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Advance Health Care Directives and Living Wills

July 26, 2015
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Most people don’t want to think about death and dying — so they don’t. Until they have to.

Unfortunately, that often means that families are left struggling with difficult decisions about important matters, such as whether or not Mom would like to be kept alive using a ventilator, or who should be in charge of managing Dad’s financial affairs, because Mom or Dad never made clear what they wanted for themselves.

Advance directives are important tools for anyone to have, because even the healthiest person could experience a sudden accident and not be able to speak for herself…


Resources For When You Can’t Drive…

July 18, 2015
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The secret here is the numbers 2-1-1.

Go to the website: http://www.211.org/. Where available, 2-1-1 allows people to give help and to get help. And it’s sponsored by the United Way.

2-1-1 can also give people who live in rural areas better access to health and human service information.


Toxic Chemicals Found In Health Foods, Vitamins, and Supplements

July 13, 2015
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You eat healthy foods, take your vitamins, and supplements. And those of us who do are lured into thinking we’re doing what’s best for our bodies.

Or, at least we’re trying to.

Little do we know what’s lurks within those “healthy” products…


Epilepsy and Electrolytes

July 4, 2015
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It’s a situation often mentioned but rarely understood – the effects electrolytes have on seizures.

But a simple blood test can detect the danger of unbalanced electrolytes…


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.


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    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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