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Natural Treatment for Epilepsy

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Posted by Layla (Melbourne) on 06/03/2015

[YEA]  I was diagnosed with epilepsy at 22. I was having seizures for about 2 years before getting an MRI and EEG. I was having mild seizures only lasting between 1-2 minutes. I had a poor diet and life style and if I didn't get enough sleep or had low sugar level or consumed alcohol the night before feeling stressed, I would nearly always have a seizure. I was having about one seizure every 2 weeks and was bruised nearly all of the time and my tongue was swollen most of the time. I traveled from the UK to Australia and started to see a naturopath regularly. (natural health doctor) I took all the vitamins that I got prescribed and started living alot more of a healthy, stress-free life. I've lived in Australia for two years and I've never had a seizure while living here.

I was in a house fire when I was 19, which left me with an 85% burn so the stress and high doses of painkillers I had taken contributed to my seizures, but I was still having regular seizures a year after I stopped taking any kind of pain killers, so I'm guessing something in my brain needed to neurologically heal and it did. I no longer take Lamotrigine medication and am still seizure free

Taurine, Tyrosine, B-50 Complex, Acupuncture
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Posted by Ritchie (Huntington Beach, CA) on 03/06/2008

[YEA]  I have been taking Taurine (500mg), Tyrosine(500mg), and B-50 complex. This has helped me control my seizures. I take The Taurine once in the morning. I take the Tyrosine 3 times a day, and B-Complex 2 to 3 times a day. If I take it 3 times a day, it sometimes keeps me up at night because it raises my energy levels up; instead, I take it 3 times a day only for more control or energy. I'm taking medicine still but at a minimal level because of these additional items I'm taking. Accupuncture helped me as well. I went from the full dosage of regular meds. to half the amount. The accupuncture takes some time though, but is worth it in the end.(The type of acupuncture I used was the approach treating the whole body - not just the ears for example.)

Replied by Binah
I take Taurine as well, I take 3000mg twice daily though, along with Vitamin B complex 50mg twice, I take them together as Taurine uses Vitamin B6 to carry out its functions. I started taking it last year and have managed to reduce my keppra dose from 2750mg to 750mg per day and I am determined to get off it because the side effects of it are horrendous, I do get fairly good control with keppra but would rather look for natural ways to control seizures. One thing that keppra did to me was it caused arythmia and the Taurine has also stopped this and this is a great relief to me. I'm still on Tegretol Retard unfortunately but am considering reducing that too in the future. Taurine is an amazing anti-convulsant imo and I'm so grateful because I was suicidal and exhausted and losing my hair and angry on keppra, I couldn't concentrate, follow a film or read a book, and books were my refuge.

I take spirulina too since last May which has helped with insomnia and energy levels and complex migraines and the nerve damage in my hands that was becoming a problem for me, its full of B vitamins and neuroprotectant amino acids.

There is new research out since last month on Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA's) these can be bought in the health shop, they contain Leucine Isoleucine and Valine, the research was done on a small number of people who had Autism with Epilepsy and they found between 7-10 grams in powder form given over the day in about four doses had dramatic effects on both conditions. They specify that the work was only carried out on people with Autism who had a genetic co-morbid epilepsy but I think it is reasonable to wonder if this may work too for the general epilepsy population.

I'm starting hopefully this week to start drinking ionised water, about 8 pints a day, a friend of mine has done this for his daughter and he says it reduced her seizures by 50%. It is used for many illnesses and in hospitals in Japan for its anti-oxidant effect. The machines can be expensive but I made my own for a small fraction of the price. There are a few good clear videos on how to make one on youtube.

Never give up hope, there are lots of options out there to try, blessings everyone x

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Posted by Rajak Ali (Assam, India) on 07/14/2013

If someone help me to take the exact recipe because a 1/2 spoon baking soda with water makes me more weak and got chances for seizure. I am fed up by using the doctor medicine as I got nearly 15 times seizure and now my condition is very worst please suggest me the real and effective treatment I need ur guidence as I lost faith in allopathy treatment. email id rajakind. 11(at) iam waiting for a effective reponse.

Replied by Rsw
Uniontown, Oh
Rajak, The Ketogenic diet was developed in the 1920's at Johns Hopkins hospital for children with epilepsy. However, it is now thought that adults can also benefit from the diet. It is basically a low carbohydrate, high fat diet, similar to the Atkins diet. This may be an approach that could be beneficial to you. Best wishes!
Replied by Catherine
Wellington, New Zealand
Reply to Rajak Ali, for what it is worth I have read that a major well used remedy for epilepsy is the Ketogenic Diet. Also Magnesium is indicated as a supplement. Best wishes.

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Posted by Chris (Lansing, Michigan) on 01/24/2008

[YEA]  On September 1,2007 I started having grand mal seizures. I continue to have them and my neurologist says I have developed epilepsy. I had no idea that artificial sweeteners would cause neurological disorders. It was a gift from God when my dentist found out about my seizures and steered me to this information. Doctors want to cover up the symptoms with medication that is actually worse than the symptoms themselves. I am going to stop all foods with aspertaime and I know I will feel better and my seizures will stop. I had funny feelings for months that were gradually getting worse and I was still putting the poison in my body. The feelings slowly got worse to the point of not being able to speak which led to the grand mal seizure. I was poisoning myself and didn't even know it. Thank you so much for this life saving information. I am going to use Stevia and pass this information to all I know. Has anyone developed siezures since using aspertaine?

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn.
To Chris from Lansing, Michigan, 1/24/08 Chris, you will find the answer to your question by googling "Excitotoxins" If you want to go even deeper in this subject, buy or get a copy from your library, 2 books: The first one is easier for the layman to understand and is written by Rachel & Richard Heller & Dr. Vagnnini, a cardiologist. The title is "The Carbohydrate Addict's Healthy Heart Program: Break Your Carbo-Insulin Connection to Heart Diseasebook".

the second one is written by neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock. Its title is "Excitotoxins: The Taste That Killsbook link".

The first book is written on what monosodium glutamate and aspartame do to the body, which starts with making it kick out excess insulin and ends up with Diabetes Mellitus type 2 with all its complications.

The second book is written on what the excitotoxins do to our brains and central nervous system. Which is excites the cells to death, which is how they got the name of excitotoxins. Fortunately the major excitotoxins that you are likely to find in your food is the same as in the first book- MSG and aspartame. Unfortunately most people do not know that our foods are heavily loaded with these two brain killers because they are hidden under other names such as natural flavors, spices (not named), natural flavorings and many others. It is hard to find a commercial salad dressing, Ketchup, sauces, sausage, etc. without them. Glad you discovered what was causing it before total destruction occurred

Replied by Jody23
Fort Worth, Tx
I heard that Pfizer added Aspartame to the seziure drug Dilantin, when they changed the look of the capsule back in 2007. There is no proof that Pfizer added Aspartame to Dilantin, but why are some people having seizures who have not had a seizure in 5-10 years while taking the "old Dilantin"(Parke Davis 100mg kapseals). I called Pfizer and asked them if the formula had been changed. They said the look of the capsule was changed, but not the formula. I think something was changed, but Pfizer wasn't going to tell me.

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Posted by Ola (Gdynia, Poland) on 09/22/2010

[NAY]  Hello, my name is Ola and I'm 26. I have epilepsy for 6 years. Nobody could help my, becouse medicines don't help me. (on average 5 times a month I had epileptic seizure -not hard only - unconscious). My doctor suggested my VNS THERAPY. I didn't know what to do, I affraid. He didn't tell me about side effect. But I decide that to go on operation. After this operation I felt horrible. I couldn't speak for 0, 5 year. And I don't see an effect. Noone in my country could help my. I feel terrible pain when the stimulus is on. Maby it is badly implant? Epileptic seizure are the same or worse. It could't be adjust becouse I feel horrible pain. Now I don't know what to do. What should I do? could somebody help my?

Replied by Tom
Regina, Sk

Since you had NOT had epilepsy all your life up to age 20, why did the doctors not then suspect an external cause such as a parasite, toxin, heavy metal exposure, etc.?

The toxin could be anything, from solvents or cleaners used around the home, to mold neurotoxins released from moldy carpets or a wet wall in or near the bathroom, etc. This stinks of gross incompetence. Please try to remember where and when you were up to several months before your first attack! Your home, workplace, diet, any pets (they unfortunately bring in all manner of parasites). Did you try basic and extremely important things first like ensuring it wasn't aspartame, or a bad diet?

Parasites cause electrolyte imbalances AND release strong neurotoxins, both of which can generate attacks.

Did you first try Ted's basics like taking extra magnesium, at the link to Epilepsy on this site here?:

Please see the table of contents here, where P. 230 says "SEIZURES".

You can read this item for free, no signup or fee or registering or anything. Look to where it says "230" at the page bottom, NOT from entering "230" in the page box above the window! Here's what it says:

Seizures are always caused by tiny Ascaris larvae in the brain. I suppose they find their way to the seizure center by accident. It is not normal for them to be in the brain, they typically travel between the stomach and lungs. Ascaris eggs are present everywhere in animal filth. Dogs, cats, horses and pigs all get Ascaris. Their excrement dries and flies about in the dust, but mostly it resides in the soil. Children playing in the dirt cannot help but pick up Ascaris eggs. The eggs hatch in the stomach
and the tiny larvae, microscopic in size, travel first to the lungs. Here they go through a molt. This causes some coughing. Whenever a child coughs for part of the day do not assume it is harmless. Use a frequency generator set to 408 KHz, or use a zapper. Children should be treated for Ascaris anyway, whether coughing or not, once a week. The tiny larvae are in the cough up. (Ascaris is a parasitic nematode worm that lives in the small intestine, but it goes through all its life stages in the body. )

But obviously you must get a further professional opinion there. Do they have naturopaths, homeopaths, alternative health practitioners there, one who can look into this part?

Meanwhile, as you say if that device is doing nothing, why not get them to pull the battery or remove it entirely?

Replied by Rachael
Naples, Fl
"Seizures are always caused by tiny Ascaris larvae in the brain."

This is a theory by a few doctors that has not be proven by any wide scale research. It is dangerous to make statements of "Fact" which have not been researched.

Replied by Vickthechick
San Francisco, Ca, Usa
As any scientist will tell you it is important to have an open mind. What is "unproven" one year can become "commonly accepted truth" the next. For example, recently it has FINALLY been realized and accepted by the medical community that Vitamin D is necessary in much greater amounts then previously realized.

Now as for this statement that seizures are caused by a parasite found in animal feces, this has possible truths in my case at least. I have a very old dog I have been taking care of who unfortunately poops in her bedding and I have to shake it out all the time and wash it. I commonly have a very small cough too. I suppose it IS possible for there to be more than one reason for seizures and to have a cure listed here work for more than one reason! I would definitely try the epsom-salt-before-bedtime (1/2 teaspoon in orange juice) or 1/2 tsp baking soda in 2 tbls. Lemon juice before bedtime. I am getting good sleep like never before with the lemon juice and baking soda and no seizure so far but am not sure about combining the two in one night (that's a lot of sodium! ) It is necessarily a trial and error thing to try folk remedies you must be patient and very careful too.

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Posted by Johnnyboy (Melbourne, Australia) on 07/22/2012

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Johnnyboy
Melbourne, Australia
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.

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Posted by Suzanne (Abbotsford, Bc) on 08/07/2011

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I know someone who has had epilepsy since he was a young teen and has been on phenobarbitol for years. Most of the time it was controlled, but occasionally he would have a grand mal seizure and more often, petit mal seizures, particularly in the morning. However, my sister-in-law told me that in Africa where they lived for a number of years, there were many cases of epilepsy in an area that was zinc-deficient, so I suggested he start taking zinc. Since taking 25 mg of zinc (1/2 a tablet) every night, he hasn't had any trouble, except once when he was taking another brand of zinc. I don't know if I can mention the store, but the good brand was from SuperStore and the other was from an online vitamin place.