For people with epilepsy,does vitamin D play an important role?

September 12th, 2008

By Dr. Eduardo Locatelli

For people with epilepsy, we often talk about the importance of taking care of the whole person– mind and body – to obtain the best quality of life. Maintaining a healthy weight by eating healthy foods, refraining from smoking, and developing routine exercise plans are key. In addition, there are several vitamins we have found that can offer additional benefits to the body from the effects of epilepsy and antiepileptic drugs (AED). Of course, vitamins are not a substitute for visiting your doctor regularly or taking your prescribed AED.
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Identify Your Headache

August 29th, 2008

By Dr. Eduardo Locatelli

Most of us have experienced the annoying and sometimes very painful feeling of a headache. Some people experience migraine headaches while others might experience tension or sinus headaches. Headaches are caused by a variety of reasons, and understanding the cause may help you to better manage the pain and seek more pleasure in your life.
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Today’s Coach is Yesterday’s Shrink

August 27th, 2008

By Dr. Gaby Cora

Much has been written about the similarities and differences between being a coach and a therapist.

While the medical model has been invaded by third party payers, time restrictions, and stigma, the coaching model is viewed as a process of improvement and has boomed as an alternative. Today’s coach is yesterday’s shrink.
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Survey estimates that many with epilepsy are not on medication and not seeing a specialist

August 27th, 2008

We are concerned after reading data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released last week. According to their 19-state survey, an estimated one in six adults who have active epilepsy with recent seizures are not on medication, and more than one third of them are not seeing a specialist. Of the adults who were not taking medication, two thirds said that they had more than one seizure during the prior month.
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Challenge your Memory: Use It or Lose It.

August 25th, 2008

By Dr. Eduardo Locatelli

Not long ago, most scientists believed the brain became “hard-wired” during childhood, and that there was little you could do to improve its function once you entered adulthood. Not anymore. The scientific community now accepts that the brain retains its plasticity, the ability to rewire itself for better function throughout life
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On past life regression therapy (Part II of III)

August 22nd, 2008

By Dr. Gaby Cora

Many people who come to see me as an expert in mood and anxiety disorders have been referred to me by colleagues at the National Institutes of Health or the American Psychiatric Association. Many other people who find me are interested in my credentials and, they say, by the unique combination of being a medical doctor with an MBA, a wellness coach, and the business experience. Most of those who come to see me as an expert pharmacologist are open to exploring their concerns with additional techniques. They often start feeling comfortable revealing additional interests and seem to be nicely surprised when they realize I am open to combining as many techniques as I can to help them out.
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Some women experience seizures with changes in hormone levels

August 19th, 2008

By Dr. Eduardo Locatelli

Many women have seizures related to their monthly cycle. Some women can have as many as three or four a day. Seizures are generally mild, partial seizures, but some women can experience severe generalized seizures and lose consciousness. This type of seizure is called catamenial epilepsy and is most likely due to the specific changes in hormone levels just before and during menstruation.
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On past-life regression therapy (Part I of III)

August 18th, 2008

By Dr. Gaby Cora

I was interviewed by Miami Herald journalist, Andres Oppenheimer, to participate on a panel for his Spanish-speaking show: Oppenheimer Presenta. He interviewed Brian Weiss, psychiatrist and author of Many Lives, Many Masters, and, my favorite, Only Love is Real. Dr. Weiss is best known as the “guru” of past life regressions. He graciously suggested me to Mr. Oppenheimer to participate in his show.
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Do you keep Track of your Medications? It can be life-saving.

August 12th, 2008

By Dr. Eduardo Locatelli

Antiepileptic drugs are prescribed to treat the most common type of seizures, but they are far from ideal for older people or people with multiple health issues who may also be taking other prescription medications. Medications interact with each other and with other medicines, and such interactions are common and can be dangerous. Keeping track of your medications can be life-saving.
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“Senior moments” could be symptoms of epilepsy

August 8th, 2008

It may come as a surprise that the fastest growing population in America to develop epilepsy is 65 and older. According to the National Council on the Aging (NCOA, www.ncoa.org), people can develop epilepsy as they age. The greatest number of newly diagnosed cases each year, with the exception of young children, occurs in older people.
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