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Diet and Epilepsy - Natural Help for a Vexing Problem
Updated 11/09/2013

Written and compiled by Tony Isaacs

(The Best Years in Life) Over two million people in America have epilepsy or one kind or another - a disorder characterized by recurring seizures.  While most of those who suffer from epilepsy use various medications to attempt to control their seizures, many have found relief in natural diet and other natural treatments.

First of all, let me say that I am NOT a fan of the ketogenic diet approach to epilepsy, such as an Atkins diet or modified diet, except as a last resort.  Despite reports of success and a long history of use, there are also reports of problems and several of it's features run counter to what others recommend for a diet that helps with epilepsy - most important of which is the avoidance of animal protein.  Beyond that, it is my opinion (shared by a great many others) that Atkins was a true pioneer who got a great deal right but his diet was ultimately fatally flawed when the marketing became centered around the simple and unhealthy formula of basically eliminating carbs and eating just about anything else you wanted including junk food and excessive unhealthy fats.  Some carbohydrates are essential for good health and strict adherence to the Atkins diet will indeed result in weight loss, but if used for any great length of time it may come with the cost of developing chronic problems that can eventually be life shortening if not life threatening.

DIETARY RECOMMENDATIONS:

One of the first things to consider when addressing epilepsy via one's diet is elimination of gluten and normal dairy products.  Notably, epilepsy in our canine friends is cured an estimated 94% of the time when gluten-corn, wheat, soy and diary are eliminated from their diets.  While that may not translate entirely to humans, it is certainly worth considering.  Most corn and soy are genetically modified and the dangers of GM crops are becoming more apparent every day.  Likewise, far too much dairy comes from cows that are given growth hormones and antibiotics and which are themselves fed GM grains.

  • NEW: Many people are reporting remarkable results in reducing and curbing epileptic seizures with plenty of coconut oil taken three times a day.

  • Avoid non-organic dairy products. If you do eat any dairy, make it raw organic goat milk or else organic sour milk products like organic yogurt and kefir.

  • Include beet greens, chard, eggs, green leafy vegetables, raw cheese, raw milk, raw nuts, seeds and, if you consume soy at all, make sure that it is fermented soy products such as  miso, tempeh and natto - and make sure that the soy used to make the products was organic non-GM soy.

  • Drink fresh "live" juices made from beets, carrots, green beans, green leafy vegetables, peas, red grapes, and seaweed for concentrated nutrients.

  • Eat small meals, do not drink large quantities of liquids at once, and take 2 tablespoons of olive oil daily.

  • Avoid alcoholic beverages, animal protein, fried foods, artificial sweeteners such as Aspartame, caffeine, and nicotine.  Avoid refined foods and sugar.

SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT VITAMINS AND MINERALS FOR EPILEPSY::

  • DMG

  • L-Carnitine

  • L-tyrosine

  • Magnesium

  • Oxygen enhancing products (Such as OxyGen)

  • Selenium

  • Taurine

  • Vitamin B Complex

  • Extra Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

  • Folic Acid

  • Pantothenic Acid

  • Calcium

  • Zinc

 

IMPORTANT HERBS FOR EPILEPSY INCLUDE:

  • NEW: If at all possible, obtain cannabis oil or tincture.  Increasing numbers of people have been reporting incredible success in controlling epileptic seizures with the use of cannabis.

  • Alfalfa

  • Black cohosh, hyssop and lobelia (for best results use on a rotating basis)

  • Caution: Do not use black cohosh during pregnancy

  • Avoid the herb sage - this herb should not be taken by anyone with a serious disorder

OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • If the bowels do not move each day, before going to bed, take a lemon enema using the juice of two lemons and 2 quarts of distilled water.

  • Take an Epsom salts bath twice a week

  • Work towards self care.  Keep drug dosages as low as possible, and work towards becoming as free from drugs and seizures as possible. The correct diet and nutritional supplements are very important in the control of epilepsy.

  • Get regular moderate exercise to improve circulation to the brain.

  • As much as possible, avoid stress.

IF YOU ARE PRESENT WHEN SOMEONE IS HAVING A SEIZURE:

  • If you are present when someone is having a seizure:

  • Do not restrain the person.

  • Do not try t put anything in the person's mouth.  A person having a seizure may bite his or her tongue, but this is not life threatening.

  • Try to restrain a fall so that the person does not hit something as he or she collapses.  Often, the person knows he or she is about to have a seizure and you can ask him or her to sit on the floor, or help him or her sit down.

  • Leave the person lying flat on a safe surface.  Do not put anything under the person's head..  If possible, turn the person onto his  or her side, propping him or her in that position with cushions at the back during the seizure.  This way, any saliva or blood from a bitten tongue will be able to flow out of the mouth.

  • In case of the loss of bladder of bowel control, if possible, loosely cover the person with a blanket to protect his or her privacy.

  • Do not panic.  Loosen any tight clothing to make the person more comfortable.  Stay with the person until the seizure has stopped.  He or she may be confused and tired immediately after the seizure.

  • If the person has repeated seizures, on after another, seek medical assistance.  With a baby or young child, medical help should be sought immediately.

CONSIDERATIONS:

  • Most people who have epilepsy are aware of their condition and take medication to control the seizures.  Possible side effects or anti-seizure medications include blood disorders, fatigue, liver problems, and mental fatigue or fogginess.

  • Other types of drugs can interact with anti-seizure medications, lessening or intensifying the effects of one drug or another.  Alcohol, birth control pills, the antibiotic erythromycin, and some types of asthma, ulcer and heart medications are known to interact with certain epilepsy drugs.

Source: Prescription for Nutritional Healing

A great deal of the above information about diet and vitamins and minerals, and much, much more, is found in my favorite reference book for nutritional healing "Prescription For Nutritional Healing", authored by an MD and Naturopath husband and wife team, which has been the bestseller in it's category for the past 20 years and is now out in a very recent 4th edition.  It contains much much more about epilepsy, including a lengthy list of the most important vitamins and minerals and other important considerations and steps to take - so much so that it would take me hours and hours to re-type it here.

I recommend that you purchase that extremely valuable book - in fact I recommend that EVERYBODY purchase it.  The one I recommend is the latest edition and it costs less than $25 including shipping and is available on the internet and in bookstores everywhere.  I promise you that it could very well be the best $25 you will ever spend.  I consider it a virtual natural health bible.  Unlike some mainstream apologists, I do not worship it as they appear to do medical science and mainstream medicine - but I surely do give thanks for having found it!

I like it so much that, If you should happen to follow the link here in this article or in the image at the top left of this page - if you don't like it, I will buy it back from you.

No one can ever make a 100% promise when it comes to vexing conditions like epilepsy, but I believe that there is the promise of very great hope for your daughter.  Please keep us informed of how she is doing.

Live long, live healthy, live happy!

Note: Several months after this article was first published at Natural News, I received a heartwarming email, which read in part:

"Hi Tony, I wanted to thank you . . . my daughter has benefited tremendously (and) has gone from having 2 to 3 per day, to having 1 to 2 per week! This is miraculous for her." - S. Harris

and that was before the addition of the new recommendations for coconut oil and cannabis oil!

About the author

Tony Isaacs is a natural health advocate and researcher and the author of books and articles about natural health including Cancer's Natural Enemy.  Mr. Isaacs articles are featured at Natural News, the Health Science Institute's Healthiertalk website, CureZone, the Crusador online, AlignLife, the Cancer Tutor, the American Chronicle and several other venues. Mr. Isaacs also has The Best Years in Life website for baby boomers and others wishing to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. In addition, he hosts the Yahoo Oleandersoup Health group of over 2800 members and the CureZone Ask Tony Isaacs - Featuring Luella May forum. Mr. Isaacs and his partner Luella May host The Best Years in Life Radio Show every Wednesday evening on The Wolf Spirit Radio Network.

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