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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Melatonin’s Effects On Depression And The Brain

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?

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Is Your Vitamin E Causing Prostate Cancer?

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?

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Will Going Organic To Avoid Parkinson’s?

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. 

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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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Can A Simple Amino Acid Stop Seizures?

I’ve always been very saddened by our approach to conditions like epilepsy and migraines in this country.  We feel that if the events are halted with medications (or, horrifyingly, by surgical removal or parts of the brain) then the treatment is a success.

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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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