For the last 9 months or so, my cat had minor seizures. They were getting progressively worse. I'd see her sleeping and then her whole head would shake along with her front legs. This would occur about every minute.
Being concerned I thought about what vet I would take her to and what they would do for her. I then figured that they likely would put her on an anti-seizure medicine like they would people.
So - I thought about what I'd do for a patient of mine with seizures and what would the first treatment be.
I knew her problem was neurological - obviously.
Next - was her problem an environmental one? Was she exposed to some pesticide or herbicide from my neighbor's yard? Something in her organic cat food? It wasn't her water as I give her filtered water. I don't feed her farmed fish or tuna as there is mercury in those.
Does she have a brain tumor?
I couldn't determine that right away so I went forward and treated her.
I got a dropper and filled it full of liquid EPA/DHA oil - a very concentrated form of it. I stabilized her head and squeezed the contents of the dropper into the back of her throat.
I watched her over the next few days.
Her seizures were significantly significantly less. I had to really study her to see a very slight tremor every now and then.
I re-dosed her a few days ago again with another dropperful of highly concentrated EPA/DHA fish oil.
I have not seen her seize or shake once since.
I still need to determine the cause of her seizures but at least I can rest that she is significantly better. I am less concerned now that it is a brain tumor as if it was, she would still have the seizures.
Why did the concentrated EPA/DHA fish oil work so well?
Brains and nerves are loaded with fatty acids. EPA/DHA omega 3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and healing which the brain and all cell membranes feast upon.
Read about natural approaches for epilepsy - written by Alan Gaby, MD - a world-renowned nutritional scientist, researcher and physician.
Some EPA research:
Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation in patients with chronic epilepsy: a randomized trial.
Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy, UCL Institute of Neurology, London, UK.
Animal studies and a preliminary clinical observation suggest that nutritional supplementation with long chain omega-3 fatty acids (omega-3 FAs) may be useful in the nonpharmacological treatment of patients with epilepsy. Omega-3 FAs increase seizure thresholds, and lower inflammatory mediators, which are increased in patients with epilepsy. In this first randomized, placebo-controlled parallel group trial of omega-3 FA supplementation with 1 g eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and 0.7 g docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) daily, 57 patients completed a 12-week double-blind phase. Seizure frequency was reduced over the first 6 weeks of treatment in the supplement group, but this effect was not sustained. The supplementation produced a significant increase in EPA and DHA concentrations and a reciprocal fall in arachidonic and linoleic acid concentrations.
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