While the body of an epilepsy patient can go through many stages and can be subject to many factors, sometimes the only option to slow seizures is through a lifestyle change. However, there are medications available that could be the most effective method available to control epilepsy seizures. An old and well-known method is to just change the diet, and luckily that was the case with our daughter, Sarah.
Around age 10-11, my daughter showed herself to have seizures which came and went in bunches. While they were very severe at first, they had a tendency to diminish, which meant she was able to live on the go and thrive. Her dad also bought her a seizure blocker. While I had initially liked the idea of the pill, we soon found out it is not effective for every person with epilepsy, especially with young children. My husband and I found Sarah’s seizure drug while surfing the internet and using a genetics screen. We also saw that the drugs could take months to work.
With the help of chiropractors, which are always your first option for daily medication adjustments if you choose to have them, Sarah came home with her first prescription called MAO1 inhibitor for seizures. It is one of the most popular medication treatments for epilepsy and was created by the FDA. The side effects of this medicine have been well documented and were noted when it was first introduced. Fortunately, it was lessened drastically in Sarah’s case and is still taken on a daily basis.
While the medicine was working for Sarah, it didn’t help with her moods. This is probably the most frustrating pill for a parent to endure, but if your child is unable to calm down, it could lead to a host of other issues. Sarah fought with friends about her seizures, and that probably wasn’t helping her mood.
While eating came easy for Sarah, she actually gained weight, which obviously was disturbing. She was very blessed to have such a supportive dad that took her to lunch and dinner every day. While we figured it out, we found that other diets weren’t too great and had to change, too. While pediatricians recommended salads and dairy, we wanted to try something for Sarah that was more enjoyable to her.
At the time, she was spending approximately an hour on the bus to and from school and missed a lot of her daily nap time.
One evening we decided to make a unique home cooked meal with apples, pineapples, almonds, berries, and rice. We never imagined the healthy food we were making would help our daughter control her seizures. We slowly realized that our daughter was eating healthy food all along and was eating carbs and proteins without trying to gain weight.
Although the effort was worth it, Sarah didn’t find this option all that all that popular with her friends.
The rest is history and she stopped having seizures altogether. This diet has become part of our family’s daily routine and has worked well over the years.