A Story of Hope: “Finding This Group Was Like Life Support”

We occasionally get letters or comments from parents that have seen improvements in health. To help provide hope to so many still in the trenches, I’ve decided to make more of an effort to share some of these comments (with their permission, of course). Many of us don’t have it all figured out, but we cling to the hope and words of progress. Everyone’s journey is different, diet changes may not reap huge changes for all, but it is absolutely helping some.  Thank you for giving us hope… "Original post-So proud of my son (16 yo, neurotypical, [...]

A Story of Hope: “Finding This Group Was Like Life Support”2020-10-01T15:43:18-04:00

Seizures & Epilepsy

This is not a comprehensive list, simply some articles I have found along the way. “Epilepsy, a paroxysmal disorder characterized by abnormal neuronal discharges, is common in children. While the causes of epilepsy are many, the fundamental disorder is secondary to abnormal synchronous discharges of a network of neurons. Whether or not a seizure occurs in a child depends upon the balance between excitability and inhibition. Central nervous system neurotransmitters have significant effects on neuronal excitability and play a pivotal role in brain excitability. The most common excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain, glutamate, has been implicated [...]

Seizures & Epilepsy2020-10-02T13:39:16-04:00

Lowering Glutamate | Passion Flower

Passion Flower- is known to increase levels of GABA in the brain, calm, decrease anxiety, improve sleep, improve liver function, and help to recover from adrenal fatigue. "The properties in passionflower are thought to promote calming effects by increasing the levels of the chemical gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which reduces the activity of some neurons that cause anxiety." https://www.drweil.com/vitamins-supplements-herbs/herbs/passionflower/ "Passiflora incarnata L. (Passionflower) extracts elicit GABA currents in hippocampal neurons in vitro, and show anxiogenic and anticonvulsant effects in vivo, varying with extraction method" https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2941540/ "Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) was used traditionally in the Americas and later in Europe as a calming herb for [...]

Lowering Glutamate | Passion Flower2020-08-19T13:09:56-04:00

Lowering Glutamate | Cat’s Claw (uncaria tomentosa)

Cat’s Claw (uncaria tomentosa)- NMDA (a type of glutamate receptor) inhibitor.  Should be used with caution as it is a immune system activator and may be problematic for some. “Rhynchophylline and isorhynchophylline are major tetracyclic oxindole alkaloid components of Uncaira species, which have been long used as medicinal plants. In this study, the effects of rhynchophylline and isorhynchophylline on the ionotropic and metabotropic glutamatereceptor-mediated current responses were examined using Xenopus oocytes injected with total RNA prepared from rat cortices or cerebelli.” “hese results suggest that rhynchophylline and isorhynchophylline act as noncompetitive antagonists of the NMDA receptor and that this property may contribute to the neuroprotective and anticonvulsant activity of the Uncairaspecies [...]

Lowering Glutamate | Cat’s Claw (uncaria tomentosa)2019-05-04T22:08:17-04:00

A Story of Hope with REID: Seizures, Mast Cell Disorder & Schizophrenic Behavior

We occasionally get letters or comments from parents that have seen improvements in health with REID. To help provide hope to so many still in the trenches, I’ve decided to make more of an effort to share some these comments (with their permission, of course). Many of us don’t have it all figured out, but we cling to the hope and words of progress. Everyone’s journey is different, diet changes may not reap huge changes for all, but it is absolutely helping some. Like this family, glutamate and the REID diet have been a huge piece to [...]

A Story of Hope with REID: Seizures, Mast Cell Disorder & Schizophrenic Behavior2019-09-29T17:05:32-04:00
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