12 Recipes For Happiness — Even If You Have Epilepsy!

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“No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.” — Barbara de Angelis

We all know that epilepsy is no day at the beach. You may feel depression, anxiety, fear, isolation, anger, or a whole host of other things, too may to mention.

But, if you dig deep into yourself, perhaps there’s a few things you can do to relieve those feelings.

Here are some ideas…

1. Laugh a little. Laughter can improve your EEG results!

Scientists traced the brainwave activity of people responding to funny material when hooked up to an EEG and measured their brain activity when they laughed.

In each case, the brain produced a regular electrical pattern. Because, less than a half-second after exposure to something funny, an electrical wave moves through the cerebral cortex.

Human beings…

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2018 Patient Recommendations for TOP Neurologists…Epileptologists… Neurosurgeons…and Pediatric Doctors

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Below is a compilation by website forum members who have had positive personal experiences with docs over the years.

This list is based on recommendations and, of course, is purely subjective. But it might be helpful for anyone looking for a good Neurologist…Epileptologist…Neurosurgeon…or Pediatric Doctor.

NOTE: The National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) provides a directory of specialized epilepsy centers in the U.S. along with other useful information about epilepsy. http://www.naec-epilepsy.org/

NEUROLOGISTS/EPILEPTOLOGISTS

ALABAMA

Dr. Jennifer DeWolfe, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

Dr. Nasrollah Eslami, Bessemer, AL

Dr. Edward Faught, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

Dr. Robert Knowlton, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

Dr. A. Lebron Paige, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

Dr. Potts, Tuscaloosa, AL

ALASKA

Dr. M. Hillstrand. A.N.P., Anchorage, AK

ARIZONA

Dr. Joseph Drazkowski, Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, AZ

Dr. Matthew Hoerth, Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, AZ

Dr. David Labiner, University of Arizona, AZ

Dr. Katherine H. Noe, Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, AZ —…

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Quakers and the Nobel Peace Prize – 70 year anniversary

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Nobel telegram1 Telegram informing FSC of the award, 31st October 1947 (Library reference: TEMP MSS 54/2)

Yesterday marked the the 70th anniversary of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Friends Service Council and American Friends Service Committee, representing British and Americans Quakers more widely.

The anniversary feels all the more special this year, as the recently announced 2017 winner, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), is an organisation which represents a cause, the abolition of nuclear weapons, which Quakers have worked on for decades.

Many see this year’s award as a statement from the Nobel Committee on global affairs; a timely message of support for the current UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons; and a boost for pacifist grassroots activism.

In 1947 too, Quakers believed that their award of the Peace Prize should be a stimulus to the ordinary person involved in day-to-day activism. The following…

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Epilepsy Differences Between Men and Women?

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Men and women have long suspected that our brains are wired a bit differently. Now science is starting to back up this notion.

A new study finds that men have more synapses connecting the cells in a particular part of the brain than women do.

In short, each sex excels at different types of cognitive functions.

Neuroscientists have been examining brains to look for structural differences between the sexes that could explain these differences in abilities.

Several studies in recent years have shown that men and women have different ratios of white and gray matter in their brains and different densities of nerve cells.

When looking even more deeply into the brain’s make-up, researchers found differences in the density of synapses, the junctions between neurons that allow the cells to communicate with each other.

The researchers examined fresh brain tissue removed from patients with epilepsy during brain surgery with an…

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9 Food Parts You Should Never Throw in the Garbage

If you’re immediately tossing those leftover parts of fresh produce in the trash, you could be missing out on some powerful nutrients—and losing money.

Source: 9 Food Parts You Should Never Throw in the Garbage

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Check out this TED Talk

I watched this TED Talk and thought you would find it interesting.

Susan Cain: The power of introverts

http://go.ted.com/m7pDAg

Learn more about watching TED Talks on all of your favorite platforms: https://www.ted.com/about/programs-initiatives/ted-talks/ways-to-get-ted-talks

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The Perils of Discontinuing Your Meds

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One of the most common questions is “when can I stop taking my meds?”

Especially for those whose seizures have been under good control.

It makes sense. Because if you’re doing well, you start to wonder “why do I need these meds anymore”?

This review is organized around four issues:

Does the duration of seizure-freedom influence the risk of recurrence?

Should the epilepsy syndrome influence the decision to stop or continue AEDs?

If daily AEDs are stopped, could intractable epilepsy ensue?

And what’s the risk that someone discontinuing AEDs will die during a recurrence?

Some of the reasons for stopping daily meds include concerns about side-effects…a feeling of well-being…relief from the chore of remembering daily medication…and freedom from the staggering financial burdens.

Most important of all is, an improved quality of life.

Others are seizure-free but choose to continue medication.

They’re happy with stability, concerned about the impact of another…

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