In this eye-opening article from the New York Times, a neurologist talks about his own journey with epilepsy: his perceptions, other people's reactions (not good) and how he decided to become a neurologist. A wonderful account of the doctor as patient and "must" reading for anyone who has epilepsy…
Please understand, I am NOT saying that these supplements will cure, treat or prevent epilepsy — but I am saying that we folks with epilepsy have to do everything we can for our brain health. And these supplements can help a lot with that. In fact, the nutrients they contain are so important for your brain cells, you really should seriously consider them. That's how strongly I feel. And the science backs me up. B Complex Vitamins — are, without a question, the star. In sufficient quantities, especially those that combine B6, B12, folic acid, thiamine and biotin, are vital to the production of numerous brain chemicals. Like the neurotransmitters which serve as the chemical message bearers between your nervous system and brain. The most efficient way to make use of this "brain food," is to take it in a B complex form, since this contains all the vitamins in the B group. And when combined, they work synergistically together. Take a single B-50 B complex tablet twice a day with food. Each dose should contain 50 micrograms of vitamin B12 and biotin, 400 micrograms of folic acid, and 50 milligrams each of all the other B vitamins. (If you feel stressed, you'll probably do best with a higher intake of a B complex. A daily dosage of 100-200mg. may be required, split into doses 2 or 3 times a day. Take this extra dose for a short time until you find that you are fairly relaxed, and then cut down the amount.) Quality vitamins and minerals can be supplemented with any of the nutrients listed. Some of them are already included in your B complex. Take a look at the list and weight the benefits before deciding on further supplements…
Touch your neck, right above your collar-bone, and you'll find a little gland called your thyroid. It only weighs an ounce, yet this thyroid's hormones control your metabolism.
When those hormones are balanced, everything is fine. But if your thyroid makes just a little less or more than you need…it could cause havoc, both with how you function and the effectiveness of your AEDs.
Hypothyroidism — or an underactive thyroid — is the real baddy. It can result in fatigue, weight gain, constipation, fuzzy thinking, low blood pressure, fluid retention, depression, body pain, slow reflexes, and much more.
On the other hand, hyperthyroidism — an overactive thyroid — can result in a rapid metabolism and symptoms like: anxiety, insomnia, rapid weight loss, diarrhea, high heart rate, high blood pressure, eye sensitivity/bulging eyes, vision disturbances, and many other concerns.
Although any kind of hormone irregularity is cause for concern, endocrinologists, generally consider hypothyroidism the worse of the two.
Which leads us to the bad news…
In a new study, when researchers at the American Academy of Neurology called for hormone testing…
The team found that about 32% of epilepsy patients who were taking anti-epileptic drugs (both in mono or polytherapy) had thyroid hormone abnormalities.
The most relevant finding was in patients who were taking Depakote (Valproate) as a monotherapy.
Previous studied had shown that Depakote increased the levels of thyroid-stimulating hormones which, in turn, can lead to hyperthyroidism.
However, when recent research compared anti-epileptic drugs, they found that the following drugs actually encouraged hypothyroidism. (The no-no.)These drugs were:
40 Republican extremists in the Senate voted to end Medicare as we know it.
In doing so, they once again showed a willingness to callously rip apart the social safety net and throw seniors under the bus rather than ask corporations or the ultra rich to pay their fair share.
It's appalling. And it's also incredibly unpopular.
After House Republicans voted to end Medicare, there was a tremendous uproar from their constituents. And the ensuing firestorm of criticism helped push the Republicans back on their heels and put them on the defensive.
If we can do this again, we can help take Medicare off the table as a bargaining chip in the debt ceiling and 2012 budget fights.
You mind find my answer trite: But I HATE falling down and walking into glass doors, walls, anything you can think of. And my special talent is falling UP stairs. My legs are a mess, I'm limping along, but refuse to give up at least some part of my daily walk. (I just can't make it for 3 miles, at the moment. But some day...) Compared to others, I know I'm very lucky, but the concussions really stink. Phylis Feiner Johnson www.epilepsytalk.com View Thread
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