What is Epilepsy?
- Grand mal epilepsy is perhaps the most well known. The sufferer frequently feels a vague warning of the impending fit, followed by loss of consciousness and collapse to the ground. The muscles become very rigid and breathing ceases for about twenty to thirty seconds. The rigidity then gives way to powerful jerking movements of the face, body and limbs. The tongue may be bitten and there may be frothing of saliva at the mouth and loss of bladder control. The seizure usually lasts from a few seconds to a few minutes, leaving the patient quite drowsy for several hours.
- Petit mal epilepsy, also called ‘absences’, primarily occurs in childhood. The seizures typically last for only ten to fifteen seconds. The child ceases activity suddenly, stares blankly into space and pales slightly. A few jerking movements may occur. Afterwards, the child continues on with what they were doing as if nothing had happened.
- Temporal lobe attacks are associated with strange disturbances of smell, feelings of unreality or a sense of ‘deja vu’. Visual hallucinations may be seen, and ‘absences’ or dizziness may occur. Sometimes these features are associated with intense emotional or mood changes.
- Jacksonian fits typically start as a twitching or jerking of the corner of the mouth or of the index finger or thumb and spread to involve the whole limb, then perhaps the whole of one side of the body. Consciousness may or may not be lost. Paralysis of the affected limbs may follow for several hours.
What causes Epilepsy?
Treatment and general recommendations
Both children and adults should lead as unrestricted lives as possible but some precautions are wise. Until the epilepsy is well controlled, children should not cycle on the roads. Epileptics should not go swimming alone and adults are barred from driving until they have been free of attacks for two years. Simple precautions at home include leaving the bathroom door unlocked. During a fit the patient should be protected from harm as much as possible, for example, by moving him away from sharp or hard objects. Do not attempt to insert anything into the mouth but, if possible, simply roll the patient on their side in the ‘recovery position’ to protect their airway.
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- Normal well-balanced meals at regular intervals are recommended, avoiding the consumption of large amounts of food or fluids at one time.
- It is recommended to follow the vital principles for a healthy liver outlined on pages 20-27 of “The Healthy Liver and Bowel Book“ These are sound healthy eating principles.
- Avoid – alcohol, caffeine, aspartame (Nutrasweet) (see www.dorway.com ) and other artificial sweeteners.
- Avoid low blood sugar by eating protein and healthy fats three times daily
- Avoid recreational drugs and excess alcohol
- Some studies have shown that identifying food sensitivities and making appropriate dietary changes have reduced the number of seizures. Food allergy testing (see your doctor) or an elimination diet are ways of identifying possible problem foods.
- In severe epilepsy in children a diet known as a ‘ketogenic diet’ has been shown to control seizures in many cases. The diet should only be introduced under the supervision of a healthcare practitioner. Approximately 80 percent of total calories will need to come from fat, while carbohydrate must be severely restricted.
- Take 1 teaspoon twice daily in water or juice or 2 capsules twice daily – A good liver formula containing taurine and vitamin B6 and vitamin E can be very helpful and may decrease the incidence of seizures.
- Take 2 tablets twice or one teaspoon daily – Magnesium can be beneficial for those suffering with epilepsy.
- Take 1 tablet twice daily, preferably with a small amount of carbohydrate, such as a piece of fruit. Tyrosine is an amino acid (building block of protein) that may reduce the seizure threshold.
- Take 1 capsule daily, with food. Many anti-epileptic medications deplete the body of vitamin D.