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Father successfully treats son's epilepsy with medical cannabis (marijuana)

5/28/2013 - A California father's desperate quest to find a viable solution to his young son's rare form of epilepsy has led him to incredible success in medicinal marijuana. The Los Angeles Times (LAT) reports that Jason David's son Jayden now functions normally, eats solid food, and takes only four prescription...

Fasting may help children with epilepsy

1/5/2013 - Since ancient times, fasting has consistently been regarded as an important part of treating various diseases, including epilepsy. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have investigated the effects of fasting in conjunction with the ketogenic diet (high fat, low carbohydrate intake), after early...

Role of chiropractic in managing seizures in children with autism

11/10/2012 - Over a decade ago, Pistolese presented the results of a thorough chiropractic literature review that out of the 17 papers reviewed, 15 epileptic patients out of 15 reported positive outcomes resulting from subluxation-based chiropractic care. Since his paper, several studies have been published documenting...

Can chiropractic treat seizures in autistic children?

9/29/2012 - Over a decade ago, Pistolese presented the results of a thorough chiropractic literature review that out of the 17 papers reviewed, 15 epileptic patients out of 15 reported positive outcomes resulting from subluxation-based chiropractic care. Since his paper, several studies have been published documenting...

Epilepsy Foundation warning shows that television, movies can reprogram brain neurology

12/12/2011 - Rapidly flashing lights and other fast-moving visual effects in movies, television, and video games can trigger sudden epileptic seizures and other neurological disorders in humans, and a recent warning by an epilepsy group confirms this. According to the Baltimore Sun, the Maryland-based Epilepsy Foundation...

Busted! Big Pharma epilepsy study rigged to push drug gabapentin

6/27/2011 - If you think being concerned over natural health issues means you automatically dismiss everything that mainstream medicine has to say - think again. Not only are many mainstream researchers coming up with evidence that nutrition and other natural therapies really are effective but now comes a report...

Canine Epilepsy can be caused by nutritional deficiencies

11/25/2010 - Epilepsy has become a growing concern for dog owners and veterinarians alike. It can be traumatic watching helplessly as your best friend suffers from an epileptic seizure. Yet, oftentimes the solution is a simple one. It involves correcting the dog's diet and focusing on possible nutritional deficiencies. Epilepsy...

Drugs used in the young for mood disorders, pain and epilepsy may cause adult psychiatric disorders

11/17/2009 - There's nothing new about the fact prescription drugs come loaded with possible side effects ranging from the mild to the life-threatening. However, exactly what those side effects are isn't always clear until widely taken medications have been used for years on end. Examples previously reported in...

Warning: Epilepsy Drug Harms Babies' IQ

10/1/2009 - Pregnant women who take a widely prescribed epilepsy drug give birth to children with lower average IQs, according to a study conducted by researchers from Emory University School of Medicine and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers conducted IQ tests on 258 children between...

Children with Epilepsy Helped with Natural Ketogenic Diet

6/15/2009 - Epilepsy is a general term used for a group of disorders of the central nervous system that cause a disturbance in electrical signals to the brain. It's a temporary malfunction of the brain that affects more than two million Americans. Seizures on the other hand are a symptom of epilepsy. Someone who...

FDA Decides Against Warnings on Epilepsy Medication Suicide Risk

1/3/2009 - The FDA has decided against placing new warning labels on anti-seizure medications used to treat epilepsy, in spite of recent findings that those drugs can increase a patient's risk of suicide. In January, the FDA raised the possibility of labeling 11 anti-seizure drugs with "black box" warnings,...

Epilepsy and Psychiatric Drugs like Neurontin Double Risk of Suicidal Behavior

10/6/2008 - The FDA issued a warning on earlier this year that anti-epileptic drugs double the risk of suicidal thoughts among people that take them, regardless of whether they are used as a treatment for epilepsy or other conditions. Anti-epileptics, also known as anticonvulsants, are taken by millions of people...

Epilepsy medication proving ineffective over time (press release)

10/26/2006 - A new critical review by Dr. Wolfgang Loscher and Dr. Dieter Schmidt shows that repeated administration of antiepileptic drug (AED) therapy has diminishing results in preventing seizures in epileptic patients. In clinical trials, the number of patients remaining seizure-free declines over time with...

Epilepsy drug poses high risk for fetal death and birth defects (press release)

10/5/2006 - The epilepsy drug valproate poses a higher risk for fetal death and birth defects than other commonly used epilepsy drugs, according to a study published in the August 8, 2006, issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Of the four epilepsy drugs tested in the...

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