Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Avoid Artifical Sweeteners, Take Natural Sugars, Coconut Oil
- B Vitamins
- Blackstrap Molasses
- Coconut Oil
- Dietary Changes, Challenging the Brain
- Dietary Recommendations
- Dried Herbs
- 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
- Myoclonic Atonic Astatic Epilepsy
- 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)
10/31/2012: Deel~ from Flint, Mich./usa: "Additional research(:-) a deficiency of Magnesium, can be implicated as a cause of almost all ailments, esp'lly Seizure disorders, & adding B-6 helps it absorb, but is better to take a B-Complex, as they all work together, so about 500mg Mg 100mg B-6 B's> assist metabolize Carbohydrates, Brain fuel.
Calcium D also assist as does a Multi-Vitamin; as Anti-convulsants deplete D, Folic acid, & others."
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."
09/29/2013: Awesolos from Buffalo, Ny replies: "I'm wondering if anyone knows or has a theory what could be causing the seizures that always occur during the night and at approximately 5am? I'm currently trying a few alternative therapies including epsom salts, GAPS diet, no dairy and no soy. Thanks."
09/30/2013: Andrea C from Wales replies: "One possibility is Detoxing to fast, also cutting down on Alcohol, Meds, Herbal Remedies, Vitamins, I had this due to Detox and Meds. I was on a Drug named Temgesic a few years ago
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Every morning at four AM I would have seziures and panic attacks from hell, the shakes, sweating like mad, loss of concetration, visual and auditory hallucinations (hearing and seeing things). The DR told me to take two, everytime the pain kicked in, it never went away, so I was taking sixteen a day. I then went back to the DR, and told him this, he then pulled out a 'Mimm's' book, (DR's Drug Bible, there is also one called 'The Merk Mannual'. He then checked the dosage and freaked!! I was taking a massive over dose every day for weeks! Your not supposed to take more than EIGHT A WEEK!! Anymore is deadly and that Android (i can't post the word I really want to call him!! )told me to take them as needed? It also affected my Mental Realm, I felt no emotion at all. I also had a bad time after taking one 25mg of 5htp slow release, that was hell as well, I was in agony and all my joints hurt so much I couldn't move and my jaw's locked and I was burning up and couldn't think straight so I put them down the toilet. Or it could be, as I found out with 5htp, something you are taking to help yourself does not agree with you, or there is a clash in the combination of what your using. The only way to find out is, stop taking everything together, take them seperately at a low dose for at least a week at a low dose, if that's ok, try adding them one at a time weekly as low dose as possible. Also watch your reaction's between Foods, Supplements, Vits and Meds. Next I will post about Grapefruit and interaction. S as its a bit long to add here. Love Andrea C XXXXXXXXX"
09/30/2013: Dee from Australia replies: "I would look into a magnesium deficiency. Seizures are normally associated with that. Green juices are great for that. Wheatgrass juice, kale mixed with others.
Look at your diet. Do you eat a lot of MSG, Aspartame?"
08/10/2009: Tara from Clarkston, Washington: "I am 39 and I have been having strange symptoms. It has happened at the store two times, usually when I am very stressed. I get up to the counter and my body goes into what I can only equate as having a mini seizure. My head starts to shake, my body starts to jerk around, and I have a hard time walking. It is to say the least humiliating. If anyone knows what can cause this I would be so grateful. I am an outgoing person and am now leary about going anywhere out of fear that this will happen again. Many thanks."
EC: To rule out a serious medical condition, it would be wise to see your physician as soon as possible.
08/11/2009: Ratgirldjh from Austin, Tx replies: "try taking about a teaspoon of epsom salts a day. also try taking epsom salt baths - 1 to 2 cups in a bath of warm or hot water. sounds like you are very deficient in magnesium and this is an easy way to get some quick."
08/12/2009: Tricia from Ireland replies: "Hi tara, considering that this doesn't happen at home, i reckon you could possibly have the same neck artritis that my freind has in her neck. She gets very waek everytime she looks up for any lenght of time and the inflammation causes blood vessels to the brain to become blocked and therefore causes the dizziness and palpatations. The other places where she can also have problems is at the washing line and at the hardressers when her hair is being washed.She was told that the only cure is not to look upwards but I'm sure some of the arthritis remedies would be of benefit. BTW she doesn't feel any arthritis pain in her neck although she is riddled with pain elswhere."
08/12/2009: Moi from V Ville, Ca replies: "Yes, it really does seem like your are uber stressed out and your body is just reacting to it. Still go to a dr. if you can. It is very easy to forget to nourish yourself when your head is constantly freaking out, so........
1. Drink lots of water- clean with no chemicals (sometimes we forget to drink and it has very immediate and alarming effects on the body and mind).
2. Magnesium & potassium
3. Chamomile tea
4. Take baths with Epson Salts -very cheap-
5. take a walk alone -with no chores along the way- with music
08/13/2009: T from Baltimore, Md, Usa replies: "Hi Tara,
I have to second the suggestion about seeing a doctor, but I also understand the financial restrictions. I do hope you'll have the means to see one soon so you can rule out anything overtly physical.
You say this has happened at a checkout, 3 times now? Have you ever had these symptoms at any other time/place? Was it always the same store? If it's always in just the same place, I wonder if there's something there that you are sensitive to. What is your diet like? Are there any underlying conditions?
On the nutrition front, make sure you have adequate iron intake. Getting a ferritin blood test would be good, and you can order one yourself online far cheaper than going through the doctor. Whether you get iron through diet or supplements, taking some vitamin C when you ingest iron will assist your body in assimilating it. I do want to caution that too much iron can be a very bad thing, so be reasonably sure you're deficient before supplementing. Magnesium is great but you should be balancing that with calcium, and you should read up on zinc/copper balance as well as that could be playing a role. In addition, a good B-complex could assist with the stress reactions and provide numerous other benefits.
Sending out a prayer that you get the answers you need and become free of this. Please do keep us posted!"
08/14/2009: Huck from San Jose, Ca replies: "You might have epilepsy you need to go see a doctor a neurologist - Do any of your family members have epilepsy on your fathers side or mothers side?
Don't take baths because if you have a seizure you can drown.
If you have epilepsy it can be controlled with medication just go see a doctor.
08/14/2009: Jen from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Hi...I also think you may have a form of seizure (Sz) disorder.
I use to work in a grocery store and we had a few people have seizures in the store. The fluorescent lights can induce a Sz.
I now work in the field of sleep disorders and use to do EEG (brain studies to rule out (R/O) Sz disorder and other anomalies) studies and we would have the patients come in slep deprived and flash lights at varying speeds to try and induce/produce some type of epileptiform (AKA a Sz) activity.
Make sure you also get plenty of good sleep and that you do not have a sleep disorder. If you are otherwise in good health ie., you wake-up well rested without headaches or any other unwanted symptoms/complaints and are able to sleep throughout the night, then you are likely fine in that department.
All of the other comments on this thread are great!
Be safe. Be well and do get to the doctor as soon as you can for an evaluation."
08/16/2009: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca replies: "Why don't you find a good acupuncturist. It will be less expensive than Western medicine and probably get to the root of it. The body is treated very differently in this approach and finds a way to balance it rather than hide it with meds."
08/19/2009: Tara from Clarkston, Washington replies: "Update. My mother in law, bless her heart was really worried and said, now honey you really need to see a doctor just to be sure it's not serious. Okay, so I went to the ER, sat around for three hours just for them to tell me that yes in fact the stress is having an impact on me.And yes there is pressure behind your ears.So doctor brilliant prescribes me an antihistamine(sp?)It's been three days and this overglorified junk is not helping at all. Not to mention the side effects include being dizzy.Great, that'll cost me over 400.00. I am at the end of my rope here.I will need to go somewhere else, someone has got to take me seriously. I am continuing my regular routine of vitamins etc. I'll update when something happens."
08/20/2009: Talia from Redondo Beach, California replies: "Symptoms of an overactive thyroid include shaking and tremors, one possibility. A hypoglycemic attack can cause shaking. Seizures can also be caused by an allergic reaction to medication. Also, don't discount an allergic reaction to a food or drink you recently added to your diet. Any artificial sweeteners or msg in your diet? Think about starting a food diary and rack your brain for anything you started around the same time as your seizures. Video games can cause seizures.
Vitamin or Mineral Deficiency
Allergic reaction to medication or food
Video games or cartoons that flash a lot of images at once (read up on the Japanese children that suffered seizures after watching a certain cartoon show years ago)
Hope the seizures stop asap. Keep us updated!
Wishing you the best of health,
08/22/2009: Frank from NY, NY replies: "Interesting causes of seizures on this thread. Another condition that can cause seizures is cysticercosis, an infection from ingestion of tapeworm larvae.
From the CDC website:
"Neurocysticercosis (cysticerci in the brain, spinal cord):
Symptoms of neurocysticercosis depend upon where and how many cysticerci (often called lesions) are found in the brain. Seizures, and headaches are the most common symptoms. However, confusion, lack of attention to people and surroundings, difficulty with balance, swelling of the brain (called hydrocephalus) may also occur. Death can occur suddenly with heavy infections.
08/22/2009: Magdowser from Hendersonville, Nc replies: "Tara, overnight after a MRI in Jan of '87 to rule out MS (it didn't), I started having movements that felt like seizures and looked like body quakes. Took me a while, but finally realized I was sensitive to electromagnetic fields (EMF) and even somebody getting close to me (aura) would set me off. Even fall down over power lines, water streams,etc. Your note about being near the cashier is what made me write you. So pay attention to lighting, refrigeration boxes in stores, etc. and take notes as to what you feel, muscle tightness, seizures,etc. Who knows, it could be the neurocysticercosis, heavy metals, gluten ramifications, etc. Determined not to die dumb, I hit the alternative field, and am 90% less sensitive with thanks to evening primrose oil, cranio sacral therapy, removing amalgams, earthclinic, low dose naltrexone, oil pulling, going off gluten, dowsing what is good for me (supplement-wise). Keep up your healing quest! MAG"
08/25/2009: Tara from Clarkston, Washington replies: "Mag, that is fascinating. I am really ready for anything that might be helpful. I went to yet another doctor that prescribed a low dose blood pressure med although my bp is 122/80 and that was in an office, so would probably be lower in a normal (for me) setting. It is a beta blocker, and although is has stopped the adrenaline rush from making my body freak out, it is just covering up the symptom and not getting to the cause. Today I had accupressure, which was awesome, but that too is more money than I can afford. But, the guy that did it told me that it might be that my liver is not processing this certain hormone quickly enough and that may be causing my blood vessels to squeeze and that in effect causes me to have the trembling and such. Because my body is needing, I guess, to pump more blood at these times. Although I am glad that the beta blockers are working in the short term, traditional medicine always puts a smiley face on a problem that needs fixing. Can you tell me more about what you have done.I am not real familiar with some of the terminology you use but am willing and able to learn.Thank you for your insight. If it's not creepy to you, please email me at email@example.com and put on the subject line earthclinic or mini seizures so I can fish you out of my spam folder. Good night and God bless you and yours. Tara"
09/29/2010: Rachael from Naples, Fl replies: "Have you considered panic attacks? I've had very similar symptoms caused by anxiety which is induced by stress."
09/05/2011: K. M. from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "A friend started having seizures as an adult and couldn't understand why. All the scans and tests came up negative. He was put on medication but it just gave him bad side effects and didn't really help so he stopped taking them. Then he was sitting in a theatre eating thick taffy candies when he felt something happen on one of his back teeth but it was so fast he swallowed it. Turns out a candy had stuck to a loose mercury filling and pulled it off his tooth. He figures he pooped it out because after that all his seizures and mental issues went away.
So you might want to consider removing any mercury fillings and detox the heavy metals in your body to be sure they're not short circuiting your brain."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 06/26/2012: Babyangel from Sinton, Texas, Usa: "Hello, my name is Katie. I had mild epilepsy since 11/12/2004 when I had my first grandmal it was induced by stress from seeing my mother stay in hospital 1 month (shes ok now) I took phenytoin 500mg for 11 months, the side affects were HORRIBLE! I was fine for years I knew to avoid foul stong odors such as from nail polish and hair coloring that made me feel I may have a seizure if I was around that odor long. I had a few close calls I drank herbal tea called chamomile to relieve the "yucky" feeling I may have a seizure. I let the tea bag sit in the coffee cup of water I put in microwave 2 mins sit in the water 15mins to make it stronger, if it was an emergency I would get the chamomile tea stems and chew on it like gum, I had 1-3 mild nocturnal seizures each year I knew it was about to happen when I felt the extreme "deja vu" feeling. I started to take a herbal vitamin called valerian root since I had trouble sleeping.. This worked very well 2-3 each night and I had no more nocturnal seizures
I started getting older so, like many other young adults drinking became common for me. My finst few yrs I was fine having 6-8 beers. Then around oct 2011 I started to binge drink 10-12 beers at a time 2-3 times a week until I had a simple partial seizure feb 15 2012 from the bad hangover that triggered it. I did not see a doctor right away I just stopped drinking and smoking tobacco. I still did not feel well I had "close calls" daily and had 2 more simple partial seizures. I finally saw a doctor march 16 2012, I explained to the doctor I never want to take dilantin again. It was so horrible, so the doctor gave me something thats helped ALOT, .50 mg alprazolam (generic xanax) I feel relaxed now, I havent had anymore seizures or closecalls. I break the pill 1/2 so I take only .25mg of xanax at time. I still drink chamomile tea. I also like to drink either cinnamon tea or take 2 cinnamon capsules in the morning that HELPS ALOT the cinnamon, I also take 1 Vitamin E tablet, and 1 omega3 daily.
Whats helped me most is exercising or staying busy on feet!! I havent drank or smoked in over 4 months now . And if you're taking a medication make sure you read online of warnings what may contradict that medicine thats very important.. and if you believe in god, keep something holy closeby. I personally carry a ring rosary always in my pocket with me and next to my bed when im asleep..
I hope I can help someone that reads this.. I wanted to post here hoping to help someone.. God bless you"Replies
07/23/2012: Johnnyboy from Melbourne replies: "Try the Japanese water diet."
11/24/2013: Sandra from Cairns, Queensland, Australia: "Hi, 3 year grandson recently diagnosed with myoclonic atonic astatic epilepsy. Please, are there any natural remedies so that we can reduce the horrible medication that he is on? Kind regards, concerned grandmother"Replies
11/24/2013: Mike 62 from Denver, Colorado replies: "Sandra: The longest lived animal who has the most advanced nervous system spends all day every day eating the most potent of all the superfoods, marine phytoplankton. Get the case of 12 1oz. liquid bottles for $342. Eat 80% carbs, 5% fiber, 10% protein, and 5% oil by weight. Eat raw honey for carbs, raw whey isolate for protein, coconut oil for saturated fat, and black chia seeds for unsatuated fat and soluable fiber. Raw cocoa powder, maca, and skate liver oil are also good for the brain. Absorbable colostrum contains growth factors. Freeze dried young green coconut water powder has electolytes."
11/24/2013: Rsw from Uniontown, Oh replies: "The ketogenic diet has helped many people control their epilepsy. Here is a link to the Charlie Foundation, named for a young child who had an increasing number of seizures on traditional medicine, and was cured in just a few days on this diet. Originally developed at Johns Hopkins hospital, today the diet is offered in a variety of locations. It may be something to consider for your grandchild.
[YEA] 07/12/2013: Michael Tan from Singapore: "(adult formula) For children below 12, reduce formula by half.
Qian Shi 6g, Bai Guo 6g, Huai Shan 6g, Dang Shen 6g, Huang Qi 6g, Chuan Gong 3g, Gou Qi Zi 6g, Du Zhong 6g, Lian Zi 6g, Yuan Shen 12g, Deng Xin Cao 15g
1.5 litre of water, bring water to boiling point then switch to very low flame and boil for 1. 5 hr. Consume before food or 2 hours after food.
This is an effective epilepsy remedy I find in a Malaysia Herbal Magazine. According to the contributor, this remedy have already cure many patients.
For a start drink 10 doses and then observe if the patient is cure. More doses will be needed if the patient is not cure.
Epilepsy is easier to cure in young children and teenager. The younger you are the higher your chances of getting your epilepsy cure.
10/19/2013: Dr Dao from Australia replies: "Thanks for sharing this. This is obviously a classical chinese herbal formula, do you know the name of the formula?"
[WARNING!] 02/22/2009: Debra from High Point, North Carolina USA: "I have used natural health remedies for a long time. I have not used a lot that I have seen here on this site and will love to try them.
What someone tries for a natural health remedy that effects only them and their body is their own business.
There are certain conditions, such as seizures, diabetes, or anything that can effect your concious state of mind, that everyone needs to be very careful about.
When a person with seizures goes off meds, they open themselves up to having massive seizures. Brian injuries can not be cured overnight.
My son and I were almost killed by someone who had simply reduced their seizure medication. That choice was not fair to us, or anyone else who may have been hurt.
We had a car accident. It only effected three people in the car, myself, my son and my husband who had the seizure. He has gone often for months and weeks without a seizure with low or no medication. Eventually it is going to happen again.
With his medication at full theraputic levels it never happens.
This highway accident could have resulted in dozens of people hurt or dead. So please I beg you, as I sit here with broken bones and torn muscles, do not stop taking seizure medications and drive or do anything dangerous if you were to have a seizure. It is grossly irresponsible to everyone else in society. That is not a natural way to be."
08/01/2012: Johnnyboy from Melbourne, Australia replies: "People who suffer from epilepsy are legally banned from driving a car, if they do so, sadly they are putting the public at risk, the same way an intoxicated driver will."
11/08/2012: Susan from New York, Ny replies: "Everything from the pharmacutical industry helps one thing but damages 5 other things in your body. My only questions is why was he driving so soon? Why didn't he wait till he was free of seizures for a year when he was trying something new."
12/31/2012: Alexis from Lithonia, Ga: "Greetings. At the age of 4, I had a head trauma, and shortly after started having petite mals regurlarly until about the age of 11 or 12. During this period I took phenabarbartol, depakote, etc. At 12, my seizures seemed to stop, my parents and doctors agreed to stop my meds. Fast forward to when I'm 22 years old, I started showing signs of intense petite mals, being paralyzed for minutes on end. But then when I got pregnant at 24, I started having grand mal seizures. However, now I only seize when I am asleep, or during sleep, or when I am about to wake up. I need advice or help, my meds are harmful to my body and mind, they make me feel awful. Two years ago, I almost had a deadly reaction to lamictil, and am now taking topamax. Thanks in advance."Replies
12/31/2012: Dianna from Austin, Tx replies: "I have had help from taking magnesium. especially epsom salts. Taking about 1/2 teaspoon a day works very well.
I wouldn't stop all meds but you could just start adding it to your diet and slowly taper off the meds and keep some around just in case.
I keep klonopin in case I feel a seizure coming on. Hope this helps!"
01/01/2013: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Alexis: Try taking a supplement of Magnesium Malate as it will help the neurology, metabolism, and detoxification. The amino acid Taurine is indicated for brain disorders such as seizures. I would also suggest trying 3mg Melatonin before retiring as it will provide powerful antioxidant protection for the entire body and also help sleep."
12/27/2012: Karen from Allenstown, New Hampshire, United States: "Hi Ted, Do you think you could honestly help me? These doctors that put me on medicine all my life and tell me that I can't do things I enjoy doing and yet, I just end up ignoring them because they have NO clue to enjoy life. Except for the part that I was 13 years old to tell me don't get your hopes up to have a kid anytime soon. I can't ever have the chance to drive because.. When I see those cop cars, disco lights, anything that flashes too fast and colorful I just stare, stand there, and than fall down. Sometimes I get mad for no apparent reason and after I throw a fit, I forget why I was mad. Than I consistantly sleep let's say, 20 hours. Sometimes more. I was born with them, I honestly think.. These won't ever go away.
I don't drink soda anymore, stopped a good 2 almost 3 years ago. Junk food is pretty much gone for me, until I feel like wanting some. I have the petite seizures and this doctor thinks I have monthly seizures, becuase I usually get one when I'm around my monthly. Stress also brings them on. If I'm really worried about something, let's say homework, I have 3 papers due, 1 due on Friday, next due on like tomorrow and the other due on Wednesday. I'll start getting myself worked up plus like other things on my mind. I take topiramate 8 25 MG Capsules and their sprinkles because I can't swallow pills. I tried, everytime I do, end up getting choked. I'm turning twenty next year and I'm really sick of all this. I would really appreciate you if you could help me please and Thank you."Replies
12/27/2012: Ed2010 from Oakville, Canada replies: "In India or at least in my province, what we do is whenever a person is suddenly getting an epilepsy attack. We give a nice iron rod or atleast 6 inch door key made of iron and make the person hold it for some time till the epilepsy gets under control. This works to control the episode of epilepsy attack.
What I recommend is, wear a thick chain made of cast iron, or a thick bracelet made of iron. This will definitely control the frequency of epilepsy. And along with this you can try other natural medicines. good health"
12/27/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "I am not Ted but I outgrew childhood epilepsy and here's how.
Remove the stimulus that is causing seizures (MSG in vaccines and food, aspartame, and whatever you know bothers you). For some, it is even food coloring!
Consider supplementing magnesium. I didn't do this until mine was well under control, but read it is of great assistance for that.
Get your doc to taper down your meds one increment at a time. At one point I was on high doses 3x a day of at least 6 different anticonvulsants. Doc gradually lowered dose of one at a time and monitored behaviors and levels, successfully, til finally I had nothing left to take. This took about 10 years, it is not an overnight process. Prior to doing this, I spent A LOT of time in the hospital, believe me. Many of the meds I took are available as generics now.
Consider a ketogenic diet. My mom said it didn't work for me but I believe they didn't try it for long enough.
Strangely enough, mine completely stopped with head trauma (dont do this on purpose!! ) in a car accident. It is well known in the field of neurology that trauma instigates repair. I also cracked my pelvis in that accident, and was told I wouldn't ever have kids, or live past 21. I am double that age now, with kids. When I first got old enough to drive, I had to have "support", in other words just could not drive alone, like a permit driver had to have someone with me. Then that restriction fell off my license with no comotion.
I drive, have a graduate degree, and two KIDS! with no known defects. I waited til 5 years off the meds to have my kids. If I can do it, you can *hugs*.
I just thank my mom, and thank god, for insisting surgery was not necesary, because it is not."
12/17/2012: Luke from London, Uk: "My mother has epilepsy and has done for about 30 years. She is on medication but it has a negative effect on her short term memory. Her Doctor has confirmed that this is due to the medication. I am looking around to see if there are any herbal or holistic alternatives. Thanks, Luke"Replies
12/18/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Lots of good info here: http://earthclinic.com/cures/epilepsy.html"
12/18/2012: Louwrence from Rustenburg replies: "Hi Luke, The best remedy that I know of is THC oil, look it up on the net & then decide, there are plentyof sites."
12/21/2012: Luke from London, Uk replies: "Many thanks, i'll check it out!"
10/21/2012: Gricell from Orange, Nj: "Pls what can I give my 4 year old.. He has drop seizures but no meds are working for him and doctors dont care to find what is causing it.... I need help.. he is on lamictal and depakote and still falling every day ....."Replies
10/22/2012: Waysoon from Motown, Ca/ Usa replies: "Hi! When a full battery of doctors can't figure out a problem, the journey begins. Incurable means it's an inside job, done by you and God, together. After asking to be led whether to say anything here, I opened up Dr. Levy's Curing the Incurable, on arsenic poisoning. It mentions that:
"Chronic exposure to an arsenical will commonly cause variable degrees of muscle weakness in the extremities, sometimes progressing to an objective wasting of the muscle mass. A degenerative condition of the brain can result as well. Characteristic rashes occur, and many other nonspecific signs and symptoms...."
The first thing that occurred to me on reading your post was plaque on the brain, with falling. This is pure instinct, but what I so often now suggest could "first do no harm", and that is a lypospheric form of Vit. C that can cross the blood-brain barrier. This form of Vit. C can remove plaque or other toxins, and counteract the toxicity, nullifying its effect. This info might be worthwhile for others, like myself, who have suffered leg and arm pains, numbness, and muscle wasting. This seems like a strangely large number of people experiencing similar symptoms. Ask yourself, is your boy experiencing any other symptoms? Any like these?
I believe that coconut oil can also remove plaque from the brain, as it works on alzheimers.
I believe it is possible that arsenic could make its way into a water system, etc. It took place in India. It is also being found in food sources. Just some ideas to begin to chew on. --T."
10/22/2012: Sara from Sacramento, Ca replies: "Japanese acupunture might help for him."
10/23/2012: Candy from Fort Madison, Iowa replies: "Have you tried magnesium oil? Magnesium helps with this. the transdermal method is the best form from what i've read. hope this helps."
10/09/2012: Sleepless21 from Staten Island, Ny: "Hi Everyone. This looks like a great website. I was wondering if anyone had info on the following. About three years ago I had lithotripsy (electrical blast to rid kidney stones). Upon waking I was admitted into the ICU because their were noted heart changes after the procedure and my heart rate bounced from 30 to over 200. I ended up having to have a cardiac ablation and am still left with cardiac arrhythmias. After this time my sleep quality significantly changed. I mentioned it to the doctors (my primary and cardiologist) and it was ignored.
After waking up every hour to 20 minutes each night and being totally sleep deprived I had a sleep study. The 1st study revealed that I had sleep apnea. I was not satisfied for many reasons so I went to new doctor and had another. The second said I did not have apnea and dx me with neurological issue. I followed up with a neurologist and they said that I am having seizures while sleeping. I am thinking that if lithotripsy affected my electric of my heart it prob is the cause of the electric of my brain. I am going to see a sleep/seizure specialist in NYC in 2 weeks for 2nd opinion. I do not want to take medication but I can not be waking every 1/2 - 1 hour each night. Any thoughts? Thx!"Replies
10/10/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Sleepless21, there is a Dr Tennant that is finding how exactly cell voltage and cell PH (acid / alkaline) affects the entire body in health or disease. Here is a link to his w-site: http://tennantinstitute.us/
In short, for immediate remediation of your symptoms supplement Ionic Trace Minerals; this will bring balance back into your body. Dr Tennant also expresses how important Thyroid function is in relation to Voltage, so it is advised to have your Thyroid checked.
Hope this helps and good luck."
10/10/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "Try supplementing tyrosine. It helps with both sleep and brain health. It is a precursor to dopamine, norepinepherine, and epinepherine. First try taking 500mg just at bedtime. And after 1-2 weeks or so, start taking the same amount in the mid- afternoon as well (between meals). Try that for 2 weeks. If that's proving unsettling, switch back to just at bedtime. Bedtime is best for aminos, as sleep is when you produce the most growth hormone, but some have daytime benefits as well."
10/01/2012: Elizabeth from Lancaster, Ny: "I have been on anti seizure medication since age 13, I am now 30. I was on tegretol, it was controlled, my dr then tried to take me off the drug and the seizures came back. I then was put on keppra, they are controlled outside 1 episode in 2 years and only during the night. I am wondering if its ever too late to consider using alternative methods vs drugs with the possibility of coming off the drugs. Keppra is starting to give me crazy anxiety and it would be my dream to find a cure for this."Replies
10/01/2012: Ed2010 from Oakville, Canada replies: "Seizures are caused due to Ascaris larve in brain and other toxins. And this ascaris carries the bacteria Bacteroides fragilis and other virus. These bacteria and viruses don't need oxygen to survive that means more oxygen to the brain will kill it.
As Ted recommended you have to take alkalazing formula which inturn increases oxygen in the blood level.
You may have to do a extensive internal para cleanse.
And my favourite take HOME MADE MILK KEFIR - the reason it has Trillions of Probiotic Bacteria and Yeast and very rich in Serotonin which keeps you calm and good neuro transmitter. It assist in the proper transmission of brain signals which can minimize the seizures.
hope this helps, thanks"
09/02/2012: Hm from Pune, Mh, India: "I have a sister, 49 soon, who stays with her older sister at Hayward, CA. The younger sister presently has a very bright 13 yr. old son and was widowed about 10 yrs ago. She's had epilepsy since she was about 20 and that has devastated her self-esteem. She's been on regular medication for many years now incl. six in the USA. Her grand seizures are largely absent but I'm told petit ones can be frequent. She's quite scattered and would be unable earn her own living.
I understand that remissions do occur quite often and somehow suspect that she is being over- or mis-medicated and this has been on for years now. Could you perhaps recommend a physician in the Hayward / Fremont areas in CA who is positive about natural supplements and adjuncts alongside conventional medications. An MD would be best as the older sister would otherwise very likely balk at the idea. Any useful leads would be most appreciated..."
07/19/2012: Sumit from Dhanbad, India: "My sister is 18 years old and suffering from seizures since 2007. She having a myoclonic seizure disorder. can you please suggest me any effective remedies for treatment."