Epilepsy is a condition characterized by recurrent disturbances
of the brain's electrical activity that manifest as
sudden attacks of altered consciousness, involuntary
and abnormal motor function and sensation, and alterations
of the nervous system. Sometimes loss of consciousness
can also occur.
The most common form of epilepsy is convulsive, meaning
the attack starts with loss of consciousness and motor
control, and then the individual has extreme jerking
There are four types of epilepsy:
The cause of epilepsy is unknown.
- grand mal epilepsy
characterized by major episodes associated with loss
- petit mal epilepsy
by milder episodes, usually without loss of consciousness
- psychomotor epilepsy
characterized by different
types of abnormal movements
- autonomic epilepsy
which is associated with flushing, whiteness of skin,
rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, abdominal symptoms,
What To Consider
Nutrient deficiencies, thyroid disorders, and stress
can all contribute to epileptic seizures and must be
screened for and addressed as part of a comprehensive
treatment approach. Proper bowel movements two to three
times a day are also important. If necessary, consider
a bowel cleanse to restore healthy bowel function.
What To Do When Someone Is Having A Seizure
Remain calm and move sharp objects away from the affected
individual. Keep him or her from putting anything in
the mouth, and loosen his or her clothing. If possible,
put the person on the floor or bed and stay at the individual's
side until the episode runs its course.
Caution: If the individual's seizure does not
stop within 5-10 minutes, seek immediate medical assistance.
At the same time, be sure not to over-drug the patient,
as medical drugs can actually trigger epilepsy due to
their potential side effects.
affected by epilepsy should eat a low-fat, low-carbohydrate
diet, and eliminate fried foods, salt, sugar, meat,
milk, and alcohol. For long-term care, they should follow
a hypoglycemic (low sugar) diet, being sure to avoid
artificial sweeteners, excessive refined carbohydrates,
and caffeine. For epilepsy accompanied by sluggish bowels
or constipation, also ensure that the diet is rich with
The following nutrients can help minimize symptoms
of epilepsy: L-taurine and L-tyrosine amino acids (500
mg three times daily) along with an amino acid blend
(two times daily); vitamin B complex and vitamins B3
(niacin), B5, B6 and B12; calcium; choline (start with
4 g daily and increase to 10-12 g within three months);
dimethyl glycine (100 mg two times daily); magnesium;
manganese; and zinc. Vitamin B complex injected intramuscularly
may also be helpful.
essential fatty acids aggravate symptoms, so consult
with a nutritional expert to determine if this is the
petit mal epilepsy, take one teaspoon of skullcap tincture
three times a day.
Taking an Epsom salt bath twice weekly can help reduce symptoms.
Drink a combination of celery, carrot, and lettuce juice three times a
If you or someone you know experiences a seizure,
seek the help of a qualified health professional immediately .
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