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.
Glutamic and Aspartic Acid
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
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.
Avoid Artificial Sweeteners
@ 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.
A friend started having seizures as an adult and couldn't understand why. All the scans and tests came up negative. He was put on medication but it just gave him bad side effects and didn't really help so he stopped taking them. Then he was sitting in a theatre eating thick taffy candies when he felt something happen on one of his back teeth but it was so fast he swallowed it. Turns out a candy had stuck to a loose mercury filling and pulled it off his tooth. He figures he pooped it out because after that all his seizures and mental issues went away.
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
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.
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
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.
Hi all. I'm sorry for people with unsuccesful brain surgery. If I can advise, read the book Patricia A. Murphy "Treating Epilepsy Naturally". She cured herself from epi GMs with diet, brain control. Patricia, thank You for this book, you're smart and skilful. DanH
Veronica, sorry to hear about your little boy. Please read the attached article. It is about someone recently diagnosed with epilepsy. They found out that she was hugely deficient in magnesium and something simple as magnesium (in large doses) was enough to get her off her medication.
Also the article says that anti-epileptic medication can deplete your vitamin E stores.
Has your son had blood tests for his magnesium levels? I would also now check his vitamin E levels.
You could also bathe him in epson salts (magesium).
Hope this is of some help.
Veronica, it would be a good idea if you read Linus Pauling's book "How to live longer and feel better". I could tell you what he says but it is maybe better to get the whole picture. He talks about children who had seizures and how they were treated with vitamins and minerals. A very interesting book by one of the greatest minds of the 20th century. When I finish I will post a review here. I hope this will help your son without the side effects.
Question for Steve... I live in San Antonio and I have a 3 yr old who's been on epileptic medicine for 2 yrs. He's been through 4 surgeries and is not seizure free. We're trying to find the right medicine and right dosage for him. I hate the way the medicines make him feel. I've been wanting to treat him the holistic way but I'm not sure how to or what to give him?? If you can refer a holistic doctor to me I would greatly appreciate it. He has simple complex seizures, he also had a tumor removed (which we though was causing them), but he's still having seizures.
I have 9 years old son suffering from nocturnal seizures since 3 months old. His seizures started after taking his first vaccination shot. We tried many medication for 3 years and nothing really worked. Then we started giving him herbal (ayurvedic) medicine which helped to control but did not completely stopped them. His EEG results showed improvement but at least we were happy as their were no side affects. We gave him for 3 years then stopped as it did not stopped completely.
After one year without any medication I found this link and read everyone comments. I have started epsom salt in orange juice. Last night when he got up from the deep sleep he was just staring at us but did not had any seizure or convulsion. I was really happy with this first step. I am going to continue this formula and hope and pray to God it helps him out. And I hope it helps to improve his speech. I pray for all of those who are going through pain. I am just worried how long should we use this epsom salt and are their any side affects on long term usage.
You need to find someone experience enough to help you detox your dad. There are many things today that can cause individuals to have seizures. Besides detox, diet and proper hydration with no doubt improve your dads situation. I know from personal experience. If you can't find anyone to help you in your area, Please send me an email an I maybe be able to point you in the right direction. Steve
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.
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!!!
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?
It doesn't matter when you take it. The results will build up and you will see the difference almost immediately.
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!!
EPILEPSY IS SERIOUS STUFF
I TURNED IN MY DRIVERS LICENSE AFTER A FATAL ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED IN THE LOCAL NEWS PAPER AND THEN THE LIGHT BULB ON MY HEAD WENT ON BRIGHT. As an epileptic since I was 8 yrs old and taking the dreaded dialantin sodium & phenobarbital has kept me sane and grand mal seizure free. One doctor took all my prescribed meds for 2 weeks-he wanted to see what would happen-well i had a grand mal seizure while on my stationary bike, fell off, bit my tongue and had a severe headach for days and stayed home from work just to get my body back to where it was prior to obeying this Dr. If I could find something but after 70 years I will stick to my apple cider vinegar in V8 or water while it still not hurting but helping my arthritis and osteoporosis. Annnd shiny hair too.
Please stick to your meds until you are truly sure and that your examiner thinks you can go ahead with alternatives. It physically hurts badly to not use the safety first method. I pray for all us epileptics especially the kids. While I was a kid I had to fight the kids for all their ugly remarks that made me cry in anger and then I began to fight them back because this is not my fault. You are all in my prayers.
Interesting causes of seizures on this thread. Another condition that can cause seizures is cysticercosis, an infection from ingestion of tapeworm larvae.
From the CDC website:
"Neurocysticercosis (cysticerci in the brain, spinal cord):
Symptoms of neurocysticercosis depend upon where and how many cysticerci (often called lesions) are found in the brain. Seizures, and headaches are the most common symptoms. However, confusion, lack of attention to people and surroundings, difficulty with balance, swelling of the brain (called hydrocephalus) may also occur. Death can occur suddenly with heavy infections.
Fluorescent Light Connection
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.
Avoid Artificial Sweeteners
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.
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.
epsom salts and seizure: could you please advise me more about use of epsom salts for my 13 old girl?
epilepsy healed with the edgar cayce remedies: It's my daughter's eight-year anniversary of being seizure-free. Here is her story: http://www.cayce.com/HealingEpilepsyByLindaCaputi.htm Hope it can help someone else too!
I have used natural health remedies for a long time. I have not used a lot that I have seen here on this site and will love to try them.
What someone tries for a natural health remedy that effects only them and their body is their own business.
There are certain conditions, such as seizures, diabetes, or anything that can effect your concious state of mind, that everyone needs to be very careful about.
When a person with seizures goes off meds, they open themselves up to having massive seizures. Brian injuries can not be cured overnight.
My son and I were almost killed by someone who had simply reduced their seizure medication. That choice was not fair to us, or anyone else who may have been hurt.
We had a car accident. It only effected three people in the car, myself, my son and my husband who had the seizure. He has gone often for months and weeks without a seizure with low or no medication. Eventually it is going to happen again.
With his medication at full theraputic levels it never happens.
This highway accident could have resulted in dozens of people hurt or dead. So please I beg you, as I sit here with broken bones and torn muscles, do not stop taking seizure medications and drive or do anything dangerous if you were to have a seizure. It is grossly irresponsible to everyone else in society. That is not a natural way to be.