Add THIS Amino Acid to Your Ketogenic Diet for Best Results

MJP coverThe 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.

Seizures and Epilepsy: Risk May Start in Infancy With This

Infant formula and seizures
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Ever since it has been commercially available, formula manufacturers have made an attempt to equate formula with breast milk.

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Protect Your Brain With This Simple Nutrient

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.

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Poor Blood Flow In The Brain Linked To Chiropractic Condition

Can we all agree that more blood flow to the brain is a good thing?  I’m sure anyone experiencing a blood choke in ju-jitsu would agree-it’s NOT the best feeling in the world.

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Have New Seizure Drugs Improved Outcomes?

There is no doubt that some new, fancy and expensive anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) have been developed and marketed.  It seems like neurologists actually prefer to use these new drugs over the older drugs that have had decades of use.

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Another Supplement Tied to 20% Less Seizures?

In those who suffer from migraine headaches and seizures, anything that can help to reduce the number of attacks they have is a welcome addition.  Clearly lifestyle and supplementation play a strong (if not stronger) role in the management of both migraine headaches and seizures along with the mainstream medical approach of pharmacological management.  For many sufferers, this information is rarely shared by their physicians.

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Most Powerful Ways To Predict Painful Seizures

Seizure and migraine management consists almost entirely of medication use.  The list of anti-seizure medications has expanded over the years, but outcomes have not improved much.  Patients still suffer from migraines and seizures and can have their entire lives shut down during an attack and even up to days afterwards.  But is there a better way to manage migraine headaches and seizures?

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Poor Seizure Control? You Need to Add This Supplement

There is no doubt that epilepsy can be an immensely debilitating condition.  Working, social events, driving and family life are all greatly disrupted, if even possible.  Sadly, less than 30% of the time the first seizure drug used is effective at controlling the seizure.  From this point on it just gets more difficult.  Anything that can aid in seizure control can be life changing for these patients.

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Seasonality Of Birth: Epilepsy Risk Effected By Vitamin D Exposure

Seasonality of birth in Epilepsy: A Southern Hemisphere study

Would anyone like to place a bet that vitamin D exposure during the 3rd trimester is the reason people born during the spring and fall have lower rates of epilepsy? Talk about far reaching effects in time.

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