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)
07/16/2012: Mozhgan from Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia: "Dear Sir Ted, My sister is 45 years old. She got a high fever when she was 5 and was kept under Oxygen Bag at hospital. Using too much oxygen damaged her brain cells and resulted in Epilepsy Seizures since she was 7 years old. She has been under many medical treatments so far but no success. Her seizure occurs now milder than in her 20s and 30s but still exist. She should not have sodium because it intensifies her seizures. Please kindly give me some advice if there is still a way to help her.
Earth Clinic, I am so proud of you for your work and dedication on. I myself have been under treatment through Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil, and Hyaluronic Acid for my ankle problem since last 2 weeks and have worked very well. I was about to have a surgery with no guarantee for improvement in ankle last month (This luckily did not happen! )
May God bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hands to."Replies
07/17/2012: Muslim from Oslo, Norway replies: "Hi Mozghan, you should read the post from Rsw from Uniontown, Oh 07/16/2012. The ketogen may be e temporary relief for her. Read about it on wikipedia found something interesting about MCT (medium chain triglycerides) which coconut oil is totally or mostly part of.
MCT dietIn the 1960s, it was discovered that medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) produce more ketones per unit of energy than normal dietary fats (which are mostly long-chain triglycerides). MCTs are more efficiently absorbed and are rapidly transported to the liver via the hepatic portal system rather than the lymphatic system. The severe carbohydrate restrictions of the classic ketogenic diet made it difficult for parents to produce palatable meals that their children would tolerate. In 1971, Peter Huttenlocher devised a ketogenic diet where about 60% of the calories came from the MCT oil, and this allowed more protein and up to three times as much carbohydrate as the classic ketogenic diet. The oil was mixed with at least twice its volume of skimmed milk, chilled, and sipped during the meal or incorporated into food. He tested it on twelve children and adolescents with intractable seizures. Most children improved in both seizure control and alertness, results that were similar to the classic ketogenic diet. Gastrointestinal upset was a problem, which led one patient to abandon the diet, but meals were easier to prepare and better accepted by the children. The MCT diet replaced the classic ketogenic diet in many hospitals, though some devised diets that were a combination of the two.
12/27/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "Coconut oil is ~65% MCT's and offers may more benefits over plain MCT oil, such as the antiviral properties of monolaurin in the coconut. And, it tastes far superior and has many cooking uses beyond just "drinking" it. Try virgin coconut oil for all your cooking oil needs, and add it to tea or hot choc - yum! MCT's work because they generate ketones, and ketones are much more efficient as fuel for your brain than glucose. It takes a lot more glucose to get the same results as a smaller amount of MCT's/ketones. The reason is brain cells' mitochondria dont need as much ketones to make ATP."
05/10/2012: 8children from Dayton, Ohio, United States: "My daughter presented with this two weeks ago and Atavan knocked out the seizures. Upon returned home she had 3 seizures a day. That continued for 1 week. On day 11 after 1st seizure and taking 312 mg. Twice a day of depacote she had 11 seizures. day 12 - 14 seizures. day 13 - 16 seizures. day 14, admitted for eeg study and given the depacote and kepra. Seizures continue to increase and now on day 16 she is having clusters of 2, 3, 4 or five seizures all in a close span of 5-10 minutes and all 20-45 sec in length. I plan on no sugar tomorrow as just feel the hospital food is worse than her diet at home.
What is your thoughts on the ketogenic diet and have you seen success with that in a child? She had a uti and strep with the initial seizure episode that took us to the hospital. Before that, healthy child, happy, smart and loving life. Now sweet as can be just hard to see her go through seizures."Replies
05/16/2012: Bonnie Nelson from Tehama, California replies: "My daughter has been having seizures for 7 years, she is diagnosed with having Aicardi Sydrome. I began a blog to experiment with my own remedy for startle seizures.
As parents, we know our children better than any doctor. Here is my blog I started:http://seizureremedy.blogspot.com/"
07/23/2012: Johnnyboy from Melbourne replies: "Your prob sounds like many trials on numerous medications that I endured. The side effects were worse than the seizures. I eventually ended up on 2meds, tegretol and keppra. Now, after many years I am aging and I'm tired of living with both seizures and side effects. Recently I began a Japanese water diet and I am pleased with my improvement in health. Why not look it up, you have nothing to lose."
02/14/2012: Lakshmipriya from Chennai, Tamilnadu, India: "epilepsy -- please somebody can suggest remedy for my son suffering for the past 12 years with grandmal. He is taking sodium valporate (chrono) 500mg a mixture of sodium valporate and valporic acid. Lamitor DT100mg both the times. He is taking sleeping tablets in the night also he is falling and get hurt mostly his head. I tried epsom salt for the past 2 weeks. 1/4-1/2 spoon but he started falling since yesterday almost 5 times and his head swollen up. I want some herbal remedy to reduce the tablets. His limbs has also got affected. Please help me with herbal remedy to get some control. It may come anytime if he lost his sleep during his sleep. no specific timings between the seizures. "Replies
02/14/2012: Janet from Kendal, U.k replies: "I'm writing to tell you about a very interesting article I read. It was telling the story about how coconut oil decrease seizures, it went on to say many other things affected by the brain disfuctioning were also helped. Lecithin is also another very interesting thing rich in omega 3 and 6 and ALA which are also good for the brain. Both certainly worth researching. Have you tried posting on the Facebook page for earth clinic, Asking for tried and tested remedies and results. Good Luck.:)"
02/15/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Lakshmipriya, some patients respond favorably to the herb Chinese Skullcap (scutellaria laterafolia)."
06/12/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "I had seizures/was diagnosed with epilepsy at 18 months. With my recent reseach (I'm 40 now), I am starting to see that it might have been mercury or MSG in a vaccine - that is prime vaccination period in life and this was 1971-73, or MSG in baby food. Hard to put a finger on it. My mom said the ketogenic diet didn't work for me. Don't know how long she tried it. They stopped when I got run over by a car when I was 10 (Dr Blaylock says that head trauma can instigate repair often but do not hurt yourself, this was a car accident). I still was on (dangerous) meds - every one you can think of - til I was about 18. In my teenage years, my Bangor, Maine doctor (Dr Kittredge, who died in the late 90's but his partners still practice) weaned me gradually off of the diff meds. As this happened, my reading and musical comprehension improved dramatically. When I went to college in '89 I met a neurologist in Bloomington, IN who just said 'great, if you need something, give me a call'. I never did have any problems after that. I was down to 1 tegretol a day by Dr K. , and forgot it enough times with no problems that I never ordered more. For a little while, I would get occasional headaches (finals week! ) that Tegretol would be the only thing that would work (wierd! ), then that stopped. I was told with the pelvic fracture I got then - age 10 - and the drugs I was on then, that I would never have kids. I have two healthy boys! There is hope. I am 30 years seizure free, but have spent a long time since then controlling flinches I would get after eating certain foods. Discovered a big target = MSG. My email is veryvanilla27 at yahoo dot com if you have any questions."
07/17/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "I also want to add that I have been on no meds for 22 years, and siezure free for 31. I have been driving since age 16 (I was discontinued off 2 of my anti convulsants that year). Presently, I am no more of a risk to anyone than any given person that may have an asthma/epileptic/diabetic/MS/glaucoma/heart/etc attack in or out of a car I. E. These can happen to anyone. Driving is by nature more dangerous than other modes of travel, that is why we have insurance. Nothing is 100 percent preventable in anyone, and the population is not going to all take dangerous zombie medication (like the government would like! ) for the off-chance a biological fallacy may occur in an individual. Everyone is unique. All you can do is monitor and protect those of concern closest to you, we can't expect to control everyone. Anyone should be able to take full confidence in any medication reductions prescribed. Besides, put it in perspective - the chance of getting injured or worse by a drunk driver is higher than all these biological anomalies put together."
01/04/2012: Peggy from To, Ca: "This 15 year-old child had seizures characterized by a "blank stare" and unresponsiveness. He has been taking Ted's remedies, lemon & baking soda, magnesium, fish oil, B6.... Epsom salt bath, but still have 2-3 seizures a week, I'm open for any ideas."Replies
01/04/2012: Timh from Louisville, Usa replies: "Peggy, the herb Chinese Skullcap has long been used for epilepsy/seizures as it is a strong antioxidant to the brain."
01/04/2012: Peggy from To, Ca replies: "Thanks Timh,We have tried two months with Chinese skullcap, no help at all."
01/05/2012: Francisca from Zug, Zug, Switzerland replies: "Peggy, I was just about to post a few comments about a book I am reading which might help quite a few people on this site when I saw your question. The book is called Transdermal Magnesium therapy by Mark Sircus (I believe that it has been mentioned on this site before! ). There is not much about epilepsy, at least not in the half I have read so far but maybe enough to help you!
I will also advise this book to anyone suffering from cancer and with children with ADD and ADHD, as I saw quite a few questions about those problems recently! One thing, read also the references sections. Usually I don't read those but he includes as lot of information in them, including useful links to sites that might be of help! As I said I haven't finished reading this book yet but, despite the many repetitions I think that it is very much worth reading!"
01/05/2012: Louwrence from Rustenburg, North West South Africa replies: "Hi Peggy, Apart from the mms try to get the child off of all sugars starches candies, soda pops, soya, cereals in other words all forms of starch. Maybe magnesium & iodine will also help."
01/05/2012: Peggy from To, Ca replies: "Thank you guys!!! She takes 500mg magnesium, haven't tried iodine. 3 seizure since last night, help me help me help me!"
01/05/2012: Linda from San Francisco, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Peggy, Have blood sugar seizures been ruled out? According to what I have read, not only here, but in other places, seizures happening for other reasons can be mistaken for epilepsy. At the link below, Bangkok Ted talks about this briefly:
This was also written up in the research of Dr. Carey Reams, IIRC not only Diabetes, but Hypoglycemia can produce seizures.
There are also certain intestinal parasites that can cause seizures.
There is also a Millipede or Centipede (I do not recall which) whose bite can produce them, this actually happened to a friend of mine in Arizona. She had seizures from it for years before the docs found out what it was.
I hope this may give you some ideas for further research.
01/05/2012: Rsw from Uniontown, Oh replies: "The Ketogenic Diet from Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore, MD has helped many young children with epileptic seizures with no side effects. It is supposedly also effective with adults. Jim Abraham made a movie about his discovery of the diet while his son was suffering with anti-convulsive drugs. Meryl Streep is in it and it is titled "First, Do No Harm" or something like that."
01/05/2012: Zorro from Milwaukee, Wisconsin replies: "Hello, This 15 year old with seizures is not drinking anything with aspartame are they? It has been known to cause seizures.
01/06/2012: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "I also think you need to rule out aspartame use. Diet drinks, chewing gum, anything "sugar free" could be suspect. Caffeine sports drinks... The list goes on. What is her diet like?"
01/20/2012: Shari from Rockville, Md, Usa replies: "I am a natural health practitioner and my daughter, 4 years old has epilepsy.
I have tried various herbal and nutritional remedies because I believe chemical drugs has lots of side effects specially for kids.
Recently, I have done lots of research and study abour her epilepsy ( mostly happens in the morning), I found that I need to improve alkaline. I found out that fat allergy can be the cause of her epilepsy ( she is allergic to meat fat, milk fat, ... since her metabolism and absorption has issues). I studied a book that says sulfur deficiency can cause fat allergy. Food sources of sulfur such as onion, radishes, turnip, horseradish, cranberries, mustard, dill, spinach and eggs can help to reduce fat allergy and epilepsy caused by fat allergy.
More fruits ( apple, carrot, cranberry, grape, ... ) and vegetables help to keep the blood alkaline and reduce epilepsy seizure."
02/27/2012: Mom2nj from Mahwah, New Jersey, USA replies: "My son (9 years) recently started having night seizures. After doing some research and watching him at night I found out that he sleeps with his mouth open. Also while doing the EEG the nurse asked him to breath out thru his mouth- or HYPERVENTILATE - to induce a seizure. That got me doing research into the connection between seizures and hyperventilation. Then I found the following website. http://www.normalbreathing.com/d-seizure-threshold.php
After starting the Buteyko breathing method and taping his mouth at night to enable nose-breathing, his seizures stopped completely. So please check it out. You dont need to buy anything to do this. More info is available on Youtube and other sites.
I have used this "Buteyko breathing method" for my older son to stop his Asthma. After being on several medications and 2 inhalers daily for 4 years, he was able to go medicine free with in a week of starting Buteyko breathing method. This method is explained in a book by Teresa Hale called " Breathing Free". Try to get it from a library. It is very easy to follow.
This may sound too simple. But please try. IT WORKS.
12/19/2011: Prashanti from Hyderabas, Andhrapradesh: "Thank you for helping epilepsy. My daughter aged 6years suffering from epilepsy since 4th months of age all allopathy medicines has been tried but no use she get seizures thrice a week. She is on medication- gardinal, lamosyn, frizium but no use. Any suggestions from your side what I can give best to my child."Replies
12/24/2011: Jualsy from Torrevieja, Alicante. Spain. replies: "Please try the remedy with Epsom Salts. I have not known it to fail in recommendations in 40 years.
Half a teaspoonful of Epsom Salts in a little orange juice... To make it palatable!
Take it each morning... The fits will stop.... and its all natural, no side effects."
12/27/2011: Faith from Forest Park, Ohio replies: "ORGANIC COCONUT OIL, I got rid of my seizures with organic coconut oil. I built up the dose. Start using coconut flour, coconut kefir, coconut water, and MEAT Fats.. Check out the Weston Price diet for everyone in your family. FAT is important to brain health... Without it.... I am NO LONGER seizure free!"
12/27/2011: Gordon from Ny replies: "How many dosage you take?"
04/18/2012: Katie from York, Pa replies: "I have heard great things about coconut oil and am willing to try it, but need a practical suggestion - how do you "take" 3-4 Tsp of coconut oil? Do you swallow it down as a solid, do you warm it up? Not sure I can make myself take it straight out of the jar... Any suggestions?"
07/17/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "I use it in one-tablespoon increments. You can add a tablespoon of VCO to your favorite coffee or tea or hot chocolate. I also use a tablespoon to cook eggs in the skillet. I also make my own salad dressing and add 1 Tablespoon olive oil to the mix so the VCO stays liquid. Spread it on toast and top with your favorite sliced berries. Add to yogurt, oatmeal, or smoothies."
12/07/2011: Shaun from Malaysia: "Hi Ted,
1) Baking Powder Sodium bicarbonate (what the function then, how to use and any brand)
2) Epsom salt - (what the function , how to use (drink or bath) and type of brand)
Awaiting kind help from you. Thanks"
12/07/2011: Rsw from Uniontown, Oh replies: "Please look into the ketogenic diet and also look at www.charliefoundation.org for information on this diet. The foundation was created by Jim Abraham after his son suffered terribly with anti-convulsive drugs and was almost immediately cured of his seizures when he was treated with the ketogenic diet at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. As I was reading up on this today, it said that they have evidence that it works as well with adults. Best wishes."
07/17/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "You have to step-down Tegretol by 200mg/day every 3 months to have time to monitor and minimize reactions. That is the quickest I recommend doing that. Any bigger drops at once and you are asking for it. Info learned courtesy of my former neuro."
12/06/2011: Kathy from Lees Summit, Missouri, Usa: "Ted,
I am a desperate mom to help my 16 year old son (149 lbs. - 5.9 is how tall). To tell my story short. My son was severely autistic at age 3 and was cured doing natural things with diet and supplements under a doctors care. He was re-evaluated 4 years ago and they said he was only ADD. He is mainstreamed in the classroom, does taekwondo, sings, water ski and tubes and more. Most people now who never my son has no idea he has ever had autism. With prayer, diet, essential oils and supplements my son was cured.
On Aug. 10, 2011 out of no where my son woke up and had an 8 min. Grand mal seizure then 4 days later another and they diagnosed him with Epilepsy. We took him to Mayo clinic in rochester for second opinon and they just want to give him more drugs. He has seizure activity all over his brain and no indication what so ever when he will have one. My son who rarely ever takes medication because he so healthy is now taking 1500 mg. of Keppra twice a day for a total of 3000 mg. I have always avoided processed food, artificial colors and flavors and try to eat grass fed meat and organic vegetables. He also has kefir made with raw milk (about 2 cups a day). He takes liquid magnesium, b6 vitamins, multi vitamin, cod liver oil, buffered c, probiotics, UBQH, SEROTONIN, B 12, chlorophyll complex, paratox 22 and garlic (for parasites for dirty lake we go to), digestive enzymes, calc. D. Glucurate, silymarin and artichoke extract (for liver). We take all of this under a doctors supervision. He also takes transdermal glutathione.
My son has had to stop everything he enjoys because of his bad seizures and this drug Keppra is taking his life away. My husband is afraid to stop the keppra because of more seizures. His seizures were getting worse because each one it was taking longer for him to wake up (almost 1 hour).
We started chiropractic help two weeks ago and he had a 2 min. seizure two days ago but actually woke up in 15 minutes which was the best yet. But my neurologist wants to increase his keppra more. My chiropractors wants us to wait because she said this will make it harder for her to work on his detox because the drugs are so bad for him.
We know he is full of heavy metals and my chiropractors wants us to check in a way to get more glutathione in him. We tried 4 years ago the IV form but everytime he did he would get sick which meant his detox was not working good enough so we stayed on the transdermal.
I have no idea why this is happening with my son and would love some advice. They also found a small cyst in his MRI but of course said it was nothing to be concerned about.
12/06/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Kathy, epilepsy is a magnesium deficiency. Maybe he is not taking enough magnesium. Have you tried transdermal magnesium? Magnesium chloride is best and adding it to bath water is a quick way to get it into the body through the skin.
You can also use epsom salts in the bath (magnesium sulphite) but it is not as long lasting."
12/06/2011: Raw from Uniontown, Oh replies: "I was reading the book, "Honest Medicine" by Julia Schoepick, and one of the chapters is about the ketogenic diet that is used at Johns Hopkins Hospital for young children for curing their epilepsy. It is very effective with young children, and some have stayed on it for many years with no harm. Most can get off it and have no more seizures after a few years. I don't know if it would work on your son, because of his age, but you could look into it since it wouldn't hurt him and might help. I'm sure the people at Johns Hopkins could advise you about whether or not it would be helpful. Good luck!"
07/23/2012: Johnnyboy from Melbourne replies: "Why not try the Japanese Water Diet? I did and achieved impressive improvement, after 14 years of draining meds and seizures which altered my life. I feel like I've opened a new chapter."
10/11/2012: Binah from Dublin, Ireland replies: "How much seizure reduction did you get from the Japenese water method johnnyboy? Is that the ionised water?"
11/22/2011: Claudia from Tucson, Az : "Hola my name is Claudia and my daugther suffers for years. Of grand mal seizures- can I stop all the meds and give her epsom salt? or bakig soda? Please somebody help, me she is 20 years old! She is very tired to take too much medicine. Much Thanks...Por favor necesito ayuda alguien que me conteste."Replies
11/23/2011: Timh from Louisville, Usa replies: "Claudia, never abruptly stop needed meds especialy after using them for yrs. Also, never abruptly begin nutrition therapy in high doses. I use epsom salt / sodium bicarbonate foot-bath thereby eliminating oral use. Begin with a small pinch of each in foot-bath. Inform your Dr. that you are taking the minerals as they help the body in its many functions. If successful, the meds may be reduced to smaller mg.
Consider a whole-food multivitamin that has a balanced profile of nutrients. I have read the chinese herb Scullcap is good for seizures. Hope this helps."
11/23/2011: Seline from Mtl, Qc replies: "Epsom salt / sodium bicarbonate foot-bath, does it work for stop seizure? I would like to try."
11/23/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Magnesium chloride flakes in the bath or foot basin apparently last longer in the body than epson salts (although epson salts, being magnesium sulphate, are good).
If anyone lives near the sea, sea water is a much more concentrated form of magnesium and you should paddle or swim in the sea water for up to 20 mins a few times a week."
10/11/2011: Mel from Mansfield, Pennslyvania : "I was wondering if anyone knew, if there is still activity there on the eeg, can that be something else other then seizures. My daughter has been on keppra for a month now and she is so upset she was told she couldn't ride her horse for at least 6 months or longer and cannot drive and she just got her permit and I do think some of this is coming from stress and how she deals with it and it can also be hormonal right?
Ever since she had teeth she grinded them too wondering if that might be a sign of some sort. She is making some progress she is not drinking caffeine and we do know her heart hurts when she drinks caffeine and heart rate is up too... More then normal it is over 100 when that happens she is 17 yrs old.
And now we are also know lighting bothers her in school she had a hard time keeping her eyes open today in school they hurt she said so.. I'm sending her a pair of sunglasses to school with her tomorrow to see if it helps. So any advice would help please. Thank you when you talk about the magnesium what other stuff to take with it like calcium and potassium but what if the calcium and potassium is ok... anyways please let me know at melc_49(@)yahoo(dot)com thanks again... Mel"Replies
11/12/2011: David from Boise, Id replies: "Looks like an acidic body. Suggest go to www.sicknesshope.com, and search, and then ask Moreless."
11/12/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Seizures and grinding teeth are both a sign of magnesium deficiency. The quickest way to get a lot of magnesium into the body is transdermally (via the skin). Buy some magnesium chloride online and put 2-4 pounds in her bath (let her soak for at least 30 minutes at a time. Go to magnesiumforlife.com for more info. A good book is "Magnesium Miracle" by Carolyn Dean."
11/13/2011: Jenny from Sydney, Australia replies: "Hi Debbie. I have just started looking for magnesium chloride flakes but couldn't find it in health food storesin Sydney Have you found a good source and brand in Australia? On the net it seems that the quality and price differs quite a bit. Thanks - I am looking forward to trying it."
11/13/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "I got mine from a company online (who are in WA). They also sell on ebay."
11/13/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Jenny, one of the best ways to get magnesium into your body (apart from the chloride) is to swim or paddle in the sea (30 mins). It is a much more concentrated form of magnesium. If you are close to the water it is a cheaper option (maybe alternate it)."
09/25/2011: Kaysara from Perth, Wa : "I have epilepsy this 15 yrs and I want to get it under control, the medication perhaps controls it but I still have seizures. I read yor advice and have been taken the epsom salts for the past month but it has not helped rid me of the seizures. I thought it would cure me completely. I take half a tspn epsom salts in orange juice each morning. Is there any other advice for me to help me be cured?"
09/24/2011: Heather from Boca Raton, Fl: "I have been having seizures since I was 2. I am now 21. I have tonic clonic (grand mal) seizures and all the doctors I have been to have never been able to completely control them. I have been on almost every anti-seizure drug thats out there, I have had brain surgery to try to remove the part of my brain thats causing the seizure, I have had a vegus nerve stimulator implanted and I am still having seizures! Most of my seizures occur while I am sleeping and because of this I do not know exactly how many I am having. I am on 3 different drugs. I am looking for other options out there that my nuerologist does not offer or know of. There has to be more natural treatments out there!
I read about the magnisium helping seizures. How much should I take and in what form (pill, bath, oil)? PLEASE if anyone out there has some advice or answers on how to get my seizures under control I would love to hear them!?!"Replies
09/25/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Heather, so sorry to hear what you have gone through. Apart from the magnesium section on earthclinic have you read in the ailments section seizures or epilepsy that may be of some help to you.
By the way one of the best ways to get magnesium into your body is to swim in the sea water (cheap too). The sea is a magnesium bath. I see you live in Florida.. Even if you just walked in, or paddled in the water for 30 minutes that would be getting magnesium into your body. If you swim in the water for 1/2 hour even better. Do you have any sea water baths in your area? Pill form is not as good as through the skin "Transdermally"."
09/25/2011: Bess from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "Hi Heather - Have you read these testimonials here on Earth Clinic (click link below):
Quite a few people mentioned magensium deficiency; another mentioned a very good book about healing epilepsy naturally.
One thing for sure: you need to stay away from anything with artificial sweeteners (like aspartame - very deadly), artificial flavourings, processed foods, etc.
I hope you find something that works. Take care, Bess"
09/26/2011: Nicholas from Edison, New Jersey, Usa replies: "Heather... Steven Rogat, a spiritual healer (a shaman) says that epilepsy is a spiritual condition, at the soul level. (I suggest you Google all of this. ) Referring to the soul that we are, he says... "Epilepsy is an inability to totally seat oneself in the body, as well as an inability to totally leave the body, as we normally do when asleep. That's why many seizures are experienced when we are very tired, or when we are on our way to sleep, or upon awakening. We start to leave the body, but can't totally, so we start to come back. But we can't come back totally, so we start to leave, to come back, to leave, to come back, and so on. This coming and going at an accelerated rate creates the shaking. We are neither totally aware (in the body) nor asleep (out of the body). We are in-between, continually trying to get to one place or another. Most often we leave completely or black out, however briefly, and then the seizure passes and we can be here again completely. Epilepsy can originate within the womb when we are not sure whether we wish to be born or not. It can start in childhood, or at other times in life when we think about (on a soul level) whether or not to stay on the earth."
My suggestion is you consider doing spiritual healing for a change ... Such as pranic healing, it deals powerfully with the chakras and the meridians... also do yoga exercises which also deals with chakras and meridians. Another powerful spiritual healing process is yoga breathing A.K.A. rebirthing, conscious breathing, holotropic breathwork.
There must be such spiritual healers in Florida. Good luck."
09/26/2011: Heather from Boca Raton, Fl replies: "Thank you so much everyone who contributed advice. At this point I am willing to try anything. I actually live less than a mile from the beach. I will try swimming in the ocean on a consistant basis for awhile and see if it helps. I started taking a 1/2 tsp of epsom salts every morning with orange juice. I am going to get blood work to test my magnisium levels soon and I will let everyone know the results.
09/27/2011: Faith from Athens, Tn, Usa replies: "To heather from florida. i'm sorry to hear about your seizures. i am originally from florida and have had seizures since 18 months of age. i am now 26 and living in tennessee. i graduated from college last year and i am taking a break before looking to start a new career.
i have just started taking epsom salts in orange juice each morning. also, i have started doing slow, deep breathing when i feel an aura (beginning of a seizure) coming on. i am seeing some results and am praying for an improvement in my seizures. considering surgery, but would like to try natural remedies first. i hope you notice a difference with the epsom salts. Faith"
09/28/2011: Heather from Boca Raton, Fl replies: "Faith- what medicines are you on right now? what type of seizures? I am always interested in knowing about young people with epilepsy and their experience. Since taking the epsom salts I have noticed that I am sleeping much better (through the night without waking up) and I don't know for sure but I dont think I have any noctornal seizures since starting it. I think it's helping...."
09/11/2011: Soonitah from Pamplemousses, Mauritius: "Hi, am soonita from mauritius.
My son is 17 years old, suffer seizures as from 10 years ago. He is on Depakine (1200mg), Tegretol (400mg), Epanutin (200mg), phenobarbitone (120mg) and Folic acid per day. Everyday he get about 2 or 3 seizures for about about 15 or 20 minutes. His MRI report notice that two small RT MAXILLARY POLYPS and EEG report GRAND MAL EPILEPSY. By viewing the comments, I start giving him EPSOM SALTS, 1 teaspoon in orange jus at night but in vain.....
please help us out
(thanks in advance)"
09/11/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Soonitah, rather than let your son eat the epson salts, he is much better having a bath with epson salts dissolved in the water (at least 500g-1kg). It gets into the skin quicker via the skin. Better than epson salts (magnesium sulphate) is magnesium chloride flakes.
If you are near the beach/ocean the best thing he can do is to swim in the ocean as much as possible or to even just sit in the water or put his feet in the water. The sea water is full of magnesium and other minerals."
09/11/2011: Connie from Slc, Ut: "Hi Soonitah; Infants with B12 deficiency often have seizures, and it is considered to be rare that children and adults have seizures because of this. I have read some case studies that prove otherwise. Doctors believe that a serum B12 test result that falls into the normal range means that B12 is OK. This is incorrect. There are many great researchers and doctors that are treating patients for numerous neurological conditions that do not accept the so called normal range as such. They pay respect to how the patient responds to therapy.
B12 injections could be considered for epilepsy. Subcutaneous injections of methylcobalamin into the buttock has been shown to be very effective with a large variety of conditions. But it is sometimes difficult to obtain. Compounding pharmacies can order it. (It must be fresh and protected from light). Some people respond well to hydroxocobalamin, and some, though less, respond to cyanocobalamin. Sublingual lozenges of methylcobalamin are also effective. If high dosages of B12 injections are started, make sure that potassium levels in blood are in good supply as high B12 can lower potassium especially in beginning stages of therapy."
08/25/2011: Andy from Johannesburg, South Africa: "Hi guys I'm Andy, from South Africa. I started having seizures 2 years ago. My Neurologist does not know / can't determine the problem. I read a lot of articles on this wonderful website & I was inspired. I'm now on treatment (Epilim), which I want to stop taking. I've started using the 'Epsom salts' remedy, so I want to know how long should I use this remedy for? & How will I know it's working, 'cause I have seizures while sleeping."Replies
08/25/2011: Debbie from Melbourne , Australia replies: "Andy, a better way to take magnesium rather than epson salts is to try and get Magnesium oil and rub it into your skin (transdermally) or also have it in the bath. Or you can buy magnesium chloride and make the magnesium oil yourself. The magnesium in Epson salts don't last as long as the magnesium chloride.
Also the best way to get magnesium into you is to swim in sea water. That is much much more concentrated than epson salts or even magnesium chloride. Do you live near the ocean?
There is a great website that discusses this magnesiumforlife.com"
08/30/2011: Andy from Joburg, South Africa replies: "Hi Debbie,
Thank you for your valuable advice. I will definitely try the Magnesium oil remedy; unfortunately I don't live near the ocean but do visit places with an ocean. What do you think of 'Coconut oil'?"
[SIDE EFFECTS] 08/15/2011: Cor from St. George, Grenada: "I am now 34 and have been diagnosed with a seizure disorder. I was diagnosed in 2008. The EEG reported minor bilateral sharp activity. I was then prescribed 200mg Tegretol CR twice per day. Up until 2011, I suspected that seizure activity might be happening and I had another EEG done, I do not have the terminology of the my latest report but it was very similar to the first one so the meds was increased to 300mg Tegretol CR twice per day. It is my intention to be off this drug b/c of my reactions to it. I am generally tired and sleepy and I have noticed some memory and concentration problems. Also, I have weight gained and menstrual problems. Any suggestions for my conditions. I intend to have babies and I would like something that is safe for me both pre, during and post pregnancy. I live in the Caribbean. Any suggestions??"Replies
08/15/2011: Janet from Kendal, U.k replies: "Refered to an interesting article re-seizures, coconut oil and magnesium-oxide. Sent this article to someone on EC only 2 weeks ago and he says he's doing REALLY WELL.:)."
08/15/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Seizures, weight gain, concentration issues all sound like that are related to what I am reading about excitotoxins, namely MSG and aspartame.
Google "Excitotoxins, Dr. Russell Blaylock". Apparently the toxicity of these products to the brain is well studied but the general public know nothing about it."