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June 12, 2016

VNS – Vagal Nerve Stimulator Update

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December 10, 2012

David Axelrod Shaves for Epilepsy Research

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The million dollar moustache: Top White House adviser
David Axelrod shaves his moustache to raise money for epilepsy awareness.

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When  I started having seizures 33 years ago epilepsy was an often misunderstood disorder and unfortunately it still is.

What HAS changed is the amount of support from the populace as a whole towards recognizing the impact it can have on peoples lives and those around them.

There are some people who may not care for David Axelrod but what he’s doing is just another example of the support people with epilepsy are starting to receive on a national level.  Watch the video of

Take a few minutes to watch the video.

http://www.cureepilepsy.org/

November 5, 2012

Successful In spite of Having Epilepsy

Filed under: Empower Network,Epilepsy — admin @ 11:49 pm

YES!! You can be successful financially in spite of having epilepsy.

Epilepsy refers to condition brought about by a set of chronic neurological disorders that are commonly featured by seizures. These seizures are as a result of excessive activity of neurons in the brain. What causes epilepsy remains unknown to many medical specialists but the common of all causes is birth. Children might be born with a complication in the structure of the brain or they might undergo a trauma in the brain resulting to epilepsy. But there is still hope for people with epilepsy and people with other disabilities. Just because they have some imperfections doesn’t limit one from making money or being successful. 

1. Freelancing

With the required knowledge and skills, one can easily do the freelance writing job provided there is a guide. A freelancer is a person not attached to a specific client and therefore can work with the desired flexibility. Some of the epileptic victims have the ability of working as freelancers.   

2. Bloggers

Another great way to generate some income would involve blogging. More or less like freelance writing, blogging involves writing relevant quality articles which mainly concentrate on the website guests. This can attract some good income and hence sustain your personal needs. The case can be no different to people with epilepsy and people with other disabilities. Since we’re not always unconscious, engaging in constructive blogging projects can possibly and successfully trigger vital blogging tricks and skills in our minds. True to that word, this will attract a stream of income making them less dependent and more independent.

3. Affiliate Marketing Programs and Blog Marketing

Although this might be a difficult job to do on your own if you have the right system of learning you’ll come to realize a disability does not mean you have an inability, or anything close to that.  Affiliate marketing programmers would involve advertising and sometimes selling the products of another person online through the most desired of your ways. For people with epilepsy, when given the necessary support by a concerned individual, they have the potential of working perfectly as long as they are conscious. Blog marketing would involve embracing the ways that favor attraction of traffic in other people’s sites. Similarly; people with epilepsy can earn a good living by doing that since we have a program called Empower Network.

4. Selling on Ebay 

This refers to the process of selling products and services to a website called www.ebay.com. More or less like blogging, eBay selling is a source of income to many people and some have been able to purchase their personal website businesses through it. These patients can be made to understand the basics behind selling products on eBay and become successful. All is not lost. If you have a close frind with epilepsy or a person with any other disability, do not give up, follow the above internet jobs (plus others) and you will realize there is hope for a brighter future in them.

October 26, 2012

College for Epileptics

Filed under: Empower Network,Epilepsy — admin @ 6:33 pm

Let me say first that I only said college for epileptics to get your attention.

I never call myself and epileptic.  The most important thing I want to convey to someone with epilepsy is that is what they have but that is not what you are. You are not an epileptic. You are person with epilepsy. Epilepsy is a part of your life.  It is not your whole life.  You are not different from another person in any major way except for the brief time you’re having a seizure. Other people may expect that having epilepsy makes you different but that’s their mistake.  Given the chance you can probably live, work and function in the world just as well as anyone else.

That being said I can now talk about some of the challenges people with epilepsy will have in college.
The severity of the seizures will be a huge factor in the challenges facing a person with epilepsy.  The frequency of the seizure, the type of seizure, and the side effects of any anti-seizure medicine they’re taking.

College students nowadays have a lot on their plates. From making good grades to determining what they should major in, college students do not have it easy.  A huge factor is making it through school and not having any debt when they get out.  With so much to think about they could all use some advice from time to time. Continue reading for some solid tips on how to get through those college years successfully.  If you don’t drive try to live on campus or if you can, live right off campus and buy a good bike.    I rode my bike all through my senior year college rain, sleet, or shine.

Commitment

Spend quality time alone. This can be hard if you have a lot of roommates and a lot of homework. Make a commitment to yourself to spend some time alone at least once or twice a week. That will allow you to slow down and to process all the exciting things happening to you.

Make a commitment to your education. If you go into school thinking of it like a big party, then that’s exactly what you’ll get out of it. And you more than likely won’t last the four years. A lot of money is being spent on your education, so you need to commit yourself to your success.

Make sure ALL of your professors know that you have seizures and that you explain to them what they can expect from you in regards to the effects of the medicine and what to do if you have a seizure.  In my speech class I wrote and gave a speech on epilepsy.  In my thesis class when giving my oral thesis I had a seizure and afterwards used that as an opportunity to tell others about the Epilepsy Society and that it needs their donation.

Success

Set yourself up for success in college by taking your habits and ideas into consideration. For example, think about whether you are a morning person or an afternoon person. If you aren’t a morning person, don’t even think about signing up for an early class. Schedule courses later in the day so you won’t be tempted to skip or when your seizure threshold is low.

Develop good study habits while in high school. College professors normally expect that students in their classes know the proper way to study for exams, write term papers and how to research information. By learning this while in high school you can ensure success in college. If you do not have good study habits, ask for help.

As stated in the above article, college life is hard. No one can truly understand just how difficult it is unless they have been a student themselves. Utilize these tips in order to help you get through this difficult time in your life. Just remember to not give up. One day, you will thank yourself for sticking with it.

Home Based Businesses for People with Epilepsy

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For Professionals with epilepsy having a home based business is a perfect solution to overcome the difficulties they face in the workplace.

Have you ever had the dream where you’re running to get to an appointment and you’re not going
anywhere? Imagine this. You’re standing at the front of a conference room giving a sales presentation to a group
of professionals about the benefits of using your company to design and build a multi-million dollar building and
why they should use you over the competitors. Then, at the worst possible moment right in front of everybody;
you CAN NOT TALK! You open your mouth but NO sound comes out and THEN it just hangs open and you start
to drool! NOT COOL!!It seemed I always having a petite-mal seizure in front of a group of people, or on the phone, etc, etc…
The loss of productivity because of my epilepsy and the anti-convulsants medication I took was directly related to
numerous employers asking me to take a vacation; a permanent vacation.
I have so many stories of having seizures on the job. I’ve had them in blue-collar and white-collar jobs.
In the office and in the field. From the corporate boardrooms to the oilfields of West Texas working as a
roughneck on drilling rigs. Heck, after 34 years of having seizures I have so many stories I could write
book about it all – a large one!

HAVING TO DEAL WITH ADA WAS ANOTHER REASON TO START A HOME BASED BUSINESS

If you’re not the type to make the effort to start earning an income from home then you need to educate yourself.
You can start with learning about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can help you when looking for,
and keeping, a job.I never did get the ADA involved because I didn’t want it known I had seizures. Looking back
I should have at least asked what my rights were. Now I don’t have to deal with the ADA or a boss but there are
still thousands of people that do. Just a side note: there was one agency I dealt with on a daily basis and that
was the DMV BECAUSE for 10 years I had no driver’s license.
In regards to the work place here’s a quick synopsis of how the ADA Works:The ADA outlaws employers
from discriminating against a qualified individual on the basis of disability. In other words, you cannot be denied a
job or fired from one because you have epilepsy. In addition, an employer of more than 15 people is required to
“make reasonable accommodation for a known disability unless to do so would impose an undue burden on the
employer,” according to the Epilepsy Foundation. Exact accommodations required are unique to each person with
epilepsy, but some examples from the Epilepsy Foundation include:

A person experiencing memory problems can ask that assignments be given in writing instead of orally.
Someone at risk of breakthrough seizures may need flexible hours or a short break at work if a seizure occurs.

Discrimination despite the ADADespite the number of people with epilepsy — 3 million Americans are affected
— discrimination is still in the marketplace. I tried to cover up out of necessity because I can tell you from
experience that employers do discriminate against you especially if you want a higher paying job. They’ll find too
many reasons why you don’t “qualify” for the position.And many from the medical profession feel the same way.

“The issue of stigma is still very big,” says Dr. Locatelli, medical director of the Florida Neuroscience Center in
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “So what I say is, don’t announce that you have epilepsy. But from a safety perspective,
if you’ve got a friend at work or you have a good relationship with your manager explain that if there is a seizure
this is what you do.” I did at times tell people of course when I couldn’t drive I had no choice. Just another reason to start a home based business.

A more detailed explanation for work place issues can be found here
http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/epilepsy.html

For a more detailed place to learn about starting a Home Based Business you can start at www.powerupyourlife.net.

Sincerely,

Mark
Always remember:Epilepsy is what you have, not what you are. You are not an epileptic. You are a person with
Epilepsy. Epilepsy is a part of your life. It is not your whole life. You are not different from other people in any
major way except for the brief time you’re having a seizure. Other people may expect that having epilepsy makes
you different but that’s their mistake. Given the chance you can probably live, work and function in the world just
as well as anyone else. All that being said you still must deal with what you have.

October 25, 2012

Is Your Snoring Causing Seizures

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 Snoring can be a serious problem for relationships as well as a threat to good health.  Especially if you have seizures.

Lack of sleep and stress are a major contributor to seizures in people with Epilepsy.  Spouses, couples, kid that share the same room, need to work together to find a solution for the problem. When a person finds it necessary to use earplugs to get some sleep, and the other makes no effort to solve the problem, resentment will surely result.  Not only yes, but hell yes! I slept in the guest bed again last night! My wife ate some meat loaf that she cooked, and had indigestion. The only way to get comfortable was to sleep on her back which meant LOUD snoring. About 2:30 I made the move to the guest bedroom.

I’ve heard of all kinds of cures but this one I have not tried. You drop 3 to 4 drops of clarified butter into each nostril every morning and prior to going to bed each night. This has been shown to be a very effective method to reduce the likelihood of snoring throughout the night. I doubt my wife will do it. Although she did offer to wear one of those sling things at night.

I just read an article from Science Daily. Read this: Snoring Associated With Sleep Apnea May Impair Brain Function More Than Previously Thought

Science Daily (June 4, 2009) — It has been linked to learning impairment, stroke and premature death. Now UNSW research has found that snoring associated with sleep apnea may impair brain function more than previously thought. Sufferers of obstructive sleep apnea experience similar changes in brain biochemistry as people who have had a severe stroke or who are dying, the research shows. A study by UNSW Brain Sciences, published this month in the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, is the first to analyze – in a second-by-second timeframe – what is happening in the brains of sufferers as they sleep.

Previous studies have focused on recreating oxygen impairment in awake patients. “It used to be thought that apneic snoring had absolutely no acute effects on brain function but this is plainly not true,” said lead author of the study, New South Global Professor Caroline Rae. Sleep apnea affects as many as one in four middle-aged men, with around three percent going on to experience a severe form of the condition characterized by extended pauses in breathing, repetitive asphyxia and sleep fragmentation. Children with enlarged tonsils and adenoids are also affected, raising concerns of long-term cognitive damage.

Professor Rae and collaborators from Sydney University’s Woolcock Institute used magnetic resonance spectroscopy to study the brains of 13 men with severe, untreated, obstructive sleep apnea. They found that even a moderate degree of oxygen desaturation during the patients’ sleep had significant effects on the brain’s bioenergetics status. “The findings show that lack of oxygen while asleep may be far more detrimental than when awake, possibly because the normal compensatory mechanisms don’t work as well when you are asleep,” Professor Rae, who is based at the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute, said. “This is happening in someone with sleep apnea acutely and continually when they are asleep. It’s a completely different biochemical mechanism from anything we’ve seen before and is similar to what you see in somebody who has had a very severe stroke or is dying.”

The findings suggested societal perceptions of snoring needed to change, Professor Rae said. “People look at people snoring and think it’s funny. That has to stop.” Professor Rae said it was still unclear why the body responded to oxygen depletion in this way. It could be a form of ischemic preconditioning at work, much like in heart attack sufferers whose initial attack makes them more protected from subsequent attacks. “The brain could be basically resetting its bioenergetics to make itself more resistant to lack of oxygen,” Professor Rae said. “It may be a compensatory mechanism to keep you alive, we just don’t know, but even if it is it’s not likely to be doing you much good.” If you have a problem with snoring, try raising the head of your mattress about 4 inches. This will keep your tongue and the tissues of your throat and palate from blocking your airway which can cause snoring. You can do this by placing an object under the mattress or you can also elevate your head with extra pillows.

If snoring is causing you or someone you love to lose sleep, think about avoiding dairy products, at least close to bedtime. Dairy products, especially milk, create excess mucous in the nose and throat, and can even make breathing more difficult. The more mucous you produce, the more you will snore. Believe it or not, you can effectively beat snoring by repeating your vowels a few times a day. What this does is move around muscles in your throat and face and when these muscles get stronger; your chances of snoring are slim to none. You can do this three times a day.

There’s a multitude of information contained in this article and on the Internet that you can use in working with your partner to find a solution for a snoring problem. You may be able to alleviate the problem considerably with over the counter aids. If none of these ideas help, you may need to see a doctor and set up a sleep study. Or just get separate bedrooms and call it a night.

October 23, 2012

How to Focus – even with epilepsy

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Having Epilepsy doesn’t mean you can’t focus! Yep, another article on focus.

Why do I write so many articles about focus? Because it’s CRITICAL TO SUCCESS IN ANYTHING YOU DO! I’ve read thousands of books about spiritual development, mental development, physical development, and how to succeed in business. They all have different concepts of how to achieve success but all of the great books have 2 things in common. • Find the thing you desire • Develop a burning desire to get it i.e. FOCUS Maybe it’s just me but AED’s (anti-convulsants drugs) wreak havoc on my memory and my ability to focus. There are, however, several ways to keep your memory sharp and get improve your focus. This article will show you several simple tips and tricks on keeping or improving your memory and your focus.

MEMORY

The more difficult the information is, the harder it’s going to be to retain, so you have to break down tough information into smaller tidbits. Breaking the whole down into segments and then reassembling them in your mind not only allows you to retain the memory, but it also creates a road map to allow you to recall the memory. A great tip for improving your memory is to make sure that you are devoting all of your attention to what it is that you are trying to take in i.e. focus. This is important because distractions can cause you to not be able to move information from your short term to long-term memory. Try to control the amount of stress in your daily life. Stress is one of the worst enemies for your brain. It destroys brain cells over time and hurts its ability to create new memories and retrieve old ones. Meditation is one of the ways that you can use to reduce the amount of stress in your life. You should keep a list of things that you need to get at a grocery store. By keeping a list you will know exactly what it is that you need to get. This will save you a lot of time from wandering aimlessly, as well as money, once you are at the store. Once home, it will also help keep you organized since you will not have too many multiples of things you thought you needed. Get a notebook, day planner, or something you can write on and keep a list of things you need to do. For me, keeping it on my computer takes too much time and I can’t carry it with me. Focus Spend time meditating. You can meditate in quiet, you can exercise and meditate. Whatever works for you.

Try to meditate for at least 15 minutes each day. This activity calms and relaxes your body and also rids your mind of anything that has been troubling you. This helps you focus on information for longer periods of time, increasing your ability to remember it later. Tip: BREATH DEEPLY Meditate a lot to reduce stress and improve brain functions. Meditation is known to improve several conditions such as depression, anxiety, sever pain or blood pressure. Persons who frequently meditate can focus better and have significantly better reasoning skills and concentration.
Meditation improves the communication among brain cells which in return results in enhanced memory functions. Many people who think they have a memory problem are really suffering from a general lack of focus. There are so many things competing for our attention – family, computers, telephones, televisions and more. If you want something to register in your memory so you can recall it later, you have to first focus your attention on it so your brain knows it is important to you. Just find a quiet room that is free from distractions and give yourself the time to concentrate. Turn off Facebook, only check your email 2 or 3 times a day, or remove any time-wasters from your day that affect your focus. Paying attention to what you are doing will help your memory. When studying or memorizing something, avoid distractions. Find an environment you are comfortable in. Learn how to focus on something, and if you can, find material that interests you. Focusing on something that interest you should be relatively easy.

Health

The health of your body has a direct impact on the health of your memory. The brain is an organ just like your heart or lungs. Activities that improve your physical well-being will ensure that it functions at the highest level possible. Take care of yourself, rest, eat a healthy diet and exercise. You should try to socialize and have fun. Although it sounds strange, socializing with friends is a great workout for your brain. At a minimum just find a good source of material to make you laugh. Laughing is also vital for brain health, as it uses many parts of your brain. It can also help you to think in broader terms and keep it active. Eating dark chocolate can improve your brain functions. Moderate intake of dark chocolate will not cause your clothing size to change, but it creates a health benefit by forcing your brain to release dopamine which is said to be responsible for improved brain functionality and memory capacity. Moderation is the key like with any other food.

A great tip that can help you improve your memory is to make sure you’re getting enough healthy fats in your diet that contains omega-3’s. These healthy fats are great because they support brain health. You can find omega-3’s in salmon, flaxseed, or you can just take a fish oil supplement. Following the tips in this article will help give your brain a workout. Memory and brain function isn’t as mysterious as it used to be and following these tips daily you will surprise yourself at how much you will be able to improve your memory. If you have epilepsy you can still have a good memory and maintain focus!

October 22, 2012

Get Control Of Your Stress With These Tips

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Many people think that there is nothing that you can do about stress, but there are many practical ideas and tips that can help you cope with the challenge that every day stress brings. Take a look at some of the helpful tips below to see if you can start today to deal with the stress in your life.

If you have extra time to spare grab a pencil or pen and start drawing or doodling on a piece of paper. This will tap into your creative side and let your mind wander alleviating the stresses that you may have. Draw a picture or random designs to help feel better.

A great tip that can help you keep stress down is to turn off the television. Studies have shown that watching television actually increases our stress levels. You don’t have to stop watching it completely but you should definitely limit how much television you’re going to watch everyday.

A great tip for managing the stress in your life, is to create a mantra that you can repeat whenever you are feeling anxious, overwhelmed or stressed. A good mantra is a great way to affirm positive feelings and get rid of any self doubt that you may have about yourself.

If the weather is nice outside at night, look up at the stars in the sky. This will help you to realize how large the universe is and why the problems you have should be put in perspective. Also, this beautiful scenery can help to improve the way that you feel.

Aromatherapy is a great way to reduce stress levels and create a relaxing atmosphere for you. Relaxation is different than resting. Aromatherapy consists of many different options, including smelling different herbs and burning different incenses. Certain herbs and incenses can help relax you and provide a rather euphoric and concentrated thought process.

A great tip that can help you keep your stress levels down is to start practicing deep breathing exercises. Deep breathing exercises are a form of mediation and they allow you to feel more relaxed and peaceful. You’ll notice your heart rate slowing down and you’ll feel much better.

Sex is a great stress reliever. If you’re in a committed relationship, this can be a safe and effective way to feel relaxed. Sex releases powerful endorphins, which are your body’s happy chemicals. It can also be fun, and a little fun will always leave you feeling less stressed.

A good tip that can help you keep your stress levels down is to stop comparing yourself to everyone that you meet. If you’re always worried about what other people have and what you don’t have, you’ll never be happy. All you can do is focus on yourself.

A great tip that can help you keep your stress levels down is to stop relying on your alarm clock to wake up in the morning. Waking up to an alarm clock can make you very stressed out. Learning to wake up naturally is a much better alternative to an alarm clock.

One way to figure out the root reason for your stress is to take a few minutes and a piece of paper, and write down all of the things on your mind that you need to accomplish. Then link the items that are causing you to feel stressed, make a plan for accomplishing them and set out to complete them.

As you realize from the practical advice in the article above, there are many things that you can learn about handling the stress that comes your way. Start today to use this sound advice and you will be on your way to facing the challenges that come with dealing with the stressful situations in your life.

October 21, 2012

Memory and AED’s – anti-convulsant drugs

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Memory is something that is precious and sensitive. The best way to take steps on improving your memory is to learn as much as you can about how to improve memories, and this article serves as a good resource to do just that. I also want to point out that people with epilepsy that are taking AED’s need to take a more active step in improving and maintaining thier memory.

When I was in college cramming for tests was insane. As hard as I tried I couldn’t maintain my focus long enough to be successful at the art of cramming. Cramming is not the way to go if you want to do well on a test. Studies have shown that you are more likely to remember the material if you study during several lessons over a period of time. You need that time to process and store the information completely in your memory.

A common trend today is something called “brain training” which is the equivalent of exercise for the brain. Give it a try to improve your ability to focus, remember, and solve problems. The three basics of brain training are memory, visualization and reasoning. Do things that practice those three concepts to improve your brain’s functioning.

Group similar ideas and terms together for it to commit to memory more efficiently. Research has shown that memory is stored together in clusters in the brain. Organizing your thoughts and materials in a pattern and giving them some structure will greatly improve your chances of remembering what you have learned.

Things are easier to remember if they have a special meaning to you. Think about why you need to memorize the information. For example, if you are going shopping, ask your self why. It could be for your child’s birthday, and thinking about that will help you remember what you need to buy. Sounds pretty simple but it works. Not as well as always having a list.

You want to try to the best of your ability and try out all of the tips from this article as well as learn new tips and try those out as well, if you do this, success should follow.

Memory and AED’s – anti-convulsant drugs

Filed under: Epilepsy — admin @ 10:44 am

Memory is something that is precious and sensitive. The best way to take steps on improving your memory is to learn as much as you can about how to improve memories, and this article serves as a good resource to do just that. I also want to point out that people with epilepsy that are taking AED’s need to take a more active step in improving and maintaining thier memory.

When I was in college cramming for tests was insane. As hard as I tried I couldn’t maintain my focus long enough to be successful at the art of cramming. Cramming is not the way to go if you want to do well on a test. Studies have shown that you are more likely to remember the material if you study during several lessons over a period of time. You need that time to process and store the information completely in your memory.

A common trend today is something called “brain training” which is the equivalent of exercise for the brain. Give it a try to improve your ability to focus, remember, and solve problems. The three basics of brain training are memory, visualization and reasoning. Do things that practice those three concepts to improve your brain’s functioning.

Group similar ideas and terms together for it to commit to memory more efficiently. Research has shown that memory is stored together in clusters in the brain. Organizing your thoughts and materials in a pattern and giving them some structure will greatly improve your chances of remembering what you have learned.

Things are easier to remember if they have a special meaning to you. Think about why you need to memorize the information. For example, if you are going shopping, ask your self why. It could be for your child’s birthday, and thinking about that will help you remember what you need to buy. Sounds pretty simple but it works. Not as well as always having a list.

You want to try to the best of your ability and try out all of the tips from this article as well as learn new tips and try those out as well, if you do this, success should follow.

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