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  • Alright Guys and Gals, I Need Your Help!

    Okay. I've gone off on rants about my boyfriend I don't know how many times here, but it's been a few so a couple of you might remember this.
    My BF suffers from anxiety, chronic depression, agoraphobia and quite recently he's been put on epilim after having a series of fits. Now I know that adapting to a Primal diet will help with a lot of that, buit to quote BF;

    'The reason I take the tablets I'm on, and probably will have to long term, is because epilepsy is a major neurological disorder. I don't think walking a few miles and cutting out grain is gonna do anything to that.'

    I'm hoping that some of you lovely kind people will help me find links to research that shows that this will help him? I'm not even sure if Primal helps with epilepsy, and I'm terrible at finding sources for these kind of things? I know the best way to get people onto this is to say little and lead by example, but he's seen it all and he's seen the changes that have happened with me, and he's just not convinced.
    It's kinda killing me inside to watch him suffer with these setbacks when I know I have something here that would help him so much. he knows I keep going on about this because I love him and I want to help him, but guh. It's just not getting through. Any help you can give me will be really appreciated guys. Thanks =)
    Bunny trainer extraordinaire!

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    Try Emily Deans
    Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

    Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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    • #3
      Also, might consider GAPS (gut and psychology syndrome) for info about anxiety et al.

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      • #4
        Evolutionary Psychiatry: Your Brain on Ketones

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        • #5
          Google Johns Hopkins and ketosis. They are doing some awesome work on adult epilepsy and getting great results. Up til now most of the work had been done on pediatric epilepsy.

          This is a subject I care a lot about because I have seizures too. Mine are well controlled on meds but I would like to be able to decrease the dosage over time.

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          • #6
            Primal Body Primal Mind

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            • #7
              I have epilepsy. I was on Epilim. I no longer am. I actually spoke to Dr Kruse about this, seeing he is a neurosurgeon. He told me to go ketonic paleo. So low-carb, high fat, moderate/ high protein. And sleep. Your BF will need 7-8 hours of good, deep sleep pr night. Alcohol should be kept for rare occasions. Magnesium 2 hours before bed might help with the sleep. Good luck!

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              • #8
                I saw something recently where kids w/ severe epilepsy were cured w/ a ketonic diet. They said that the brain using glucose for energy was allowing the seizures. After a time (manybe 6mo - 1yr) on this diet, they could relax it a bit and the fits never came back. Best of luck. I switched my hubby to primal after he had major surgery and we found many unexpected cures to little problems he's had all his life.

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                • #9
                  My daughter needs a ketogenic diet for health reasons. It is so much easier if the whole family is on board. The primal blueprint was the "man version" that my husband could do too.

                  Ketogenic Diet | epilepsy.com
                  ~Blog~

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Glamorama View Post
                    I have epilepsy. I was on Epilim. I no longer am. I actually spoke to Dr Kruse about this, seeing he is a neurosurgeon. He told me to go ketonic paleo. So low-carb, high fat, moderate/ high protein. And sleep. Your BF will need 7-8 hours of good, deep sleep pr night. Alcohol should be kept for rare occasions. Magnesium 2 hours before bed might help with the sleep. Good luck!
                    Did you just "cold turkey" off the meds of did you do a gradual step down? How long had you been medicated? I'm trying to devise the best strategy for getting off mine.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                      Did you just "cold turkey" off the meds of did you do a gradual step down? How long had you been medicated? I'm trying to devise the best strategy for getting off mine.
                      I took the lowest dosage (2 tablets daily) during my drinking-years. That's from 18-25. My sleep and binge-drinking wasn't going to help, so I stuck to meds to be safe. When I settled down with my now husband, I stopped. I was sleeping lots and didn't drink as much.

                      Once the twins were born I went back on because, needless to say, I was sleep deprived for the 5 first months. Then I stayed off the entire time until bub was born 9 months ago. Started meds again while on the mat ward, and took it till she slept through from 11 weeks. Every time I stopped, I went cold turkey. I never had any issues. Maybe because I was on the lowest dosage? My neurosurgeon said my blood tests confirmed that the dose was so low it didn't even register when they looked for traces of meds in blood plasma for my annual testing/EEG.
                      Last edited by Glamorama; 09-10-2011, 01:50 AM.

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                      • #12
                        Pixie,

                        Cure the disease, don't just treat it. Your BF is very likely to be suffering from a lack of Vitamin D3. The brain & the immune system requires Vitamin D3.

                        I suggest he gets on 10,000 IU Vitamin D3 Daily ASAP, and then check his D3 blood level in 3 months.
                        Medscape: Medscape Access
                        Epidemic of Vitamin D deficiency sweeping the world

                        See Vitamin D below for more,
                        Grizz

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                        • #13
                          Thank you everyone, I'll get working on this tonight!
                          Bunny trainer extraordinaire!

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                          • #14
                            Read this Wiki article through to the end, ketogenic diets were used to treat epilepsy before drugs came along.
                            If your BF is not interested in looking at non-drug alternatives I don't know that I would stick with him long- term...They certainly are the "most natural" alternative.

                            Ketogenic diet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

                            And if you have't read this article, do:
                            http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/21/ma...d=1&ref=health
                            Last edited by Adrianag; 09-11-2011, 07:33 AM.

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