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.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve been reviewing research related to seizure control and brain health for many years now through the lens of natural medicine.
I still remember being in a consult with an epileptic patient with a very well-known neurologist to discuss natural methods to help control seizures. Despite this particular neurologist’s association with one of the top healing physicians in the world, his did not feel that there was really much to be done for seizure control beyond medications.
There are natural remedies for seizures that have shown strong effectiveness in medical studies; the same types of studies that are used to document the effectiveness of the drugs that are used to treat seizures.
In other words, natural approaches to helping seizures like good sleep, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D, the ketogenic diet and exercise have just as much support behind them as do the drugs used to treat epilepsy. But for some reason these approaches take a back seat to medications.