Friday, January 22, 2010

Epilepsy: Causes and Symptoms

Epilepsy is a grouping of related disorders characterized by a tendency for recurrent seizures. There are different types of epilepsy and seizures. Epilepsy does drugs are dictated to control seizures, and rarely operation is essential if medicines are ineffective.

Causes of Epilepsy

Head trauma is an important reason of seizures and epilepsy.

Although it's generally accepted that a remote injury (i.e., one which happened at once in the past) can cause epilepsy, there's no agreement on how extensive or of what type that injury must be. It's known that the danger for epilepsy increases substantially if there are open or penetrating lesions, however.

Tonic-clonic seizures (grand mal)

The biggest of whole types of seizures, these are characterized by a loss of consciousness, body stiffening and shivering, and some of the times tongue biting or loss of bladder control.

If all areas of the mind are affected by the abnormal electric action, a generalized seizure may result. This means that consciousness is lost or impaired. Often complete the individual arms and legs stiffen and then jerk rhythmically.

Symptoms of Epilepsy

Simple partial seizures are further divided into 4 classes according to the nature of their symptoms: motor, autonomic, sensory or psychological. Motor symptoms include movements such jerking and stiffening.

Generalized seizures

This is the type of seize each time, so the symptoms will be much related from episode to episode.

But some people have several different types of seizures, with different symptoms each time.

Treatments of Epilepsy

Surgical therapy

New advancements in diagnostic technology and surgical methods have led to a raising use of surgical treatment of epilepsy.


It's newly been shown that early on effectual treatment with anti epileptic drugs will control seizures in up to 70% of newly-diagnosed grownups and kids.

Alternate Treatments

Many alternate treatments are widely encouraged for epilepsy, including bio feedback and vitamins. But their effectiveness is largely unproven.


More than a 12 medicines are presently sanctioned to treat epilepsy. To each one medicine has does well and side effects, and another medicines are suitable for a different types of epilepsy. No one medicine is examined to be the better treatment for epilepsy.

First of all, let me tell that I'm NOT a fan of the Atkins diet (as a few suggest for epilepsy) and many of its characteristics run counter to what other people recommend for a diet that helps with epilepsy most important of which is the avoidance of animal protein. Beyond that, it's my feeling (shared by a great several other people) that Atkins got a good deal correct but his diet was ultimately fatally flawed once the marketing became centered around the easy and unhealthful formula of basically eliminating crabs and eating just about anything else you needed including junk food and extravagant unhealthful fats. A few carbohydrates are essential for good wellness and I'm one of the ones who trust it was saying when the autopsy conducted on Atkins (and later covered up) revealed important problems and major deterioration of virtually every his major organs and systems. Strict adherence to his diet will indeed result in weight loss, but it may come with the cost of development chronic problems that can eventually be life shortening if not life threatening.

Dietary recommendations:

Eat sour milk products like organic yogurt and kefir.

Include beet greens, chard, eggs, green leafy vegetables, raw cheese, raw milk, raw nuts, and seeds and fermented soy products such miso, tempeh and natto.

Drink fresh juices made from beets, carrots, green beans, green leafy vegetables, peas, red grapes, and seaweed for concentrated nutrients.

Eat little meals, don't drink large measures of liquids at a time, and take two tablespoons of olive oil every day.

Avoid alcoholic beverages, animal protein, fried foods, and artificial sweetening's such as Aspartame, caffeine, and nicotine. Avoid refined foods and sugar.


Vitamin B Complex


• L- Carnitine
• L- Tyrosine
• Magnesium
• Oxygen enhancing products (Such as OxyGen)
• Selenium
• Taurine
• Vitamin B Complex
• Extra Vitamin B3 Niacin
• Folic Acid
• Pantothenic Acid
• Calcium
• Zinc


• Alfalfa
• Black cohosh, hyssop and lobelia (for best results use on a rotating basis)


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