March 26, purple day, is the global day of epilepsy awareness. I remember when I was a kid, every time I saw a person with epilepsy in movies, I wondered. I wondered why are those seizures happening, and if those muscle spasms would happen in real life. During volunteering in undergrad, I saw it happen in front of my eyes in the hospital, and I felt helpless.
When I started medical school, I learned that according to health Canada (2011), 160,000 Canadians live with epilepsy. I found that it could happen to any of us at any time. Brain infection, brain injuries, stroke and brain tumours, are few of many causes of epilepsy.
I am writing this blog to honour people with epilepsy and apologize to them on my own behalf. I now know that epileptic people can have very productive lives, and the stigma attached to epilepsy can be detrimental to their health.
THIS IS GOING TO BE MY CONTRIBUTION TO THE PURPLE DAY. (HOPING SMALL SUGGESTION WOULD GO LONG WAY):
Naturopathic medicine is by no means, the only cure for epilepsy. However, it can definitely be a good adjunct to conventional therapies. It is also very helpful in mitigating side effects of anti-convulsive medications.
• Remember stress management is a key in managing seizures.
• Read the book “ Epilepsy: a new approach” by Adrienne Richard and Joel Reiter. Many people can control their seizures when there are warning signs, minutes to days before the seizure. While no one formula fits every individual, you have to experiment to see what works for you. Some people believe repeating “no, no, no” helps them, and others might find concentrating on solving a hard problem or vigorously rubbing their arm is their way of controlling their seizures.
• Find your food sensitivities and avoid them.
• Make sure your blood sugar is always stable.
• Aspartame, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and alcohol are your biggest enemies.
• Explore Ketogenic diet (high fat, low carb).
• Treat deficiencies associated with anticonvulsive drugs (e.g Carbomazepine and Vitamin D deficiency). • See a chiropractor for spinal adjustments.
• Investigate effect of acupuncture and herbal medicine.
Remember, accepting epilepsy as a part of your life, and managing your life around it, is the first step.
Author resumes no liability for incorrect information or any action reader decides to take based on the information on this blog post. This blog post is only author’s personal input on the topic and by no means entails any medical advice.