Archive for the ‘Childhood Seizures’ Category

How to Heal Leaky Gut Syndrome

Friday, January 31st, 2014
Leaky Gut Syndrome Bone Broth

Could healing your gut also heal your disease?

In our article “Autoimmune and Inflammatory Diseases Caused by a Leaky Gut?” we described how a leaky gut happens, what diseases it causes, and what to avoid to keep your gut healthy. “Refined flours and highly processed foods are really hard on the epithelial lining of the gut. High glycemic index foods, dairy products, and gluten are damaging. High chronic caffeine use, excessive alcohol consumption, and overuse of antibiotics are bad for the epithelial lining. All of these things weaken the bonds between the cells letting particles escape.
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Autoimmune and Inflammatory Diseases Caused by a Leaky Gut?

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Intestinal Health Leaky Gut

Could a leaky gut be the source of all your disease?

Leaky gut syndrome is opening the eyes of people suffering from a wide array of conditions. Leaky gut is found in people with obesity, thyroid disorders, endocrine disorders, lupus, sarcoidosis, rheumatoid arthritis, epilepsy, adrenal fatigue, diabetes, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, heart disease, ulcerative colitis, autism, and even schizophrenia along with many, many more. (more…)

Are Prenatal Vitamins Enough?

Sunday, December 1st, 2013
Vitamins for Pregnant Women

Your prenatal vitamin may not be giving you and your baby everything that you need.

Maintaining your health while you are pregnant is vital to the health and development of your growing baby. Stress can affect how much you need of certain vitamins, so it is important to keep track of which vitamins you need and when. Taking a daily prenatal vitamin is important, but your diet and lifestyle may make it necessary to supplement with certain vitamins during your pregnancy. Talk with your doctor about regularly checking your vitamin levels to optimize your health and the health of your baby.
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Neurological Disorders and Vitamin D Part 2

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Neurological Vitamins

Are all of your Neurological Symptoms Being Caused by an Underlying Vitamin Deficiency?

Part 2: Why Vitamin D May or May Not Be Helping You

Before you begin, you may want to read Part 1 of this series by clicking here.

I’m Already Taking Medication for my Neurological Problems.

Most neurological disorders are treated with medications that alter the amounts of different hormones that are used by the body. Your doctor may prescribe a drug that increases serotonin absorption, for example. The problem with these medications is that they don’t fix the root of the problem. Over long treatment periods, they can cause the body to make less of the already depleted hormone. Supplementing with vitamin D and carefully managing prescription medication dosages can help you to fix the underlying sleep disorder that is causing the neurological symptoms.
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Vitamin C Can Prevent Febrile Seizures

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Vitamin C Can Prevent Febrile Seizures

Protect your child from Febrile Seizures with the best vitamin C.

Vitamin C works on several levels to eliminate viruses, bacteria and toxins from the body, thus reducing fever and symptoms. It also plays a vital role in strengthening and nourishing the body so to a point where it can handle invaders. This can help you to be sure that febrile seizures are not facilitated by the body’s weakened state. Learn how vitamin C affects each invader and body system to help prevent seizures caused by fever. To learn more about febrile seizures, go to http://nutri.com/blog/2012/08/10-facts-about-febrile-seizures/.

Viruses

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, enters cells and interrupts the process by which viruses multiply. It attaches to viruses and destroys their protective coating that disguises them from our immune systems and protects them from our bodily defenses. It keeps the virus particles from producing nucleic acid, which they need to create new coatings and new viruses.
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Promising Research on Treating Nerve Damage with Vitamin C

Monday, November 26th, 2012
Promising Research on Treating Nerve Damage with Vitamin C

Can Vitamin C Improve Nerve Health?

The central nervous system is made up of a huge matrix of nerve cells. These nerve cells and the extracellular fluid between them use a lot of vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, in a lot of ways. Stanford University’s HOPES Project is focused on showing how vitamin C is used by the brain, and studying whether or not vitamin C can be used to treat and prevent nerve damage in humans.

Why Do We Need Vitamin C?

Most animals make their own vitamin C, but humans and a handful of other animals cannot make their own because of a genetic mutation. We must obtain vitamin C through our diets in order for the body to perform several functions. Vitamin C is responsible for making collagen and elastin, as well as other necessary molecules in the body.
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What Causes Chronic Inflammation?

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Inflammation can be the underlying cause of many diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, autoimmune disease, and more. Learning how inflammation happens and which vitamins help to fight it can give us the power to prevent many chronic and disabling diseases.

A lot of times, our diets are to blame for chronic inflammatory conditions. Flavor enhancing chemicals, anti-caking ingredients, thickening agents, hydrogenated oils, and many other food additives are structurally identical to the compounds that are supposed to activate our immune systems into stimulating an inflammatory response.

A lot of food additives are actually neurotoxins, like monosodium glutamate, and are added to inflame the brain, putting it into “fight or flight” mode. This produces a heightened sense of smell and taste, but can also unwanted side effects, like migraines, anxiety, sensory processing problems, seizures, scarring in the brain, and more.

Hormones are given to animals that are put into our food supply so that they grow bigger and faster than naturally raised animals. They produce more milk, lay more eggs, and mature at a faster rate than we’ve ever seen in history. There is no regulation on how much hormone the animals receive, so over time they’ve been given more and more to keep up with the demand of the fast food industry. These hormones are passed to us and react with our own hormonal systems, affecting our reproductive organs, thyroid function, adrenal glands, and more. All of our body systems are affected by hormonal changes.

Having these chemicals and hormones in our diets causes our immune systems to constantly overreact to invaders; allergens, toxins, bacteria and infection, whatever it comes into contact with. This produces a constant state of inflammation that we may not even be aware of until we experience serious health problems. An overactive immune system can lead to behavioral and psychological problems, inflammatory diseases, chronic fatigue, obesity, organ damage, nerve damage, chronic pain and more.

All of this chronic inflammation and artificial input can cause your immune system to attack healthy tissues of your body while “missing” viruses and other health threats. Inflammation flushes your system of its vitamin and mineral stores at an alarming rate, leaving you susceptible to vitamin deficiencies that cause even more problems for your body. Eating natural, certified organic meat, fruits and vegetables can give your body a fighting chance.

Supplementing with vitamins that are depleted by inflammation can help you get on your way to a healthy body and mind. Vitamins A, B6, C, and D are great for fighting inflammation and replenishing vitamin stores. Antioxidants help to flush unwanted toxins from the body, strengthen and calm the immune and hormonal systems, and regulate the inflammatory response.

About the Author: Stacy A. Pessoney is Wholesale Nutrition’s Chief Editor and Communications Research Director. She has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with the help of vitamins and supplements, focusing on sodium ascorbate in the form of vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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10 Facts About Febrile Seizures

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Our friends at Nanny Pro have offered to share with us this great article on Febrile Seizres. We hope that you find it as informative and helpful as we do. Thank you Nanny Pro! Read the full article here or copy and paste this URL into your browser:

http://www.nannypro.com/blog/10-facts-about-febrile-seizures/

10 Facts About Febrile Seizures

It is estimated that 1 in every 25 children will have a febrile seizure, according to the National Institutes of Health. For parents whose child experiences a febrile seizure, the experience can be terrifying.

Many parents are surprised to learn that young children can experience a seizure as a result of a fever. Fortunately, while febrile seizures are horrifying to watch, they are typically harmless and result in no long-term health risks or complications.

Parents and caregivers should be familiar with these 10 facts about febrile seizures so that they are prepared should a child in their care experience one.

A febrile seizure can occur when an infant or young child’s temperature rises too quickly. Fevers can be a result of an infection or associated with routine immunizations, and can occur in otherwise healthy children.

Most children who have febrile seizures have a rectal temperature of at least 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Rectal temperatures can provide the most accurate temperature reading in infants and young children.

Age is an important risk factor in febrile seizures. Febrile seizures typically occur in children between the ages of 6 months to 5 years. Toddlers are at the highest risk for having a febrile seizure.

Febrile seizures are convulsions of the body. In simple febrile seizures a child’s eyes may roll and his limbs may stiffen. A child may also lose consciousness and experience convulsions in both limbs on both sides of his body. The seizure typically lasts between a few seconds and 15 minutes. In complex febrile seizures children may have convulsions in only one part of their body. These seizures typically last longer than 15 minutes.

The older a child is when he has his first febrile seizure the less likely he is to have a recurrent one. 30% of children who have a febrile seizure will have a second one. Most children outgrow the tendency to have febrile seizures by age.

Febrile seizures are not a precursor to epilepsy. Between 95 to 98% of children who have a febrile seizure do not develop epilepsy, according to the National Institutes of Health.
The biggest risks to a child having a febrile seizure include injury from falling or choking on food or saliva. Children having a febrile seizure should be placed on the floor or ground and turned on their side. Nothing should be placed in the child’s mouth. If food or objects are present, they should be gently removed.

Children having a febrile seizure should be closely observed. The location of the convulsions and the length of the seizure should be noted. The child should not be restrained.

Once a child’s seizure has ended he should be taken in for medical treatment. Your child’s doctor may wish to determine what is causing the fever. For example, he may want to rule out an ear infection or meningitis, if other symptoms are present.

According to the National Institutes of Health, there is no evidence that febrile seizures cause death, brain damage, epilepsy, learning issues, or a decrease n IQ.

Parents and caregivers of children who have had a febrile seizure should take steps to familiarize themselves with a treatment plan should the child experience one again. These steps may include consulting with the child’s doctor about when to start fever reducing medication when a child develops a fever, receiving a prescription of diazepam (valium) to administer rectally if a seizure occurs, and brushing up on CPR and first aid should the child stop breathing as a result of the seizure.

Nanny Pro / 2012 August 7 / Advice, Tips, and Resources for Families, Nannies, and Babysitters.

Vitamin C Prevents and Cures Heat Exhaustion

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Do you feel like the heat just drains you of energy? Do other people seem fine at a heat level that is intolerable to you? It could be your vitamin and mineral levels. Vitamin C, magnesium, zinc, calcium, sodium, potassium, and of course water need to be replaced after being exposed to the heat.

People with diabetes, people over 40, people who urinate frequently, and people with hyperhidrosis (a condition where a person has more sweat glands than are necessary and sweating is excessive) need to replenish B vitamins, vitamin C, and minerals lost through sweating at almost double the rate of other people. We start losing our sense of thirst after about age 40 and it’s common for elderly people to barely be able to sense thirst at all. This puts them at a much higher risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Every time you sweat, you lose the vitamins and electrolytes that give your muscles the energy that they need to work. If you are low in any of these nutrients, you will automatically feel sleepy and fatigued when you are exposed to the heat. Replacing these vitamins and minerals is essential to recovery from the heat.

Studies have shown that people suffering from heat exhaustion and heat stroke are almost always deficient in vitamin C as well as other water soluble vitamins, like B vitamins. The body requires double the amount of water in hot weather than it does in cooler weather. It flushes out water soluble vitamins with sweat. This has a lot of ramifications on your health, energy, mental state, and immune system.

There are a lot of side effects that you’ll notice if you’re running low on water soluble vitamins or minerals that are lost when you sweat. Hot flashes, anemia (insufficient iron), fatigue, loss of appetite, depression, abdominal discomfort, respiratory infections, hair loss, muscle cramps, gum disease, dry skin and dry hair are most common. Because the nervous system requires so much fluid, B vitamins, electrolytes, and vitamin C to function, many people will experience headaches, migraines, nerve pain, and neurological disturbances, including hallucinations, confusion, and even seizures.

Drinking sports drinks can help you to replace electrolytes, but many people are sensitive to the artificial sweeteners or sugar in them. A good alternative is to supplement with the best vitamin C, a non-acidic buffered vitmain C powder that contains calcium, magnesium, zinc and potassium. Supplementing with a B vitamin complex is also advisable under a doctor’s supervision. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, whether you feel thirsty or not to guard against dehydration.

Supplementing and being diligent about hydration can help you to tolerate higher temperatures for longer periods of time. Not only will you be more comfortable, you’ll feel better and avoid the dangers of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

About the Author: Stacy A. Pessoney is Wholesale Nutrition’s Chief Editor and Communications Research Director. She has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with the help of vitamins and supplements, focusing on sodium ascorbate in the form of vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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Sources:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/458415-vitamin-deficiency-caused-by-excessive-sweating/
http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/heat_exhaustion.html
http://www.livestrong.com/article/268689-vitamins-for-heat-exhaustion/
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002350.htm

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http://www.medicinenet.com/heat_stroke/article.htm

Vitamin News: Vitamin D Does Not Take the Place of UVB Exposure

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

There are five different forms of vitamin D, two of which are important to humans. There are major differences in the two, vitamin D2 and vitamin D3, which you may or may not be aware of. Taking the wrong one can be more detrimental than beneficial to your health. If your milk, calcium supplement, or standard vitamin D supplement simply says “vitamin D”, then you may want to take a look at the label.

A staggering number of Americans are considered clinically vitamin D deficient while an astounding number are considered to be in the insufficient range. This includes children who are exposed to sunlight and drink milk and/or orange juice with added vitamin D almost every day. Even a lot of adults that regularly take a daily vitamin D supplement are deficient.

How can this be? Without a blood test from your doctor, you may be putting your health at a major risk, all while thinking that you are being diligent about your vitamin D intake. Supplemental vitamin D comes in two different forms; ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) and cholecalciferol (vitamin D3).

The synthetic form of vitamin D2, comes from passing plant matter and fungus through a radiation treatment. This is the vitamin D typically added to orange juice, milk, and vitamin D supplements. Vitamin D2 can be obtained from plant sources.

Vitamin D3 can be obtained (in small amounts) from animal sources, such as egg yolks and non-pasteurized full-fat milk. While both vitamin D2 and D3 must be converted by the body into active forms, vitamin D3 is converted 500% faster than D2 according to a report by the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism. They also report that vitamin D3 is 87% more potent in raising and maintaining vitamin D concentrations and produces 2-3 fold greater storage of vitamin D.

Once your sources of vitamin D are converted into their active forms, sunlight is necessary to transform them into cholesterol sulfate. This means that, contrary to prior medical beliefs, supplementing with vitamin D does not completely replace the need for sun exposure. In fact, recent studies on the importance of cholesterol sulfate show that without sufficient UVB sun exposure, about 30 minutes per week, the body compensates by producing LDL, or “bad” cholesterol.

Doctors and researchers are now linking heart disease, high cholesterol, arterial plaque, cancer, autism, hypertension, obesity, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, dementia, seizures, asthma, migraines, depression, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, and both types of diabetes to a lack of vitamin D3 in the diet and inadequate UVB exposure.

This may sound overwhelming, but when you consider that the proposed 30 minutes of UVB sunlight exposure per week requirement must happen when the UV index is above 3, then you may start to realize why diseases such as these, increase in prevalence as you move away from the equator. Most of the United States only experiences this level of sunlight intensity for about 1-2 months of the year.

These diseases and more are being linked to inadequate vitamin D levels because vitamin D is responsible for an astounding number or processes in the body. It is a neuroregulatory steroidal hormone that influences almost 3,000 different genes and has receptors in nearly every cell of your body. It produces over 200 antimicrobial peptides, including broad-spectrum antibiotics, regulates the immune system and controls chronic inflammation.

Many doctors now recommend “safe” tanning bed use for obtaining adequate vitamin D3 levels. UVA rays are harmful, but beds that only produce UVB rays can be very effective forms of treatment.

About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

Sources:

http://www.jlr.org/content/44/7/1268.abstract
http://jcem.endojournals.org/content/96/3/E447.abstract
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/23/oral-vitamin-d-mistake.aspx
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/161618.php

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