Epilepsy is a non-diagnosis. It is a term used to mean “fits” (or seizures)
due to unknown reasons. The term epilepsy is used when available laboratory
tests cannot account for the abnormal clinical signs. Causes of seizures are
very often not known, but can be due to metabolic abnormalities, low calcium in
lactating animals and low sugar in puppies and kittens; toxins (internal or
external), tumors, central nervous system inflammation, injury, malformations
and food poisonings. Most commonly, seizures in younger and middle-aged animals
are due to parasites combined with a poor diet.
WHAT IS A SEIZURE?
Seizures arise when a localized area of brain activity is allowed to
resonate through the rest of the brain unchecked by normal inhibitory
mechanisms. This results in waves of uncontrolled nervous/electrical discharge
migrating throughout the Central Nervous System (CNS) affecting the entire
An active electrical network surrounds the physical
body in all sentient beings. The CNS is constantly generating this network; this
is the subtlest functioning of the DNA relationship. This non-physical energy of
the relationship of matter resonates with the electrical fields of all other
resonating bodies. When there is some threat; real or otherwise, the electrical
system responds by either short-circuiting or overloading to some degree. This
is a signal to the physical body to respond. If the body does not succeed, the
imbalance is physically manifested. These cues help gear the body to the
anticipated threat. Frictionless flow between the body and its electrical field
allows for ideal responses to the changing environment. When the physical body
is incapable of an adequate response, symptoms of disease become manifest. A
seizure is an obvious instance of electrical overloading, without the
appropriate physical response.
During seizures the electrical body cries
out with unrelenting fervor in its attempt to maintain it’s flow with the
surroundings. In the electrical mode of operation, it is all or nothing and, as
a result, the electrical body must shut down the senses and deal with the
internal surges of its own imbalance. Another way to look at this is that the
chemical imbalances of the physical body are so disturbed it is asking too much
of the electrical body to compensate. The result is massive discharge, shut down
and restarting. This is likened to rebooting a computer to fix all sorts of
problems or, in a more normal pattern, the cycle of sleeping. Every night it is
necessary to refresh and restart the system for another day. The unconfined
surges of seizures need to quickly be stabilized by periods of deep rest. If
this is not possible due to continued seizures the system breaks down.
Seizures often begin with an “aura” or a period of reduced awareness of the
environment, followed by some pattern of muscular discharge seen as muscle
spasms. This period can last several seconds or minutes and can be accompanied
with urination or defecation. After this period there is usually some fatigue,
either mild or severe depending on the duration of muscular contractions. Almost
always the seizures subside within one to two minutes. Repeated seizure episodes
are deadly, as they are extremely exhausting and rapidly drain the needed
biochemicals necessary for orderly nervous/electronic flow.
seen lingering after the seizure period often give an indication of the source
area of the CNS involved; if there is one. Dragging of a leg, falling over to
one side, head tilt or asymmetric ataxia (uncoordination) is sometimes seen
after the seizure period. Knowledge of the anatomy of the CNS along with these
signs is vital in pinpointing this source area initiating the electrical
UNDERLYING ROOT CAUSES OF SEIZURES
In the vast majority
of cases, the cause of seizures is not known and there is no source area.
Seizures are serious clinical signs. Awareness of the environment and body is
lost, a serious aberration of normal function. The internal check points and
homeostatic mechanisms are ill-functioning, thus allowing these periodic surges
of uncontrolled discharge to propagate through the nervous system.
than having a specific cause, seizures are most commonly due to a combination of
factors that build up and inhibit minimal acceptable functioning. The cause of
seizures can be attributed to chemical imbalances and chemical deficiencies of
one kind or another. The complexity involved in pinpointing the imbalance(s) in
each individual case is beyond analysis capabilities at this time, as the
imbalance is usually transient and slight. As metabolic parameters go beyond
acceptable values; the electrical body can no longer sustain itself in its
normal relationship to the environment.
The most common direct cause of
seizures seen in clinical practice in our pets is parasitic infection combined
with nutritional deficiencies based on 100% commercial pet food feeding.
The most common major factors that layer upon each other and predispose the
nervous system to seizures are: Parasites along with the extensive feeding of a
solely commercial pet food diet, along with over-vaccination and over-treatment
of chemical-based medicines.
These four factors not only severely weaken
the functioning quality of the nervous system, but also have done tremendous
damage to the overall health of our pets. These factors chip away at health by
removing the foundation of health (a raw food diet); unnecessarily abuse the
immune system through excessive unnatural stimulation (over-vaccination) and
condition the system to regularly overreact to medicines too strong and too
frequent (routine chemical treatments). Their combined effects add violence,
disorder and fear along with the well-intended therapeutic effects for our pets.
The poor diet in these pets predisposes the body to seizures due to the
migrating larvae (immature stages of the parasites) that roam throughout the
body, including the CNS. The nutritionally compromised system (on a solely
processed diet) overreacts in a disjointed fashion to this disturbance. Animals
fed a natural food diet better limit the parasitic numbers and are much less
likely to seizure in response to them.
The weakened health of our pets
strives to maintain balance in an adverse environment of nutritional lack and
over-chemical stimulation. Nature responds to this limping health by producing
signs of disease:
* Recurrent gastro-intestinal and skin problems *
chronic worm loads with poor long term responses to deworming remedies *
allergies- severe over-reactivity to all kinds of harmless environmental
substances * deep rooted behavioral problems
Today’s modern approach to dealing with these problems is the administration
of more chemicals, injectable or otherwise, and even greater processed
“prescription” diets. Seizures are masked by giving chemicals that profoundly
dull the CNS, slowing it down and confusing it to reduce the likelihood of
another seizure. These chemicals often do not work and further confuse the
biological system. The underlying imbalance is not directly addressed. Deranged
metabolic disorders due to chemical shortages or imbalances are superficially
addressed by further limitations in the diet; i.e., even more severely processed
foods. These efforts, though well intended, are short-sighted and short-lived.
After a brief period of lessened clinical signs the system restabilizes at a
lower level of health due to the continued lack of essential natural materials.
This results, at best, in the reoccurrence of the disease and, at worst, in a
deeper set of symptoms (“another” disease that is really the same disease) or
natural raw food diet or a natural premium food such as
Life’s Abundance, and
treating for intestinal worms, especially targeting
whipworms (Trichuris sp.) and tapeworms (including both kinds of tapeworms,
Dipylidium caninum and Taenia pisiformis) will often eliminate seizures in our
pets. These treatments, to be effective, must be done at least twice for
tapeworms at 18-day intervals and at least four times for whipworms at 23-day
intervals, while the animal is on a natural food diet.
for worm removal will be more effective as health strengthens on a natural food
diet. Chemical dewormers can be given in this case due to the serious nature of
seizures. Talk to your veterinarian for specific remedies. Controlling the
exposure rate to these worms is also necessary. Removal of fleas (carriers of
tapeworms) and making areas infested with parasitic eggs in the stools off
limits for at least 6 to 8 months will severely reduce your pet’s exposure to
these parasites; and reduce the likelihood of seizures returning. If raw and
natural foods are not instituted or the cleaning up of the defecation area is
not performed, worms (and likely seizures) will continue to return.
Feeding a natural food diet is vital to maintaining the health of your pet, and
to keeping ideal immune function alive and well. Many times after eliminating
seizures through improving the diet, seizures return after commercial pet food
is re-instituted. Genetic and physical predisposition to seizures become
expressed when poor diets can’t provide essential raw materials.
pet is on a natural food diet and some prolonged attempt is made to limit the
parasitic loads, natural herbs and foods can be given. Internal cleansing using
honey, with or without sesame seeds and flaxseeds will be helpful. Giving grape
juice and black molasses will also help. Herbs that will help balance the system
against seizures through gentle nourishment are wood sage, skullcap, hops, rue
and rosemary. Adding raw lettuce and mint to the diet on a regular basis will
also be useful.
Seizures are very serious and can be life threatening.
They are also an indication of deep-rooted imbalances in the core structure
(CNS) of the living system. Chemical treatments given; designed to dull and
suppress the system so as to reduce the likelihood of continued seizures without
addressing the deeper issues discussed here, is a short sighted superficial
approach that only furthers chemical dependence and more confused and deranged
The two approaches (chemical and natural material
support) can go hand in hand if the understanding and the power of nature are
not yet fully appreciated. Nature will wait and is patient for the return of
human attention to the powerful healing intelligence of natural, whole products
from the plant, animal and mineral kingdoms. And so too, must our four-legged
friends wait for the gentle healing and unfolding of lasting health given
through proper diet and natural support.