DaSilva Institute Approach to Seizures
According to the Epilepsy Foundation, 150,000 people are diagnosed with epilepsy every year (1). Epilepsy diminishes quality of life substantially, often debilitating sufferers with the inability to drive a car or hold down a job.
At the DaSilva Institute, we address this challenge as we do many other chronic diseases, by uncovering and abolishing the root cause with detoxification, neurotransmitter support, diet and lifestyle changes, improving mitochondrial function, gut optimization, and so much more.
Research has suggested that seizure activity occurs spontaneously in response to the blockage of certain neurotransmitters, and the presence of excessive amounts of others (2), and that diet can positively affect people whose seizures were unsuccessfully treated with medications (3). Environmental toxins can severely affect the body’s ability to maintain optimal hormone and neurotransmitter function, which can lead to seizure disorders (4). It has been our experience that utilizing these basic tools can enable the patient to return to thriving in life while supporting the body’s ability to age optimally.
(1)Shafer, P., Sirven, J. (2014). What is the prevalence of epilepsy in the United States? Retrieved June 17, 2017 from http://www.epilepsy.com/learn/epilepsy-statistics
(2)Huguenard, J. (2003). Neurotransmitter supply and demand in epilepsy. Epilepsy Currents, 3(2): 61-63. doi: 10.1046/j.1535-7597.2003.03210.x
(3)Baranano, K., Hartman, A., (2008). The ketogenic diet: uses in epilepsy and other neurologic illnesses. Current Treatment Options, 10(6): 410-419
(4)Jett, D., (2012). Chemical toxins that cause seizures. Neurotoxicology, 33(6). doi: 10.1016/j.neuro.2012.10.005