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1. Epilepsy: Patient and Family Guide
2. Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood:
3. The Ketogenic Diet: A Treatment
4. Epilepsy: A New Approach
5. Living Well with Epilepsy and
6. Treating Epilepsy Naturally :
7. Seized: Temporal Lobe Epilepsy
8. Neuropsychology of Epilepsy and
9. Canine Epilepsy: An Owner's Guide
10. 100 Questions & Answers About
11. Handbook of Epilepsy Treatment
12. Epilepsy Explained: A Book for
13. The Treatment of Epilepsy: Principles
14. Becky the Brave: A Story about
15. The Cleveland Clinic Guide to
16. Psychiatric Issues in Epilepsy:
17. Epilepsy: A Guide to Balancing
18. Complementary and Alternative
19. Wyllie's Treatment of Epilepsy:
20. Epilepsy Syndromes: Expert Consult

1. Epilepsy: Patient and Family Guide
by M.D. Orrin Devinsky
Paperback: 408 Pages (2007-10-28)
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Asin: 1932603417
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Taking the lead from real patients' questions and insights, this new edition of a best-selling guide gives must-have information to those diagnosed with epilepsy — the most common neurological disorder in children, adults, and the elderly. Written by a leading expert, this guide answers common questions, assuages patient's fears, and encourages epileptics to take an active role in their medical care.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A must-read for anyone living with or near Epilepsy
Dr. Devinsky's book is a must-read for anyone living with epilepsy. This book should be required reading for caregivers, school administrators, physicians, etc. It is intelligent, informative and dispels many myths regarding epilepsy. The prognosis and progression depend on the type of epilepsy and the individual. But the resounding theme is that children and adults with epilepsy lead NORMAL if not extraordinary lives. We have had the opportunity to meet Dr. Devinsky in person, and he is truly a humble, compassionate, and caring individual. We are grateful for his patience and expertise. Thank You!

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Reading
Awesome information and so worth the reading. I strongly encourage anyone epileptic, like me, to keep such material by your bedside or in the home library.

5-0 out of 5 stars A good resource
More coverage than the usual general publications.Of course, that means all does not apply to your situation, but what does?And, since this is the third edition and only a year from copyright, the information is reasonably current and the reader can always search Amazon for the fourth edition.The section on resources is particularily important, since treatment, etc. will continually change, for the better we would hope.The important websites will be constantly updated.The glossary and index are a helpful bonus.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Intro to Epilepsy
People with epilepsy come up to me all the time at walks, in clinic, at events, and tell me that "Dr. Devinsky's book changed my life."So I read it, and it changed mine, too. I am now working for an epilepsy research study that Dr. Devinsky is leading called the Epilepsy Phenome/Genome Project, and my daughter is a participant. Together, we're working with Dr. Devinsky to try to make better diagnoses and improve treatment for people with seizures.

I'm sure some of our findings will be included in future editions of the book. Anyway, to sum up, an excellent book by an amazing physician, this book is written for people with no medical background. You definitely won't feel overwhelmed with scientific jargon; Dr. Devinsky breaks it down into ideas and terminology that is easy to understand. This book will also make you more effective if you must discuss your or a loved ones' epilepsy care with your physician.

5-0 out of 5 stars Epilepsy Patient and Family Guide
This is a very informative book.I would recommend to both freinds and family members of Epilepsy patients. ... Read more

2. Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood: A Guide (Johns Hopkins Press Health Book)
by John M. Freeman MD, Eileen P. G. Vining MD, Diana J. Pillas
Paperback: 432 Pages (2002-11-25)
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Asin: 0801870518
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The award-winning Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood is the standardresource for parents in need of comprehensive medical information about their child withepilepsy. Now in its third edition, this highly praised book has been thoroughly revised andupdated to reflect the latest approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy in childhood,including the use of the ketogenic diet as a treatment for children who either do not respond totraditional drug therapy or who suffer intolerable side effects from medications.

In addition to providing up-to-date information about new diagnostic techniques as well as newdrugs, diet, and surgical treatments, the authors have included a chapter addressing routine healthcare for children with epilepsy and a new chapter on complementary and alternative therapies. Also new to this edition are discussions of the progress made in the evaluation for surgery, achapter on insurance issues, and a section detailing additional resources.

"No child's life should be defined by seizures. If we understand how the brain works, whathappens during seizures, and how to cope with epilepsy, we can overcome the mythology ofepilepsy and fight society's prejudices, allowing every child with epilepsy to reach his or her fullpotential."--From Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars so informative and helpful
I am so grateful that I found this book! My son was recently diagnosed with epilepsy, and I was completely lost and overwhelmed by how nebulous the diagnosis and prognosis is for my son. I didn't even know what to ask the doctors when they finally discovered that he had epilepsy. They sent me home with medication and one sheet of information. With the help of this book, I was able to compile a list of questions to ask the doctor and sort through the information that I received. This book has a good glossary, description of seizures, personal stories, overview of epilepsy and it's types, treatments, tests, and medications. I found the book so helpful that I bought copies for family members, and it really made us all feel a lot better. If you have just recently received a diagnosis of epilepsy in your family, this book is a great place to start.

2-0 out of 5 stars repetitive
Obtained this book as my grandson was diagnosed with epilepsy.The book give some good information, but overall, seemed too basic. The book repeatedly mentioned that most forms of childhood epilepsy will frequently resolve with time - I think this is somewhat unrealistic and tends to minimize the problems associated with this condition.

The only 2 things I learned from the entire book was not to overindulge or overprotect the child and that the seizure threshold increases with age.

I was looking for strategies to help my grandson cope with epilepsy - but this book did not really provide that.It may be best suited for those children who have benign idiopathic seizures, such as febrile, but not for those who have other abnormalities that will not resolve with time.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!
This would have to be one of the best reads around for parents, friends or carers dealing with children and epilepsy. If there is one book you read on epilepsy, make it this one.

4-0 out of 5 stars ralph2719
Writing a book about any health care issue is a tall order because your audience base is so broad.The authors of this book make a valient effort to condense material about neurology to parents.This is a tall order.

I am an EEG technologist, and life long student of neurology.I found this book a fairly easy read based on pacing and structure, but I am not so sure that people who do not have a good foundation in the life sciences, let alone neurology, will have such an easy go of it.

Never the less, I strongly encourage those unfortunate parents to take a crack at reading this book, and taking notes to bring to the neurologist of their child.

5-0 out of 5 stars outstanding book on epilepsy
This book has a wealth of information on epilepsy and seizures. Worth the time reading. It is a little heavy at the beginning but still worth the read. ... Read more

3. The Ketogenic Diet: A Treatment for Children and Others with Epilepsy
by John Freeman, M.D. Eric H. Kossoff, Jennifer B. Freeman, R.D. Millicent T. Kelly
Paperback: 254 Pages (2006-10-04)
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Asin: 1932603182
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Sometimes called the “miracle diet,” the ketogenic diet has helped doctors treat difficult-to-control epileptic seizures in thousands of children. Coauthored by two respected Johns Hopkins neurologists, The Ketogenic Diet continues to be the definitive guide for parents, physicians, and dieticians wanting to implement this strict diet. This fourth edition is extensively updated to reflect current advances in understanding how the diet works, how it should be used, and the future role of the diet as a treatment. The best-seller also includes sample meal plans, a food database, a section on how the Atkins and modified ketogenic diet can be used as alternative diets to control epilepsy, and much more.
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Very important information about alternative treatment for epilepsy.If your child has been on more than two anti-seizure medications and the seizures are not controlled, read this book.It has been very helpful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Addition to an Epilepsy Resource Library
I am so thankful we purchased and read this book.It answered so many questions we had & dispelled many of our fears about the diet.It has also helped us explain things to relatives & friends as we prepared for and began the diet.The book provides an overview, history, families' experiences, recipes, resources, and much more.This book is well- & simply written, so is easy to understand; one doesn't have to have a medical background to understand it.It was very reassuring to finally read something that was written by people who *know* rather than by people who just have opinions.We had read so much negative about the diet, but this helped us understand all the positives of the diet and that we could do it and it could be the answer to our prayers.I was so relieved to have the information presented in such a straightforward, easy to understand manner, I actually cried with relief (among other emotions) while reading it.A weight really lifted off my shoulders.If you are hesitant and reluctant like we were, just get it and read it; this book will make all the difference for you, whatever you decide. I really can't say enough how wonderful a resource this book is!

4-0 out of 5 stars regarding seizures
brings to the forefront a non-pharmacuetical treatment option for seizures that also does not promise a cure for everyone. It states the facts and lets the reader decide which direction to take.

5-0 out of 5 stars the ONLY book you will need
this is the only resource for this diet the pro use it and won't share it

5-0 out of 5 stars High-Fat, Low-Carb Ketogenic Diet Is The Answer For Epilepsy
A "ketogenic" diet is nothing more than a low-carb diet that restricts carbohydrate intake to a level that produces ketones in the body through a process called ketosis. This is the basis for what many people who desire weight loss on a plan like Atkins or Protein Power attempt to attain. But research has shown quite convincingly in recent years that a ketogenic diet is much more than about weight loss-for children with epilepsy, it can control the frequency of their seizures. With medications providing only nominal aid for kids dealing with this disease while offering some unwanted side effects, a ketogenic diet truly is the "answer" that so many parents have been looking for. The diet is very high in fat, very low in carbs and protein since both of these can kick you out of ketosis in excess. The authors combine their expertise on this subject to describe why this way of eating works so well for treating epileptic patients, how it should be administered, and what the future of epilepsy care with ketogenic diets will be like. This updated edition includes sample menus, recipes, and other helpful tips for educating parents about the use of low-carb ketogenic diets for their kids with epilepsy. ... Read more

4. Epilepsy: A New Approach
by Adrienne Richard, Joel Reiter
Paperback: 288 Pages (1995-07-01)
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Asin: B001JJBOBU
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This book is a unique collaboration between a gifted writer with epilepsy and a skilled physician who has brought new insight into the treatment of this condition. At the age of twenty-six, when Adrienne Richard was seven months pregnant, she was diagnosed with epilepsy. For years she took anticonvulsant drugs to control her seizures, but she wanted to wean herself from the powerful drugs if she could. During the first ten years without medication she had only one seizure. Her goal was to live seizure-free.  Ms. Richard practiced yoga, biofeedback, and mind/body techniques in the eighties to help her reach that goal. While writing an article for a magazine based in California, she learned of Dr. Joel Reiter, who was exploring epilepsy self-care in his clinical practice and through his groundbreaking research.  Epilepsy: A New Approach combines Adrienne Richard's own inspiring story of overcoming a debilitating condition with Dr. Reiter's up-to-the-minute medical knowledge of diagnosis and treatment. This self-help program offers people with epilepsy and those who love them a chance to regain control of their lives.
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2-0 out of 5 stars Somewhat a little controversial - needs to be "re-written"
I give this book a 50/50 coin toss; it needs to be updated and more worded carefully. Not exactly a "medical" aspect in regards to terminology being used; which a reader reading this can take or get the wrong idea. While the idea and perspective is good in my own opinion, it needs to be re-written.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you read one epilepsy book...
This is not a book describing epilepsy in lengthy detail and how difficult it is. There are dozens of other books for that.

This is the best book I've found for searching out concrete, alternative solutions for self treatment and self awareness. Not all of them will work for all people. Some may even be a bit on the fringe, but if you're looking for something you can do other than take/provide medication for a person with epilepsy this will give you a great start.

The book is mostly written by a layman, Adrienne Richard, who has had epilepsy most of her adult life and has made it her business to seek out any additional treatment and research that can help her deal with seizures in day to day life. Very short sections are authored by Dr. Joel Reiter explaining epilepsy (well done, concise) and how physicians can integrate multiple methods into their treatment.

This book is somewhat dated in that it follows Richard's experiences between the 60s-90s and doesn't include things outside of her experience (ie the Ketogenic diet or Atkins) or the new drugs, but it has many discussions of food intolerances, bio-feedback, awareness of when a seizure is coming and how to dissolve it, and even her experience working with children and adults with multiple disabilities (including seizures).

One of the few epilepsy books on my recommendation list.

5-0 out of 5 stars great resource for understanding treatment options
As a patient told by my neurologist that my only seizure treatment options were two choices of medication (after my first seizure at age 21), this book gave me valuable information that my doctors never provided.The descriptions of biofeedback therapy and self-treatment--by a person having firsthand experience with them--are balanced by a real doctor's perspective and advice about medications and treatment options.This isn't a book full of quack advice and questionable herbal remedies (not that they might not help, but a scientific approach is often lacking in such approaches to medical conditions).The information about various seizure conditions and their possible causes is general, but helpful to those whose doctors shove medications at them without much explanation.As I believe others have stated, the information about medications has been rendered incomplete since new drugs came into use.Nevertheless I highly recommend the book as still relevant, especially for anyone seeking to reduce or eliminate his/her reliance on medication to treat seizure conditions.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must Read on Epilepsy
This book provides an excellent information source for people with epilepsy and offers vital information to help them control their seisures.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is a GODSEND to me.
I have always had seizures since I was a small child. I had no idea I could do more for myself than take the pills I was given by my doctor. I no longer have seizures since reading this book. I have lost my drivers on occasion due to seizures!!!

The information in this book should be more available to everyone!!! Doctors should be telling people some of the information in this book during their visits. The nutrition section was extremely important to me.

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5. Living Well with Epilepsy and Other Seizure Disorders: An Expert Explains What You Really Need to Know
by Carl W. Bazil
Paperback: 272 Pages (2004-10-01)
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Asin: 0060538481
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Treatment options, lifestyle strategies,and emotional support for two million Americans.

Epilepsy, once mistakenly associated with demonic possession, has for centuries been a poorly understood illness. Today, though it affects nearly one out of every one hundred Americans, little comprehensive information can be found on bookshelves regarding this common and complex neurological disease. Until now!

Using his expertise in pharmacology and neuroscience, Dr. Carl Bazil demystifies epilepsy and other seizure disorders and offers medical, practical, and emotional support to patients and their families. He explains how and why seizures occur, and thoroughly discusses treatment options, the pros and cons of surgery, experimental and alternative treatments, strategies for daily living, and much more.

Substantiated with case examples, this useful book provides a much-needed window into epilepsy so that patients can achieve the full life they deserve. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Informative, general information
Albeit a few years old, Bazil presents an informative overview of the various conditions (which I do not personally consider a "disease"), although I wish he had discussed memory loss in greater detail.The text stresses working with the diagnosing specialist and gives a general overview of the drug treatments generally prescribed in 2004, including the still prescribed and apparently effective Keppra.As with any medication, a close read of the pharmacy paperwork, a serious discussion with the physicians concerning side effects and drug interactions is certainly in order. Good management of the condition is obviously imperative to the patient's physical and mental health.Readers may also find the general, albeit also dated, publication "Partial Seizure Disorder" by Waltz to be of interest.In addition to web information, periodic subject searches on Amazon for more current information is also in order.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ready for an Apology...
This is an excellent book and helps you deal with the brain disease of a loved one.I read this book because my wife of 21 years suffers from epilepsy.

She was first diagnosed with it about 20 years ago, while I was an Army officer assigned to Germany.She only had one seizure then and the doctors said it was probably stress-induced, so she reduced her stress levels.She did not go on any medication then.The book talks about this type of seizure and how many people in this scenario will only experience one seizure in their lifetime.

She remained seizure free until about two years later when we moved back to the states.The stress of the move, coupled with two new babies (they are 14 months apart) triggered her to have another one.And then another one 3 days after that.She started having seizures every few days.One seizure even occurred while she was driving down the interstate with our two kids in the backseat in their car seats.She luckily could feel it coming on, pulled the car over, put the car in "Park", then had the seizure.The book discusses this phenomenon and I understand it better now.

The book also talks a lot about medications available.In my wife's case, the doctors were able to successfully stop the seizures by putting her on the anti-seizure drug called Tegretol.She still takes it religiously 3 times a day.

The book also talks about the history of epilepsy.How the churches have been telling everyone for 2000 years that it is caused by "demon possession".And about how in many parts of the world the churches are still doing this practice.I can understand this mistake. I mean, if you can't explain a phenomenon truthfully, why not just make something up, like "demon possession"?And then tell all your constituents that you better get in here so you don't get it, too!After all, it just makes good business sense.And their offerings went way up, after this little fib.

And it's really no big deal except that the "aura" of it still lives on today here in the US.That's why we haven't been able to tell our 18 year old daughter's boyfriend that her mommy suffers from epilepsy.

My wife has been seizure free for the last 4 years.But over this past weekend she was staying in a rental house with the family to celebrate her brother's wedding.With the stress from our daughter going off to college in a few weeks, along with my wife being in that wedding, she had another stress-induced seizure Saturday night.She woke up in the middle of the night in that rental house, and ran to what she thought was the bathroom.But she was confused and mistakenly ran into the room where our daughter's boyfriend was sleeping alone.She proceeded to have a seizure attack and fell and broke her ankle.This one was a little different from the other seizures she has had.With this one, she not only urinated herself like all the others, but she also defecated herself this time.All in front of our daughters' just awoken, startled and freaked-out boyfriend. Needless to say, she missed the wedding.

To some, this all might seem funny.But it's not all that funny if you are actually living it.And to the churches, I want to especially thank you all for the added "stigma stress" that she must also endure.Caused by your naked lies.And don't get me wrong, for I am a Christian, and a member of the Methodist church for which I have great respect.But you all have a reckless disregard for all of us who suffer from brain diseases, and you increase our suffering.

This book discusses this stigma.Caused by our churches.I just discussed it a little bit, too.

I believe a unified public apology from all our churches is needed.I hope and pray for this everyday.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very informative
Out of the blue my completely healthy 12 year old son went unconscious, fell to the floor and started having what I now know is called a tonic-clonic (or grand mal) seizure.After a week of extensive testing and several doctor visits he was diagnosed with Primary Generalized Epilepsy.Like most parents I HAD to know more---how does this happen, what exactly goes on in the brain leading up to a seizure, what do the antiepileptic drugs do to his body, etc.This was the first book I found on the disease and it has really helped me gain a better understanding of what's happening with my son.It does get a little technical, which I liked & with my modest "medical" type background I had no problem following it.(I took several anatomy & physiology classes which probably helped me with that!)I'm now in search of a book that will explain it in terms my SON will understand... ... Read more

6. Treating Epilepsy Naturally : A Guide to Alternative and Adjunct Therapies
by Patricia Murphy
Paperback: 288 Pages (2001-09-26)
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Hard-to-find information on epilepsy, presented by an author living successfully with the condition

Drugs commonly used to treat epilepsy have some extremely harmful side effects. Treating Epilepsy Naturally is an empathetic, practical, empowering look at treatment options, lifestyle choices, and ways of living well. Written by an author who has been successfully living with it herself for most of her adult life, this comprehensive guide offers alternative treatments to replace and to complement traditional therapies and sound advice to find the right health practitioner for you. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Helped me a great deal
I've been suffering from epilepsy for a while now, and dutifully took my anti-epliptic meds for a long time and it did reduce my seizures but at a great price. My memory was horrible, concentration poor and general well-being was suffering because of the meds. After reading this book, and practicing a lot of the nutritional guidelines and many others things in it, and using other information I found on my own, my seizures are decreasing and I've been decreasing my medication too.

It is hard work to try the 'natural' way and takes alot of self control and inner reflection. It may not be for everyone, but as for me, I prefer eating a healthy diet than taking chemicals that cause negative side effects. Great book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Reading this book was like finding burid treasure.
I used to believe an epileptic (like myself) just went to his doctor every 6 months, had a brief visit, and gave me a prescription for more pills.

Little did I know that there a number of things I can do to improve my condition on my own in addition to taking my pills. I do not have all day to list them but if you want to learn for yourself take a few hours of your life and read this book.

It can improve your condition dramatically buy it. If you want to continue on without hope and having seizures don't bother. Just go to your doctor every 6 months and keep taking your pills so you have as few as possible.

If you don't have your health you don't have anything. If you would like to buy the supplements listed in this book in one bottle (which are all safe) please go to a website by Dr. Balch.

Go to google and as the subject type in DR BALCH EPILEPSY.

I read the entire book and I have implemented some of the nutritional suggestions which Ms. Murphy made to help control my son's epilepsy, which has never been well-controlled by medication.I have found that these changes seem to be reducing his seizures.I thought her complete review of vitamins and nutrients and how they interact with neurological processes was very well-written and easy to understand.Additionally, her assertions are backed up by other well-known medical professionals whose books I have read, so I think her research was thorough.

5-0 out of 5 stars I have a new life.
I have a new life now.After reading this book and Epilepsy: A New Approach by Adrienne Richard and Joel Reiter, M.D. I have a new life.Words cannot not express my gratitude or how this book has changed my life in just a matter of weeks.I've never gone this long without a seizure since I was 13.Usually every week.I think it has almost been 6 weeks now.I can't believe how simple it was.And all I did was the basic things.I still haven't employed everything.I still have my auras but they are changing and I am incorporating more of the strategies to reduce them.I have a new life.If you want to change your life, read these two books.I don't know how to express my thanks to these authors.It has changed my entire outlook and my confidence and my hope for my future.

2-0 out of 5 stars Be careful when reading this book
I am not a neurologist but have a strong personal interest in epilepsy. I read this book with great care. There are many chapters of significant merit including chapters 10-20. These chapters include the seizure taming effects of relaxation and certain types of music, doing things to prevent seizure progression when an aura is felt, lots of general information on epilepsy that is organized on a gender or age basis, the challenges of finding employment, and advice on a whole host of life issues that people with epilepsy often face. These are even more thoroughly covered in a number of other references which I have also read that come from the medical community.

So here is the real issue; what is in chapters 1-9? These chapters are loaded with information on diet, food supplements, vitamins, minerals, oriental medicine and other alternative and complementary approaches to treating epilepsy. As I read the Forward by Russell Blaylock MD and chapters 1-9 I had a growing sense that the author's thesis or belief is that traditional American medical treatment of epilepsy on the whole may do more harm than good and should be avoided if possible and that the natural approach is without risk and should be used preferentially. The real problem with this philosophy is that there are many people out there that will believe such nonsense. Any natural approach has risks as well as possible (if unproven) benefits. I certainly do not want to deny that there are problems associated with traditional medical treatment of epilepsy. Side effects are a real issue and can not be ignored.

The book has many unsubstantiated assertions that would make people think that the medical profession as a whole is uninformed. That is most unfortunate. Here is one example from the Forward;

("Doctors in general have difficulty with biochemistry in medical school......If your doctors do not understand these molecular events how can they efficiently treat your disorder? In addition to this lack of knowledge......" p. iv

Chapter 1 is a testimonial by the author on how she dealt with her epilepsy by eliminating junk food from her diet, switching to wholesome foods, adding herbs to the mix (skullcap and goldenseal), exercising and losing weight. She also decreased the amount of Phenobarbital she was taking. At that point she endorses a definition of drugs as being "poison(s)." The reader is also introduced to Robert Fried Ph.D. (a neuropsychologist?) Dr. Fried allegedly has come to the conclusion that "Seizures are metabolical, (sic) not neurological." Dr. Fried also allegedly feels that seizures are more like a regulatory body-process, like vomiting, rather than a disease process. The seizures are, allegedly according to the author, in a way readjusting the individual's metabolism to attempt to achieve homeostasis. My understanding is that there are some seizures that have a metabolic origin but they are in the minority. Certainly eating better and taking care of one's body should make a difference in overall health. Whether that will cure epilepsy is far from proven.

Chapter 4 starts by stating that if you have seizures it is imperative that you see a physician. That is good advice. An implication is made that hypoglycemia may be a major cause of seizures. Such an assertion ("major cause")is a little bit irresponsible in my opinion. It is correctly pointed out that anticonvulsants can have long-term adverse effects on calcium metabolism and bone health. It is then pointed out that phenytoin (an increasingly infrequently used old line anticonvulsant) contains "Drano" and "antifreeze." Puleeeze give us a break.Most readers should know better than to believe that. The real problem with this book as I see it is that there are people out there that will actually believe these assertions that are thrown in for effect, and may avoid the medical profession and thus deny themselves of the benefits that modern medical science has to offer. I in fact know of one mother that read this book four years ago and then took her daughter off of her medication feeling that it was too toxic to tolerate. The daughter's seizures that had been completely controlled for 9 months returned after 3 weeks and have never been under good control since then, in spite of restarting and then trying other medications. A reference should have been included, to the important studies that show that people that achieve complete control on medication for at least 2 or 4 years, have a high likelihood (better than 50/50) of not needing medications after that point, but that those that go off medication early and relapse are often difficult to control. On the whole this book is not balanced and this is one example where the other side of the picture should have been presented.

Chapter 5 on nutrition is interesting and useful. It is smart to eat right.

A lot of chapter 6, "Foods that Harm" makes sense.

Chapter 7 "Foods that Heal" has some interesting ideas. There is information on food supplements as well. I think a more scientific approach to the use of food supplements could have been taken. The issue of the blood brain barrier is not dealt with. There are many unsubstantiated assertions in this chapter. The section on GABA is a good example of both of these problems. GABA does not cross the blood brain barrier and so orally ingested GABA will not end up in the central nervous system. The section ends by stating that "daily supplementation of 500 to 1,000 mg of GABA has been shown to help prevent seizures." This is an irresponsible statement, that if taken and followed, could cost the individual several hundred dollars a year, and all for naught.

Chapter 8 is about the Ketogenic Diet. Although it can help in those with seizures that are particularly difficult to control, I think that most neurologists would not routinely recommend it. The chapter fails to point out the downside of the ketogenic diet and fails to point out that it will not work unless the patient is truly ketotic. Adding fats to a regular diet to try and achieve some of the benefits of the ketogenic diet will only result in weight gain, elevated serum cholesterol and triglycerides, and possibly exacerbation of seizures. Studies have shown that simply losing weight correlates with better seizure control.

Chapter 9 on herbs is interesting but readers should look to other sources before investing a small fortune on those options. A recent book by Orrin Devinsky, MD takes a critical look at herbs (and other alternative and complementary methods of approaching epilepsy) and cites relevant scientific literature (if it exists) that confirms the value of various herbs.

On the whole I do not feel that this is a balanced book. Nor do I feel that the author intended for it to be a balanced book. The sources cited as experts are too dominated by acquaintances of the author and not enough is cited from peer review scientific literature. There are far too many unsubstantiated assertions. Actually following some of the advice in the book could lead to lost opportunities to get epilepsy under control and could lead to much expense in search of the often elusive goal of effectively treating epilepsy without medication. I cannot recommend this book. I can recommend Dr. Devinsky's book "Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Epilepsy."It is a bit pricy so I recommend borrowing it from your local library unless you are a physician or a hopeless book collector that likes to buy medical texts. I give this book 2 stars because it does have some useful information. The other stuff unfortunately brings it down to a "2."

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7. Seized: Temporal Lobe Epilepsy as a Medical, Historical, and Artistic Phenomenon
by Eve LaPlante
Paperback: 272 Pages (2000-06-14)
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"Fascinating account of medical research...LaPlante shows how a brain scar may cause bizarre aggressive or sexual behavior-and works of profound creative imagination."

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"Readers intrigued by Oliver Sacks' Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat will welcome LaPlante's book...Thoughtful...Highly recommended."

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5-0 out of 5 stars A gentle but broad introduction to TLE
I have just been diagnosed with TLE at Beth Israel/Deaconess in Boston (where much of the book is set), and this book has really catalyzed me to recast a great deal of the oddness (some welcome, some not) of my life.Like many, no doubt, my first reaction was "I can't have epilepsy -- I've never had a seizure!"The book put TLE in context in a way that is making me speculate that I may have had it my whole life.Classic personality (gladly, more like Charlie than some of the other options...).

Much of my life I've been regarded as an eccentric, charismatic genius, and I'm sure most people thought this was an easy path for me.Reading this book has given me vocabulary for (stickily?) explaining myself.Appropriately enough, I recently -- before the diagnosis -- started to write a memoir framed in my to-be-30-years as a woman engineer online, and now I am reconsidering how I might rework certain parts of that project...Much to ponder.

It also sets me in a range of symptoms that TLE can present, and makes me rather grateful for how it is presenting in my case.It's easy to feel sorry for yourself -- but I end up feeling fortunate (for how mild my symptoms are compared to some) and even somewhat proud (for being part of a wounded but creative lineage, as it were).

That much of the original book is here in Boston (and even at BIDMC!) just made it that much more immediate to me.LaPlante is a great storyteller, and has given me substantial leads for looking up more online both on the historical/artistic and technical aspects of TLE.A win on both the art of the writing, and the content.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent
This book was a delight.Written from an intelligent and humanistic perspective.I have TLE and am often at a loss for information even from my excellent doctors (one mentioned in the book) and this book really gave some answers as to why.It is a good read not just for the educational aspect...even if you don't have epilepsy.I did feel a bit meloncholy after reading it...knowing how much we really are still in the dark about much of what happens in the brain...and more importantly the causes of this mysterious diagnosis.Very helpful..best book I read about epilepsy and how it affects the total person.

5-0 out of 5 stars Controversial but worth reading repetitiously
One of the most profound books I've ever purchased on Amazon, and every time I read it; I learn something new that I had not noticed before. While this book I am aware has always been a controversial book, but it is truly unique and interesting. This is one book that you can read, learn something - put it away.

Wait for a time being, return back to it - read it all over again and it becomes a totally different aspect, perspective, and depth than when you first read it.

I originally purchased this with attempts to understand the Geschwind's Syndrome, but instead - it's become an uncanny book that you cannot surrender or give it up. Indeed, I had a few folks whom borrowed it declaring it being "spooky" to "psycho" due to lack of understanding of Epilepsy, which has given me the conclusion that one must understand or at least have some general understanding of Epilepsy upfront prior to reading this book.

Those who had knowledge of or partial knowledge of Epilepsy found it quite mysterious to mestermizing, in fact, one actually purchased one for themselves.

For one to Judge on the book, it is strongly recommended repetitive readings of this controversial book, for whereas, it is then when you gain insight and to a point, like myself, unable to put it all down in words.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally, it all makes sense!
I have temporal lobe epilepsy, and this book explained so much for me! I was initially diagnosed following a head injury at 18, but I had a bit of memory loss, so I don't remember how much I was told about it. In college, I stopped taking anti-seizure meds because I never had tonic-clonic seizures and assumed the diagnosis had been incorrect. When the seizures I did have worsened and I finally discovered I had TLE, Ms. LaPlante's book helped me to understand so much. I've experienced things I never previously associated with epilepsy. (I found the book recommended on the website of the Epilepsy Foundation.)

1-0 out of 5 stars Full of Gross Generalizations and Little Fact
At first I was excited to find a book that has been well received in the seizure disorder community as one that portrays accurate fact-based information about temporal lobe epilepsy, or epilepsy that is focally based in one area of the brain.

However, I was sorely disappointed with this book.In fact, in a lot of areas, it was horrifying for someone who has a seizure disorder of this type.It offers little hope, little direction on solutions, and a lot of confusion as to what this type of epilepsy is all about.

For example, if I knew nothing about this type of epilepsy, I would wonder, does everyone have these type of deeply emotional experiences and could everyone have a seizure?Well, it's possible that everyone COULD have a seizure, but the truth is that there is a very small population of people who WILL have seizures.The sensory auras (or precursors to having a seizure) the author speaks about are relevant only to the people who have a propensity to have seizures, and she doesn't make that clear. The fact that she doesn't make this clear is a VERY DANGEROUS underpinning of this book.

Other unsupported "facts" were to ascribe seizure like states to such prophetic figures as Moses, Muhammed and Christian saints and a great many literary figures.This was to support the Geschwind syndrome theory. While I have seen theories of literary figures having seizures from other sources, religious figures having seizures when receiving prophecies didn't appear to be supported by any theologians or neurologists previously.

The theories on the various forms of complex partial seizures or "TLE" as the author calls it, are unsupported (I've never heard a doctor mention these), the treatments are crazy, and the cases mentioned are horrific examples to use.

For example, to use such a broad example of "TLE" to exemplify her case was appalling and would scare any newly diagnosed person: an outspoken, almost psychotic woman who was experimented on by opportunistic doctors is not a good example of the vast majority of sufferers of complex partial seizures.This example shows that the author is clearly out of touch with the community she is so desperately trying to exemplify.

Most of the sufferers of complex partial seizures are silent sufferers who go through years of ups and downs and they really need a voice.It's sad that this is seen as the only "plain language" book that is out there.

The only highlight to this book was the details of Geschwind's syndrome.It was fascinating, but again unsupported with fact and with solutions.The only thing I took away from this was that someone who suffered from this syndrome needed to either take some psychiatric heavy lifting drugs or live with the social consequences of being a misfit.

I agree with the reviewer that this book offers problems, but no solutions.I would give 0 stars, but alas, there is no option for this. ... Read more

8. Neuropsychology of Epilepsy and Epilepsy Surgery (Oxford Workshop Series American Academy of Clinical Neuropsyshology)
by Gregory Lee
Paperback: 376 Pages (2010-03-01)
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This book provides essential information about the variety of seizure disorders and serves as a basic epilepsy reference guide for students and practicing clinical neuropsychologists.In addition to epilepsy neuropsychological assessment issues, the book provides an overview of the known cognitive effects of seizures as well as the adaptive, emotional, and psychiatric consequences of epilepsy including a chapter on psychogenic nonepileptic seizures.Diagnostic tests, such as EEG and structural neuroimaging, are described and the leading treatment options are detailed with a chapter on pharmacologic therapies which reviews the known cognitive and behaivoral side effects of specific antiepileptic drugs.Many of the more rare epilepsy disorders have been included in the appendices for quick and easy reference.

The book also details the role of neuropsychology within the epilepsy surgery process including pre-and post-surgery cognitive evaluations, cortical stimulation mapping, functional neuroimaging, and intracarotid amobarbital (Wada) procedures and reviews the major surgical treatment options used in the intractable epilepsies.Case examples are dispersed throughout the text with neuropsychological results as heuristic aids.The book concludes with a glossary of epilepsy terms. ... Read more

9. Canine Epilepsy: An Owner's Guide to Living With and Without Seizures
by Caroline D. Levin
Paperback: 192 Pages (2002-06-15)
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"Canine Epilepsy" is a comprehensive guide to nervous system function, seizure activity, medical, and alternative treatments. This book covers related healthcare concerns such as thyroid and liver disease. It also teaches owners ways to help their dogs before and after seizures. Perhaps most importantly, however, "Canine Epilepsy" examines seizure triggers, such as diet, vaccines, and chemical use and their very clear links to brain activity.

Topics include: normal canine metabolism, digestion, and brain function. Easy-to-understand explanations of the disease processes. The effects of cortisol, the stress hormone, on seizures. Treatments: medications, diet, acupuncture, and more. Alternatives to flea and tick pesticides. Vaccines, boosters, and titres. Homemade diets vs. commercial diets. Liver, bladder, thyroid, and ophthalmic issues. How to interrupt a seizure. Seizure alerts. Caring for the dog after a seizure. Emotional support for owners. Additional resources and suppliers section. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Little Lulu
My little poodle Lulu started having Grand Mal seizures at 8 years of age.I was completely floored,it is so upsetting as she can have between 5-9 in an hour.This book helps me understand it more,even though I still get upset at seeing her go though this.Lulu takes a lot of meds daily and has tests when needed.

3-0 out of 5 stars Canine Epilepsy: An Owner's Guide With and Without Seizures
The book has lots of useful information, epecially for someone just starting out taking care of an epileptic dog. One problem is it's several years since the book was published, therefore not up to date with regards to the latest medications and dietary information.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent so far
I have not as yet finished reading the entire book.I have so far just picked out certain parts that are relative to my dog's condition thus far. but I am very impressed with what I have read, especially regarding change of diet, which I did immediately.

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful resource and a comfort
This book was recommended to me by a friend when my dog began having seizures; she said it was well written and provided detailed medical information for those who wanted that but was written clearly and in easily understandable terms for the layman as well. It's true -- although I did a lot of research and learned much from experience, this book has really helped me understand all the different things that could trigger seizures so I could eliminate them or at least be aware of them. It also explained what to do before, during and after my dog has seizures and how to avoid triggering more.Ms. Levin discusses everything you can think of: medications, alternatives, diets, etc. I feel more in control and less fearful of my dog having seizures after having read it.I HIGHLY recommend it.

2-0 out of 5 stars disappointed
I was disappointed in the book as a whole. Coming from working at a vet clinic as a certified veterinary technician I was looking for a book to tell owners about who had epileptic dogs. I thought this book was not owner friendly and would only confuse pet owners. Having my own epileptic dog gives me insight to their concerns and fears. I think that overall this book will confuse owners and make them question their veterinarians, when they need to have complete faith that the vet is choosing the right combo for their pets.While the idea was good, I would not recommend this book. ... Read more

10. 100 Questions & Answers About Your Child's Epilepsy (100 Questions & Answers about . . .)
by Anuradha Singh
Paperback: 272 Pages (2008-12-26)
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100 Questions and Answers About Your Child s Epilepsy gives you authoritative, practical answers to your questions about epilepsy diagnosis, treatment options, and management. Written by a childhood epilepsy expert, along with contributions from actual parents and the children and adolescents themselves, this book is an excellent resource for learning and coping with the medical and emotional effects on a child with epilepsy. ... Read more

11. Handbook of Epilepsy Treatment
by Simon D. Shorvon
Paperback: 436 Pages (2010-11-30)
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Make your way through the epilepsy maze

Epilepsy is a complex neurological condition. There are many modern treatment options, and treatment should nowadays be tailored to an individual patient. But identification of the best therapy can be a labyrinthine process.

The Handbook of Epilepsy Treatment provides a practical pathfinder for treating epilepsy based on published evidence and the author’s 30 years of specialist clinical experience. Direct in style but comprehensive in content, with ample tables and summaries, the Handbook of Epilepsy Treatment covers:

  • Treatment of the different forms and causes of epilepsy
  • Treatment in the different commonly encountered clinical situations
  • Treatment in children, in adults, in the elderly, in women, in epilepsy syndromes and in those with special needs and requirements
  • Epilepsy drugs – their pharmacology, kinetics, side effects, effectiveness and practical usage in the clinic
  • Epilepsy surgery – the various types, the indications, assessment and outcome

A succinct pharmacopeia summarizes the entire range of anti-epileptic medications with emphasis on effective prescribing in the clinical setting.

The Handbook of Epilepsy Treatment will help you and your patient find the best path to control epilepsy for each individual’s situation. ... Read more

12. Epilepsy Explained: A Book for People Who Want to Know More
by Markus Reuber MDPHDMRCP, Christian E Elger MDPHDMRCP, Steven C Schachter MD
Paperback: 368 Pages (2009-03-17)
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In the last five years, approximately 2.7 million people have been treated for epilepsy and it is estimated that as much as one in one-hundred of the world's population will develop epilepsy during their lifetime.It is further estimated that 60 million people worldwide have epilepsy and in the United States alone, between seventy to eighty thousand people are newly diagnosed each year.Despite being such a common problem, most people know little about the disorder and people with epilepsy feel stigmatized.
Filled with illustrations on almost every page and boasting an attractive and stimulating layout, Epilepsy Explained offers a wealth of crystal clear information on epilepsy, intended for patients, family members, friends, and caregivers. This down-to-earth book is divided into easy-to-digest sections that address such fundamental questions as what epilepsy is, what happens in different types of epileptic seizures, how epilepsy is diagnosed, and how seizures are treated. The authors include much-needed information on numerous topics, includingliving successfully with seizures, patients rights, and current drugs used to treat epilepsy--all described with directness and clarity, with many real-life examples that shed light on how the topic under discussion affects people with epilepsy. The book includes information for particular groups of readers such as women, children, and teens.It has an easy-to-follow organization, is clearly structured and has a detailed index and glossary, allowing readers to easily find specific information pertaining to their condition. Written by physicians who work daily with epilepsy, this clear and engaging book providespeople with the knowledge they need to make informed choices about their illness.
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4-0 out of 5 stars If only this had existed when I was a kid
I didn't like how repetitious this book was. It made it interesting and easy to use, but became boring after awhile. It is a book I could finally identify with and made me feel normal. I loved the criticism of the absurd laws that exist, singling out Epileptics. They are completely arbitrary and do nothing to help anyone. If these driving laws continue to exist I think they should make everyone who has angina abide by similar laws just to make a point of how stupid it all is. I think this is a book everyone should read. The only problem is, I don't thin anyone will read it if they themselves aren't epileptic or know someone who is. ... Read more

13. The Treatment of Epilepsy: Principles and Practice (Wyllie, Treatment of Epilepsy)
Hardcover: 1180 Pages (2005-11-21)
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Thoroughly updated, the Fourth Edition of The Treatment of Epilepsy: Principles and Practice remains the most comprehensive single-volume clinical reference on the epilepsies. In one convenient source, the book provides a broad, detailed, and cohesive overview of seizure disorders and contemporary treatment options, bringing together the most vital work in the neurosciences, genetics, electroencephalography, pediatric and adult neurology, neuropharmacology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry.

This edition includes a new chapter on the pharmacogenetics of antiepileptic medications, complete information on new drugs, and current guidelines for use of older drugs. Other chapters present fresh new material on epilepsy surgery and neuroimaging.

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5-0 out of 5 stars if you have need for treatment of Epilepsy:
my major is trditional chinese medicine but i have need some western medicine book for treatment of Epilepsy. this book ggive me a key for what medication and what mechanism for treatment of epilepsy.
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14. Becky the Brave: A Story about Epilepsy
by Laurie Lears
Hardcover: 32 Pages (2002-01-01)
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Becky is Sarah’s big sister. In many ways they are alike, but as Sarah says, "Becky is brave…and I am not." Becky walks Sarah to her classroom each day. She is brave about going to a new school, about standing up to a big dog, and even about having epilepsy.

But one day Becky has a seizure during class. Many kids stare, and some laugh. That evening, Becky decides she doesn’t want to go to school anymore. The next day Sarah walks to her classroom all alone. As she passes by Becky’s class, the students call out to her, "Aren’t you Becky’s sister? Is she going to get better?" Shy Sarah wants to tell them about Becky’s illness. Now she must find the strength to be brave for her sister. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming tale about two sisters, one of whom has epilepsy
"Becky the Brave" is a well-written tale about a young girl's struggles with epilepsy. Becky helps her younger sister Sarah adapt to life at school, walking with her, and reassuring her as she attends school. Sarah looks up to her brave older sister - until one afternoon when Becky suffers a serious seizure. When Becky recovers, she retreats into herself and refuses to return to school, anxious that her condition not be revealed to her new classmates lest they treat her 'differently'. It is now Sarah's turn to be brave for her sister and help put things right again.

At the beginning of the book, there is some explanation about epilepsy, and I learned that about 300,000 children in the United States suffer from epilepsy, with no known causes, and can range from mild to extreme seizures. It is therefore important that educators and students know how to react when a child suffers a seizure in the classroom or school. This book not only narrates the story of a child dealing with epilepsy and the challenges it poses, but also educates on how others can help - by clearing away anything that can be considered a danger to a seizure-stricken child, placing the child on her side to prevent choking, putting something soft like a pillow under her head, etc. - all of these are well-illustrated by the pictures drawn by artist Gail Piazza which complements the text by author Laurie Lears. I love these series of books dealing with children's disabilities and how they cope with the challenges in day-to-day life - others in the series are Nathan's Wish: A Story About Cerebral Palsy, Ben Has Something to Say: A Story About Stuttering (Concept Books (Albert Whitman)), and Ian's Walk: A Story About Autism. I've been reading these books with my 5-year-old and hopefully she'll be able to understand and provide support to her peers in school who have disabilities, something I consider important given the more inclusive nature of classrooms these days. Recommended for grades K-3.

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm the illustrator of Becky the Brave!
I am the illustrator of Becky the Brave! I learned so much about epilepsy while working on this project. The illustrations are done in pastel on colored pastel paper. I used two sisters from my church as models for Becky and her sister. Look for a special copies for sale in the collectible (used and new) section, that include a personalized note from me explaining how I illustrated Becky the Brave!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great way to introduce Epilepsy to children
I used this book as a basis for a lesson plan introducing Epilepsy to lower grades.The story not only shares some basic information about Epilepsy, but does a great job of getting children to think about what it might feel like to have it and how nervous and afraid a child may be to come to school.A great way to teach compassion to all children.Well written and great illustrations. ... Read more

15. The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Epilepsy (Cleveland Clinic Guides)
by Elaine Wyllie
Paperback: 192 Pages (2010-03-02)
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Expert medical advice from an award-winning physician at one of the nation’s best hospitals for the treatment of epilepsy and seizures. Epilepsy and seizures affect more than three million Americans of all ages. Approximately 200,000 new cases of epilepsy and seizures occur each year. For anyone affected by this disorder, The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Epilepsy can help.

Dr. Elaine Wyllie, a world-renowned neurologist and epilepsy specialist, guides you through all aspects of epilepsy, from the definition of seizures and their underlying causes, to treatment with medicine or surgery. The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Epilepsy provides a comprehensive, one-stop source of information about epilepsy, while also outlining clear and concise actions for maximizing care and treatment of this disorder. ... Read more

16. Psychiatric Issues in Epilepsy: A Practical Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment
Hardcover: 544 Pages (2006-12-05)
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This volume is a pragmatic, comprehensive guide to evaluation and management of psychiatric problems in patients with epilepsy. The authors critically analyze recent findings on the relationship between seizures and psychiatric disorders and offer practical recommendations for diagnosis and treatment. Numerous case studies are included. This thoroughly updated edition includes new material on animal models of psychopathology in epilepsy, use of psychotropic drugs in epilepsy, use of antiepileptic drugs in psychiatry, neuroanatomic and neurobiologic bases of psychiatric disorders, neuropsychological evaluation in children with epilepsy, neuropsychological testing in epilepsy surgery candidates, and value and limitations of the forced normalization concept.

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3-0 out of 5 stars For Patients with Clearly Defined Epilepsy
What I wanted to know when I bought this book was how to exclude epilepsy as a cause of psychiatric symptoms.This book did not really do that at all.As far as I can tell, the book is about treating people with an obvious, primary diagnosis of epilepsy who develop psychiatric symptoms.Perhaps if that was your reason for buying the book you would give it 5 stars.A book called "Psychiatric Issues in Epilepsy" could reasonalby be expected to cover my question: "So, could this possibly be TLE?" but this book was no help. ... Read more

17. Epilepsy: A Guide to Balancing Your Life (American Academy of Neurology)
by M.D. Ilo E. Leppik
Paperback: 192 Pages (2006-11-09)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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People diagnosed with epilepsy face many difficulties and lifestyle changes, but a proper understanding of the disease is a vital first step toward maintaining a normal life. Written in simple terms, this invaluable resource answers commonly asked questions about epilepsy and explains how it is diagnosed and treated, both with medications and other treatment options. Filled with helpful tables and illustrations, the guide offers current, reliable information on diet, surgical treatments, pregnancy, sports, and much more.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Actually Purchased the Collectible Version - Read On
Excellent Book, with case studies and more; no matter what edition one purchases - whether the latest revision or a collectible ... all of them are valued. One can actually learn and benefit as how much Neuroscience as progressed over the years, moreover, even the older versions - one can possibility learn from a case study or two and such can be applied.

For a Reader - one can benefit and gain insight of the various types of Epilepsies and the complex and complications in dealing with individuals with Epilepsy.

4-0 out of 5 stars An informative read
A good general discussion of epilepsy and non epileptic "provoked" seizures. Interestingly enough, 50% of seizure causes are of unknown nature and diagnosis is even more complicated in those patients with heart problems. Even more great news, for folks who do not die young, is that the likelihood of epilepsy increases after age 50 (p. 115).So, enjoy...or not...Chapter one should be read to your associates, to prevent waking up with your wallet between your teeth. I would have liked a longer discussion on permanent memory loss/brain damage, but I have not come across such information in other literature either.
Several other good books on the subject are also available on Amazon.(It does not hurt to search Amazon occasionally for newer titles, do intelligent internet searches on the conditions, medications, and interactions and, of course, engage in thoughtfull discussions with your general practicioner, specialist, and pharmacist.)

4-0 out of 5 stars Balanced View on Epilepsy
A good synopsis of Epilepsy and how it can present itself in different forms, typical treatments, particularly with medication and basic side effects to take into account. This can indeed be a very complex subject and it was a refreshing approach, albeit an introduction, to some of the technicalities that the doctors do not always explain.

5-0 out of 5 stars Up-do-date, accessible guide
Ilo E. Leppik, MD (Director of Research at MINCEP Epilepsy Care Center) presents Epilepsy: A Guide to Balancing Your Life, a resource written especially for individuals diagnosed with epilepsy and their loved ones, sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology. Chapters inform the reader in plain terms about epilepsy and its types of seizures, treatment options including drugs and surgery, issues concerning epilepsy and pregnancy, quality of life concerns, and much more - including a sound debunking of myths (for example, stopping anti-epileptic drugs during pregnancy can potentially do more harm than good since seizures pose a deadly risk to both the baby and the mother). A glossary, index, and list of sources for more information round out this up-do-date, accessible guide strongly recommended for public library collections and the personal reference of epileptics and their families. ... Read more

18. Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Epilepsy
Hardcover: 330 Pages (2005-06-30)
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Epilepsy is a difficult illness to control; up to 35% of patients do not respond fully to traditional medical treatments. For this reason, many sufferers choose to rely on or incorporate complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) into their treatment regimens. Written for physicians, knowledgeable laypersons, and other professionals, Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Epilepsy bridges the worlds of traditional medicine and CAM to foster a broader perspective of healthcare for patients. The book respects cultural differences that may incorporate alternative medicine into a medical management program, and encourages patients to safely continue receiving necessary medical treatments. Wherever possible, scientific evidence supports the choice of treatment modalities, as well as the effectiveness of a combined traditional and CAM approach. Readers will find incisive discussions in sections on:Learning to Reduce Seizures; Asian, Herbal and Homeopathic Therapies; Nutritional Therapies; Alternative Medical Therapies ; Oxygen Therapies; Manipulation and Osteopathic Therapies; and Music, Art, and Pet Therapies. From stress and epilepsy, to acupuncture, massage, craniosacral therapies, homeopathy, ketogenic diets, aromatherapy, hypnosis, and more, the book is all-inclusive and enlightening. Additional commentary by the editors provides a critical vantage point from which to interpret the data and viewpoints of the contributors, all experts in the therapies presented. This balanced, scientific approach will appeal to even those most skeptical of alternative therapies, making the book essential for every professional who seeks to provide the broadest range of effective patient care. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must read!
Great book! An interesting and factual collaboration on most alternative therapies, all tried and tested. A must read for anyone dealing with epilepsy.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must read!!
If you are diagnosed with Epilepsy, this IS the book to read, especially if you do not want to be on medication the rest of your life or if you do not want seizures (and who does?). There is a wealth of information in this book that has not been published before. Especially the work of Donna J. Andrews is worth considering, since she has a 80% successrate with lowering the amount of seizures in her patients. But there are others. Biofeedback is a great tool as well for some. A friend of mine got her seizures way down with this method. She had many a day, now she has none. I am so proud of her because she refused to be on meds from day one. It is invaluable to know you can do something about epilepsy by understanding and working with your triggers. There is a lesson here to be understood. You can improve the quality of your life. And there are many options. Read this book and find out. This book is worth every penny!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Enlightening and Long Overdue
I am a physician with a personal interest in epilepsy. To read about complementary and alternative therapies for epilepsy in a medical text that is edited by recognized experts has been a real joy. They have done us all a great service by presenting the information in a respectful but scientifically critical manner.
This book should be on every neurologist's shelf. It should also be on the shelf of all other physician practitioners that treat epilepsy. Drs. Devinsky, Schachter and Pacia have produced a work that is long overdue.
Treating epilepsy can be frustrating since traditional medicine is not always successful in delivering the ideal result (no seizures and no side effects). Patients in desperation are looking for something that will work. Some patients may just want another option because of any one of a number of reasons including fear of potential long-term side effects of medications, or because they harbor a general mistrust of modern medicine for example.
With the advent of the Internet, patients and their families are discovering that there are options available which their physicians have not told them about. Some of the options may have merit and some may not. Most patients do not have the medical sophistication to tell the difference. Many doctors do not have the time or the interest to find out. The problem is that when patients go to their physicians with their new-found knowledge, and they are met with total ignorance, indifference or worse yet, arrogance, the physicians immediately lose credibility with their patients.
By reading and understanding this book that covers a broad range of "alternative and complementary therapies for epilepsy," physicians will be able to better understand what their patients are talking about and will be able to speak with knowledge and credibility when these ideas are brought up by patients. Having this knowledge will also prompt physicians during the intake interviews to ask if any of these alternative approaches are being used. That information may help with drug dosages (some herbs or supplements can affect enzyme induction) and help to explain treatment failure.
Medical practices that serve many well informed patients may see increasing numbers of people asking about these things. That type of patient is expecting more than just a prescription refill and a follow-up in 3-6 months. It could be that some physicians will suggest some of these ideas on their own if they seem right for a particular patient. Spending the extra time and effort may be hard to do because physicians are pushed harder and harder to do more and more in less time, and most practices don't have time during a visit to do more than just the basics. Just the same some people are expecting more.
The chapters are generally concise and mostly well referenced and are organized in a very interesting fashion; an expert that champions a particular form of alternative or complementary therapy writes the chapter, and the editors in a very respectful fashion make comments on the ideas presented. They often point out how well the available scientific evidence may or may not support the assertions of the chapter authors. The editors' comments range from very encouraging to highly doubtful, especially when judged by the standard of the double-blind study.
Chapter contents include: 1) Relation of Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Epilepsy to Western Medicine, 2) The standards for clinical trials to prove effectiveness of a therapy (the Double Blind trial), 3 Treating epilepsy with stress reduction, 4) The neurobehavioral approach, 5) Self control, eliminating triggers etc., 6) Neurofeedback, 7) Autogenic training, 8) Massage, 9) Aromatherapy and Hypnosis, 10) Meditation, 11) Exercise and Yoga, 12) Ayurveda, 13) Herbal therapy, 14) Phytotherapy (more herbal therapy), 15) Homeopathy, 16) Naturopathic Medicine, 17) Traditional Chinese Medicine, 18) Acupuncture, 19) Nutrition, 20) Fatty acids in the diet, 21) The Ketogenic diet, 22) Hormonal therapy, 23) Trancranial magnetic stimulation, 24) Hyperbaric oxygen, 25) Rebreathing to use CO2 to dilate cerebral vessels to increase cerebral oxygen delivery, 26) Chiropractic, 27) Osteopathic Approach, 28) Craniosacral Therapy, 29) Music Therapy, 30) Art Therapy, 31) Pet Therapy
Particularly enlightening chapters are numbers12-22, where herbs, vitamins, food supplements and other nutritional approaches are described rather nicely. Two somewhat disturbing chapters for me are the ones on Naturopathic Medicine (16), and the Osteopathic approach in children (27). The part of the naturopathic medicine chapter that disturbs me the most is the philosophy that epilepsy is possibly a result of lifestyle, diet or habits of the individual and can be cured if the practitioner can find the correct cause and effect a change. Fully subscribing to such an approach could lead to spending big bucks on food supplements and other things that have no proven value or could actually complicate standard medical treatment. In spite of that problem, naturopaths have many fascinating ideas that are worthy of further investigation. The Osteopathic chapter is largely anecdotal. The references are quite dated as well. From modalities that purport to be scientifically oriented I expected better.
The greatest value of the book for me is, understanding how others besides those in mainstream medicine think about epilepsy. I highly recommend this book.

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19. Wyllie's Treatment of Epilepsy: Principles and Practice (Wyllie, Treatment of Epilepsy)
Hardcover: 1040 Pages (2010-11-29)
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In one convenient source, Wyllie's Treatment of Epilepsy: Principles and Practice provides a broad, detailed, and cohesive overview of seizure disorders and contemporary treatment options. For this Fifth Edition, the editors have replaced or significantly revised approximately 30 to 50 percent of the chapters, and have updated all of them. Dr. Wyllie has invited three new editors: Gregory Cascino, MD, FAAN, at Mayo Clinic, adult epileptologist with special expertise in neuroimaging; Barry Gidal, PharmD, at University of Wisconsin, a pharmacologist with phenomenal expertise in antiepileptic medications; and Howard Goodkin, MD, PhD, a pediatric neurologist at the University of Virginia.

A fully searchable companion website will include the full text online and supplementary material such as seizure videos, additional EEG tracings, and more color illustrations.

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20. Epilepsy Syndromes: Expert Consult - Online, Print, and DVD
by Mary Ann Werz, Ignacio L. Pita Garcia
Hardcover: 304 Pages (2010-11-15)
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Drs. Mary Ann Werz and Ignacio L. Pita present Epilepsy Syndromes, a unique book with companion DVD that guides you through the difficult diagnostic challenges associated with this disorder. It is organized by epilepsy syndromes for easy reference, and the DVD shows patient videos running concurrently with their EEG tracings. It's the perfect tool for evaluating patients with seizures.

  • Access the fully searchable contents of the text, 60 EEG videos of actual patient monitoring sessions in longitudinal bipolar, transverse, and referential montages, and a downloadable image library all at expertconsult.com.

  • Reference the experiences of your patients to those of patients recorded during video-EEG monitoring sessions and access links to the relevant imaging used.

  • Avoid misdiagnoses by differentiating between epilepsy and non-epileptic seizures.

  • Examine patient cases across all age groups so you can treat the widest range of patients: adult, pediatric and neonatal.

  • Determine and evaluate when surgery is appropriate and when it is not.

Get quick and easy reference to diagnosis and management with organization by epilepsy syndrome.

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