Epilepsy Talk

Salba — The Super Food

March 21, 2018

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…

Science Daily: Glucosamine dampens the brain hyperexcitability seen in seizures or epilepsy

March 15, 2018

Researchers have found that inducing a biochemical alteration in brain proteins via the dietary supplement glucosamine was able to rapidly dampen that pathological hyperexcitability in rat and mouse models.

These results represent a potentially novel therapeutic target for the treatment of seizure disorders, and they show the need to better understand the physiology underlying these neural and brain circuit changes.

Seizure disorders — including epilepsy — are associated with pathological hyperexcitability in brain neurons.

Sodium and Seizures

March 10, 2018

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.

Conversion Disorder and Epilepsy…

February 24, 2018

What is it?

Is it epilepsy or conversion disorder?

The term “conversion” comes from the idea that psychological distress is being converted into a physical symptom.

The cause is not known. 

Three Anti-Seizure Diets That Could Change Your Life…

February 15, 2018

Just when you feel that all is lost, and you’re about to give up on your meds, there is another option.  (In fact, there are three!)

They may not beat your epilepsy (although some people say they do!)

But they can help reduce your seizures and the amounts of medication needed.

The Nightmare of Nocturnal Seizures

February 7, 2018

According to an article in Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, if more than 90 percent of your seizures occur while sleeping, you are said to have sleep seizures.

The article also notes that an estimated 7.5 percent to 45 percent of people who have epilepsy have some form of sleep seizures.

Since seizures occur in sleep during the night, it’s often hard to diagnose them, except for unusual movements at night, confusion upon awakening, bed wetting or falling out of bed.

Epilepsy And Sleep Apnea — A Dangerous Duo

February 3, 2018

Almost a third of people with epilepsy may suffer with undiagnosed sleep apnea, a sleep disorder which is dangerous because of the possible serious consequences.

Basically (as you probably already know), sleep apnea is characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing or instances of abnormally low breathing during sleep.

Each pause in breathing, called an apnea, can last from at least ten seconds to minutes, and may occur 5 to 30 times or more an hour, causing partial airway obstruction.

Move Over VNS…There’s A New Guy in Town!

January 28, 2018

What if I were to say there’s a new nerve stimulation therapy that requires NO SURGERY and reduces seizures among those who are drug resistant by about 40 percent?


The difference between this experimental device and the VNS is that the skin is never penetrated and the TNS is powered by an external device about the size of a large cell phone.

Hormonal Imbalances and Seizures in Women

December 9, 2017

Many women with epilepsy have asked their doctors about the connection between seizures and hormones, but not every woman has seen her concerns given the attention she’d hoped for.

Although it is not very well understood at this point, there are scientifically documented connections between seizures and hormones that not all physicians are educated about…

Epilepsy Differences Between Men and Women?

December 6, 2017

Men and women have long suspected that our brains are wired a bit differently. Now science is starting to back up this notion.

A new study finds that men have more synapses connecting the cells in a particular part of the brain than women do.

In short, each sex excels at different types of cognitive functions.

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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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