International Epilepsy Day

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10 February 2020

Epilepsy is a common chronic neurological disorder that is characterised by recurrent unprovoked seizures. These seizures are transient signs and/or symptoms due to abnormal, excessive or synchronous neuronal activity in the brain. About 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy at any one time. Epilepsy is usually controlled, but not cured, with medication, although surgery may be considered in difficult cases. Not all epilepsy syndromes are lifelong – some forms are confined to particular stages of childhood. Epilepsy should not be understood as a single disorder, but rather as a group of syndromes with vastly divergent symptoms but all involving episodic abnormal electrical activity in the brain.

The diagnosis of epilepsy requires that the seizures be unprovoked, with the implication that the provocant is assumed to be something obviously harmful. However, in some epilepsy syndromes, the provocant can reasonably be considered to be part of normal daily life. Examples of these normal provocantes include reading, hot water on the head, hyperventilation, and flashing or flickering lights. This last provocant is a special type of reflex epilepsy called photosensitive epilepsy. Although assumed to be a common trigger for epilepsy, among both patients and the public, only around 5% of people with epilepsy are affected by flickering lights.

There is no cure for epilepsy. But you can reduce the amount of seizures drastically by knowing your triggers, eating healthy, getting exercise and reducing your stress and anxiety levels.

Ozone can also help reduce the effects of Epilepsy. Ozone combats irritability, mood swings, exhaustion and nervousness. Ozone can reduce stress & anxiety, improve memory and neutralise toxins and impurities in your body.

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