Ever since it has been commercially available, formula manufacturers have made an attempt to equate formula with breast milk.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
While just dealing with seizures is bad enough, the mind of every epileptic there looms the fear of sudden unexplained death in epilepsy, also known as SUDEP.
The exact cause of SUDEP has not been identified, although cardiac problems are very high on the list of likely suspects.
Recent studies have linked sleep apnea and chronic headaches. Since migraines and seizures have similarities, can obstructive sleep apnea cause seizures?