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Vegetarian Diet And Epilepsy?

My son had his first grand mal seizure when he was 18 and he had a complete negative medical workup at that time. He then had his second seizure 6 months later and he was started on medication. He had become a vegetarian 1.5 years before he had his first seisure. Because ketogenic diet has been successfully used to treat intractable seizure, I cannot help to wonder if his seizure was precipitated by a not well-balanced diet?
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replied September 16th, 2005
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Good question! I know that some people do respond well to keto, atkins and south beach to help their seizure control! About 1/3 of those who try have great success.

Best wishes for your son!

Ginny
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replied October 5th, 2012
Vegetarians/Epilepsy
I came across some research on b12 deficiencies and epilepsy. You might want to pursue these studies. In short, researchers believe that vegetarians (and especially vegans) are at risk for having b12 deficiency, since this vitamin primarily come from animals (and in lesser amounts, in fish and dairy). Vegetarians may store enough b12 in their livers for 2-6 years (or less), but once this supply runs out, they may start to see certain markers of illness. The primary marker is anemia, though a person may have a b12 deficiency and not be anemic. S/he may have other markers, including seizures, since B12 is necessary for the nervous system and brain to function properly. This is oversimplistic, so please check out some of research and ask your specialists.
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replied April 27th, 2014
I am 58 and have been a vegetarian for many years..right back to when I was a wide-eyed long-haired twenty something intent on changing the world. During the early 2000s my diet developed into veganism. In 2005 I woke up one night wearing an oxegen mask and surrounded by paramedics. My first seizure was followed by very further very occassional siezures..generalised tonic-clonic with quick recoveries. I was sloppy with anticonvulasnts which didnt fit into my world view. However these seizures persisted and a year ago my medication was changed to something a litle more heavyweight. Nevertheless I have had a couple more.

I am beginning however to consider a ketogenic diet. It does however go against everything that I have held dear but the prospect of consuming vast amounts of medication to prevent a handful of seizures makes it compelling.

Ive started drinking full fat milk but have been instantly hit with the female hormone/cancer dilemma.
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replied June 16th, 2014
A ketogenic diet can be very helpful for childhood epilepsy, whereas they are very strict diets, hard work for adults and gaining some control of seizures is not as successful (research. However, I have been a vegetarian for 2 years now but had epilepsy for over 30 years...now my seizures are a lot better. Regular blood tests can always tell you if you are lacking or low in crucial vitamins and minerals..and then it's just a diet adjustment (more of a certain vege) or a walk to the health food store! I do not believe that vegetarianism has negative effects on seizures at all, gosh meat is protein, carbs etc... well our vegetables have them too! Not missing a thing!
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