The ketogenic diet remains THE most powerful tool in the treatment of epilepsy.
It is also one of the oldest.
Strangely, we still aren’t quite sure how it works. We’re not sure if it has something to do with the ketone bodies produced, or the types of fat taken in or the avoidance of certain carbohydrates like gluten.
We’re not even sure if the ketones have a direct effect on the brain of whether they help by changing the gut bacteria to produce anti-seizure neurotransmitters.
But this study gives us some insight. By removing the amino acid threonine from a ketogenic diet, seizures were not controlled like they were on the full ketogenic diet.
It may have to do with the fact that threonine is converted to pyruvate, a compound absolutely essential for generating energy in the brain.
Regardless, make sure you are getting plenty of threonine from foods like lentils, beef, soy (organic, non-GMO), pork, chicken, nuts, seeds and beans.
I have never understood the reluctance of neurologists to strongly recommend the ketogenic diet for patients with seizures. Studies strongly support it’s effectiveness and safety, many times above anticonvulsant meds. Continue reading Ketogenic Diet for Infantile Seizures
For those who are unaware, melatonin is a hormone produced deep in the brain (the pineal gland) and helps to regulate our sleep / wake cycle, among other things. Sunlight hitting the back of the retina shuts down the production of melatonin, while the onset of nighttime will allow the body to release more melatonin. So what does this have to do with depression?
As “beat up on vitamins” month continues, one of the current scares centers around the risk of prostate cancer and the use of vitamin E. Several years ago concern was raised over vitamin E increasing the risk of heart attacks, so it’s nice to see that “they” have shifted their focus. So, does vitamin E cause prostate cancer?
I’ve been a strong opponent of the way we treat migraines in this healthcare system. In general, we keep trying different medications until the doctor finds a medication that reduces or stops the headaches. Then we all jump up and down and pat each other on the back and call the process a success. If this is the approach your doctor has taken, then there ARE times when an everyday headache can be dangerous to your long term health.
For many, at first thought, the idea of adopting a healthier lifestyle seems almost painful and certainly not worth it. Many have tried and did not see results in what they thought was a reasonable time frame. Many think they have made healthy changes, but in reality their choices were the wrong ones.
There is no longer any question that the rates of neurological conditions like dementia, Alzheimer’s, migraines and epilepsy are going up. Our lifestyles are just too toxic for our brains. But there is much you can do, including adding some simple foods.
The relationship between toxins and development of neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, migraines and seizures, is strong. As spring rolls around, you may want to reconsider spraying for weeds and insects.
A recurrent headache in a child is never, ever acceptable. It may be something as simple as simple musculoskeletal stress that can be fixed in one visit with some soft tissue work and an adjustment, or it could be that their physiology is “not happy.”