Thank you!

Thank You!

Thank you for purchasing your copy of The Modified Atkins Diet for Seizures. I hope that my family’s experiences will help make this process an easier one for you.

You may be interested in checking out our recommended reading list.

We really hope you find this book helpful whether it is for yourself, your loved ones, or your patients.

– Brooklyn Koski, now seizure free since 2010.

Tor’s Story

Contributed Article – Tor’s Story


My name is Tor, I live in the northern part of Norway, and I am the father of a 17 year old girl.  She has had epilepsy for over 9 years now.  She has tried most of the antiepileptic drugs these years, without having any major effect.

About 4 years ago, she got Vagus Nerve Stimulators (VNS).  She went 4 times a year to control and change the setting on VNS.  It helped her in the beginning, but after a while the effect seemed to decline.  My daughter has multi-focus and is born with a brain malfunction.

In April 2006 we heard about good effects with the Atkins diet.  The whole family wanted to try and we bought most of the books of the Atkins diet.  We got slowly down to 40-50 grams of carbohydrates per day.

In the middle of July, my daughter went into ketosis, with less than 10 grams of carbohydrates.  She stayed about 14 days on this level, and tested with strips (KETO-DIABUR-TEST 5000) she reached a level of 150 mg/dL.  After that, she increased to 40-50 grams per day and stayed there.

This autumn, my daughter has had positive effect of the diet, and I believe that this has reduced  her seizures by more than 50%, maybe even 60-70%.  Less, shorter and not so severe seizures.  We also have reduced one of the antiepileptic drugs, Frisium with 2/3.

In the beginning of December 2006, my daughter stayed 14 days in ketosis. The rest of the family stays on about 50-70 grams of carbohydrates per day.  We are now in the end of December, and in January 2007, we shall stop the VNS and remove the rest of the Frisium.

My opinion

Atkins diet will not help all, but we are very satisfied.  To succeed, I think the whole family should go on the diet (specially parents).  W have had no problems staying on the diet.  We eat meat, fish and chicken.  Many different sorts of egg dishes, cheese among others.

We have reduced the consumption of sugar to a minimum.

Vitamin- and Mineral Supplement

No nurse or doctor have told us about the importance of vitamin and mineral supplements.  We take daily multivitamin- and mineral supplement.  There are still many things we would like to try.  Calcium and magnesium.  Also GABA (gamma- aminobutyric acid) or the amino acid taurine.  But we are getting no feedback whether this is good for our daughter.

I still believe that traditional medicine has its place, but when it does not help, we must be looking for other methods.  Parents must try other methods in order to reduce our children’s seizures.

We also want to try music and to listen to Mozart’s K448 for two pianos in D major about 10 minutes every day.

Best regards,

Tor

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Relaxation Techniques for Epilepsy

Contributed Article – Relaxation Techniques For Epilepsy


by Marcela De Vivo

Epilepsy is a condition that affects more than three million Americans, many of which battle regular seizures. While the likelihood of developing epilepsy increases, about one-percent of people have epilepsy in the United States by age 20. By age 75, three-percent of the United States population will have been diagnosed with epilepsy or experienced some type of seizure according to the Epilepsy Therapy Project.

Medications can help to control seizures, and many people can effectively manage epilepsy. In fact, about 70-percent of adults who have epilepsy are expected to enter remission – meaning five seizures or less per year – once the right medication is found.

Along with medication, individuals who suffer from epilepsy need to adjust their lifestyle to avoid common triggers. There are certain natural methods that sufferers could use to alleviate some of the symptoms related to epilepsy. There are a number of triggers that can worsen your symptoms, although this does vary from person to person making it hard to pinpoint the triggers in every case.

However, there are some common triggers like flashing lights, loud sounds, and for many sufferers, stress. In order to reduce stress that could be causing seizures, try these relaxation techniques for epilepsy. It should be noted, however, that these methods should be practiced in conjunction with any medication that you are already taking.

 

Meditation

Many people are intimidated by the idea of meditation – assuming they don’t have the willpower or ability to focus enough to block out the outside world. However, meditation isn’t about blocking everything out or even as much as somebody else. It’s about relaxing yourself and making your life more ordered, calm and focused.

For many people, meditation can be as simple as sitting on the grass in a quiet park and repeating a mantra in their head for 10 or 15 minutes when they have time. For others, meditation becomes a more involved process, and some people even prefer to meditate a few times per day.

To make meditation work, you’ll need to find out what’s right for you through experimentation. However, trying meditation and sticking with what works can greatly reduce the level of stress in your life, which could in turn help you reduce how often you have seizures.

 

Keeping an Organized and Clean Environment

Keeping your living space clean and organized can do wonders for your psyche. It will help clear your thoughts and allow you to relax when you are surrounded by peaceful surroundings. Try and organize the belongings in your home in a way that promotes relaxation and ideal energy flow. While you don’t have to become a master decorator to feel more relaxed in your space, learning the basics and altering what you can could make a big difference in how you feel in your space – especially after a busy, stressful day.

Adding relaxing items to your home like wall fountains, which produce the soothing sound of running water, is an easy to incorporate more soothing and relaxing vibes into your home and décor.

Epilepsy is a difficult condition for many people because they don’t always know when they’re going to have seizures. Many suffer from seizures at work or in social situations, which can be dangerous and embarrassing.

While you may not be able to completely stop having seizures, a combination of the right medication and relaxation techniques have helped many people reduce their frequency.

Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer and yoga enthusiast in Southern California. She loves incorporating meditation into her daily routine for its many health benefits and encourages those suffering from health disorders to try meditation. Follow her on Twitter today!

How Aromatherapy Can Help with Epilepsy

Contributed Article – How Aromatherapy Can Help with Epilepsy


by Marcela De Vivo

Epilepsy is frightening, and can often put a strong damper on a person’s day-to-day activities. There are a lot of unknowns that come with epilepsy, therefore, it can be difficult to plan around its symptoms. Fortunately, aromatherapy has been shown to help in aiding with those dealing with epilepsy.

It is important to note that before trying any kind of aromatherapy, epileptic patients should always speak to their doctor first. Some essential oils can mix poorly with seizure medications, therefore, the doctor should always give their approval beforehand going ahead with aromatherapy treatments. It should also be noted that aromatherapy should always be used in conjunction with the medication.

A vaporizer is also very useful in aromatherapy at home as it releases the helpful oils into the air throughout a room.

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Benefits of Aromatherapy

Certain essential oils can actually be absorbed into the bloodstream, causing the chemicals in one’s body to change. These chemical changes could greatly affect what triggers the body to seizure. Chamomile, Cedarwood, Jasmine, Lavender, and Ylang Ylang can soothe the nervous system and help it to balance itself out.

While aromatherapy does not cure epilepsy, it is a very beneficial supportive, non-invasive treatment for most epileptic patients. The essential oils that are used influence the brain, allowing for an oncoming seizure to sometimes stop completely.

Frankincense, which is one of the most popular essential oils for epilepsy, helps the limbic portions of the brain, which, in turn, aids in memory and emotional releases.When using frankincense to prevent seizures, put a drop on the bottom of both big toes, or on one’s neck and temples each night.

Frankincense can also be placed under the tongue nightly.When a seizure is beginning, inhaling frankincense can lessen the severity of the seizure.

Lemon and orange essential oils also aid in brain stimulation. These oils should be put on the bottoms of each big toe.

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  • Essential Oils to Avoid

    While there are many helpful essential oils, there are some dangerous essential oils to avoid as well, especially those suffering from epilepsy. These oils can actually trigger and stimulate seizures, and should be avoided at all costs.

    These oils are harmful when they are taken orally as well as when absorbed through the skin. Here is a list of eleven essential oils to avoid if you struggle with epilepsy:

    * Wormwood
    * Rosemary
    * Sage
    * Hyssop
    * Eucalyptus
    * Fennel
    * Tansy
    * Savin
    * Thuja
    * Pennyroyal
    * Turpentine

    Sometimes, these oils can be mixed with other compounds to reduce the risk of seizures; however, to be on the safer side of things, it is best to avoid these oils.

    Although epilepsy can be a life-altering condition, there are many ways to combat it and make it more manageable to deal with. It can be a very crippling disease, but aromatherapy is a great way to help prevent seizures before they even begin!

  • Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer in Southern California whose writing specializes in health, marketing, tech and business. She loves learning about aromatherapy and works with VapeWorld to educate others about the health benefits of using vaporizers and humidifiers for a variety of ailments.. Follow her on Facebook today!

Atkins Meal Plan for Epileptics

Contributed Article – Atkins Meal Plan for People with Epilepsy


by Oliver Jackson, of http://www.atkinsdietmealplans.com

There has been much interest over the past decade or so in how the Atkins Diet might help epilepsy sufferers. Low carbohydrate diets were in fact used widely as a treatment for epilepsy as early as the 1920s but fell out of fashion as anticonvulsive medications became available. A resurgence in interest in the low-carbohydrate regimes occurred in the 1990s, particularly for those who had failed to find an effective anti-convulsive.

A modified version of the Atkins diet can provide an alternative to more traditional ketogenic regimes which is simpler to adhere to and easier to manage both at home and when eating out. Although widely used to treat children with epilepsy, this article deals exclusively with the use of the diet for adult sufferers. Whether the aim of the diet is to reduce weight or to control seizures or both, this regime should not be attempted without consultation with your neurologist and more monitoring is necessary than for non-sufferers, such as the use of indicator strips a couple of times per week to measure ketone levels in the urine.

Why does the Atkins Diet work for epilepsy sufferers?

Firstly, it is important to note that the Atkins diet does not reduce seizures in all patients, although well over half experience a marked improvement in the condition. Where it does have an effect, this seems to be because given a low level of carbohydrate in the diet, the liver is driven to convert fat in the body into fatty acids and ketones. These ketones replace glucose as an energy source for the brain. It is the elevated level of ketones which seems to reduce the frequency of seizures.

The advantage of the Atkins Diet over more traditional ketogenic diets is its relative simplicity; it requires no measuring of foods, no restriction on protein levels, no calorific restrictions and a slightly higher carbohydrate allowance. It also avoids the need for an initial fast and requires less dietary supervision due to its simplicity.

When following the Atkins diet for seizure reduction, which should only be done under medical supervision, the initial introductory phase (Phase 1) is extended indefinitely and fat consumption is particularly encouraged in order to maximise the production of ketones. Carbohydrate levels should initially be no higher than 15g for an adult. There is also no fluid restriction – indeed, fluid intake is essential to maintain good health while on the diet. Dietary supplementation is vital for the duration of the diet and a specialist doctor or dietician should advise on what supplements to take.

Here’s how a typical day’s menu might look on the Modified Atkins Diet.

Breakfast
Fluid intake is essential on the Modified Atkins diet, so start the day as you mean to go on with a large glass of cold water. Adding a dash of lemon juice will help wake your taste buds up for the day, or you may wish to take your water hot. Caffeinated beverages should largely be avoided as they can encourage sugar cravings, which will make adhering to the plan much harder. br>
Then move on to an indulgent breakfast of either traditional bacon and eggs, or why not enjoy scrambled eggs with smoked salmon. Allow 2-3 eggs per person and around 3 tbsp of double cream each. Black pepper is an ideal seasoning.

If you prefer, a cheesy omelette also makes a tasty start to the day. Soft French cheeses such as Brie will melt beautifully and a small handful of green leafy vegetables such as broccoli or spinach can add interest and colour.

Lunch
For lunch, a good quality, all-meat burger (check that no rusk or fillers have been used) is an excellent option – without the bun of course. A slice of full-fat blue cheese is a zesty addition, or add blue cheese crumbles to your side salad. This salad can either consist of two large handfuls of green vegetables (baby spinach, Cos or Romaine lettuce or Chinese leaf can all be used, or else a mixed herb salad is a great choice), or you can make a coleslaw by chopping raw cabbage and stirring in 3-4 tbsp of home-made mayonnaise, flavoured with lemon juice. If you wish, you can also chop in a quarter of a raw onion (red or white), but carrots must be avoided altogether. Red cabbage can add visual appeal to this salad and is just as tasty raw as white.br>
As an alternative, an easy tuna pate can be made by mashing a tin of tuna into 4 tbsp full-fat cream cheese. The addition of a squeeze of lemon juice and a grinding of black pepper or a tsp of paprika barely affects your carb count but revs up the flavour. The pate makes a great filling for a green pepper (red peppers are fine from stage 2) or for Little Gem leaves.

Snack
Strips of Parma ham make handy wraps for sticks of mozzarella. Make sure you keep the mozzarella portions below 3-4 oz if you are following the initial stages of the diet.

Dinner
If you enjoy Indian food then an easy lamb korma can be created by browning some lamb mince with a little chopped onion, a chopped clove of garlic and 2 tsp mild curry powder. Stir in 3 tbsp double cream and some freshly chopped coriander for a fresh green note. Serve with slices of aubergine, fried in olive oil with a little chopped garlic (don’t worry that these will absorb a lot of oil – this will help the diet along enormously) and/or sliced leeks, boiled until tender in lightly salted water and then drained and tossed in a generous amount of butter. Season with black pepper, nutmeg or any herbs you enjoy.br>
If spice is not your thing, then alternatives include good quality sausages (zero rusk or bread crumbs) served with cauliflower mash, lamb chops served with creamed leeks or try oven-roast chicken portions (skin on) with a sauce created by stirring chopped fresh tarragon and double cream into the pan juices. Roast whole garlic cloves and whole Portobello mushrooms alongside the chicken for an easy vegetable accompaniment.

Dessert is not off the cards and can be arranged by stirring 1-2 tsp of Splenda™ into a small bowl of full fat mascarpone and adding 1-2 tsp of cocoa powder (not drinking chocolate or hot chocolate mix). Alternative flavours can be created by using vanilla or coffee essence, always checking for sugar as an added ingredient.

Shopping list
Lemon
Eggs
Double cream
Bacon
All-meat burgers
Full-fat blue cheese
Baby spinach, Cos lettuce, Chinese leaf or mixed herb salad
Parma ham
Mozzarella
Lamb mince
Curry powder
Garlic
Onion
Aubergine
Leeks
Butter
Mascarpone
Splenda
Cocoa powder

Quick and Tasty Bread

Low Carb Quick and Tasty Bread


(by Dorene)

1/4 Cup almond flour
1/4 Cup flax meal
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs beaten well
4 tsp coconut oil or melted butter (or other)
1/4 tsp apple cider vinegar
Sweetener to = 2 tsp. of sugar ( I uses 4 drops of liquid stevia and 10 drops of Sweet 10)

Bake in micro for two to four minutes (depending on your microwave) in an 8×8
glass dish, slice into 4 slices.

Toast lightly in toaster, butter takes only 5 minutes to make!!

You can also use this for grilled cheese or French toast.

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Pumpkin Muffins or Bread

Low Carb Pumpkin Muffins or Bread


(by Josephine)

6 eggs beaten well
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup butter melted
1/2 small can pumpkin
2 good dashes of cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
Sweetener of choice to taste
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 and 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/3 cup pecan flour
1/3 cup coconut flour
2/3 cup almond flour
1/3 cup water

Mix first seven ingrediants well. Mix dry ingrediants together and add. Mix.
Add water and mix well. Bake as muffins or in a bundt pan at 375.

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Bread by Nina

Low Carb Bread

(by Nina)

Organic flaxseeds.
One cup of flaxseeds
1 whole egg
sea salt
olive oil
Organic sunflower seeds

Mix it (best in a blender!!),
bake it until light brown (aprox. 20 minutes).
Note that some of the heatlhy oils will be “spoiled” when heated,
still this is a very good way to keep a steady ketosis!
Flaxseed oil can cause seizures in many children,
we could not use it – but we had no problems with the organic flaxseeds.
You can choose the shapes yourself.
It can be round or you can make funny shapes.
You can also make pizza.
The bread tolerates to be frozen.
Add cinnamon and sweetener and you have a little cake,
maybe put some pieces of apples in it, almonds etc.
Cheese and pepperoni on the pizza or ham and cheese etc.

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Please note that in different parts of the world, different brands of available food have more carbs than other brands.  It is important to read the labels carefully where you shop for food.  If you have difficulty locating low carb supplies, please visit our low carb supplier page for some items that can be mail ordered.

Soft Rolls

Low Carb Soft Rolls


(by DANDR)

These look like the top of a hamburger bun and can be used for sandwiches or served warm in a bread basket.

4 eggs, separated
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. cottage cheese

Spray “pam”
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Separate the eggs. Whip the whites with the salt until peaks form. In a separate bowl, mix together the egg yolks and cottage cheese.
Fold the yolk/cheese mixture into the whites, being careful not to overmix or break down the froth of the whites. a few streaks can remain.
Spray a cookie sheet with the PAM, in 6 large circles about the size of a saucer. Mound the batter into 6 equal portions, slightly flattening the top of each mound. Bake at 300* for 30-40 minutes until browned. They will spread and probably touch. Remove from cookie sheet immediately and cool on wire racks.
Can be stored in a zip-loc bag and reheated, but they really are best served right out of the oven.

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Please note that in different parts of the world, different brands of available food have more carbs than other brands.  It is important to read the labels carefully where you shop for food.  If you have difficulty locating low carb supplies, please visit our low carb supplier page for some items that can be mail ordered.

Quick and Easy Low Carb Bread

Low Carb Quick and Easy Bread


(by Debbie C)

1/4 cup flaxmeal
2 tbsp. pecan meal (or other nut meal)
1/2 cup protein powder, plain or vanilla
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup seltzer water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously butter a standard loaf pan. Beat all ingredients for 1-2 minutes using a food processor or electric mixer. Pour into pan and bake 25-30 minutes until middle of loaf springs back to the touch. Enjoy.

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Please note that in different parts of the world, different brands of available food have more carbs than other brands.  It is important to read the labels carefully where you shop for food.  If you have difficulty locating low carb supplies, please visit our low carb supplier page for some items that can be mail ordered.