Natural Remedies for Seizures: At the Heart of the Problem

Ahh.  Mitochondria.  Darn near my favorite word.  And the key to natural remedies for seizures and chronic migraines.

This is certainly not the first time I’ve written about my favorite organelle, and to some, it may seem like I attribute mitochondrial dysfunction to just about all that is evil in human physiology.  Lest you think I’ve turned into a broken record, you need to remember what the mitochondria do in each and every one of the cells of your body.

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Stress and Seizures. Good or Bad?

Before we answer that question, we need to understand that stress is supposed to be good for us.

While many may find that hard to believe, the stress response is an adaptive response designed to protect us in times of hardship.  This may be an increased storage of calories for a famine or a heightened immune response to fend off an infection. 

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Natural Remedies for Seizures: Is Epilepsy an Inflammatory Condition?

The superficial understanding of epilepsy is that you have a region of brain cells that fire excessively, causing problems. If we can lock down the action of these cells, everything’s all good.

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Slamming the Brakes on the Development of Epilepsy

Two things can happen after someone’s very first seizure.  Nothing (preferable).  Or the beginning of dangerous changes in the brain.

The term that describes the descent from a first seizure into epilepsy is epileptogenesis.  There are some different theories as to what exactly happens that leads a previously healthy brain down the path of recurrent seizures. 

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Natural Remedies for Seizures: Antioxidant Protection

In my book, Migraines and Epilepsy, I review the evidence that shows that oxidative stress plays a huge role in seizures.  Because of this, antioxidants are a requirement in natural remedies for seizures.

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Natural Remedies for Seizures Includes this Part of the Body

Medications and more medications.  Maybe an electrical device implanted in your neck.  In the end, surgery.  This pretty much describes the medical treatment of epilepsy and migraines.

And, as a whole, this treatment paradigm sucks.  It does nothing to protect the brain, which should be the number one goal.  I should consider clarifying this by noting that it should be the number one goal after the seizures are under control, but only 30% or so of epileptic patients are able to achieve control of his or her seizures quickly with the first medication used.

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Melatonin Shines Again for the Most Dangerous Seizures

Seizures are very, very bad for the brain. Status epilepticus is the term for uncontrolled, unstoppable seizures.

Very often, these patients end up in the emergency room pumped full of sedatives just to stop the seizures. The damage to the brain under status epilepticus is even worse than that which occurs with single seizures.

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Natural Remedies for Seizures in Women

I was at a marketing event this week and ended up having a conversation about a teenage girl who had epilepsy.  Natural remedies for seizures came up in conversation.

The seizures had begun about a year ago right around the time that her menstrual cycles started, and her seizures were tied to her menstrual cycles (the term for this type of seizure is “catamenial”).  The answer from the “specialists” was to put her on anti-seizure meds as well as the birth control pill.  Sounds great on the surface, but when you look a little deeper, you’ll see that this is not the best approach.

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