Natural Treatment for Epilepsy

Epsom Salts  

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Posted by Lgali (Nepean, ON, Canada) on 04/07/2009

epsom salts and seizure: could you please advise me more about use of epsom salts for my 13 old girl?

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
04/07/2009
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Hello,

Sorry your 13 year old has seizure problems. If she is a normal sized l3 year old dosages would be the same as for adults, and since the recommended laxative dosage for epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) is 1 to 2 tsps I would try giving her 1/2 tsp. morning & bedtime. Another form of magnesium is magnesium oxide which you can buy tablets of it combined with vitamin B6 (Beelith tablets) and give her l morning & bedtime.

Since magnesium probably works to combat seizures by competing with monosodium glutamate (MSG) for sites in the brain, I suggest you google "excitotoxins" to find a list of names they hide MSG under in the ingredients lists of foods. Another excitotoxin you need to eliminate is aspartame (NutraSweet or Equal). When reading those ingredients lists, be especially alert for any "hydrolyzed plant (corn, soy, pea, etc) protein as it contains both MSG and aspartame.


Posted by Catherine (Wellington, New Zealand) on 10/25/2008

My journey into nutrition started in the 70's with Adelle Davis' books. She recommended magnesium (epsom salts) for Epilepsy. I have told this to various people over the years and offered them the books to read, amazingly they didn't want to do the research, preferring the allopathic methods of treatment. Ms Davis was also a strong proponent of folic acid to prevent spina biffida! This has only recently been taken seriously..but her evidence could have saved much untold misery for unfortunate families during these intervening years.

In one of her books Ms Davis referred to another nutritionist from the 40's who opined that unless magnesium levels in the diet were improved, within a generation we would't be able to tell from the backview the difference between boys and girls!!! Well girls used to have waists (18" to 22") and boys always had physiques, maybe lack of magnesium affects the hormones somehow.

Replied by Jualsy
Costa Blanca. Spain
10/14/2016

Adelle Davis is my favourite natural health guru.....I have all of her 4 books, and have used the remedies for all things over 40 years. Here in Spain I have not been to a doctor for 16 years....natural remedies are amazing It's not what you take, but how much you take re vitamins and there is a cure for cancer too, which no one wants to broadcast. That cure has been around for about 40 years.....B17....laetrile, kills only the cancer cells. It works!


Posted by Joyce (Joelton, Tn) on 11/16/2007 516 posts

Look in any pharmacology book and it will tell you that magnesium (Epsom salts is one form of it) is the second most plentiful cation of the intracellular fluids and is essential for the activity of many enzymes and plays an important role in neurochemical transmission and muscular excitability. Deficits cause a variety of structural and functional disturbances. Epsom salts is given IV to prevent seizures in pre- eclamptic/eclamptic women to prevent seizures. Mg is a co- factor of all enzymes involved in phosphate transer reaction. Mg deficiency causes increased irritability, disorientation, convulsions (seiures) and psychotic behavior.It also had a direct effect on the neuromuscular and cardiovascular system. Hypomagnesium (deficit) occurs with vomiting, diarrhea, diuretic meds, and alcoholism (also our fast, junk food diets. You have lucked up and discovered what I often tell people" IF YOU CAN CURE THE PROBLEM WITH A VITAMIN OR MINERALS, THE PROBLEM IS NOT DISEASE, IT IS A DIETARY DEFICIENCY. Neurosurgeon Russell L. Blaylock, tells that excitotoxins also cause seiures, so I urge all readers to type in excitotoxins and hit go: copy the names they hide the excitotoxins under, then head for your kitchens and read ingredients on all foods there (including your raw, must be cooked chicken and beef), your canned foods, salad dressing, and sauces. You will learn that your food chain is as monosodiumglutamate laden as any stir-fried Asian meal. You just might find what is causing your seizures in the food you eat. If yours are caused by excitotoxins, we might ask Ted if magnesium is an antidote for MSG. If it is, then perhaps we should start giving alzheimers, Parkinson diseae patients Epsom salts 7 watch for improvement. The lovely part of taking epsom salts instead of anti-convulsants and anti-hypertensives is that it will quickly tell you when to quit by the diarrhea which is an early side effect. The medical field is not going to tell you to take epsom salts for seizures, even though it gives it for the same, because they can't patent, nor do you need to keep coming back to them for presciptions. But in defense of the individual doctors (a few of which would like to tell you about it), if they did and the AMA (the strongest union in the country) would jump on their case in a hurry and find some way to re-voke their license to practice medicine. Let's all say "THANK YOU, GOD" for the Ted's in this world.


Fish Oil, Spirulina  

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Posted by Bill (Portland, Oregon) on 11/23/2016
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Fish oil and spirulina for intractable epilepsy.

I started spirulina in Dec.2014 each day and added fish oil last year plus vitamins: as of Nov.2016, I haven't had major (collapsing) seizure for over three months. Also take 5000 IU Vit, D3 (liquid for under tongue) because I am celiac w/leaky gut: as well as vitamins E, zinc and B6 and tyrosine and 3000 mg taurine.

Believe I am over-medicated so have reduced my medication occasionally with no effect.


Fluorescent Light Connection  

Posted by Jen (Los Angeles, Ca) on 08/14/2009

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 Seizure.

I now work in the field of sleep disorders and use to do EEG (brain studies to rule out (R/O) Seizure disorder and other anomalies) studies and we would have the patients come in sleep deprived and flash lights at varying speeds to try and induce/produce some type of epileptiform (AKA a Seizure) activity.


Frankincense Essential Oil  

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Posted by Melanie (Mountain City, Tn) on 05/20/2016
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After struggling with signs of stroke for 2 weeks after 4 vaccinations in one office visit, my 2-year old granddaughter has been left with a seizure disorder. Since her pediatrician refused to help us heal her, we looked for natural cures while searching for another doctor. Frankincense essential oil has been a lifesaver. She is seizure free unless she contracts a cold, but even then only has a few while asleep and not the hundreds each day that she was having initially. We are waiting to be seen by a Functional Medical practitioner for some testing to see if we're dealing with heavy metals poisoning or gut dysbiosis, but being able to mitigate as much brain damage as possible and provide her some quality of life in the interim is priceless. Since she's so small, we dilute the Frankincense - 3 drops per 1 tsp of carrier oil which, for us, is typically fractionated coconut oil.

EC: Dear Melanie, thank you for your feedback on frankincense oil.

Can you please give us more information (in both of your posts) on where you applied the frankincense oil on the body? Also, did you spend time massaging it in? Thank you very much!


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Posted by Flowerlady (Crossville, Tennessee) on 08/13/2011

A Dr. diagnoised my 17 yr old grand-daughter with epilepsy. I'm am not convinced of his diagnosis. She had a one time passing out and no seziure activity was present. She went to the ER and all they found was she was dehydrated. Her brain scan was normal and her MRI was normal. The EEG she had was slightly abnormal. The 72 hour EEG she had had some peaks and a small amount of high electrial activy? areas. She has a headache occ. and does not sleep regulary or eat properly. She is under alot of stress and has anxiety attacks occ. But she is your active average teenager in her senoir year of school and makes very good grades. They want to put her on Lamictal but I'm not convinced that she has epilepsy and the med has way to many side effects. The Dr. said if she took the med for 5 yrs and did not have a seizuer she could come off it. My other concern is what damage will it do to her body in 5 years. Having trouble getting a second opinion. Any suggestions would be appreciated.Thanks

Replied by Courtney
Granite Bay, Ca
08/13/2011

Not sure why you're having trouble getting a second opinion, but that's the route I would go for starters (and for certain). Definitely a second opinion.

A "slightly abnormal EEG" can be caused by many things, including things as benign as a migraine, drug/alcohol use and attention problems.

I have a daughter the same age as yours and I would absolutely get a second opinion no matter how many hoops I had to jump through to get it.

Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
08/14/2011

Flowerlady, sorry to hear about your daughter.

Here is an article from Dr. A. Hoffer on using Niacin to stop anxiety. It is vitamin B3 totally safe.

If you are worried that she "may" have a seizure then Magenesium would alleviate that.

Please read both articles but the 2nd one states that Magnesium deficiency can lead to seizures. You would need to have her "Magnesium Blood Levels checked". Anyway read the article. There is a lot of info on the below site.

Hope these help. Cheers

http://www.doctoryourself.com/hoffer_niacin.html

http://www.doctoryourself.com/epilepsy.html

Replied by Sandhya
Kihei, Hawaii, Usa
04/21/2012

I was an epileptic for 41 years..... Started petite mal and went soon into grand mal..... Doctors said idiopathic.... No known cause. EEG 's were normal. Had to take 4 tegretols per day. I found out that more than half of all seizures are caused by a hit on the head.. Doesn't have to be significant. Years later seizures begin due to scar tissue which has formed. I did a test with an affiliate using Brain State Technology.... Called a brain map. It was the best EEG I ever had.... It not only said I had high seizure activity but where the activity was located. After 20 sessions I felt my brain waves to be different and asked for another Brain Map. Sure enough it had corrected the neurons sufficiently for me to use GABA amino acid (makes neurons fire regularly) and get off the meds within two weeks. It has been two years and no hint of a seizure. It also corrected PST which is inner anxiety and brain injury from a car accident... Whiplashed badly.

With your daughter I would begin here. You can't lose with this treatment as it improves your life in many ways. If you have to take meds while doing it make sure they are on the low level when doing the sessions.. Just before you have to take them again or you may be wasting your money or it will take longer as some medicines block the effect...

Ruby
Lancaster, Tx
03/31/2016

20 sessions of what, the brain Map? Suffering with seizures for over 55 years and the medications the neurologists have me on are killers. Desperately looking for alternatives that really works.

Rsw
Oh
04/01/2016

Hi Ruby,

A fairly easy diet to try is the modified Ketogenic diet for epilepsy. It is a modified Atkins diet that, although high in fat, can actually cause a reduction in weight, the opposite of what we are taught. Here is a link that may be helpful:

Best wishes!

Karolina
Illinois
06/22/2016

20 sessions of what??? Please, let us know <3 I have similar issues. Thank you!

Replied by Rachelle
Oh
01/27/2017

How can I go about this? thank you in advance


Glutamic and Aspartic Acid  

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Posted by Jem (Austin, Tx) on 09/11/2011
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one cause of epileptic seizures is an overdose of glutamic and aspartic acid.

many foods contain these amino acids in their free state which creates a shutdown of neurotransmitter production in the brain, along with oxidizing it.

i don't mean to be 'selling' anything, I have written a book on the subject of how dangerous these free form amino acids are to the brain affecting/causing everything from bi-polar disorder, anxiety, panic, rage.. to physical symptoms such as epilepsy, stroke, parkinson's, altzheimers..

the info is too vast to write here, however the main things to avoid are msg, which is freed glutamic acid and all things high in freed glutamic acid... there is a list of food substances in my book.

also, aspartic acid in nutrasweet, fried foods.. processed foods..

the biggest culprits, cooked food, soy, oats, barley, wheat, grains, nuts, seeds, .... The obvious processed foods/foods that outright contain msg... and aspartame...

hope this helps. My book is about to be launched through a site, if you contact me through this thread (as in, let me know you read this here) I'm happy to send anyone suffering from epilepsy a copy of my book.. you can donate later if it helps.

it will be the last version before being edited for the upcoming launch.... Not the final version... the info is valuable

the book is geared toward those who suffer from emotional disorders mild to severe and raising consciousness through live food

Replied by Angella
Jamaica, West Indies
09/22/2015

My daughter who is now 22 years had her first seizure at 17. At the time she was diagnosed with a panic attack, especially because it was the night before a Major exam in Physics. She later went on to college, and 2 years later was diagnosed with epilepsy and placed on Epilim. She was non compliant as so one night I was called from a gym where he had another attack, hence the conclusion. This was in 2012. My observation however is that she seem to only get an attack whenever she ovulates and sometimes when she becomes upset or anxious. She seem pretty fine otherwise but the situation stresses me as I am afraid that this may occur when there is no one there to assist her.

Thanks for your suggestions.

Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tn
09/23/2015

HI U ANGELLA, , , , , , , , been down that black out trail from age 30 to about age 45. Went to all the biggies, Temple White, UBA, Mayo's and others. All said I was hyperventilating and I knew better. But I now think they were right and I was wrong. You can hyperventilate without deep breathing.

Stress will cause you to breath shallow and fast and not have time for your CO2 to build up. A Little Rock doctor put me on Dilantion, which is for epileptics and that drug wasted my bones away and now I have osteoporosis. I finally grew out of that condition and no longer have the black out problem, but I now have problems from the drugs that were prescribed for me.

If your daughter is a hard charger, then that may be her problem. Let me suggest that she learn how to breath. Babies know how to breath. Adults don't . I would go down lots of trails before I got on the Big Pharma Road. You will cut off your nose to spite your face. Take her to Dr Shallenberger or Dr Robert Rowen .

These drugs will haunt her until life's end.

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Posted by Debbie (Melbourne, Australia ) on 09/11/2011

A really good book on seizures and glutamic acid written by a Neurosurgeon is "Excitotoxins, the Taste that Kills" By Dr. Russell Blaylock. He has done extensive study on the subject.


Gluten and Casein Free Diet  

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Posted by Jim (dallas, ga) on 12/19/2007
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We started the gluten / casien free diet about a month and a half ag. I have noticed that my 4yr lod daughter's constipation has all but gone. We have started seeing a natruropathic dr. found that she had fungal yeast overgrowth in both the large and small intestines, mercury, and vaccines in her body. Since seeing the new dr. she has started getting some of her words back and being alot more affectionate towards everybody especially her older sister of 5yrs. old. Not to say it is a cure but GOD has opened doors for me and after 4yrs. of battlling seizure after seizure, and now autism, I think our tunnel is getting brighter.

Replied by Sharon
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
09/07/2011

Jim,

I'm not sure about a regular doctor who does this, but I go to Lifetime Chiropractic in Rio Rancho, NM and for $25 you (or in this case, your daughter) can do a foot soak that will pull the metals out of her body. After that, they give you a tablet to take that replaces the good ones that got drawn out as well.

I am also on a harmonious foods diet. This means that I buy mostly organic foods so not to get the chemicals from the processed foods, and that I don't mix starches and protiens. The diet is based on digestion. It might be something you want to consider. You can find the food chart at www.drugfreehelp.com.


Ingredients to Avoid  

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Posted by Dolores (Noti, Oregon) on 07/09/2012
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Hello I was looking for help with seizure control because my 17 year old son will be going off medication by the end of this month, no insurance (husband lost his job). As I was reading some of the remedies from others I thought I could add something.

I have always controled my two boys seizures by diet. The information I read when they were 3 and 5 years (their first seizures) was from a naturopath doctor. She listed what needs to be avoided: chicken and chicken eggs. black and red fruits (plums, red apple skins, blueberries, strawberries, purple eggplant skins, red tomatoes etc. It is the pigment that is the seizure trigger also manmade dyes, so marshmallows with blue dye to make them white, milk will sometimes have blue in it, etc. READ the LABELS, then the man made stuff other than dyes... BHA, BHT, and MSG. So, BHA and BHT are in oils and fats... If the product has less than 2% of the chemical the manufacturer does not have to list it so you need to stick to your natural oils and butters or call the individual companies and ask if they have either of those chemicals in their products. MSG is everywhere. Look up "truth in labeling" they have a list and explanations about MSG (very good information).

This list of things to avoid has always proven true for my boys. If they would have a seizure (about once every 6 months or less) I could always pinpoint what "got past me" and caused it. One boy has stopped having them. But the younger still has them if I am not careful. The reason we went to mediation is because over the years I didn't realize that MSG was being put into so many more products under so many more names and he was starting to have little seizures regularly. He is sensitive and I want more help. I am going to try the baking soda and lecithin and vit C and magnesium as extra support for him.

I hope this list will help others, it has been very good for us. Also stress affects my boy, fever, overwork.

Good luck


Ketogenic Diet  

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Posted by Rex (Sarasota, Fl) on 04/21/2017
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Ketogenic diet stops epileptic seizure in a significant percentage of children. Read below.

I believe this excerpt from Thomas Levy's book deserves an additional cure for ketogenic diet. The book is called "Curing the Incurable" 3rd edition, ebook page 316 of 7745.

In one of the more recent references in the April, 2000 issue of Pediatrics eleven studies on the ketogenic diet were reviewed. The authors concluded that the ketogenic diet completely stopped medically unresponsive seizures in a significant percentage of children. The diet also reduced seizure frequency by over 90% in an even greater percentage of children! Similar articles were found in the various neurology and epilepsy journals. Sadly, it would seem that many pediatricians and pediatric neurologists do not know what is in the most current issues of their primary and specialty journals.


Posted by Joyce (Lansdowne, Pa ) on 09/09/2014

Do some research on Ketogenic diet. I have read where it helps with seizures.


Posted by Mominchi (Chicago, Il) on 12/29/2012

We have tried Keto diet for my toddler's epilepsy and have now switched to a high in good fats diet. The issue with brain fats as far as I read with Keto is that long chain trigylcerides like veg oils burn really crappy as brain fuel and lots of fats pick up free radicals when you cook with them or become derranged or transfats as they are more commonly known. Those actually prevent the brain from using fats to repair itself (brain & nervous system is comprised of saturated fats).

My understanding of the reason the old school version of ketogenics worked best is because ALL the fat was short chain triglycerides from milkfats they burn cleanly and leave less metabolic waste (ketones) of course now since milk is superheated thru pasturization and derranged thru homogenization the diet is far less effective than the 20's version. Coconut oil is a medium chain and that was why MCT version of keto gave decent results. It is a good saturated fat (they actually prevent the oil from becoming a transfat when heated) and all cooking is ideally done with coconut, butter, or ghee. They gave excellent results on KD as compared to the terrible formula readymix loaded with calcium, aspertame, and vegetable oil.


Posted by Nelson Narciso (Toronto , Ontario) on 04/06/2012
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Hi, I highly recommend the ketogenic diet my son is 6 yrs old and has had all the seizures you can name and the meds are garbage. This diet can help to stop them with out meds please try this diet it really works you have to be very strict but its worth it.

Replied by Osiris
New York
04/13/2016

My wife and I are going to try the Ketogenic diet with our son since nothing's working. The only that seems to work is Depistat but then he spends most of his time drowsy and non-responsive. Wish us luck.

Replied by Rsw
Oh
04/14/2016

Hi Osiris,

We all wish you the best of luck helping your child with the Ketogenic diet. John's Hopkins hospital in Baltimore was the birthplace of the diet, and it is described in Julia Schopick's best seller book, "Honest Medicine." Another resource is The Charlie Foundation, created by a man in Hollywood after researching and finding success using it with his son Charlie. He made a movie about it starting Meryl Strep called "First Do No Harm" or something similar. Here is a resource to that foundation:

https://www.charliefoundation.org

Best wishes and please let us know how it works out for your son. The diet is also effective for adults.



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