Idiopathic Epilepsy

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Idiopathic Epilepsy is defined as “a nervous disease with loss of consciousness, and tonic and clonic convulsions” and idiopathic is defined as “spontaneous.” So what we have here is a spontaneous disease of unknown origin. Idiopathic epilepsy is one of those frightening diseases that is very demonstrative, that is, the afflicted can shake violently, foam at the mouth, void body waste, and can die from the seizure.

The conventional medical approach to idiopathic epilepsy is to administer central nervous depressants such as phenytoin, and phenobarbital on a daily basis for the remainder of the patient’s life. These drugs are designed to minimize or prevent the onset of seizures without the knowledge of the cause of the disease. It has been established that phenytoin, in time, can cause liver damage. Now the seizures are under control, the animal develops a degenerative liver condition.

As a practitioner, I have been this route many times and decided to deviate from this “merry-go-round.” I posed the question, “what if this idiopathic epilepsy, is a manifestation of hypersensitivity”, an allergy? The word “idiopathic” is defined as “of no known origin,”  I have observed this condition, in some cases to be a hypersensitive of the brain when there has been the elimination of head trauma, oxygen deprivation, encephalitis, tumors and exposure to toxins.  The conventional method of treatment is to administer central depressants to minimize the seizures not to eliminate them.  MEGA C PLUS has been proven, for the past four decades, to be the only natural means to optimize immune function thereby eliminating the seizures. Allergies can affect other parts of the body such as eyes, ears, respiratory and digestive systems, and most often the skin. Since I had previously treated skin related allergies with diets and nutritional supplementation, why not attempt to apply the skin allergy therapy to a central nervous allergy. The skin allergy nutritional protocol was successful. This four year old Australian Shepherd female was having ten gran mal seizures daily, four years later she remains seizure free. I later learned through, literature research, that the Harvard Medical School had made the same observation in four children with idiopathic epilepsy, allergy related. An even more significant report by Dr. J.R. Collins, veterinarian, has observed allergy related epilepsy in canines.

It is virtually impossible to determine exactly which allergin is the culprit. My approach is to improve immune function to cope with any allergen. The allergy or hypersensitivity occurs because the immune system is unable to resist the invading allergen. Determining which allergen is the cause and eliminating it from the animal’s environment and not treating the immune system will only maintain a deficient defense system and can render the animal susceptible to other allergens.

Most often, comprehensive blood work-ups will not indicate an immune deficiency. When this occurs, the history is of extreme importance. Trauma to the head, extended time within the birth canal (minimal oxygen), and exposure to toxins will cause permanent damage to brain tissue, these patients will not respond to the allergy therapy.

Is this a treatment you as a pet owner can implement? I am writing this piece as a veterinarian, this is my approach to this problem in my small animal practice. You must have professional help because it is, sometimes, essential to incorporate central nervous depressants until the allergy therapy “kicks in.” I have presented this protocol in a new and exciting textbook for veterinarians, “Complementary And Alternative Veterinary Medicine: Principals And Practice,” published by Mosby.

To review the products employed in the treatment of this allergy related disease, click on “Skin Allergies” on this website.

New Advances in Modern Medicine

It is most gratifying to hear and read about the progress being made in treating diseases with nutrients. In the not too distant past, nutrients were thought to only prevent and control deficiency diseases. The most recent finding, reported in the February Journal of the American Medical Association, is the prevention of heart disease in women through the oral administration of Folic Acid and Vitamin B6. I was delighted that this was not considered a deficiency condition. It has been my premise for the past three decades that nutrients in gram amounts (greater than Recommended Daily Allowance, RDA) can be administered to treat, prevent, and control diseases other than deficiencies.