Epilepsy Talk

Sleep and Seizures. How Much Is It Costing You?

April 21, 2021
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Sleepless nights. Exhausted afternoons. Confusion. Memory loss. Trouble with concentration, mood swings and of course, seizures.

Which may increase in frequency or severity. Or even contribute to intractable seizures.

It seems like an endless cycle.


Marijuana has won…

April 17, 2021
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In the span of two decades, marijuana legalization has gone from a fringe issue to one the vast majority of Americans embrace.

In 2000, just 31 percent of the country backed legalization while 64 percent opposed it, according to Gallup’s public surveys.

By 2020, the numbers flipped: The most recent Gallup poll on the topic showed that 68 percent supported legalization and 32 percent were against it.


Combined Meds — What They Are Doing to Your Body

April 9, 2021
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For many of us, monotherapy just doesn’t work.

However adjunct therapy has its dangers.

And both treatments carry their own interactive risks – even with things as innocent as aspirin.


Medical Marijuana — What the Experts are Saying

April 7, 2021
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“It doesn’t have a high potential for abuse, and there are very legitimate medical applications. In fact, sometimes Marijuana is the only thing that works… It is irresponsible not to provide the best care we can as a medical community, care that could involve Marijuana. We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that.” — Dr. Sanjay Gupta — Neurosurgeon.  


Medical Marijuana — It’s Here to Stay…

March 27, 2021
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Let’s face it. The time has come.

Even the FDA has opened its eyes with new clinical trials.

Although the AMA chooses to keep their heads in the sand. For now.

It used to be popular to debate the merits and dangers of medical marijuana.

For example, it could lead to addiction. Like cocaine. (Oh please!)

But now, there’s clinically proven scientific proof, with more to come…


Biofeedback for Epilepsy, Pain, Parkinson’s and More…

March 25, 2021
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This breakthrough news comes from Bottom Line Health…

“People with Epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or addictions may be able to learn how to ‘think themselves better’ by altering their brain waves to improve their symptoms.

A new form of treatment called neurofeedback (also known as biofeedback) has a unique focus on controlling brain wave activity rather than skin temperature, heart rate, breathing and muscle tension.

Neurofeedback now is used with a wide scope of health issues, including not only those listed above but also autism, chronic pain, post traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety…


AEDs…Surgery…and Alternative Treatments…

March 21, 2021
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The saying “there’s something for everyone” may be true.

But with epilepsy, it’s often a dicey proposition — not to mention frustrating — to determine what that “something” is for you.


Keppra — What People Are Saying

March 11, 2021
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When Keppra was approved as an add-on medicine for partial seizures, including partial seizures with secondary generalization, at the time, it was suggested that Keppra might have a universally positive effect on all seizure types.

That’s all fine and good for researchers who aren’t struggling with epilepsy every day.  But here’s a random sampling of what real people – like you and me – have to say…


“Vaccine Angels” Make it Easier to Find COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments

March 2, 2021
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They’re here…they’re there…they’re nowhere.

Anyone stay up to till midnight trying to get a slot on the Rite Aid spot?

Arthur has three times. Yes, hope springs eternal.

Here’s how it works:

Applications for the next day begin at midnight. So, at the opening gong, you get on the phone.

Eureka! there’s a spot available. Fill out the necessary information. Submit it. The slot is gone.

Try tomorrow night sucker.


The Perils of Discontinuing Your Meds

February 21, 2021
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One of the most common questions is “when can I stop taking my meds?”

Especially for those whose seizures have been under good control.

It makes sense. Because if you’re doing well, you start to wonder: “why do I need these meds anymore”?


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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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