Treating Epilepsy Naturally: A Guide to Alternative and



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  1. Naori Naori says:

    So the reason I m giving this book two stars isn t because it doesn t have useful information and legitimately couldn t help someone with epilepsy use non pharmaceutical methods of helping to treat their epilepsy I think it does offer a lot of guidance in terms of herbology, supplements, nutrition, etc It also is disarming in its approach as it is told from the first person perspective of the author, rather than aremoved clinical narration It s publication date being 2002 makes it somew So the reason I m giving this book two stars isn t because it doesn t have useful information and legitimately couldn t help someone with epilepsy use non pharmaceutical methods of helping to treat their epilepsy I think it does offer a lot of guidance in terms of herbology, supplements, nutrition, etc It also is disarming in its approach as it is told from the first person perspective of the author, rather than aremoved clinical narration It s publication date being 2002 makes it somewhat dated i.e the ketogenic diet has found to be most effective in children with epilepsy and can actually have adverse effects on adults in terms of weight and cholesterol There are some areas of neurology that have naturally advanced past the books publication date, but what I found disturbing, and why I gave it a low rating, was its treatment of epilepsy and gender When it comes to epilepsy it is very different for men and women, especially because women have to deal with seizures surrounding their menses and then a slew of issues relating to pregnancy The book did ok talking about the difficulty of increased seizures surrounding menstruation called catamenial seizures , but the discussion of pregnancy was way off At one point the author suggested that one of the deciding factors when a woman with epilepsy is considering getting pregnant is whether she will pass it onto her child I ve known many mothers with epilepsy and multiple women looking to start families and that is definitely not at the top of the list The biggest concerns are how do I find medications safe to take while pregnant, can I go off my seizure medications to become pregnant, what happens if I start having an increase in seizures while pregnant, how could pregnancy seizures effect the fetus, etc Those are very big concerns and anti convulsants are one of the most dangerous things to be taking if you are pregnant I felt that by glossing over these really prominent issues, and important facts, the book could actually be causingharm than good Being concerned about hereditary epilepsy on a personal level, say for the author, is fine, but medically it s important to represent all of the presiding issues in case someone lacks that information Part of my critique in some ways is just that the book moves back and forth between being a personal journey and then chapters of hardcore medical information with only the forward written by an M.D It sort of presents itself as fact but could be really just one person s reality.I would say a good case for this is when the author talks about epilepsy in the workplace The author says, and I m paraphrasing, that for women with active epilepsy, employment can be an emotional, physical and legal challenge Ok yes, absolutely, I can attest to this No matter where you work, having a seizure seizures on the job is pretty awful, and incredibly alienating, etc And disclosing something personal about your health out of necessity also doesn t feel so good Not to mention how difficult it is to prove discrimination based on epilepsy or find an employer that isn t uncomfortable with it However, when it comes to men having seizures on the job the author literally says it s all about attitude Um To be frank, when you re flopping around and drooling on the floor in front of everyone, it really doesn t matter what identity you align with It s gosh darn embarrassing Disclaimer people have all different types of seizures and many of them are not the flopping and drooling ones But not only is that sentiment problematic gender biased on so many levels, it doesn t even make sense Somehow a man could just jump up from a seizure, brush himself off, shake someone s hand and walk back to his desk It s not only a fictional concept but it really undermines any of the medical authority the author attempts to wield in the earlier chapters.My final reason for this low rating and probably what seems like an overly passionate review to some is something that, just like all of the information on pregnancy that was skipped, I can t get by We don t live in a binary world If you re going to talk about gender then you have to talk about ALL genders As a queer woman previously the partner of a transgendered man I can t ignore how limited that conversation was, especially medically The medical community is often where we find a lot of homophobia and, 2002 or not, you can t talk about anything neurological or hormonal without including all genders Finding proper and cohesive treatment for an epileptic who is non cisgendered is incredibly challenging That s true even if you re not epileptic Welp, hope I didn t get on my soap box too much However, one thing I will give this book five stars for is not saying you should put something in someone s mouth during a seizure to prevent them from swallowing their tongue First of all, huge choking hazard Second of all, if you re reading this review right now please stop for a moment and try swallowing your tongue If you can t do it, neither can I, seizing or not


  2. Wendi Wendi says:

    Highly recommend for anyone with epilepsyBeing one of those frustrated patients who is not getting the answers I need about my seizures, I found this book very helpful It has given me many ideas to try and I am very thankful for that I will say that this book needs to be updated There are some terms used that could be offensive to others Also, I would love to see if the author has discovered anything new that could be helpful.


  3. Ladypoet33 Ladypoet33 says:

    This helped me identify what type of epilepsy I have had since age 12 I finally know I have catamenial epilepsy and seizures are triggered by hormonal changes A lot of information on natural ways to prevent seizures.


  4. Gary Gary says:

    Liked Unique approach never discussed by doctors Understanding of why people don t want to take medicine Tons of interesting alternative solutions to try.Disliked Feels like taking 12 herbal supplement pills is no different than taking 1 prescription drug


  5. Kris Kris says:

    Treating Epilepsy Naturally was the second book I read completely, after my son was diagnosed with a seizure disorder at age 17 I can imagine that most parents go through shock when realizing their child has seizures, and we all need a reference to explain what is going on This book does that, and it is thorough in it s explanations Patricia Murphy goes through all of the explanations of the types of epilepsy, why seizures occur, and the typical information that surrounds epilepsy and the med Treating Epilepsy Naturally was the second book I read completely, after my son was diagnosed with a seizure disorder at age 17 I can imagine that most parents go through shock when realizing their child has seizures, and we all need a reference to explain what is going on This book does that, and it is thorough in it s explanations Patricia Murphy goes through all of the explanations of the types of epilepsy, why seizures occur, and the typical information that surrounds epilepsy and the medical community Then, she goes beyond the typical information, and provides detailed factual info about alternative treatments such as treating food allergies or sensitivities, nutritional therapy, biofeedback, music therapy, etc I ve read other reviews of this book on other websites, and they discuss the implication that this author rejects classic medical epileptic treatment I did NOT get that impression I felt like the author gave fair treatment of the medical community who supports epileptics, but through the book is pointing out the other options out there.Watching my son take his anti convulsants, and seeing the resultant side effects of lack of sleep and incredibly bad brain fog, and reading all over the internet that these are common side effects of anti convulsants, I will most probably be seeking out alternative therapies Depending upon our visit with a neurologist which has taken MONTHS to happen , and how cooperative they are, we may try both the meds and a modified Atkins diet to help with the seizures It s just nice to read a book that discusses what the options are So far, whatever the author has talked about I have found to be true in relation to the medical community and epilepsy I will refer back to this book a lot in the next few months


  6. Erica Erica says:

    Very good book on alternative therapies to epilepsy, which are reassuringly not all that different from standard medical knowledge and treatments most can supplement AEDs, or hopefully, take the place of them.Major findings Stress and tied with it, guilt is a major cause of seizures usually the main trigger People with a childhood history of abuse or long term humiliation arelikely to have epilepsy, and when these memories are brought back up in adulthood, the seizure threshold plumme Very good book on alternative therapies to epilepsy, which are reassuringly not all that different from standard medical knowledge and treatments most can supplement AEDs, or hopefully, take the place of them.Major findings Stress and tied with it, guilt is a major cause of seizures usually the main trigger People with a childhood history of abuse or long term humiliation arelikely to have epilepsy, and when these memories are brought back up in adulthood, the seizure threshold plummets This is perhaps because a seizure is in some ways an irrational control mechanism, a form of releasing emotions that can t be released otherwise.Lack of sleep is also a major cause of seizures Hormone changes, especially related to estrogen, lower the seizure threshold.Epileptics should cut out MSG and aspartame These are also major triggers for migraines Sugar, flour, and milk products aren t good for epileptics, nor is caffeine or chocolate These things tend to be craved right at the time that you might be most likely to have a seizure Ugh The craziness of the human body strikes again Many links here between migraines and seizures.The temporal lobe controls memories, sexual feelings, hearing, smells, and tastes The hippocampus is involved in learning and memory storage So, with damage in these parts of the brain, bright lights and loud noises perturb someone prone to seizures.Epileptics tend to have deficiencies in the B vitamins, folic acid, calcium and magnesium All the things most needed in pregnancy Significant reduction in seizures seen in people who took 500 mg of taurine three times a day.Scary links being found between epilepsy and lupus.Craniosacral therapy is usually beneficial for epileptics


  7. Jessie Jessie says:

    This was the first book I read on epilepsy and after reading a few others, this one was my favorite It explained epilepsy well but I liked the research and details about alternative approaches for dealing with it All of the other books barely even mentioned alternative ways I did think it could have been formatted a littlesimply because you had to plow through it to get to the details.


  8. Peppermint Peppermint says:

    Excellent content.I had a string of bad Neurologists who did pretty awful substandard job too busy to give enough care whilst I was struggling with tonic clonic hellish months since 2009 I don t trust Epileptologists who think they know everything about seizures, busy classifying the types whilst they forget about the suffering pple go through.More book like this should come out to replace useless Neuro simply busy making good money out of our misery.


  9. Athena Athena says:

    This book is so informative on drug therapy for epilepsy, chemically and naturally, and is a great guide for what meds do and don t mix Then what diet is needed to go along with treatments as well as signs, symptoms, reactions from natural therapy, why its better, and seizure types its a good read


  10. Joanna Joanna says:

    I read this book when my son Cameron s only diagnosis was ideopathic epilepsy, and it gave me hope It is an uplifting book filled with optimism about ways to make life better We never put any of it into place since Cameron s diagnoses changed so dramatically soon after I read it I should reread and see if any advice would now apply


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