A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Seizures
I had a question the other day about seizures.
Seizures are divided into two broad categories: generalized and partial based on the type of behavior and brain activity.
Classifying the type of seizure helps doctors diagnose whether or not a person has epilepsy.
Generalized seizures are produced by electrical impulses from throughout your entire brain; partial seizures are produced by electrical impulses in a relatively small part of your brain.
The part of the brain generating the seizures is sometimes called the focus.
The most common types of seizures are:
1. “Grand Mal” or generalized tonic-clonic.
In this type of seizure, you lose consciousness and usually collapse.
The loss of consciousness is followed by generalized body stiffening (called the “tonic” phase of the seizure) for 30-60 seconds, then by violent jerking (the “clonic” phase) for 30-60 seconds, after which you go into a deep sleep.
During grand-mal seizures, injuries and accidents can happen, like tongue biting and urinary incontinence.
These cause a short loss of consciousness (just a few seconds) with few or no symptoms.
The person, most often a child, typically interrupts an activity and stares blankly.
These seizures begin and end abruptly and may occur several times a day.
People aren’t usually aware they’re having a seizure, except they may be aware of “losing time.”
These consist of sporadic jerks, usually on both sides of your body.
People sometimes describe the jerks as brief electrical shocks.
When violent, these seizures may result in dropping or involuntarily throwing objects.
These are repetitive, rhythmic jerks involving both sides of your body at the same time.
These are characterized by stiffening of your muscles.
These consist of a sudden and general loss of muscle tone, particularly in your arms and legs, which often results in a fall.
To deal with seizures it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Review my post on keeping clean on the inside.
*Breathe easier; purify indoor air.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Consume a 50% raw food diet: lots of fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible). Include fresh juicing.
*Consider liver and colon cleanses.
*Increase exercise, deep breathing, relaxation, stress release.
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect to nature, adequate rest.
*Deal with any underlying emotional issues.
*Consider skin brushing, Epsom salt baths, hydrotherapy.
*Ensure regular (2 per day) bowel movements.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds.
*Investigate and eliminate “hidden” allergies/sensitivities.
*Decrease or eliminate any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, and deep-fried foods.
*Decrease or eliminate sugar-laden foods, white flour products, simple carbs.
*Decrease or eliminate processed, instant, chemical-laden, “lifeless” foods.
*Decrease or eliminate smoking, alcohol, coffee, soda pop, processed juices.
*Become educated about all possible side effects and detrimental influences of any medications or treatment procedures you are taking or considering.
*Research and address underlying Candida issues.
*Avoid MSG and artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
*Explore dental amalgam toxicity.
*May require extra magnesium (to bowel tolerance).
*Avoid aluminum (pans, foil, deodorant, etc.)
*Consider hair analysis for heavy metals toxicity.