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Epileptic seizures

There is something especially mysterious and frightening about epilepsy; even more so about Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP). Disturbed brain circuitry throws you into a state in which any control over your body and mind may be lost for the duration of the attack; occasionally, it can even take your life.

Two recent BBC articles focus on epilepsy in the UK. The first is about the epilepsy care scandal brought about by a parliamentary report. It concluded that nearly half of about 1,000 epilepsy deaths in the UK every year, are due to either misdiagnosis or lack of proper treatment.

The other article, about death of 11-year old Becky Scrivens (on the photograph), puts human face on this sad statistics.

What makes epilepsy even more mysterious and frightening is that so called "official medicine" is still unable to answer the question: what is causing epileptic seizures? While a number of possible triggers are known, as one of the articles states, the very origin of what is happening is still pretty much a guess. Some sort of brain injury (pathological cause) or genetics are suspected, but no exact cause has been pinpointed so far.

Really, what exactly could it be that makes our brains all of a sudden vulnerable to such common events as sleeping, awakening, constipation, menstruation, tiredness, anxiety or flashing lights?

As usual, official medicine ignores nutritional factors. There is quite a bit of evidence in scientific studies establishing very definite link between epileptic seizures and sensitivities in general, and food sensitivities and allergies in particular. Mercury from amalgam fillings is often implicated as significant factor. Also, epilepsy symptoms could easily be among a number of possible more or less complex outcomes originating in nutritional deficiencies, such as mineral deficiencies, or taurine deficiency9.

While it is still only a part of the whole picture, these factors should be the first to rule out - or confirm - when looking for the cause of epilepsy symptoms. Simply because thoroughly checking nutritional status and metabolic profile, with focus on the possible consequences on brain function,

should be the very first step in the treatment of epilepsy,

and analogous approach should be followed in the case of any serious disease, or possibility of it. Of course, it assumes a doctor looking for the cause of a disease, not just for another routine drug prescription to fill out.

That alone would also significantly reduce the number of misdiagnosed folks, which was what actually led to Becky's death. She was repeatedly misdiagnosed with migraine, despite her seizures clearly pointing to the possibility of a more serious problem. Misdiagnosis is much more likely if patient's complete nutritional/metabolic profile is ignored, and no attempt is made to follow a symptom down to its roots. Unfortunately, rather a common practice in today's drug-the-symptom medicine.



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