Nutritionist and author Alan R. Gaby, MD, wrote an article published in Alternative Medicine Review that examined the use of diet, nutritional supplements, and hormones in the treatment of epilepsy.
Based on his review of studies, Dr. Gaby offers several avenues to pursue related to dietary interventions. These included identifying and treating blood glucose dysregulation, identifying and avoiding allergenic foods, and avoiding suspected triggering agents such as alcohol, aspartame, and monosodium glutamate.
Several nutrients were associated with reduced seizure frequency and are outlined in the article, including when deficiencies are caused by conventional medication. Dr. Gaby says that while in some cases the use of nutritional therapy can allow for avoidance of seizure medication, or a reduction in dosage, medication is often still needed.
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For a discussion of the interventions discussed above, as well as additional nutrients for specific situations, see the full research article at no charge. (Altern Med Rev 2007;12(1):9-24)