2009: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "Hello,
Sorry your 13 year old has seizure problems. If she is a normal sized l3 year old dosages would be the same as for adults, and since the recommended laxative dosage for epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) is 1 to 2 tsps I would try giving her 1/2 tsp. morning & bedtime. Another form of magnesium is magnesium oxide which you can buy tablets of it combined with vitamin B6 (Beelith tablets) and give her l morning & bedtime.
Since magnesium probably works to combat seizures by competing with monosodium glutamate (MSG) for sites in the brain, I suggest you google "excitotoxins" to find a list of names they hide MSG under in the ingredients lists of foods. Another excitotoxin you need to eliminate is aspartame (NutraSweet or Equal). When reading those ingredients lists, be especially alert for any "hydrolyzed plant (corn, soy, pea, etc) protein as it contains both MSG and aspartame."
10/25/2008: Catherine from Wellington, New Zealand: "My journey into nutrition started in the 70's with Adelle Davis' books. She recommended magnesium (epsom salts) for Epilepsy. I have told this to various people over the years and offered them the books to read, amazingly they didn't want to do the research, preferring the allopathic methods of treatment. Ms Davis was also a strong proponent of folic acid to prevent spina biffida! This has only recently been taken seriously..but her evidence could have saved much untold misery for unfortunate families during these intervening years.
In one of her books Ms Davis referred to another nutritionist from the 40's who opined that unless magnesium levels in the diet were improved, within a generation we would't be able to tell from the backview the difference between boys and girls!!! Well girls used to have waists (18" to 22") and boys always had physiques, maybe lack of magnesium affects the hormones somehow."
[YEA] 11/15/2007: maureen roy from Maine, U.S.A: "I had to post something here because a couple of months ago I saw a post from someone who said, "Anyone who has seizures, something that has worked well to control or rid people's seizures is epsom salt." ....their words were something to that effect. Well, that got me intrigued and excited. I had been looking for ways to get off my meds for years. I have been reading books and looking...everywhere on the net for...something! And that post got me started. Well, I now have a blog about my story - I have been off my meds for more than a month and it has now been almost a month since I have had a seizure. That is just amazing and has been unheard of for me for the past 18 years! Now, I am not a doctor and I am not saying this is what EVERYONE should do. We are all different. But, this MAY help people who have been looking for answers, help, guidance on what could work for them in the right direction. When you click here, start reading from the bottom up. From Nov. 12th until recent. http://momosremedies.blogspot.com/"
[YEA] 10/14/2007: Violet from Torrevieja, Spain: "Epsom Salts is a cure for Epilepsy. I have recommended it to various people and given a talk about it in a local clinic in London...it works!! Even for grand mal fits and for young and old alike. Half a teaspoonful in orange juice each morning, and the fits will stop. I approached the Epilepsy Society about this, but they don't want to know!!! My grand daughter has started taking it, when all else failed and she hasn't had fits since."Replies
11/16/2007: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "To Maureen Roy(11/15/07) and Violet (10/14/07) from Tarrevieja, Spain - Look in any pharmacology book and it will tell you that magnesium (Epsom salts is one form of it) is the second most plentiful cation of the intracellular fluids and is essential for the activity of many enzymes and plays an important role in neurochemical transmission and muscular excitability. Deficits cause a variety of structural and functional disturbances. Epsom salts is given IV to prevent seizures in pre- eclamptic/eclamptic women to prevent seizures. Mg is a co- factor of all enzymes involved in phosphate transer reaction. Mg deficiency causes increased irritability, disorientation, convulsions (seiures) and psychotic behavior.It also had a direct effect on the neuromuscular and cardiovascular system. Hypomagnesium (deficit) occurs with vomiting, diarrhea, diuretic meds, and alcoholism (also our fast, junk food diets. You have lucked up and discovered what I often tell people" IF YOU CAN CURE THE PROBLEM WITH A VITAMIN OR MINERALS, THE PROBLEM IS NOT DISEASE, IT IS A DIETARY DEFICIENCY. Neurosurgeon Russell L. Blaylock, tells that excitotoxins also cause seiures, so I urge all readers to type in excitotoxins and hit go: copy the names they hide the excitotoxins under, then head for your kitchens and read ingredients on all foods there (including your raw, must be cooked chicken and beef), your canned foods, salad dressing, and sauces. You will learn that your food chain is as monosodiumglutamate laden as any stir-fried Asian meal. You just might find what is causing your seizures in the food you eat. If yours are caused by excitotoxins, we might ask Ted if magnesium is an antidote for MSG. If it is, then perhaps we should start giving alzheimers, Parkinson diseae patients Epsom salts 7 watch for improvement. The lovely part of taking epsom salts instead of anti-convulsants and anti-hypertensives is that it will quickly tell you when to quit by the diarrhea which is an early side effect. The medical field is not going to tell you to take epsom salts for seizures, even though it gives it for the same, because they can't patent, nor do you need to keep coming back to them for presciptions. But in defense of the individual doctors (a few of which would like to tell you about it), if they did and the AMA (the strongest union in the country) would jump on their case in a hurry and find some way to re-voke their license to practice medicine. Let's all say "THANK YOU, GOD" for the Ted's in this world."
10/21/2008: Elizabeth from Brentwood, NY replies: "If epsom salt gives you diarrhea, i don't understand how you are supposed to take it? you take it until it gives you diarrhea, then stop, and then what??"
11/09/2008: Arlan from Midland, Michigan replies: "Elizabeth, you can take a bath in it (it still passes into your body) with similar effects...barr the loose stools..You may also use Magnesium chloride tablets"
07/21/2010: Riya from Edison, New Jersey, U.s.a. replies: "My daughter she is nine months and getting seizures, we tried medicines but as a side effect she gets very cranky. She is also Developmentally delayed. Can anyone suggest good home remedy to control her seizures? I read about Epsom salts, but also read overdose of it can lead to coma. . . . Don't know what to do?"
07/21/2010: Labes from Toronto, Ontario, Canada replies: "Dear Riya, Some seizures are caused by parasites. So I advise you to give your daughter black walnut tincture. I hope that will help."
01/21/2012: Shalisha from Sydney, Australia replies: "Good natural antiparasites -
4 to 5 tablespoons of extra virgin or virgin coconut oil - contains lauric acid, a powerful antifungal.
Wormwood (only for a few weeks at a time) you can also try a wormwood and black walnut tincture.
Enteric-coated capsules of the following essential oils: oregano, thyme, peppermint, rosemary and garlic.
Parasite purge formula containing items such as black walnut, clove, ginger root, anise seed, pau d'arco, peppermint and fennel
3-5 grams of water soluble fiber such as psyllium husks or guar gum
L-arrginine - for removal of amonia waste products.
enzyme supplement (not with food) containing bromelain, papain, thymus, chymotrypsin, lipase, amylase etc.
Anti-toxin: Charcoal tablets (after meals but away from medication and supplements) wash down with water
Healthy oils: avocado oil, cod liver oil, fish oil (best is krill oil), flaxseed oil, grape seed oil, hemp oil, monounsaturated fats, olive oil and primrose oil.
Avoid: caffeine, alcohol, artificial sweetners (use stevia instead), all shellfish and elimination organs of commercially raised animals such as liver and kidney, refined flour, rice and sugar, pork products, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats, all junk food including fizzy sodas and anything out of an aluminum (phosphoric acid), fat free foods, olestra, canola and soy (in an unfermented state), and chlorinated or fluoridated water, avoid refined salt - use himalayan salt or kelp instead, dairy, yeast products.
Eat fish, white meat, red meat no more than once a week, keep high-glycaemic fruit intake down. Eat more fruits that have low sugar-conversion, such as pears and apples.
Take magnesium (best form is magnesium oil), zinc Vitamins b, c and e and a good omega supplement (krill oil is the best form of omega 3 and omega 6 is found in primrose oil and safflower oil to name a few. Flaxseed oil is also very good.
Reduce environmental toxicity, avoid products with dangerous chemicals - try neways."
08/13/2011: Flowerlady from Crossville, Tennessee: "A Dr. diagnoised my 17 yr old grand-daughter with epilepsy. I'm am not convinced of his diagnosis. She had a one time passing out and no seziure activity was present. She went to the ER and all they found was she was dehydrated. Her brain scan was normal and her MRI was normal. The EEG she had was slightly abnormal. The 72 hour EEG she had had some peaks and a small amount of high electrial activy? areas. She has a headache occ. and does not sleep regulary or eat properly. She is under alot of stress and has anxiety attacks occ. But she is your active average teenager in her senoir year of school and makes very good grades. They want to put her on Lamictal but I'm not convinced that she has epilepsy and the med has way to many side effects. The Dr. said if she took the med for 5 yrs and did not have a seizuer she could come off it. My other concern is what damage will it do to her body in 5 years. Having trouble getting a second opinion. Any suggestions would be appreciated.Thanks"Replies
08/13/2011: Courtney from Granite Bay, Ca replies: "Not sure why you're having trouble getting a second opinion, but that's the route I would go for starters (and for certain). Definitely a second opinion.
A "slightly abnormal EEG" can be caused by many things, including things as benign as a migraine, drug/alcohol use and attention problems.
I have a daughter the same age as yours and I would absolutely get a second opinion no matter how many hoops I had to jump through to get it."
08/14/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Flowerlady, sorry to hear about your daughter.
Here is an article from Dr. A. Hoffer on using Niacin to stop anxiety. It is vitamin B3 totally safe.
If you are worried that she "may" have a seizure then Magenesium would alleviate that.
Please read both articles but the 2nd one states that Magnesium deficiency can lead to seizures. You would need to have her "Magnesium Blood Levels checked". Anyway read the article. There is a lot of info on the below site.
Hope these help. Cheers
04/21/2012: Sandhya from Kihei, Hawaii, Usa replies: "I was an epileptic for 41 years..... Started petite mal and went soon into grand mal..... Doctors said idiopathic.... No known cause. EEG 's were normal. Had to take 4 tegretols per day. I found out that more than half of all seizures are caused by a hit on the head.. Doesn't have to be significant. Years later seizures begin due to scar tissue which has formed. I did a test with an affiliate using Brain State Technology.... Called a brain map. It was the best EEG I ever had.... It not only said I had high seizure activity but where the activity was located. After 20 sessions I felt my brain waves to be different and asked for another Brain Map. Sure enough it had corrected the neurons sufficiently for me to use GABA amino acid (makes neurons fire regularly) and get off the meds within two weeks. It has been two years and no hint of a seizure. It also corrected PST which is inner anxiety and brain injury from a car accident... Whiplashed badly.
With your daughter I would begin here. You can't lose with this treatment as it improves your life in many ways. If you have to take meds while doing it make sure they are on the low level when doing the sessions.. Just before you have to take them again or you may be wasting your money or it will take longer as some medicines block the effect..."
06/27/2012: Uv from Seattle, Wa replies: "HI Sandhya... My name is Uma. I live in Seattle. My story is very similar to yours. I had an accident when I was 14 and my seizures started soon after. I had been on tegretol for 10 years with good control, but one fine day it stopped working and my seizures started again. Now I am only on homeopathic medicine but it is not giving me the control I am expected. I would like to try this brain mapping and am very interested in talking to you abt this. I would really appreciate if you could email me at shri dot rsk at gmail dot com or give me your contact. Thanks for your help. Uma."
06/12/2011: L from Whitefish, Mt: "A friend of mine has had 2 seizures in 6 mo. The first one they thought was situational, because he had been on a diet, was very fatigued, and had had a lot of caffeine. Now, he has had a second one. After lots of tests, there seems to be no reason for them. One suggestion was that he quit the diet sodas he was drinking. And cut back on caffeine. Anyone discovered another reason a person in great health otherwise might start to have seizures?"Replies
06/13/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "L. Just a guess, but I think your friend has a magnesium deficiency. Drinking soda will deplete your body of magnesium. Diet soda is particularly bad because it contains aspartame which also depletes magnesium. Magnesium deficiency is a known cause of seizures. Many epileptics are magnesium deficient as well.
Here is an article for info but you could research further. Also I think magnesium needs to be supplemented with calcium, but you could check on that.
10/06/2010: Susie from Vincennes, In: "I am 61 yrs of age and did not start having seizures until I turned the age of 40. I have been to MANY Dr. and then I decided to go to Mayo clinic in Minnesota to be checked out. May, 2008 a pace maker was installed and it has helped to control the seizures, but, I am taking a lot of medicine too."
Glutamic and Aspartic Acid
12/15/2012: Janice from Hamilton, On Canada: "Hi Jem from Austin, TX I am extremely interested in getting a copy of your book. Please contact me at: janice.calvert57(at)gmail.com."Replies
01/02/2013: Karthiknarayan from Chennai, Tamilnadu replies: "):hai I karthiknanrayan I sufferr from neuro problem, age7-37.I completed my graduation yet not placed in offices due this problem. yic, dece, yoga call: 919840712963"
[YEA] 09/11/2011: Jem from Austin, Tx: "one cause of epileptic seizures is an overdose of glutamic and aspartic acid.
many foods contain these amino acids in their free state which creates a shutdown of neurotransmitter production in the brain, along with oxidizing it.
i don't mean to be 'selling' anything, I have written a book on the subject of how dangerous these free form amino acids are to the brain affecting/causing everything from bi-polar disorder, anxiety, panic, rage.. to physical symptoms such as epilepsy, stroke, parkinson's, altzheimers..
the info is too vast to write here, however the main things to avoid are msg, which is freed glutamic acid and all things high in freed glutamic acid... there is a list of food substances in my book.
also, aspartic acid in nutrasweet, fried foods.. processed foods..
the biggest culprits, cooked food, soy, oats, barley, wheat, grains, nuts, seeds, .... The obvious processed foods/foods that outright contain msg... and aspartame...
hope this helps. My book is about to be launched through a site, if you contact me through this thread (as in, let me know you read this here) I'm happy to send anyone suffering from epilepsy a copy of my book.. you can donate later if it helps.
it will be the last version before being edited for the upcoming launch.... Not the final version... the info is valuable
the book is geared toward those who suffer from emotional disorders mild to severe and raising consciousness through live food"Replies
09/11/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "A really good book on seizures and glutamic acid written by a Neurosurgeon is "Excitotoxins, the Taste that Kills" By Dr. Russell Blaylock. He has done extensive study on the subject."
12/07/2011: Pradeep from Port Alfred, South Africa replies: "Hi Jem, I am struggling with epilepsy myself, and very interested in knowing more. My email address is pmohanlal35(at)gmail.com I have just been diagnozed. Thank you"
06/22/2012: Scottish Man from Paisley, Scotland replies: "Hi Jem hope this message find you well. ? anyways to get to the point my son Kristopher, started taking Seizure when he was 19yrs old he used to go and do a Box Fit class while doing it one day his trainer shouted for me a come quickly so I did and my Son was boiling hot covered in sweat and he was a horrible slatey Grey colour and he was biting down on his own tounge. When I saw him I thought he was having a heart attack as I had never seen anyone taking a seizure before. He has had two scans an E. E. G and some other scan I can't remember the name of it? But after they where completed say told us that there was a bit of slowing on the left hand side of his Brain but they have not come out and said he has Epilepsy and that is very frustrating not knowing what is causing them so I was hoping you could send him a copy of your book in the hope that it might give us all some answers thank you for your precious time on this matter. My E- mail address is A2. DOYLE(at)BTINTERNET. COM love and best wishes from Scotland
Kind Regard Andrew. Xx"
12/05/2012: Gertrude from Indianapolis, In replies: "Hi I am Newson, I live in Indianapolis. I am the grandmother of 14 grandchildren, I work as a care-giver. Recently I witnessed my 12 year old grandson have a seizure. He was recently diagnosed with epilepsy. It is heart-breaking for me to see him take pills of 750 mg twice daily. I don't believe in medications. I have been reading this site since 11:00 p.m., it is now 4:50 a.m. I am determined to help my grandson the natural route. I would love if you could forward me a copy of your book. I am interested in reading what you are educating to the public; and especially to those of us who can't sleep because we love our love ones unconditionally. I prayed tonight before I searched the web, and I found your article. I am a believer and I believe that my grandson will soon be free of seizure. It has been a great pleasure reading your information and responses. Tonight I was filled with hope. My email is gertrudenewson(at)yahoo.com. I thank you, and may God bless you, as you reach out to help all of us who worry, and lack direction for answers."
12/05/2012: Candy from Fort Madison, Ia replies: "magnesium helps with this. preferably the transdermal kind. hope this helps. and I said a prayer."
05/06/2013: Rico from San Francisco replies: "Please let me know how to purchase a copy of your book... My nephew just had an episode and this is the 3rd for this year. Thank you"
Gluten and Casein Free Diet
[YEA] 12/19/2007: Jim from dallas, ga: "We started the gluten / casien free diet about a month and a half ag. I have noticed that my 4yr lod daughter's constipation has all but gone. We have started seeing a natruropathic dr. found that she had fungal yeast overgrowth in both the large and small intestines, mercury, and vaccines in her body. Since seeing the new dr. she has started getting some of her words back and being alot more affectionate towards everybody especially her older sister of 5yrs. old. Not to say it is a cure but GOD has opened doors for me and after 4yrs. of battlling seizure after seizure, and now autism, I think our tunnel is getting brighter."Replies
09/07/2011: Sharon from Rio Rancho, New Mexico replies: "Jim,
I'm not sure about a regular doctor who does this, but I go to Lifetime Chiropractic in Rio Rancho, NM and for $25 you (or in this case, your daughter) can do a foot soak that will pull the metals out of her body. After that, they give you a tablet to take that replaces the good ones that got drawn out as well.
I am also on a harmonious foods diet. This means that I buy mostly organic foods so not to get the chemicals from the processed foods, and that I don't mix starches and protiens. The diet is based on digestion. It might be something you want to consider. You can find the food chart at www.drugfreehelp.com."
05/13/2013: Kim from Gray Hawk, Ky replies: "God has your daughter!"
Ingredients to Avoid
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 07/09/2012: Dolores from Noti, Oregon: "Hello I was looking for help with seizure control because my 17 year old son will be going off medication by the end of this month, no insurance (husband lost his job). As I was reading some of the remedies from others I thought I could add something.
I have always controled my two boys seizures by diet. The information I read when they were 3 and 5 years (their first seizures) was from a naturopath doctor. She listed what needs to be avoided: chicken and chicken eggs. black and red fruits (plums, red apple skins, blueberries, strawberries, purple eggplant skins, red tomatoes etc. It is the pigment that is the seizure trigger also manmade dyes, so marshmallows with blue dye to make them white, milk will sometimes have blue in it, etc. READ the LABELS, then the man made stuff other than dyes... BHA, BHT, and MSG. So, BHA and BHT are in oils and fats... If the product has less than 2% of the chemical the manufacturer does not have to list it so you need to stick to your natural oils and butters or call the individual companies and ask if they have either of those chemicals in their products. MSG is everywhere. Look up "truth in labeling" they have a list and explanations about MSG (very good information).
This list of things to avoid has always proven true for my boys. If they would have a seizure (about once every 6 months or less) I could always pinpoint what "got past me" and caused it. One boy has stopped having them. But the younger still has them if I am not careful. The reason we went to mediation is because over the years I didn't realize that MSG was being put into so many more products under so many more names and he was starting to have little seizures regularly. He is sensitive and I want more help. I am going to try the baking soda and lecithin and vit C and magnesium as extra support for him.
I hope this list will help others, it has been very good for us. Also stress affects my boy, fever, overwork.
Learn to Stay Calm
[YEA] 01/18/2009: Anonymous from Anywhere, USA: "I had to write to you because I have been in a seizure situation for many years and I am finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel so I thought I would pass it on.
First, a quick story about me. When I was around 18 in 1989 I started having petit mal seizures and no one knew why or what brought them on. Looking back, I remember I was getting to the end of my high school years, and one day in celebration, me and a bunch of friends went swimming. And, in the pool, I was so excited to be in the pool...swimming so fast, I did a flip turn no knowing there was a seating area in the pool and bumped my head. I walked off, trying not to make a big scene...just let the pain go away on its own. A couple of days later at a graduation party, I remember having a few wine coolers...more than normal (that is not a lot..but it was to me!) and I had a seizure. I heard about it the next day. (Looking back and reading more about seizure causes, it could have been an acid buildup in the brain...an area of tissue that was disrupted and then the acids put in my body made it to the brain..and seizures were formed). Well, at the time I thought it was a one shot deal and didn't tell mom and dad. Well, time went on..a year or two and I was going through college and living abroad in France and I noticed they were coming back...more often now. So, I went to a doctor in France while I was on my study abroad and to make a long story short, I was told I had epilepsy. I was put on pills and I thought that was it. I got back to the U.S and I was still having them. At first, I wasn't the best about taking the meds religiously...but as time went on, I WAS taking them...all of them, like clock work. And, still having seizures. I tried MANY different drugs with no positive outcome. SO, in 1995, after getting different doctors opinions (looking back, from doctors that were almost identical) I had brain surgery to help get "rid" of these seizures. Well, what the surgery got rid of was my great memory and my ability to read. Following surgery I didn't know anyone's name...I didn't remember the states...or even something basic like the word "flower." Well, it finally came back (before surgery I was a foreign language teacher...French and Spanish...that was gone following surgery. But, the French came back...not perfect...after about 8 months) So, with a 6 month speech therapy class, my reading came back...not perfect...and my memory is not as sharp as it once was. Am I angry? You're damn right I have been angry, depressed, confused,...you name it! Why me? I was a great student in high school...number 9 in the class, went to a great college...felt like such a strong and independent woman! And now I am reliant on everyone else, can't drive, feel weak, memory is not the sharpest,..and the meds I was one got me even more depressed...and I was STILL HAVING SEIZURES!!! Well, I decided a year and a half ago, I wanted to see a change! I took myself off those pills that were killing me. You know, going in to see if my LIVER was still Ok. every few months just didn't seem right to me! You know, in my opinion, the BEST doctor in the world is IN ALL OF US...In OUR body! Let me figure out this doctor and see what needs to be done. The first couple of months off those pills, I think I was SO happy, feeling strong and IN CONTROL and I didn't have ONE seizure! So, again, to make a long story short - what controls our seizures? Well, that would be our emotions! As time went on, as I started getting USED to not having them, I let small things bother me. And, well, to make a long story short, I started having them again. SO, I read more, and came across a nice book.
Nice, encouraging, natural approach to seizure control. What a nice, refreshing outlook.
After reading this and seeing that there was someone who could come and HELP me with controlling my seizures...and someone who has been through it HERSELF helped me. She had encephalitis herself MANY years ago...had ALL the seizures OFTEN and was told by doctors - sorry, there is nothing we can do. Well, to get to the point, she taught HERSELF how to control them and it has now been...what are we up to..30 years!!! Seizure free! So, I had her come on over to my home for 4 days to train me how to control them. Do I have it PERFECT yet? No. But, do I know that at one point, I will have this DOWN! YES! You know what makes it hard? We ALL have emotions. We are human! That is normal and NATURAL. However, if you have epilepsy, you have to learn to take it all in stride. Don't let emotions get the best of you. Well, that isn't as easy as it may seem. BUT, it is possible. What makes it easier is the warnings our brain/body DO give us. Ig is kind of saying, "Watch out...a seizure may be coming." I NEVER though I had warnings...that must be what those other lucky people have. But, not me. Over time, I did realize, WOW...that IS a warning. There is a long list...I will let you read about the different warning signals. But, once you do get to know yourself and SEE or FEEL the warning, just BREATHE. Take DEEP, RELAXING breaths. That is it. When you feel it coming, BREATHE. Change the direction of the negative activity of the brain. Now, I told you, I don't have it perfect yet. Here is a recent example. I am a massage therapist (damn good!) and I was VERY busy yesterday. One client after another. Well, I needed to go and have lunch. The healthy, friendly, open arms, cute Thai restaurant I go to often was closed. I was sad, surprised and just decided to go to the other Thai place. I had been there once and didn't like it as much. But, had to eat and run. SO, go over, Maureen! I went in and waited for about 10 minutes to be seated so that didn't start off well. There was barely anyone there! Why so long? Then to get the menu and for them to help me...and when they DID come to me, they were annoyed I was there. So, to say the least, a lot of negative engery took over in my brain. And, a few minutes later, seizure. Petit mal. When I came to, I was frustrated and angry. But looking back, I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN. Come on! Obviously I was annoyed! Why didn't I just BREATHE and let positive take over. With breathing, my brain could have looked at this differently. It could have turned this around saying, "Maureen, maybe these waitresses are having a bad day. Maybe something bad happened to them today. They are human. Smile at them and let them enjoy the rest of their day." But, I didn't. Do you see how something so simple could have turned it around? But, I am human and negative took over. Soon, I WILL grasp this 100% ..but not yet. =)
So, stay positive and the seizure will be a thing of the past! A NEW, WONDERFUL, DIFFERENT life could come! You COULD control those seizures and help OTHERS do the same. Getting this word out is needed. Not EVERYONE NEEDS drugs to control their seizures. BUT!! don't just STOP taking the meds. This needs to be well thought out. Read the books I have sent you. Keep a journal.
If you want to go one step further, have Dr. Donna Andrews come to your home to work with you. Here is the info.
If you have any other questions, let me know! Good luck everyone!
Oops, one last thing. After reading Ted's last post on Ph water balance in the brain to control seizures, I have been doing that myself the past few months which has been helping me and I will put that together in another story. Drinking water with a higher ph can help MANY ailments. More in a couple days. Right now, go get those books!"
08/07/2012: Sporkonafork from Corpus Christi, Texas replies: "Relaxing has helped me thruout the years to avoid seizures im currently taking xanax, before I would just drink chamomile tea, that chamomille tea has saved me many times from having a seizure, I had sleeping trouble valerian root works very well to sleep I never had any nocturnal seizures while having a valerian root tablet before bed. Its only $5 for a bottle of 100 tablets!! Also replace your pillow with a new one I felt a nocturnal seizures coming if my neck was cramped with a pillow that wasnt good
Also take vitamins!! I take 1/2 teaspoon of epsom salt in morning at 5am, later on I have Vitamin E, omega 3 fish oil. & centrum multivitamin! exercise too!! I felt much much better on days ive exercised just sacrifice 30 mins a day to exercise at home youll feel a diference!
also I personally keep something holy close to me I feel comfort during my worst of times (oncoming seizure) if im holding my rosary.. I pray for guidance to help me beat this illness... Ive had occasional simple partial seizures(2-4 a year) since 11/2004"
08/14/2012: Dubby from Lagos, Nigeria replies: "My son had herpes simplex enchephilitis attack some 4 years ago. He was in coma for 4 days and after the coma came became paralysed. Since then he has been having myloclonic jerks and siezures, at least 20 times a day, during which he loses contol of every part of his body. Mostimes he falls face down on the floor, during the attacks.
He has been on Eplim and Kepra(medication) for over three years but there does not seem to be any sign of improvement. We even flew him to india where he was put through oxygen therapy... This also didnt work. We have seen various neurologist worldwide, including children's hospital, but no improvement.
I was so desperate at one time that I sent a mail to the popular Dr. Ben Carson, but didnt get a response. I would appreciate any advice on the way(s) to arrest this frequest seizures and jerks he has daily."
08/14/2012: Dubby from Lagos replies: "I forgot to add that I can be reached on mejebi(at)hotmail.com for any advice or leads as to help sort this issue. I really need help for my son!!"
07/16/2012: Exhausted from Somewhere, In The Usa: "I have Epilepsy it has just turned from absence type to the scary biting tongue, falling down nocturnal type. I'm interested in magnesium as a possible cure since mine started as a teenager and I also have had headaches often.
My QUESTION: I took about a teaspoon of epsom salts dissolved in some fruit juice once per day- two days in a row in the evening. My problem is now I am experiencing racing thoughts at night, tingling hands, some numbness in the face (especially when I try to sleep) and really bad insomnia. I can only sleep a couple of hours and I wake up again. Plz help it feels like I am buzzing with electricity. I am exhausted. What's wrong with me?? :( Btw, I was fighting off the dreaded feeling of an oncoming attack for several days prior to taking the epsom salts (i have one every 2 weeks) and after taking magnesium the dread feeling is mostly gone so I feel like magnesium may be helping except for this new problem."Replies
07/16/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "Try magnesium citrate capsules instead. Epsom salts cause water separation and can influence nutrient absorption if you aren't careful. Also try magnesium oil (magnesium chloride) spray on your skin for tingly hands or legs etc."
07/16/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Exhausted, take Epsom salts BATHS instead of taking it internally."
07/16/2012: Rsw from Uniontown, Oh replies: "Have you looked into the ketogenic diet for epilepsy? It was developed at Johns Hopkins Hospital, involves no drugs and works very well for many. Also look at The Charlie Foundation for other resources on the diet. It was founded by Jim Abrahams whose son, Charlie was suffering from over 100 seizures a day and went to 0 seizures in 48 hours after starting the diet. Best wishes!"
07/17/2012: Oldriska from Prague, Czech Republic replies: "Hi, have you had your spine looked at? Epilepsy, frequent headaches and insomnia... I think it would be worth checking if your neck spine is properly aligned. I have trigeminal neuralgia which shares some of its features with epilepsy and some people claim to get relief from bone adjustment (not my case as I'm type II - atypical but I believe that loads of problems are related to the spine). Good luck with your treatment!"
07/17/2012: Me from Somewhere, In The Usa replies: "UPDATE: Thank you for all your replies. I have tried the chiropractor a while back but it did not help me. And the ketogenic diet requires consumption of heavy cream on a daily basis and lots of oily and fat foods which I dislike immensely so I am really hoping to find a vitamin or mineral that will provide relief for me.
On the third day I did not take any epsom salts and slept well and woke up feeling normal with no tingling or numbness feelings. In the morning of the 4th day I decided to try 1/2 teaspoon epsom salts again and several hours later I again started experiencing tingling, numbness in face and brain fog. I wish I can find out why this is. Will try a different form of magnesium now and some coconut oil."
07/22/2012: Johnnyboy from Melbourne, Australia replies: "After living with epilepsy for 14years, result of assault, I am tired of countless different meds, their claimed effectiveness and their draining side effects, so, after stumbling onto a website which supplied info about a japanese water diet, which claimed to help people with many health probs, also epilepsy sufferers, I decided I would give it a try. It's quite simple in method, consume a certain volume of clean water every morning and wait 45min. before eating. Since I began this process I have not only had no seizures and noticed an improvement in health, but I have halved my medication dosage, i.e., ceased my evening dose. Now, before I get bombarded with comments relating to how I shouldn't change my dosage without a doctor's approval, I would like to know if anybody has tried this and has had similar results."
08/01/2012: Johnnyboy from Melbourne, Australia replies: "I continue to have improved health and control of my epilepsy after beginning a japanese water diet; drinking 1 pint of pure water every morning and waiting 45min. Before eating breakfast. At first I was having strong dreams, I assume it was possibly because I have ceased my evening dose of tegretol/ keppra and wasn't sleeping in a drug induced state. I do feel as if I have cleared my mind somewhat because the dreams were unpleasant at first, but now, after 1mth. they are not. I will most likely continue with this healthy lifestyle for the rest of my life."
10/26/2012: Binah from Dublin replies: "Hi Johnnyboy, when you say pure water do mean distilled or ionised water or both, I've heard a lot about ionised water in Japan. I'm almost finished building my own ioniser as I can't afford to buy one, I've filtered the water but not distilled it as I don't want to lose the nutrients that are in the water, although I know there will still be some toxins like flouride that survive filtering. How are you doing now with it seizure-wise?"
11/29/2012: Phips from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Magnesium for epilepsy. If magnesium is giving you side-effects (dry mouth, numbness in extremities, light headedness, low blood pressure, weakness, lethargy, sleepiness, felling hot, low blood sugar, profuse sweating, irregular heart beat, or slow heart beat, etc, you are probably calcium and vitamin D deficient. Or you have taken an overdose of magnesium. Overdoses can also be lethal. Remember, magnesium is a natural antagonist to calcium. So taking too high a dose of magnesium can depress you serum calcium levels. If this is a problem with you, take smaller doses 2-3 times daily. Also make sure you supplement with calcium and vit D to prevent magnesium side-effects."