Ever since it has been commercially available, formula manufacturers have made an attempt to equate formula with breast milk.
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.
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.
For those of you not familiar with the jargon, a refractory seizure is one that does not respond to medication.
Unfortunately, this is not a tiny fraction of epileptics. Rather, upwards of 1/3 of epileptics have seizures that do not respond to any medication that is used. The options that mainstream medicine have at this point are not pleasant. Vagal nerve stimulators embedded in your neck. Surgery to remove a part of your brain. Or, just deal with it.
Seizures will impact your life. Period. Uncontrollable, or refractory, seizures can destroy it.
I have certainly covered non-pharmacological therapies for seizures in past blog articles. The list of things known to help improve brain health in seizure patients is quite long. Continue reading Did Your Neurologist Recommend Natural Remedies for Seizures?
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.
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.
Stress kills us. Luckily, it’s not a quick death, but rather a slow, agonizing death over the course of years. But what does it do to your brain in the meantime?