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Naturopathic Doctors

I have been thinking of going to see a Naturopathic Doctor, but wasn't sure if it would just be a waste of time and money.  I was just wondering if anyone has had good results from seeing one.  And if it has reduced or completely controlled your seizures. 

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I will admit I haven't seen one, so I can't help you in that department. But, this arena has been an interest of mine for a while and many people who are 'natural-only' will not encourage you to stay on your meds. I have been in a couple herbal shops that told me to do that. Of course I didn't listen. There is no sin though in complimenting your meds with these therapies. I highly recommend fish oil, since it has been proven to help the brain function properly and, in consequence, can help with your seizures.

I take MorEPA, and it is made by Minami Nutrition. It is one of the best fish oil supplements out there.

Hope this helps.
Jessica

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Technically, naturopathic medicine is a system in which a practitioner works with the natural healing forces within the body to help you overcome a health problem. 

 It also believes that the human body possesses inherent self constructing and self healing powers. There are six principles that form the basis of naturopathic practice in North America (not all are unique to naturopathy): 1. The healing power of nature 2. Identification and treatment of the cause of disease 3. The concept of "first do no harm" 4. The doctor as teacher 5. Treatment of the whole person 6. Prevention

It is considered a form of Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) and should be used together with your traditional treatment.

Just as an aside, my husband does both for his neuropathy with some success.  Phylis Feiner Johnson   www.epilepsytalk.com

 

 

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Yes, I went to see a licensed naturopath about 2 months ago. My seizures are easily controlled with medication, but the medicines always leave me feeling run down, sleepy and lazy.

It was one of the best things I've ever done. She was so helpful. She did of course encourage me to stay on my medication, but recommended dietary changes that would be good for my brain and also give me more energy. Her biggest concern with my diet was lack of essential fatty acids and too many carbs. Carbs cause fluctuation in blood sugar glucose, which can increase seizure activity and cause brain stress. She recommended a diet full of protien, dairy, fresh fruits and vegetables, limit carbs and avoid sugar. She recommended a teaspoon of MCT Oil per day (which is a medium chain triglyceride - easiest essential fatty acid for your brain to use). She also discussed the importance of hydration with me.

She mentioned one of her patients once could not gain seizure control at all. Even a ketogenic diet didn't eliminate the seizures. She recommended the woman stop wearing makeup to see what would happen. That's what was causing her seizures. She was simply allergic to something in her products all along.

I feel fantastic and have even started running again.

Yes, I recommend a naturopath. Make sure they're licensed.

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Wow Becky, I didn't know that. Thanks for the helpful info :). There is a naturopath right here in my town not far from me and I may just think about stopping in. I have a question though, how much do these doctors cost (since they are not covered by insurance)?

Jessica

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Is MCT oil safe for children? I have heard a lot about it lately.

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Hi Addibaby!
I just did a little research and it looks like MCT oil isn't safe if your child is allergic to coconuts, coconut oil, medium chain triglycerides or any other ingredient used in the supplement.

It seems to be used as part of the ketogenic diet used for some children with epilepsy.

But before putting your child on this supplement, please talk to your doctor.

Jessica

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Naturopathic ideology focuses on naturally-occurring substances, minimally-invasive methods, and encouragement of natural healing.Naturopaths generally favor an intuitive and vitalistic conception of the body, and complete rejection of biomedicine and modern science is common.Prevention through stress reduction and a healthy diet and lifestyle is emphasized, and pharmaceutical drugs, ionizing radiation, and surgery are generally minimized.

grey water

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I went to a naturopath awhile ago and it didn't work for me.  I was given numerous tinctures to take and the typical nutritional advice my doctor gives me (low carbs, no alcohol or coffee, more sleep) and after 3 months of trying it with no success, I called it quits.  I found it was expensive and time-consuming, however it sounds like other people have success with these doctors--I hope you do too.

Teresa

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Hi there, I am open to using certain forms of complementary medicine such as naturopathy and accupuncture for general health concerns but I suspect that the advice of a naturopath wouldn't help much (if at all) in controlling your seizures.  I saw an accupuncturist for several years who trained at a very well regarded accupuncture school in San Francisco and didn't see any reduction or increases in my seizure activity (they don't happen very often to me anyway).  He was also a medical doctor.  A lot of the "epilepsy cure" stories are based on anecdotal stories and not well designed medical studies.  Perhaps one day there will be a study on the effectiveness of using accupuncture or naturopathy for seizure control but I seriously doubt it. 

I will say that I did feel better overall after accupuncture treatment and that advice from a naturopath could be helpful for general health.  Accupuncture visits are covered by certain health insurance plans but I'm not sure if any of them cover visits to a naturopath.  From what I've heard an initial consultation with a naturopath could cost between $200 to $300.  Good luck!

Jay

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Had to look up the word - Naturopathy - in Wikipedia. Over the years, have looked at a variety of natural approaches to neurological challenges such as the many epilepsies and four ADHDs and have not found a lot of objective evidence as to the effectiveness of natural approaches. There are exceptions which are along the lines of actual facts such as: the Ketogenic works for a few, the Atkins works for a few, and there are a few persons who are extremely sensitive to a few food additives (not all food additives)(X-ref: the How To (understand) Hyperactivity book (1981) about ADHD Inattentive by C. Thomas Wild - about modern nutrition). Some of the ideas of Jack LaLanne (my view) about the benefits of natural, whole foods are good (no cures at all). As I recall the idea of vitalism/something close to it was a part of the nutritional approach of Weston A. Price. There is a lot of evidence that the right epilepsy medicine does work a little or a lot, in some instances, for some persons with epilepsy (X-ref: Remarkable Medicine book by Jack Dreyfus about Dilantin - not a cure). A word like naturopathy, to me, does raise the idea of wholesome words; wholesome words can be powerful for some listeners as wholesome words can change attitudes and can cause gradual improvements in the lives of people.

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I am a new member just because I saw your question.   I have recently been having problems with my seizures, but we have the conclusion that menopause may be part of my problem.   My progesterone level is very low and I have been trying the progestrone cream  for 2 months.  I have been seizure free for 2 weeks now.   I take Lamictal and I have found through research that evening primose oil is something to stay away from.    I talked with my doctor just yesterday about herbs and his response was, " a patient had been seizure free for 5 years and decided she wanted to take a supplement for extra energy"  She had a seizure.  Was it related or not?   It is not worth the risk to me.  There are other options out there.  The big one is diet.

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Hi, I have pcos and I think that could be one of the reasons why I have seizures.  I told my Epileptologist that one day and he said that taking progesterone pills could help control seizures and the pcos.  I haven't tried them yet though.  Where do you get progesterone cream at?

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   The cream absorbs into your skin and gets into your system better than taking a pill.(just from what I have read)  

 I have myoclonic jerks in my leg which I am medicated for and it still doesn't completely help but it is nothing like having a full blown seizure.   I can handle that.  It is a little embarrassing though.  At my last chiropractor visit he suggested another doctors name that does specialize in chiropractor  neurology, because this is the first time he had seen my spasms in my leg.  I go to him next week and let's see how it goes. 

 I just keep digging for an answer.   If you notice my login id.  God is in control of the situation, no matter what it is.   I'll be seizure free one of these days and what a day that will be.

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I actually asked my chiropractor which would be the best, cream or pill.  He said the cream is absorbed better than the pill.   There are several progesterone creams out there, but I use the Happy PMS.   I rotate where I rub the cream.  It should be used on areas of the body with thinner skin  ( like the area on the inside of your arm from the wrist up to where they draw blood from, I also rub it on my chest).  I use the cream 3 times a day.  You would not believe how much better I sleep.  I did not realize that this cream even affects your sleep.   Even if it does not help my seizures, I will continue to use it because it helps with my night sweats.

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Thanks all for your feedback.  I've really enjoyed reading everyone's comments and experiences.  I'm still interested in seeing a Naturopath, but with not having much money now these days I don't think I'm going to see one very soon. 

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I would highly recommend seeing a naturopathic Dr.  I saw one and I was cured of chronic migraines I had had for years, that no neurologist could ever help.

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Naturopathic physicians keep themselves up-to-date on the
latest scientific research and incorporate this evidence into their
treatments. The naturopathic physician will work with you to set up a
customized health management strategy. If necessary, your doctor will
refer you to other health-care practitioners. -Tire Works

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