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The Stigma of Epilepsy

September 28, 2014
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People with epilepsy have been viewed as degenerate, demonic, or possessed, through the ages.

Women have been sterilized, people have been burned at the stake, and many were placed in institutions for the criminally insane.

Today, the stigma for people with epilepsy is that you are weird, dangerous, or mentally ill…


New Epilepsy Comic Book Series for Children

August 24, 2014
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The launch of a new comic series designed to educate children about the most common neurological disorder has been just released in Canada.


Epilepsy Glossary — 100+ Terms Defined

July 18, 2014
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Even if you do have epilepsy, it doesn’t necessarily mean you know all the lingo. (I didn’t!) So here are some definitions of medical terms related to epilepsy…


Epilepsy Without Vaccinations — The Risks

July 13, 2014
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I started this article assured that vaccinations of infants with epilepsy was a definite no-no.

And boy, was I surprised.

Basically, medical research has proved me wrong. Real wrong.


12 Epilepsy Travel Tips

July 8, 2014
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Traveling has never been easy, and people with epilepsy have always had to think twice about safety and managing medications while traveling. Since September 11, 2001, taking a trip has become even more difficult for people with epilepsy and their family members…


Did you know Snow White’s “Dopey” had epilepsy?

June 21, 2014
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No he wasn’t dumb…slow…or retarded. “Dopey” had a condition known as Angelman syndrome (AS).


Acupuncture for Epilepsy — Pros and Cons

June 15, 2014
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Acupuncture, which as been part of China’s medical heritage for over 3,000 years, was introduced into the United States and Canada in the 1970’s.

Since that time, it’s become one of the most frequently requested of the complementary therapies (to be used in conjunction with conventional medicine or other treatments.)


Have You Had A Concussion?

March 30, 2014
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In a fraction of a second, head trauma can dramatically change your life.

It can be a boink on the head, a fall, sports activities, or a car accident — among many other possibilities.


Autoimmune Epilepsy — Cause of Previously Unexplained Seizures?

March 23, 2014
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Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) are the mainstay of treatment for epilepsy, but seizures continue in one-third of patients despite appropriate AED therapeutic trials.

Even in the current era, the etiology of epilepsy often remains unclear.

Some patients with unexplained partial seizures which are medication resistant may have “autoimmune epilepsy” — epilepsy characterized by the presence of auto immune antibodies.


Epilepsy and Movies – Don’t Believe What You See Or Hear!

December 28, 2013
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I bet you won’t be surprised to hear that epilepsy is most often depicted in sci-fi and horror films.

Just think of “The Andromeda Strain”, “Crazed”, “Deadwood”, “The Exorcist”, “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”, “Frankenstein”, “The Garden State”, “Lighthouse” and “The Terminal Man” to name a few.

DEMONIC = EPILEPTIC!


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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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