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Is it Organic?

June 28, 2015
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For quite some time there’s been an explosion of health food products on the market, specifically advertised as either “organic foods” or “natural” foods.

Most people don’t know that there is a major difference between “organic” and “natural” foods, believing that the two are interchangeable.

But, there’s a huge difference between a food labeled “natural” and one that is labeled “organic.”


Exciting News!

June 20, 2015
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new generator for the VNS Therapy® System.

The new generator, called AspireSR®, offers the ability to provide automatic stimulation in response to increased heart rate, in addition to its other stimulation timing.


Seizures and Steroids

June 14, 2015
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I always thought that steroids were the kind used by athletes and bodybuilders to pump up their performance. Yes, they do exist and, yes they are quite dangerous, but those aren’t the kind of steroids this article is about.

In fact, anyone who has epilepsy should NOT take anabolic steroids because they may change the level of anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) in the blood and may make seizures more likely.

The steroids I’m talking about are naturally occurring hormones. Common oral prednisolone or less common/higher risk ACTH — which have a place in the management of severe epilepsies.


I’m sorry I’ve been MIA

June 11, 2015
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I had a concussion on Tuesday (my birthday!) and haven’t been very functional.

I’ll be back as soon as my eyeballs stop zooming. ☹

Thanks for being so wonderful and understanding. I appreciate it — and you — a lot.


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Sodium and Seizures

June 7, 2015
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You may think that sodium is a “bad guy” to be avoided or reduced at all cost, because too much is linked to high blood pressure.

But sodium is actually an essential electrolyte, and a deficiency can trigger seizures.


Epilepsy, Employment and the Law

May 30, 2015
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Everyone knows that it’s hard to get a job these days. And if you have epilepsy, it’s twice as difficult.

But here are some tips if you DO land an interview and also your legal rights.


Epilepsy and Complementary Alternatives

May 23, 2015
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Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) is just what it sounds like. Something to complement the AED regimen you’re already on. And perhaps take an extra step (with your doctor’s go-ahead) to alleviate seizures.

There are lots of alternatives, so I’ll touch on the most popular ones here…


Free Benefits For Folks Over 55!

May 16, 2015
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Over 55?

Here are the types of expenses you can get help with FREE:


The Miracle of the Coconut

May 12, 2015
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Coconut oil is one of the few foods that can be classified as a “superfood.”

And there are plenty of reasons to love it: Health, healing, immunity. Liver, kidney and bone health. Energy, weight loss, hair and skin care…and that’s just scratching the surface.


Celebrities with Epilepsy

May 9, 2015
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The names are probably familiar to you. But the fact that all of these people have epilepsy may surprise you. Despite that fact, they have lived their lives, becoming prominent in their fields, an inspiration to us all.


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    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    I've been a professional copywriter for over 35 years. I've also had epilepsy for decades. My mission is advocacy; to increase education, awareness and funding for epilepsy research. Together, we can make a huge difference. If not changing the world, at least helping each other, with wisdom, compassion and sharing.

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