alternative therapies, any input?

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   Posted 4/3/2007 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   
This is my first post to any forum & so I am a baby to all of this.  I am searching for alternative therapies that, at the very least, will compliment my current treatment of lamictal/trileptol/klonopin.  I have generalized tonic-clonic seiz., along with persistant digestive troubles (gluten-intolerant & parasites/liver flukes - disgusting, huh?).  Everything is out of whack in my body & I know in my gut that I need additional help from someone that thinks in terms of treating the body as a whole & not just the parts. So, what do you think?  Where do I go to find what I need?  I figured that my peers would have some ideas about where to begin.  Thanx.....gina moon

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   Posted 4/4/2007 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   

ciaogina, :-) :-) :-)

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 glucose
combined with fiber, a banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial
boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough
energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the
number one fruit with the world's leading athletes. But energy isn't the
only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or
prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must
to add to our daily diet.

According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering
from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is
because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body
converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and
generally make you feel happier.

Forget the pills -- eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates
blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the
blood 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 Food
and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make
official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood
pressure and stroke.

Brain Power:
200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their
exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid
to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed
fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel
action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana
milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with
the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk
soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from
heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness:
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and
avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites:
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area
with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful
at reducing swelling and irritation.

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 work
leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at
5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely
to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid
panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by
snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders
because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that
can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also
neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of
the stomach.

Temperature control:
Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both
the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand,
for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with
a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD):
Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood
enhancer tryptophan.

Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they
contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the
body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends
oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are
stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels.
These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

According to research in "The New England Journal of Medicine," eating
bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by
as 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!"


Diagnosed with Epilepsy & Ulcerative Colitis.
Current Medications: Diantin 275mg, Pheonobarb 150mg, Asocol 3,000 mg.

Post Edited (RanMan) : 4/4/2007 1:07:54 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/4/2007 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   

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:

Diagnosed with Epilepsy & Ulcerative Colitis.
Current Medications: Diantin 275mg, Pheonobarb 150mg, Asocol 3,000 mg.

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   Posted 4/4/2007 2:30 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi there,

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 tongue

Everyone has a guardian angel. They help pick you up when you fall, comfort you through your times of need and help you appreciate the times when things are going well.

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   Posted 4/4/2007 8:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello & Thank you both for replying. Today has been a day of forward action regarding my health, and I must say it feels good. The new primary care physician they assigned me listened....absolutely listened without judgement in her eyes. She is referring me to other specialists which will provide some scientific/medically based info. I am still seeking additional help from other resources, and I am already getting some responses, and answers. Your replies are exactly what I needed - the support & experience from others that deal with a similar situtation. Have a great day & thank you again.....
ci vediamo!

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   Posted 4/10/2007 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   

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.  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.

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   Posted 4/11/2007 3:35 AM (GMT -7)   

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


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