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Epilepsy, Anxiety and Depression

April 17, 2018
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One study stated that 80% of the patients with epilepsy were also diagnosed as having a depressive disorder.

Upwards of 60% of these individuals had a history of significant episodes of depression.

And 10-32% experience symptoms of anxiety.


The Isolation of Epilepsy

April 14, 2018
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You’re reluctant to go out.  Because having a seizure can be so unpredictable and embarrassing.

You think: “What if I have a seizure?  What will people do?  What will they think of me?”

Those and many other self doubting questions run through your mind.

Even if you’ve only had a few seizures, there’s always the fear that silent (or not so silent) enemy may strike again.  So why chance it?


Epilepsy and Diabetes — Confusion or Common Cure?

April 10, 2018
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You might be surprised to hear it, but according to recent research, epilepsy and diabetes have more in common than we thought.

The key commonality is fluctuating blood sugar.

People with hyperglycemia tend to have focal or local seizures. 

And those who are hypoglycemic, tend to have tonic-clonic seizures…


Is it Organic?

April 7, 2018
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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.”


Zinc Can Help You Think!

April 4, 2018
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Researchers at Duke University Medical Center, published the results of a collaboration with a Massachusetts Institute of Technology research study, which found that zinc plays a key role in signal transmission between neurons in the hippocampus — a zinc enriched region of the brain responsible for learning and memory — and where disrupted communication may contribute to epilepsy.


MSG: Dangerous or Deadly?

March 30, 2018
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MSG can be responsible for long term neurological damage.

It’s been linked to diabetes, stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, stomach disorders, fatigue, depression, headaches and migraines, grand mal seizures, irregular or rapid heartbeat, nausea and vomiting, numbness in the fingertips, autism, ADHD,  asthma-like symptoms, fibromyalgia type pain, disorientation and confusion, and degenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.


The Miracle of the Coconut

March 27, 2018
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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, skin care…and that’s just scratching the surface.

Let’s start with your health:


What’s Sweeter than Sugar and Good for You Too?

March 25, 2018
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For many, high sugar intake can cause seizures…along with emotional instability…dizziness…depression…food allergies…diabetes…and osteoporosis…to name just a few.

Even worse, aspartame interacts with anti-seizure medication.

And over the years, various reports have implicated aspartame in headaches, memory loss, seizures, vision loss, coma, and cancer.

It also appears to worsen or mimic the symptoms of such conditions as fibromyalgia, MS, lupus, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, chronic fatigue, and depression.

And, after receiving some 10,000 consumer complaints, the FDA compiled a list of 92 symptoms linked to aspartame — including death.

But there are two healthy alternatives…


Salba — The Super Food

March 21, 2018
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You probably already know a lot about all the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids. About how they are crucial to the proper development and function of cell membranes in the brain.

And how, according to researchers at Emory University, one particular fatty acid – DHA — is found to be at critically low levels in patients with uncontrolled epilepsy. Which is why doctors recommend diets rich in Omega-3.

However, there’s a new nutrient that’s BIGGER and better…


Epilepsy Fighting Foods

March 16, 2018
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They say: “You are what you eat.” Not necessarily.

Here are some suggestions for sensible eating and supplementing your diet.

Of course everyone is different — with different needs — and on different meds.

But there are some rules that hold true…


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    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    I've been a professional copywriter for over 35 years. I 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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