What Is Epilepsy? epilepsy.com
“..is a chronic disorder, the hallmark of which is recurrent, unprovoked seizures. Many people with epilepsy have more than one type of seizure and may have other symptoms of neurological problems as well. ..”
Everything You Need to Know About Epilepsy Written by Ann Pietrangelo Medically Reviewed on January 9, 2017 by Jeanne Morrison, PhD, MSN healthline.com
“…A few of the most commonly reported triggers are:
lack of sleep
illness or fever
bright lights, flashing lights, or patterns
caffeine, alcohol, medicines, or drugs
skipping meals, overeating, or specific food ingredients..”
Causes of epilepsy
In over half of epilepsy cases, a cause cannot be found. If there is an identifiable cause, it usually involves the brain being affected by a condition.
The brain is a delicate mix of nerve cells, electrical impulses and chemicals, known as neurotransmitters. Any damage has the potential to disrupt the workings of the brain and cause seizures.
There are two main categories of epilepsy:
idiopathic (or primary) epilepsy – where no apparent cause for epilepsy can be found, but there may be a family history, suggesting that the condition is inherited
symptomatic (or secondary) epilepsy – where there is a known cause for a person’s epilepsy ..”
What Causes Epilepsy in Children?
Source: Society for Neuroscience brainfacts.org
“.. For example, sometimes brain damage due to trauma, such as lack of oxygen to the brain at birth or a severe brain infection, can lead to epilepsy.
“Children that are born prematurely or have very difficult births can have brain injuries that cause seizures during the first weeks of life,” says Paul Carney, a pediatric neurologist at the University of Florida. “The good news is that a lot of these children that have mild brain injury will outgrow their seizures in the first month. However, a small percentage will unfortunately go on to develop difficult-to-treat seizures that can be lifelong.”
Another cause of pediatric epilepsy is abnormal development of the brain, possibly due to maternal exposure to toxins, trauma, or an underlying genetic condition. When a genetic problem affects how the brain is formed or functions, seizures may be a visible indicator of other problems. “Seizures can be the tip of the iceberg of a serious brain disorder,” Baram says.
However, sometimes the cause of pediatric seizures is unknown. Because there is no one cause of pediatric epilepsy, there is no single prognosis. In general, 50 to 75 percent of children with epilepsy will eventually have complete seizure remission. Remission is more likely if there are no underlying neurological deficits present, seizure frequency is low, and response to anti-seizure medication is good…”
“..Patty McGoldrick NP, MPA: So what causes epilepsy? There’s a bunch of different things that can cause epilepsy. The simpler things are things like strokes, bleeding in the brain, parts of the brain that have formed abnormally, accidents, trauma. There are also idiopathic epilepsies, where we don’t know what they’re caused by. We’re doing a lot of genetic research into epilepsy to find out what causes certain syndromes of epilepsy.
Steve Wolf MD: Now you mentioned the brain not developing properly, and sometimes we use the word “cortical dysplasia” or “migration defects.” This is when the brain, when it’s forming inside the mother’s belly, that the brain just doesn’t form properly and leaves an island of abnormal cells that can cause short circuits…”
Preventing Epilepsy Seizures By Diana Rodriguez
Medically Reviewed by Pat F. Bass, III, MD, MPH everydayhealth.com
“..Here are some tips that may help reduce your risk of having an epilepsy seizure:
Get plenty of sleep each night — set a regular sleep schedule, and stick to it.
Learn stress management and relaxation techniques.
Avoid drugs and alcohol.
Take all of your medications as prescribed by your doctor.
Avoid bright, flashing lights and other visual stimuli.
Skip TV and computer time whenever possible.
Avoid playing video games.
Eat a healthy diet….”
Top 3 Natural Seizure Prevention Strategies, from youtube.com
“Streamed live on Dec 4, 2013
Top 3 Natural Seizure Prevention Strategies
Learn what breathing exercises can prevent seizures
Learn the main cause of seizures
The seizure prevention strategies that will have the biggest effect “
Natural Treatments for Epilepsy: Do They Work? Written by Kristeen Cherney and Annette McDermott
Medically Reviewed by Debra Rose Wilson, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT on November 23, 2016 healthline.com
Vitamin B-6 is used to treat a rare form of epilepsy known as pyridoxine-dependent seizures. This type of epilepsy usually develops in the womb or soon after birth. It’s caused by your body’s inability to metabolize vitamin B-6 properly.
Although the evidence is promising, more research is need to determine whether vitamin B-6 supplementation benefits people with other types of epilepsy.
Severe magnesium deficiency may increase seizure risk. Older research suggests magnesium supplementation may reduce seizures. A 2012 hypothesis published in Epilepsy Research supports this theory. Researchers indicate that randomized, controlled trials are needed to better understand magnesium’s potential effects on epilepsy.
Some people with epilepsy may also have a vitamin E deficiency. A 2016 study found that vitamin E increases antioxidant abilities. This research also suggested it helps decrease seizures in people with epilepsy whose symptoms aren’t controlled by conventional drugs. The study concluded vitamin E may be safe to take with traditional medicines for epilepsy. More research is needed, however.
Medication used to treat epilepsy may also cause biotin or vitamin D deficiency, and worsen your symptoms. In these cases, your doctor may recommend vitamins to help manage your condition…
3. Dietary changes
..It’s considered a low-carb, low-protein diet. This sort of eating pattern is thought to help decrease seizures, although doctors don’t know exactly why…
Despite their potential, natural treatments still pose risks. This is especially the case with herbs and vitamins, as they can interact with medications. Some supplements can even be as powerful as conventional drugs. Be sure to consult your doctor before adding any herbs or supplements to your regimen..
Natural Approaches For Treating Epilepsy Written by Thomas Corriher Category: Report Published: January 28, 2010 healthwyze.org
“…The Causes and Cures of Epilepsy
Epileptic seizures can be triggered by many additives that are in processed foods. Aspartame is known to induce seizures. Two main constituents of aspartame include phenylalanine and aspartic acid. Aspartic acid is an excitotoxin, which means that it over-excites nerves, causing them to literally burn-out and die. Phenylalanine is a known neurotoxin, so aspartame should be avoided by all individuals. Beware whenever you see “sugar-free” on a package.
Zinc deficiency has been shown to cause seizures. A study that was published in 1990, entitled, Effects of dietary zinc status on seizure susceptibility and hippocampal zinc content in the El (epilepsy) mouse, showed that zinc deficiency caused seizures, and this could be quickly corrected with adequate zinc supplementation. Many epilepsy sufferers have noted significant improvements in their condition with zinc intake.
Magnesium is a vital component of epilepsy recovery, and many believe that magnesium deficiency is the root cause of epileptic seizures. Lots of people choose to supplement with magnesium using Epsom salt (magnesium sulphate). While this is an option, impurities may be present in Epsom salt, because it is not meant for oral consumption. Some companies are dedicated to selling completely pure food grade Epsom salt. We cannot attest to the integrity of any of these companies. If Epsom salt is used, then the ideal dosage is about 1/2 a teaspoon each morning. Otherwise, magnesium supplements are available from health food stores. Food sources of magnesium include almonds, cashews, peanuts, halibut fish, and spinach. Studies have verified a link between magnesium deficiency and epilepsy. However, excessive supplementation with magnesium will cause other important minerals to flush out of the body to ironically cause even more nutritional deficiencies. So, the wisest approach is to fix the nutritional problems with diet, if possible…
Radiation from sources such as the new generation of high-frequency televisions, energy efficient lights, microwaves, video game systems, radio towers, and cellular towers can trigger severe seizures.”
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