Epilepsy Talk

Natural herbal remedies for epilepsy

July 7, 2022
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Long before Dilantin and Phenobarbital, there was epilepsy. And herbal remedies.

Of course, these herbal epilepsy remedies are NOT substitutes to anti-seizure medications, but are more like a supplementary support. Most of them work by preventing a seizure and other symptoms of epilepsy.

(NYU Langone Medical Center estimates that 20 percent of people taking prescription drugs also use herbs.)

Some may sound weird and others familiar. But hey, how can you argue with success?


Buyer Beware!

June 16, 2022
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It’s amazing — and scary — how wildly drug prices can vary between pharmacies, especially when you don’t have insurance.

Here are some comparisons:


New Epilepsy Diagnosis – Now What?

April 29, 2022
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You’re scared. Who wouldn’t be?

The docs. There are lots of terrific ones.

The tests. They can actually help to correctly diagnose your epilepsy.

I’ll die. Not very likely.

My life is over. No, it’s not, but it will change…


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Brain Food For Your Health…

March 31, 2022
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Please understand, I am NOT saying that these supplements will cure, treat or prevent epilepsy — but I am saying that we folks with epilepsy have to do everything we can for our brain health.

And these supplements can help a lot with that.

In fact, the nutrients they contain are so important for your brain cells, you really should seriously consider them. That’s how strongly I feel. And the science backs me up.


12 Recipes For Happiness — Even If You Have Epilepsy!

March 29, 2022
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“No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.” — Barbara de Angelis

We all know that epilepsy is no day at the beach. You may feel depression, anxiety, fear, isolation, anger, or a whole host of other things, too may to mention.

But, if you dig deep into yourself, perhaps there’s a few things you can do to relieve those feelings.

Here are some ideas…


A Caregiver’s Guide to Survival…

February 25, 2022
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It’s called “burn out.”

Because, let’s face it, being a caregiver is exhausting.

You may feel guilt, resentment, anger, anxiety or helplessness.

You may have to give up your income and career prospects to care for someone.

Even if you love the person very deeply, it can feel as though the focus is always on them and your needs and wishes go unnoticed.

Often you deal with the situation alone and feel very isolated. (My mother-in-law didn’t leave the house for two years when my father-in-law was dying.)

But you can’t do anything to help another person if you’re a basket case yourself.


Super Seizure De-Stressor  

February 16, 2022
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We all know that stress is a super trigger for seizures. Whether it’s family, friends, frustrations, conflict, work, school, fear, anger, anxiety, depression. The list is almost endless.

While nobody can say there’s a magic formula for de-stressing, you might give Progressive Muscle Relaxation a try. It’s a pretty powerful tool.


Memory Tips You (Hopefully) Won’t Forget!

February 5, 2022
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I have a confession to make.

I was the queen of “Post-Its”. I had Post-Its on tables, counters, walls, doors. I don’t know how I lived without them.

I guess, in the “old” days, I was the same with lists. Many lists. And way too much Scotch Tape.

Factoid: The man who invented Post-Its was an employee at 3M (also the maker of Scotch Tape) who went to his boss with a bright new idea.

I don’t know if he got a raise, but he gets no royalties. Just my undying admiration and thanks.

Anyway, short of taking stock in 3M, here are some other suggestions…


Medication Reminders You Won’t Forget… 

February 3, 2022
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When I was on vacation, I was so relaxed that I kept on forgetting to take my meds. More than once. So when I got home (when I was less relaxed), I looked into some things that might help.

Because, let’s face it. We all forget to take our meds. One time or another. No matter what we have to take or when we have to take them. No matter how hard we try.


Secrets to Better Care from Your Doctor…

January 9, 2022
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When you go to see a doctor, often the visit seems to be over in a flash and you leave wondering exactly what it was the doctor wanted you to do.

Doctors are often quite busy and may not present you with all the necessary information so it is your responsibility to take steps to get the most out of your visit.

If regular visits with your neurologist seem short, and taken up with medical details like seizure control and medication issues, ask in advance for a longer time to be scheduled to deal with other issues that are important to you.

Be prepared…


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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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