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Epilepsy is widely associated with the presence of seizures. However, it is important to understand that the presence of seizure activity does not necessarily mean the person experiencing this condition has epilepsy.

Frequency and severity of these episodes can vary widely from person to person. For those that experience epilepsy, increase of certain other health conditions may also occur, depending on the symptoms experienced and affect on the body.

What is epilepsy?

The definition of epilepsy is “an enduring predisposition to generate epileptic seizures” by the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE).

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24730690

In many cases, causes of epilepsy can remain unknown. Seizures, the primary symptom that may lead to a diagnosis of epilepsy, are caused by interruptions or changes in the functionality of the central nervous system (brain, neurons and spinal cord), which amounts to electrical activity in those regions.

The following are listed as possible causes of epilepsy:


Infants or children:

Children or adults:


Source: https://www.epilepsy.com/learn/about-epilepsy-basics/what-causes-epilepsy-and-seizures

Source: https://www.everydayhealth.com/epilepsy/preventing-epilepsy-seizures.aspx

Source: https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1161/strokeaha.111.000220

Source: https://juniperpublishers.com/jpcr/pdf/JPCR.MS.ID.555607.pdf

Source: https://www.webmd.com/epilepsy/guide/epilepsy-causes

Other causes of epilepsy and seizure

Certain types of vaccines have also been associated with adverse neurological events including seizure activity. The increase in likelihood of seizure rises when multiple vaccines are administered at the same time:

The following vaccines administered in combination have higher rates of fever compared with its separately administered component vaccines. Fevers can be associated with the occurrence of seizure: DTaP, HepB, IPV (Diphtheria, Hepatitis B, and Influenza)

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC320893/

Source: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/138/1/e20160320

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/concerns/febrile-seizures.html

Source: https://www.learntherisk.org/seizures/

Symptoms of epilepsy

If you experience two or more seizures in a 24-hour period, you may have epilepsy. It becomes important to distinguish between an isolated seizure incident and an ongoing, chronic seizure condition by the evaluating physician or practitioner. Identification and management of a triggering event or substance for seizure is critical.

Symptoms that can accompany seizures can include:

Source: Source: https://juniperpublishers.com/jpcr/pdf/JPCR.MS.ID.555607.pdf

Conventional treatment for seizures

Since some who experience seizures don’t have chronic recurrence or experience seizures often enough to warrant medication, drug prescriptions are not always necessary to treat the condition. Use of anti-seizure medications can introduce certain side effects, including:

Conventional health authorities generally agree that treatment for epilepsy can help, there is no cure for the condition. Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride, M.D. states that seizures can be a method for the brain to deal with an overload of toxicity in the body. A seizure would clear out some of this toxicity, which is why you may notice an epileptic person exhibiting “clear-headedness” or lucidity following a seizure. However, the root cause of the problem, which could range from leaky gut to toxin overload, etc. must be addressed to resolve the issue.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-TupRO7qjc

Sometimes a combination of drugs is required to manage seizures. As each person’s health profile and needs are unique, this process can be challenging to determine dosage and precise combination, and requires time and trial and error.

Ways to prevent and alleviate epilepsy or seizures

Source: http://www.who.int/peh-emf/about/WhatisEMF/en/index1.html

Source: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0891061815000599

Source: http://thespiritscience.net/2016/06/17/smart-meters-cause-home-owners-headaches-stress-and-even-seizures/

Source: https://www.epilepsy.com/sites/core/files/atoms/files/Does%20What%20I%20Eat%20En.pdf

Source: https://www.jpands.org/hacienda/article27.html

Source: http://www.anh-usa.org/half-of-all-children-will-be-autistic-by-2025-warns-senior-research-scientist-at-mit/

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=39&v=j4GL_z5W9EI

Source: https://drcarolyndean.com/2011/07/settling-seizures/

As with any health approach or recommendation: implementing only one or a few strategies typically will not result in changes you may be seeking in your health. A holistic and systemic approach to health that considers all aspects that may be affecting your health condition is optimal. Dietary and environmental as well as lifestyle habit changes that occur in combination are the most effective way to observe desired improvements.

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