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February 2016

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Technology

I have become overly reliant on technology lately and this is not a good thing. From now on I will be limiting my use of all personal technology (phones, computers, TV) to the hours of 12-1pm, 3-4pm and 6-7pm. In this day and age I cannot cut my use completely unfortunately because as a society in this country we have become so dependent on it, however I believe cutting down will allow me to be more efficient with my time when I do use it and the times I am not using it.  http://www.engadget.com/2015/11/16/experts-say-phones-need-a-bedtime-mode-to-fix-our-sleep/ Also please see again this study on EMF and epilepsy. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3659130/ I am writing this at 12:25 so the limitation period has begun and the phone will be switched off again very soon. 🙂 

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Epilepsy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy- important considerations

I’m at the halfway point now! Today I start week 3 of my 6. Week 2 of my hyperbaric oxygen treatment was certainly more eventful than week 1, even at this early stage! This is both good and bad. I had experience of an oxygen toxicity seizure towards the end of HBOT last Monday and I was able to reverse this just in time before it became more serious. I knew this was a risk as I have reflex epilepsy but there are some interesting findings that I am documenting. Increase in ROS and RNS (among other complex mechanisms) obviously affects the epileptic brain and stimulates the central nervous system but we can manage this to get the benefits rather than increase risky complications using some clever management techniques I learned from research as I will explain. We must also remember that antioxidants have anticonvulsant benefits but reduce the efficacy of HBOT so a patient with reflex epilepsy must try to find a balance that is therapeutic to get the benefits of HBOT and not dangerous. I don’t take any antioxidants now including vitamin D which I usually take regularly and can be a useful anticonvulsant at therapeutic doses. If I have problems I will take magnesium chloride orally to act as a central nervous system depressant to ward off seizures when I experience an aura. I just slip off my mask and have a drink and rest for a few minutes, then continue using biofeedback techniques to stay calm. Now, I could have been really negative here if I was misinformed by thinking that this treatment was just not for me and may be making things worse but I see the seizure activity as a great thing even though its terrifying and makes me anxious. Interestingly as the week…

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