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Sodium and Seizures

March 10, 2018
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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.


A Caregiver’s Guide to Survival…

May 29, 2012
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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. To be the best caregiver possible, you need to be physically and emotionally well, yourself…


VNS Results Improve with Deep Breathing

May 18, 2010
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One of the chief connections between the respiratory and nervous systems is the vagus nerve. Since the vagus nerve carries information from the body to the brain, deep breathing makes a lot of sense. Because it stimulates the vagus nerve, bringing balance between the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems.


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