My father has a had severe night time seizures (not often) for a few years now that have become more frequent lately, we have gone to a neurologists and he is now on anti seizure medicine, Keppra - which he has had a severe reaction to including depression, suicidal thoughts and behavioral changes- needless to say they are changing his medication - now to Valproic Acid which we are concerned about as well. We would love to go with a natural remedy and get him off of all of these horrible medications. He is now also on Xanax which is making him act a little nuts, just trying to control his mood while weaning him off Keppra. This behavior is way out of the ordinary for him, he is normally a happy, smart, strong hard working man. He is now emotional, and miserable. I have read some amazing stuff about epsom salts and other remedies but there is a lot to narrow down in a hurry.
We are looking for a list and amounts of "must haves" for seizure treatment, in hopes of getting him off of all this horrible stuff quickly and as easily as possible. He has been on these anti-seizure meds for such a short period of time we hope to transition off of the quickly if possible. Right now he says he would rather live with seizures and forget the medications. Oh just FYI, he is a welder and has been exposed to heavy metals like manganese since the age of 13. Thanks for your help and information.
(Spring Branch, Tx)
(San Antonio , Tx)
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)
(Prague, Czech Rep)
Epilepsy has been around for a long time and it has interfered with the quality of life for a lot of people. The medication that is recommended may stop the fits, but the side effects can be dismal, and the epilepsy continues and the medication recommended has to be increased. After doing research on the subject, because I had a good friend who was on the strongest medication and was STILL having grand mal fits every day, I was impressed enough to ask her to trust me to try something. The solution is to take magnesium in the form of Epsom Salts. Half a teaspoon in orange juice every morning. From the first dose her fits stopped. She ceased taking the medication and her quality of life was restored, after suffering for over 12 years. I advertised in the paper for more people with the complaint and visited them at home and recommended the Epsom Salts. In EVERY case it worked. My chemist refused to sell Epsom Salts to me any more as he said I didn't know better than the doctors, but there were many more places to buy it!! I contacted the Epilepsy Sopciety and offered to give a talk at their meetings..... But they didn't want to know!! I can recommend it with confidence........ Half a teaspoon of Epsom Salts in some orange juice...Try it!!
(Torrevieja, Alicante, Spain)
epsom salts and seizure: could you please advise me more about use of epsom salts for my 13 old girl?
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.
(Costa Blanca. Spain)
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 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.
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.
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!
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
(Granite Bay, Ca)
(Kihei, Hawaii, Usa)
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
(Jamaica, West Indies)
(Ten Mile, Tn)
Glutamic and Aspartic Acid
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.
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.
(Rio Rancho, New Mexico)
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.
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.
Do some research on Ketogenic diet. I have read where it helps with seizures.