Avoid Artificial Sweeteners
re: Seizure control. I realized that aspsrtame brought on seizures years ago...on my own. The doctor didn't see it. Why is it not of public knowledge? Why do they not put this on the yogurts or drinks? Why does aspartame exist? It doesn't even taste good! And our body doesn't even know what to do with that sugar!! Another sugar to avoid is sucralose. I have noticed that works against me too, often bringing on a seizure. It would be nice if a GOOD sugar, such as stevia, were of normal regime in american foods and drinks. It's ok to dream! Another good thing to include in the diet to avoid those seizures is coconut oil or coconut milk! The list of benefits is priceless!
Hi, yes, you are right, artificial sweeteners certainly causes seizures. My boyfriend has had three, all in a five year period, and all of them related to his excessive intake of energy drinks, tablets, and artificially sweetened drinks. He works hard at his job, and he believes he cannot function without stimulants. Since he has related the seizures to these substances, he has reduced and cut down ALOT.
But he still drinks at least one energy drink every other day, and diet items every once in a while. I've warned him.
(Rio Rancho, New Mexico)
@ Maureen- I used to drink a LOT of sodas, but I never had a seizure from them. But my naturopathic doctor has told me that he would rather I had regular sugar than any sugar substitutes.
@ London- As I was telling Maureen, I used to drink a LOT of sodas. Since seeing this naturopathic doctor, I have not had any, with only a little lemonade or anything else but water. I would hardly drink water before, now I am either drinking it, natural juices, or milk (milk isn't considered a food according to my diet so I can drink it to my heart's content). Anyway, the doctor told me that reverse osmosis or distilled water was best (usually this is the kind without any bad taste). You can add lemon or lime to it if you need flavor (from a real lemon or lime, not the concentrates you can get at the store). Another thing I was told but haven't tried yet is baking soda - adding a teaspoon of baking soda to a gallon of water will ph balance the water and give more benefits.
I am drinking more water, on a harmonious food diet (more oganic food to cut MSG and other excitotoxins found in processed foods, not eating protiens and starches together) and I feel a heck of a lot better than I did before - more energy and less headaches are just a few of the benefits, and now, I don't even miss the sodas.
On products containing aspartame they do put a warning for those with Phenylalanine, a nervous disorder that has caused adverse reactions to Aspartame, including seizures.
I read somewhere that stevia was used in Africa by women as a contraceptive, so I would be careful about it as well. I stick to honey or dates as a sweetener.
Avoid Artificial Sweeteners
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?
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 Kills"
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
This is a late response but may help others. About 15 yrs ago, a friend's daughter woke up, was completely off balance, had to hold on to the hall wall to get to the kitchen. Her husband sat her down, called a member in the family who is a doc. She began losing her sight, and by the time she arrived at the ER her hearing was muffled. I was aware she consumed over a 6 pack of soda daily. Knowing the danger of aspartame, my concern fell on deaf ears. The daughter was in the hospital for some time (she was also pregnant). Not drinking soda, her symptoms began lessening to the point they released her - in a wheelchair. Sugar substitutes are dangerous. Please avoid them at all costs.
(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.
I don't know why doctors are still prescribing Dilantin. I was taking that 35 years ago for a couple of years and the side effects I got from that are osteoporosis, glaucoma and periodontal disease. That manufacturer should be sued.
(Ten Mile, Tn)
HI U ANDIMAY, , , , , , , , , , yep, I used Dilantin for 10 years some 30 years ago and got osteoporosis of the pelvis as a result. A fall two years ago resulted in a crushed T 12 vertabre. Your lymph system exits there and goes down both legs. My feet now stay swollen so I have to buy a size larger shoes. With swollen feet you have lost most of your balance, thus, I go up and down stairs like an infant. Life is just a bowl of cherries.
Like you say, someone needs a whipping on the local square.
For years I have had seizures. The medications finally got to the point of not controlling them. I was doing research on anything I could find to help. I would notice mine would tend to be more in the fall/ winter time which didn't make any since to me. I was a attending a lot of meat shoots and winning fresh sausage, eating dressing at Thanksgiving and at Christmas. What did this have in common? Sage! I looked up in my herb book that anyone that had seizures was to avoid sage. Since I have done this I have now been having less seizures (it's been 7 1/2 years now)since I have had one. A friend also tried doing without sausage just to see, (he couldn't make it through breakfast without having a seizure)so he ate bacon a week and was seizure free, and when he ate the sausage again, BOOM a seizure. Just wondered if anyone else had this before.
Good observation but there are other likely culprits like food preservatives Sodium Nitrate and Monosodium Glutamate. I doubt that Sage alone would cause seizures but maybe interacting with something else. Anyway, you would need to get a list of ALL the added ingredients going into the sausage and go from there.
Actually sage is known to cause seizures, as are rosemary.
I developed grand mal seizures at age 35. I would later discover that I was suffering from a little know medical condition called PDS. or Pyridoxine Deficency/Dependency Syndrome (a severe lack of vitamin B-6). Check a Merck Manual, or online for such information. And, since then, I have replaced the Dilantin I was taking, with one super high potency B vitamin tablet, along with a multivitamin tablet each day, as insurance against other known vitamin deficiency problems occurring. I have since been seizure free for 12 years now.
(San Fernando, Philippines)
A long time ago, in the 1950s and 1960s Dr Abram Hoffer discovered that there was a condition that could develop which caused varying degees of schizophrenia, bipolar, depression and ADHD as well as seizures and other physical symptoms.
This condition was called Pyroluria. This problem was caused by massive self reinforcing deficiencies of both vitamin B6 and Zinc. You should also be aware that there is much contentious dispute over the Hoffer research on Pyroluria between allopathic medicine and the orthomolecular doctors who discovered this problem and the apparent cure. But allopathic medicine has absolutely no answer or cure for this problem -- whereas orthomolecular medicine, being much more honest(not just profit driven), does seem to have an explanation and a cure.
The easiest and cheapest way to find out your vitamin and mineral status is simply to get a hair analysis.
I would also advise that you switch to a doctor who is up-to-speed and knowledgeable concerning pyroluria if you want proper treatment. The treatment essentially consists of taking massive doses of zinc and B6 as well other vitamins. Therefore it is strongly advised that you also get professional help so that you can be monitored safely while taking these higher mineral/vitamin dosages.
Trudy Scott is a Nutritionist, but her blog, everywomanover29.com, has a lot of information on Pyroluria. She talks a lot about it in Summits, too.
As far as I can tell, at least some kinds of epilepsy are from an inborn need for extra B6. Read Adelle Davis' book Let's Get Well chapter on epilepsy.
It also is what must be given for a genetic mutation that causes cavities and gum diseases in children and young adults. I have found that it also is important for adults that seem to get cavities even when they brush and floss.
Interesting. My son has horrific teeth (6 caps, and 4 pulled due to absess) and was diagnosed with Myoclonic epilepsy 3 months later, after his 2nd seizure and EEG. I have him taking B supplements, but will research further. He is also on a low carb diet, and taking magnesium, coconut oil, and fish oils!
We're staying away from drugs and hoping for medicinal marijuana to be legalized if needed. He is having one tonic clonic every 10-11 days. Seems to match with winter storms..? Thank you!
Do not take fish oils if you have seizures. It may drive your seizures.
I'm back! We did have to act quickly as our son's epilepsy was picking up speed, and our son is on Depakote and the Ketogenic Diet (after meds "failed to control" within 6 weeks).
So, that being said we are 7 MONTHS seizure FREE, and still looking into causes/sources. After having a Epilepsy panel done, it is now known that his epilepsy is NOT genetic.
A friend and I keep circling back to the vitamin B deficiency. Seizures, poor dental, also rashes (rosy cheeks). We are looking into Biotin (vitamin B) deficiency as a possible source at this time as well.
(Faithville , Us)
my friend went through this with her brilliant daughter for many years. She had gut issues all her life.
This article is interesting: https://brainstudy.wordpress.com/tag/epilepsy/
Does your son have amalgam fillings? It may be healthier to find an alternative that doesn't contain mercury, and get the mercury ones pried out by a real biologic dentist who is taking specific steps to avoid mercury exposure to staff, patients, and the environment. Some researchers believe that mercury disables the body's detox system.
Read Dr Philips on blotting brushes. Dr Philips said that flossing and brushing causes gum disease. I cured my gum disease in 3 weeks using his method. The brushes are not expensive and can be bought at toothwizards.com
Hello all, This is my first post. I figured that this information could possibly help someone. So here goes:
My grandmother once told me a story about her mother's sister, my great aunt (I knew all three women).
Way back when, when she was an infant/toddler, she had massive seizures. They called the doctor and he came out to where they lived and looked her over. He left and came back and gave her an enema of Blackstrap Molasses. I do not know the molasses/water ratio. I do not know if there was possibly anything else in the enema solution. As far as my grandma remembers, the doctor only did it the once, but was unsure if the family continued treatment on their own or not.
But soon after, she was cured of her seizures and never had any more for the rest of her life (died recently of old age).
Blackstrap molasses are high in Potassium. I postulate that either through direct mechanism or more likely through a Potassium deficiency being rectified by the addidion of Potassium into her system in large quantities, that it somehow cured her.
Again, not sure if this can help a child or possibly an adult with seizures, but I am just putting this story out there not as medical advise, but as something that has worked for someone in the past.
Thank you for sharing your story, it was very interesting. I had 2 seizures and both times my potassium was very, very low, along with blood sugar and electrolytes. The Doctors of today are great drug dealers, but as healers of the sick...not so much!!
Audrey from Florida very rightly said. Doctors, in general like to keep patients in dark about the cause of illness and wants earning. Some say- my illness doctor's happiness.
Regular Potassium intake from natural food can play a vital role in lowering seizure rate. Suffering person requires detoxification of body. Potassium helps a lot in de-tox program. Raw Potato juice can supply body required amount of Potassium with lest cost. I derived maximum benefit from Potassium, lemon, fenugreek seeds etc. to bring benefit of incurable person right from common cold to cancer, acidity to arthritis.
Please help and share this life saving information with your friend and family.
I ran across this article in The British Medical Journal from October 1921, and thought it might be helpful to someone. It talks about sodium biborate (borax) successfully treating epilepsy.
Cayenne is very good to get you out of a seizure or if you feel one coming on. 1 tsp Cayenne in a cup of hot water. As soon as the Cayenne reaches in your mouth, it start working. During an attack of seizure just use a teaspoon to get the Cayenne in the mouth either by yourself or someone.
I've had seizures since I was 13 years old, now I'm 53. Went through lots of experimental drug tests and all the other testings.They have never found where there coming from.I seen an article about coconut oil, started taking it and went from 3 seizures a month to seizure free for 5 months now.
I take 1 heaping teaspoon ever morning with 3 other prescriptions plus I have a VNS box that is suppose to help my seizures. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
I had mine at 14yr several pills, tests, and Brain surgery, found nothing. They said they showed I was healthy. Have gone as far as 5months. Hey, get to start over, I am going for 8mo. yeah. Hope try coconut oil smile all way.. Good Luck to you
A very common trigger for seizures is the ever increasing amount of excitotoxins in our food. Certain substances have the ability to stimulate neurons to the point of killing brain cells by over stimulation. Free glutamic acid is a really bad thing for causing dangerous neuronal stimulation. When the amino acid bonds are broken that link glutamate to other amino acids the result is glutamate can readily bond with glutamate receptors on brain cells (same with cancer cells). It is kinda like having a car with the gas pedal stuck going wide open fast as it can go. What are the usual sources for free glutamic acid? Aspartame, modified food starch and msg.
Dr Russel Blaylock might soon be your best friend. Read his articles and books to understand the problem in depth. You need to avoid all forms of free glutamic acid like the plague. That is not an easy chore since modified food starch is deliberately put in almost everything you eat these days.
Aside from excitotoxins, food allergies can also trigger seizures. Damage to the intestines can result in intestinal permeability. Candida can do that as it grows roots called hyphae through the intestinal wall and into the blood stream. An example, cancer patients invariably have tons of cellular debris in their blood from candida hyphae and foreign proteins entering through damaged intestinal lining. Serrapeptase, a systemic enzyme, quickly acts to digest all this cellular debris cleansing the blood and thereby reducing autoimmune reactions to foreign proteins. Serrapeptase also acts as a very powerful anti-inflammatory, reducing brain swelling. Often doctors give steroidal anti-inflammatories which certain organisms feed off of such as mycoplasma. End result is the patient often gets worse after treatment instead of better.
A host of many different types of virus and mycoplasma can initiate seizures as a result of brain swelling and inflammation. Its a good idea to get tested for viral types associated with causing seizures. If found then you are one step closer to a cure.
High dose vitamin c has helped quite a few to remain seizure free..
Boswellia herb has kept seizures under control for many as well. It is a powerful antiinflammatory that crosses the blood brain barrier. Works to control brain tumor too
Here is a cool article on a glutamate restricted diet that seems to greatly reduce seizures.
When taking coconut oil for medicinal purposes, I use extra virgin and have taken it any number of ways - in coffee, off the spoon, mixed into oatmeal, added to cooked vegetables etc. While I do cook with it some, I am suspecting that some of the nutrients (enzymes, perhaps) would be lost in cooking, so don't count that as part of my daily dose of coconut oil, if I am taking it for medicinal purposes.
~Mama to Many~
First seizure in high school/Dr.s believe it is caused by meningitis when I was a baby - myelin sheaths which insulate nerves were damaged and burned with high fever. Now 40 years later am beginning to understand amino acids and vitamins can help so heard about ketogenic diet - I figured I make it easy by taking 2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil - 1 in morning and another in evening.
I started in April and haven't had a seizure in four months. Reading 'Rosie's' mention of coconut oil found out I should take more and I WILL. Haven't told Dr. what I've been doing but will when I build up a little more then he'll know not just the Vagus Nerve Stimulator works. Leon
I've been researching lately and found that choline and inositol are said to rebuild the myelin sheath. Look into that to see what you might fine. I believe CDP Choline (Citicholine) is the best type of choline for sheath regeneration.
I have had seizures since age 3, and I have been taking medicine my entire life since. Going from one medication to the next, my seizures have never been under control. I am now 42 and I take 3 different types of meds for my seizures. Doctors always say that one will work, then I go back for a prescription for a different med. I have thought that there is some medicine out there that works, I just have not found it
Reading about the many stories where people have tried coconut oil for different conditions, I thought that there maybe coconut oil could help with my epilepsy. I have only been taking a tablespoon a day for 1 week, but I can feel a change in myself. I feel more energy, motivation and I can tell my brain is much more clear. I am still taking medicine, I feel I will most likely be taking meds for the rest of my life. I figure if is something that will help, I am going to try, if it does not do the trick, it is very good for your hair. My family does not support me, I believe that my mother would. She passed 15 years ago. Hopefully, the coconut oil will help. I know there is no cure for epilepsy, but I pray that it can help me control my seizures.
Good luck, Maureen.
(Steamboat Springs, Colorado)
I have had epileptic seiezures all of my life, 59 years. All of these years, up until 2014, I was having 2-3 seizures per week. No doctors ever could figure me out. In 2014, I had a bad accident, where the main reason for the grand-mal, was because my doctor, then, was overdosing me. As soon as I could go back to living on my own, I started to only eat organic food and start to take more vitamins. My seizures went way down in how many, but I'm still having them. I've been taking coconut oil almost everyday, mostly while cooking.
From what I've been reading on this page, I will start taking coconut oil as a medicine everyday, instead of only using some while cooking. I really hope that I will feel even more of a healthy reaction.
I'm 35 age. I'v had epilepsy since 27yrs old.
My friend just told me about coconut oil a week ago, and start to have every day. Does anyone take a medicine as well? I usually need to take two kinds every morning and evening plus, one of them in between. I duly stop to have medicine though...
I have had epilepsy since about 17 yrs old. Now am 34. Because I had partial temporal lobe type, I never took meds (scary side effects!!! ). But last year I started having seizures more frequently and I wanted to do something about. Did ketogenic diet (strictly) for about 3 weeks, then switched to low-carb. Still had seizures. By the way, seizures seemed directly linked to my protein/fat intake. Ate lots of almonds, etc. Not as many seizures, but not cured. About 8 months later, I started drinking teas on a regular basis, teas that aid in kidney and liver function. Still had seizures.
Then I got organic good coconut oil and started using as lotion every day 2x or more. 2 months into the coconut ritual, I had allergies/cold so I took massive amounts of Vit. C, zinc, echinacia, etc. I This was in dec and january of 2012. I realized about 3 weeks ago that I have not had a seizure in about 1-2 mnths.
I think it is the coconut. That is the only thing I do every day without fail. And I have only been putting it on my skin!!! I plan on eating a little bit every day.
Of course, my Dr. has no interest in my "cure."
All along, I have noticed a direct relation between my seizures and food intake, and in particular protein/fat. It's not protein, though, it's fat that I need.
Also, my seizures started when I was in high school and started skipping lunch and eating candy and drinking Cokes.
Omg, I was reading your post just like I would read what I do and what happens to me. I had an eating disorder for many years and some alcohol usage, but I'm not quite sure if only insulin and sugar balance is the reason. My seizures (CPS-space and language related) started about 4 years ago, when I was still binging, and got more often and more and then finally I got grand Mal and it got serious. This was over 1,5 years ago (I'm 37 now) I'm also natural and don't believe in drugs. I have noticed very close correlation between my food intake and seizures. Almost every time I have food, I have a seizureal now. But I remember eating good a lot of fats and having some relief, but I don't want to eat so much...I also was getting some results with intermittent fasting. When I did maybe 3-4 days of eating less, I could have even a week seizure free! But now they back :/ I do the coconut oil but not regularly. I will try to be consistent with it and see how it works. Thank you so much for sharing. Sending love...
If you drink coffee, it is good to put a couple of teaspoons in it every morning.
my friends baby was epileptic and had to be on the ketogenic diet... I think coconut oil helps with ketones.. Now this daughter recoverd and is basically a genius in college. It did not affect her memory or ability to learn. I take coconut oil and it has not improved my memory much but I feel better.
there is information on LiveStrong about magnesium deficiency and seizures.... Magnesium helps salt and potassium and calcium work properly to hold water in the right places in the body and the brain, too much calcium cause the tensing and magnesium the relaxing.
My two cents... hope it helps.
After reading the great effects of coconut oil on a Alzheimer affected person, I started it in the new year. In a month I am seeing gradual results for my mild and frequent seizures.
Remedy to Treat Epilepsy...
I read about a Ketogenic diet that was helping children with seizures control them! I tried it for a while but it was too difficult.. Although I had success... So instead I just started using 4 Tablespoons of coconut oil every day. It worked... I HAVE NOT HAD A SEIZURE IN THREE YEARS... Knock on wood! Please try it and get off the drugs today... Natural cures are the KEY!!!
Yes, common misconception about saturated fats, I did some research and found that the FDA kind of led America to believe that all saturated fats caused heart problems, untrue (there wasn't quite any solid research to back up those claims). Coconut oil is extremely good for you. I've just received an order I placed and am hoping it might help with my epilepsy and perhaps my memory which has been diagnosed on the 'lower end of normal'.
Thank you Faithinhealing for sharing that information. I have epilepsy since my early 30s and been taking first Dilantin and now Phenytoin. Now I'm in my early 60s. Now, because I have wait till March of this year to see my doctor, I'm about to run out of medicine. My doctor won't renew until he sees me, but told my pharmacy to give me enough medicine to last until middle of March. Except the pharmacy disobeyed the doctor and only give me one month supply instead two and half months that I'm supposed to get. So, I was very glad when you mentioned the coconut oil. Again, thank you. Now I have an alternative cure to help me.