Seizures – Epilepsy
What and Why?
A fit happens because of a brief hiccup or explosion in the flow of nervous energy in your brain. Fits are dramatic and distressing but the vast majority of them turn out to be harmless and never happen again. However they get a bad name from two serious causes that mercifully turn up rather seldom. Besides these, quite a few teenagers begin with epilepsy for which no cause can be found, but which may pester them for the rest of their lives unless you find out how to deal with the problem.
Anything that over-excites your nervous system or interferes with its control can cause a riot somewhere in your brain. You may only ever have one in your life, or repeat them only in particular circumstances — after fainting or head injury perhaps. Children between six months and six years old are susceptible to fits during any high fever; some toddlers have a breath-holding attack that can end in a fit whenever they are really furious. None of these has serious implications, and they are only harmful if they interfere with breathing or result in injury.
Doctors take all these matters very seriously and will investigate the cause of any fits they cannot easily explain. This usually rules out cancer and arterial disease, the serious conditions that everyone dreads, and a decision is taken as to whether medical treatment is likely to help. Most doctors do not give daily drugs to prevent fits that happen seldom, in case side-effects turn out to be more troublesome than the disease. This leaves you simply putting up with your complaint under occasional medical supervision, unable by law to drive a car and with a number of occupations and recreational pursuits closed to you. Even if treatment is offered and succeeds, it only ever suppresses the riots without removing their cause, and must continue indefinitely.
Temporal lobe epilepsy is particularly difficult to deal with because it occurs in a part of your brain sometimes concerned with behaviour. Violent and unreasonable teenage outbursts get blamed on it, when hyperactivity could be causing both.
Chemicals and seizures
Research into epilepsy is far too preoccupied with brain chemistry and ignores the obvious. Irritant chemicals are used increasingly in urban societies and are accumulating in your body as well as your environment. Lead continues to pollute car exhaust fumes, cadmium gets into canned food and chemically fertilized soils, and mercury continues to fill our teeth if fluoride doesn’t. Insecticides based on nerve gas are sprayed regularly on farm land and gardens. All these increase your liability to fits, can be detected if we decide to look for them and respond safely to active measures for their removal. In addition we could be more energetic in legislation and regulation of these problems as a community, once interests vested in the present situation have been overcome.
You should not accept the excuse that insufficient scientific evidence exists to link epilepsy with these environmental factors. The work necessary to establish those links has simply not been done, because policy-makers and directors of research show insufficient interest in them. Professor Derek Bryce-Smith’s book ‘The Zinc Solution’ (Century Arrow 1986) shows what comes to light when the subject is taken seriously by a reputable scientist.
What can I do?
Advice to maintain and maximise your health
1. Attitude: Start by adopting a positive, confident, campaigning attitude. Anything that helps to integrate and concentrate your outlook also pulls your nervous system together as a whole and steadies its irritable part.
2. Diet: Once your doctors have investigated your fits and you know the effect of any treatment they have prescribed, arrange for yourself a cleansing diet supplemented for cleansing. This will require many months to complete its work, but you can relax onto the diet for health after a month or so provided you continue the supplements.
- Avoid: coffee, smoking, alcohol and strong tea indefinitely; cocoa, chocolate and cola drinks are also best avoided.
- Do eat fresh onions, garlic and asparagus whenever they are available, raw if you can. Bananas, milk, cereals and other foods containing the amino-acid L-Tryptofan also tend to settle and sooth nervous function, and elderflower or lime blossom (linden) tea makes a soothing drink.
3. Processed foods: Have no canned food or any other processed items labelled as containing Aspartame (’Nutrasweet’, ’Canderil’), Patent Blue V (E131), Thiabendazol (E233), or Ammonium salts (380, 381, E402-404, 503, 510, 527).
4. Supplementation: Supplements of food-state Vitamin C (up to 750mg daily), food-state Zinc (15-30mg daily), food-state Manganese (20mg daily), food-state Magnesium (90mg daily) and food-state Vitamin B6 (50mg daily) for the first three months will top up your reserves of nutrients known to soothe your nervous system, and help coax copper, lead, mercury and cadmium out of you. After that your diet should maintain the nutrients adequately, but you would be wise to carry on taking the Vitamin C. This is the stage at which to try the cleansing supplements if you have not done so already (item 2 above).
5. Garlic oil potently mobilises both unwanted pollutants and nutrient metals. Take two capsules twice daily for only two days each week; let these act through the third day; then supplement with two tablets of food-state multimineral for the remaining four days of the week. If you combine this with item 4 above, confine those supplements also to the last four days of the week, so as not to waste them during the flushing process in days 1-3.
6. Complementary medicine: A Medical Herbalist can offer many appropriate remedies, such as elder bark and valerian root.
7. A practitioner of Homoeopathy, psionic medicine or Traditional Chinese Medicine, or a reputable Hypnotherapist, may be able to help you when others cannot.
8. None of these measures need interfere with your medication, but once you are established in them you will want to try cautiously reducing the drugs. Be candid with your doctor about this and try to win his cooperation. This is always easier if you frame your approach as a request for advice. If he can see that you are prepared to venture on your own responsibility, he will carry his obligations to you more easily. Once you have a bargain keep him informed of progress, preferably including an honest but concise diary of all your fits.