Hi ~ Here's an idea you might want to try,
I stumbled across this helpful tidbit of information:(I've tried it out and it seems to work for me, I just feel better overall)After Reading THIS, you'll NEVER look at a banana in the same way again!Bananas Containing three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucosecombined with fiber, a banana gives an instant, sustained and substantialboost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enoughenergy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is thenumber one fruit with the world's leading athletes. But energy isn't theonly way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome orprevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a mustto add to our daily diet.Depression:According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people sufferingfrom depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This isbecause bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the bodyconverts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood andgenerally make you feel happier.PMS:Forget the pills -- eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulatesblood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.Anemia:High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in theblood and so helps in ! cases of anemia.Blood Pressure:This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt,making it the perfect way to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Foodand Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to makeofficial claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of bloodpressure and stroke.Brain Power:200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through theirexams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bidto boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packedfruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.Constipation:High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowelaction, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.Hangovers:One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a bananamilkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milksoothes and re-hydrates your system.Heartburn:Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer fromheartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.Morning Sickness:Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up andavoid morning sickness.Mosquito bites:Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected areawith the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successfulat reducing swelling and irritation.Nerves:Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.Overweight and at work?Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at workleads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likelyto be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoidpanic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels bysnacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.Ulcers:The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disordersbecause of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit thatcan be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It alsoneutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining ofthe stomach.Temperature control:Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower boththe physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand,for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born witha cool temperature.Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD):Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural moodenhancer tryptophan.Smoking:Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 theycontain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help thebody recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.Stress:Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sendsoxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we arestressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels.These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.Strokes:According to research in "The New England Journal of Medicine," eatingbananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes byas much as 40%! So, a banana reall! y is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrates, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around. So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"
Post Edited (RanMan) : 4/4/2007 1:07:54 PM (GMT-6)
Another idea you might want to give some thought to ,
I have'nt tried this but I just thought I'd mention it.
I've come across a natural healer for several medical problems.The scientist (Tom Harper) that made this astonishing discovery was using this "UMAC-CORE (AKA phytoplankton) to grow his clams and when he noticed how great they were doing, he decided to try some himself (he was actually eating Algae).He is a diabetic with cancer and after a few weeks of taking it daily, he found that he no longer needed to take his insulin and the cancer went into remission.I have not seen any documented research re it's benefits for epileptics but maybe it's worth a try.Web site attached:http://www.umac-core.com/product_information.htm#sodium
Firstly, welcome to HealingWell. I hope you enjoy yourself here.
Secondly, alternative therapy. I believe that this is something that has been debated for a number of years and is particularly popular in the modern world. One which caught my eye about 6 months ago is acupuncture and chinese medicines. There is some scientific research to suggest that acupuncture. There is an area in the brain called the "Basal Ganglia" which is responsible for the sensation of pain (amongst other things). Acupuncture has shown to cause increased activity in the Basal Ganglia but patients reported a significant reduction in the number of seizures. They also reported a general feeling of well-being. I have also heard that chinese medicines have special effects but I know much less about these. Running a search on a search engine should give you ample results.
Hope this is what you were looking for. If you want any more information regarding the Basal Ganglia stuff, drop me an email as I cant post research reports under forum rules.
P.S I also saw on the TV once that a guy who had several seizures a week started drinking his own urine and it stopped his seizures all together. It sounds disgusting, it worked for him but its not something I recommend people trying! lol God must have made urine a waste product for a reason... I intend to keep mine that way
Hey there...just a word of caution about "natural" or "alternative" therapies... although they may seem like the perfect answer, use them with discretion. Not only can they interact with medications (synthetic or natural), but certain substances can be harmful if used in large quantities. Not that I disagree with supplements, vitamins, and "alternative" therapy- just make sure you check with your doctor before starting anything. (Better to avoid adverse drug reactions than to have to deal with them.) For instance, flax seed oil should not be used if you are on blood thinners. I definitely would not have thought of that on my own! I'll include a link that might be useful, but do NOT use this as the gospel truth- always consult a doctor first. Best of luck to you, and sorry if I sound like a mother hen.
www.epocrates.com is a website that allows you to check for possible drug interactions. Please realize that, like everything else on the internet, it may not be complete. Always consult a doctor if you are considering starting your own therapy, either as a primary regime or as an adjunct to conventional therapy.
KevinsGirl makes a good point. Natural / Herbal remedies (or what ever you what to call them) can interact with current meds or interact with general health in large quantities. I have to cut down the amount of Green Tea that I drank because there is a chemical in Green Tea (Natural of course!) that causes adverse effects in large quantities. A doctor will always be able to tell you. A pharmacist is always good too. They usually have a degree in Pharmacology and know about drug interactions.
Im glad everything is starting to go your way. Long may it continue