Epilepsy Talk

How Creative Are YOU?

September 24, 2022
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I was born a writer. Just like I was born with brown eyes. In 5th grade when we were assigned to write a poem with an illustration, everyone wrote about the spring, flowers, stars, the city, the country. I wrote about racism. My illustration was a black silhouette pasted against white paper. My teacher promptly sent me home with a note for my parents, accusing me of plagiarism.


Can PTSD Cause Brain Fog?

September 21, 2022
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Going through trauma is not rare. About 6 out of every 10 (or 60%) of men and 5 of every 10 (or 50%) of women experience at least one trauma in their lives…


Want to live longer? Reboot your brain!

September 18, 2022
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Studies of human gene expression show that if you choose to make certain lifestyle changes, you can influence whether your genes are “on” or “off.”

In fact, your choices can influence an estimated 1,200 of the 1,500 genes that are on and probably can influence the other estimated 21,000 that are off.

In simple terms…


Chocolate for the brain?

September 14, 2022
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Yes. You’ve got it.

If you don’t believe me, look at this statistic: places where chocolate consumption is highest have the most Nobel Prize recipients!

Here’s the deal…


Sleep apnea — it’s not just what you think it is

September 11, 2022
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It’s not just snoring. It’s much more dangerous than that. Even deadly.

The estimated prevalence in North America is approximately 15 to 30 percent in males and 10 to 15 percent in females, But, as much as 40 percent of epilepsy patients suffer with undiagnosed sleep apnea. Especially those with refractory epilepsy.


The night fright of nocturnal seizures

September 6, 2022
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I can remember trying to rip out my hair. The inside of my head was going at a million miles an hour.

Sure, I was lucky I didn’t pee in my bed or fall off it. And happily I didn’t bite my tongue. Or end up bruised and sore.

But I was exhausted. With a horrible headache.

Like many, it was hard to stay awake during the day. (Hey, I’d just been up all night. Afraid to go back to sleep.)

It was an endless cycle. I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t stay awake.

The curse of nocturnal seizures.


More people are smoking marijuana than cigarettes!

September 3, 2022
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Surprised?

With the legalization of smoking cannabis both for medical and recreational use, it’s clear marijuana’s time has come.

The jury is no longer out. States have been weighing in. And the answer has been a resounding : “Yes”.


Anti-epilepsy drugs and osteoporosis — it’s not just a woman’s disease

August 31, 2022
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A research team consisting of epilepsy specialists and epidemiologists (persons who study the causes and control of diseases) reports on a study that answered an important but simple question:

Do anti-seizure drugs cause reductions in bone density?

Why ask this question?


Seizures and Steroids – A Hidden Solution 

August 27, 2022
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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.


Stress and seizures…

August 23, 2022
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Let’s be honest, you probably didn’t plan on having epilepsy.

But here we are.

And we all know that stress is #1 in the hit parade of seizure triggers.

Endless surveys prove the fact.


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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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