*If you are struggling with your child’s epilepsy you are not alone …
A Caring Community Is Here to Help You Help Your Child Fight Back and Win Against Epilepsy And Reclaim a Life of Joy for Everyone in Your Family
When your child has been diagnosed with epilepsy or autism and is not being helped by traditional therapy, he or she can seem to be moving further and further away from you, until it seems as though the person you knew will soon be gone forever.
It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the realities of living with epilepsy in your family and a common knee-jerk reaction is to want a ‘magic pill’ that will just make your child’s pain go away even though prescription drugs have toxic side effects that can make things worse instead of better.
Are holding your breath in the hopes of finding a viable alternative that will provide some relief for you, your child, and the rest of your family?
Exhale. Breathe easy. You’ve come to the right place.
We understand that when you have a child with epilepsy or autism that you find yourself on a roller coaster of changing emotions and painful uncertainty. Epilepsy is a difficult disorder to treat and what may work for one person, may not work for another. And if you have already tried a variety of drugs, without much success, then you may feel as if there’s no hope of ever controlling the seizures.
But there is hope. More than hope, in fact. There is help…healing…and triumph over epilepsy.
So please keep reading…
You Need Answers
If you are the parent of a child who has epilepsy, you are likely to be struggling with questions like these that have
- What is the best way to control seizures so that my child isn’t living in a daze?
- How do I cope with my child’s personality changes and hold our family together?
- Why is our current treatment plan not yielding results even though we’re doing everything right?
- Who can explain complex medical and scientific terms to me when my doctor doesn’t seem to have the time?
- How can I sort through the conflicting information and advice that I am getting?
- What are the traditional treatment options available and how can they help?
- What is the long term prognosis for my child and is there anything I can do to make it better?
- Are complementary and alternative healing protocols effective…and safe?
At EpilepsyMoms.com, we don’t pretend to have all the answers. But we sincerely believe that when parents of children with epilepsy come together to share knowledge and experience, we can find the solutions and
Give every child with epilepsy or autism
the joyous lives they deserve to live
Where Do You Go from Here?
Identifying epilepsy is the first step. But then what? Unfortunately, for many parents, doctors, and the children under their care, the next step is an anti-epileptic drug (AED).
So-called ‘narrow spectrum’ AEDs including Tegretol or Carbatrol are intended to help patients who are plagued by a specific type of seizure (partial, focal, or absence myoclonic seizures). ‘Broad spectrum’ AEDs including Topamax and Klonopin help patients who experience a wide variety of seizures (partial and absence myoclonic seizures).
That’s the good news. The bad news is that the effectiveness of AEDs is offset by a long list of troubling side effects:
- Fatigue, dizziness, unsteadiness
- Blurry vision
- Stomach upset
- Memory loss, confusion, cognitive problems
- Depressed immune function and abnormal blood counts
- Liver damage
- Allergic reactions – fever, rash, fluid accumulation, swollen lymph nodes
- Excessive weight gain or weight loss
Even more troubling is the fact that not all seizures will respond to AEDs. So you need to ask…
Is it worth risking your child’s health
if you don’t have to?
The Better Way
In the 21st Century, healthcare is experiencing a paradigm shift. ‘Modern’ doctors are returning to old-fashioned methods of preserving and promoting health. And increasingly, forward-thinking medical professionals reject prescription medicine as the first course of treatment.
Doctors familiar with whole-body wellness have found alternatives to prescription drug therapy to be highly beneficial as they avoid the potentially dangerous side effects of medication.
Now it’s your turn to learn what healthcare professionals on the cutting edge know and to learn from other parents of children of epilepsy and autism what they are doing to fight back and win against disease.
A Message From Arlene Martell
Author, Creator, and Mom with a Mission
My name is Arlene Martell. It’s my pleasure to welcome you to this site. I hope you will think of it as your ‘home base’ for healing.
I’m the creator of EpilepsyMoms.com and also the author of the downloadable ebook Getting Adam Back – A Mother’s Triumph Over Epilepsy and Autism. It’s a book that I’m very proud of and would love to share with you.
For too long, I’ve seen too many parents spend too much money on the books, DVDs, and audiotapes sold by self-proclaimed experts on epilepsy. They promise to reveal revolutionary discoveries and powerful solutions. But as you already know if you’ve spent your hard-earned money on some of these products, instead of something new, these so-called experts generally just trot out the same old tired theories you’ve seen a thousand times before.
And instead of new-and-improved ideas for combating epilepsy and autism, they recommend that you do what’s always been done in the treatment of epilepsy: medicate your child.
But I bet there’s a little voice in the back of your head (like there is in mine) that is telling you that you should not medicate your child for epilepsy. Listen to that voice.
Trust your parental instincts!
You don’t want to ‘dope’ you child, you want to heal them. And drugs are really nothing more than Band-aids. They may provide temporary relief, but mostly they just cover up the problem.
Your child deserves better and so do you. Let me tell you more…
The Book I Had to Write
I am not a doctor; I am a mom who is driven by a dream for her son. Getting Adam Back isn’t simply a book that I wanted to write. It’s the book I had to write. It was created as a labor of love, documenting the story of Adam’s journey and the struggles that my entire family went through to make him well.
Adam’s story is real
…and it spans over 14 years of his life, recounting Adam’s experiences, as well as, how epilepsy and autism impacted our family. You’re going to like this story. It has a very happy ending.
Today, at age 24, Adam is drug-free, seizure-free and almost all of his autistic rituals have disappeared. The cover photo of Getting Adam Back proudly shows my son in his tuxedo on the day of his high school graduation. And I know you can believe me when I saw it was a day my husband and I thought we would never live to see.
I also want to let you know that in healing Adam, I was able to heal our entire family and bring us back to our friends and neighbors. The constant upsets that Adam’s condition caused have quieted and our days and nights are now filled with joy and laughter, instead of conflict, tears, and fear.
“Adam and his family have been on a long journey. I haven’t been a part of Adam’s life for all of that journey, but he is a big part of my life today. Adam is larger than life. His biggest impact on me is his perspective on life and how he lives it. He is full of passion and has this innocent yet experienced view and experience with his daily life.
Adam gives the best hugs. I have rarely seen him on a Sunday morning at church without a biscotti in his mouth, and could always count on Adam to participate in one of my sermons by saying something in response to a question or laughing loudly at one of my jokes. He loves and has compassion more than most people I know. My kids are some of the recipients of that love. Adam, I pray God’s richest blessing on the next chapter of your journey. Your life and our friendship have enriched mine.”
– James Bergen, Pastor
In the Beginning
When my son Adam was first diagnosed with epilepsy and autism, we had more questions than there were answers. (Sound familiar?) Trying drug after drug left Adam disoriented, lethargic and confused. We had placed our trust in the medical profession and we watched helplessly as our happy little boy’s health deteriorated and he started to lose the joy in his life.
At the tender age of two, Adam’s bright future began to fade as we noticed autistic patterns begin to emerge. By the age of 4, Adam began to have seizures that came on fast and unpredictably. After trying 6 different drugs in just 2 years, Adam was hardly able to function. He couldn’t stay awake in school, his learning curve was at a stand still and his behavior was deplorable. His autistic tendencies were out of control and his daily obsessions controlled his life.
Adam could no longer dress himself or even find his own bedroom and our family was in turmoil. Adam’s personal safety, as well as the safety of our other children, became a major concern.
After continuous hospitalizations, tests, EEG’s, MRI’s and watching him suffer with the side effects of the drugs, I had taken all I could take. I knew that if I did not do something to make my son well, his mental well-being and his life (along with the lives of everyone in our family) were in jeopardy.
The doctors told us that Adam’s condition was incurable and that his prognosis was very poor. The ‘straw that broke that camels back’ and propelled me on my mission to heal my son came when someone suggested that I put Adam in a crash helmet and leave him in an institution. I was so angry that I could barely speak. I knew that it was time to take matters into my own hands…
…but I was scared to death. (And I bet you may be, too)
I went on a personal crusade to make Adam well no matter what the cost. What I learned, in my search for treatment, were things that the medical professionals were not willing to share with me. I truly believe that the pharmaceutical industry didn’t want me to know that real, viable alternative treatments existed which had already helped thousands of people.
At first, I didn’t know where to look or whom to trust and I tried a variety of alternative treatments for Adam. I would have given anything for an ebook like mine that would have provided some hope and reassurance that I was doing the right thing. Knowing the path to follow would have saved Adam a lot of pain and me a lot of heartache, not to mention keep me from wasting time and money.
Success didn’t come easily, but I’m a bulldog when it comes to my family’s health. Ultimately, through persistence and perseverance, I found the right combination of strategies that worked for Adam. I hope it will work for your child and all the children who are burdened by autism and not being helped by traditional drug therapies.
Just in case you think I ‘imagined’ that Adam was getting better or that the healing was all in my head, please let me share this uplifting quote with you from a member of the healthcare community who knows my son…
“I couldn’t be happier for Adam or more surprised by his transformation. He has achieved milestones on a journey that no one expected him to take. I congratulate him and especially his parents for never giving up!”
– Laura Yake – Executive Director -The Center for Seizure and Epilepsy Education
So you see, the information I’ve included in Getting Adam back…. A Mother’s Triumph Over Epilepsy And Autism isn’t based on untried theory or academic conjecture; it’s based on science and my personal experience healing my son.
Proven Facts…Proven Results
Your child deserves nothing less!
The best way I know to get you excited about how Getting Adam back…. A Mother’s Triumph Over Epilepsy And Autism can make a difference in your life is to let offer you a sample of what’s between the covers. Here’s a quick look at some of what you’ll find:
- How uncontrolled seizures can impact your life
- Managing appalling behavior
- The Vaccination debate
- Strategies for an obsessive-compulsive child
- A list of all treatments we tried
- Hugely successful treatments that changed our lives
- Saying good-bye to the drugs
- Getting Adam’s spark back in his life
- The best supplements
- Recommended plan for parents
- Answering the question “Can I do this?”
Hooray for Hollywood
Even the famous are not immune to the harsh reality of epilepsy. This was the case with Jim Abrahams, producer of hit comedy movies such as Airplane, Hot Shots, and The Naked Gun. It is not his Hollywood success that Abrahams states as his biggest accomplishment, but rather his pro-active approach in curing his son Charlie’s seizures, uncovering a little known epilepsy treatment called the ketogenic diet, and spreading awareness of the treatment.
That diet was instrumental in making Adam well, too. I owe this dedicated man all the credit and a world of thanks and I will be forever grateful for what he showed me. Jim Abrahams had the connections to put together several special feature shows that aired on Dateline NBC television. He talked about a high fat diet that was very successful in stopping seizures in children with hard to control epilepsy. A diet that had been around for 80 years, but buried and almost forgotten when anti-seizure medications became popular.
As he desperately searched for answers for his own son, he spent hours in the library searching through text books. Charlie, like Adam, was diagnosed with Lennox Gastaut Syndrome – where multiple seizure types are present. As he scanned the index for “Lennox Gastaut”, his eyes caught the words “Ketogenic diet”, which peaked his curiosity. And it is a good thing it did. He found a diet that has been successful for thousands of children. His crusade began after Charlie was seizure free almost overnight, and he sat up straight in bed one night and thought to himself “this didn’t have to happen”. He wondered why the diet was never disclosed or given as a treatment option for his son.
Simply put, the Ketogenic Diet is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate, adequate protein diet that is closely monitored by a trained nutritionist. It is a labor-intensive treatment that involves dedication by both the parent/s and the child following it. But the results are more than worth it!
The ketogenic diet is primarily used to reduce or eliminate seizures in children who have difficult to control seizures. But it is now being explored as a treatment to help control various other types of neurological disorders.
Dr. Deborah Snyder, A medical doctor and author of Keto Kid: Helping Your Child Succeed on the Ketogenic Diet. Dr. Deborah Snyder was inspired to help her young son Bryce knowing all the medical options available. Bryce had been subjected to five different medications, which did not result in seizure control, but within three weeks of being on the Ketogenic Diet, Bryce had obtained seizure control.
Kim Duprey isn’t a doctor of a Hollywood insider, but she is a proponent of the Ketogenic Diet. After just 21 days on the Ketogenic Diet, her young son Austin went from having 70-90 seizures the first day of the diet to none in only 6 days.
I had the pleasure sitting down and talking with Jim, Deborah, and Kim. We talked and they were kind enough to allow me to make podcasts of our conversations to share with people like you.
Run Time – 5:00 minutes – Listen above as Arlene talks with Dr. Deborah Synder at length about her son Bryce’s journey and success with the Ketogenic Diet in this excerpt from her popular Epilepsy Mom’s podcast.
You will receive 5 free podcasts in their entirety when you become a member. Join Now! (will pop open in a new window)
Beyond the Book
My book is filled with the honest ups-and-downs we faced, along with detailed information and resources that are sure to help every parent walking in those heavy shoes. But I’m the first to acknowledge that what worked for Adam, Charlie, Bryce, and Austin cannot be expected to work for all children.
And that’s why Getting Adam Back…. A Mother’s Triumph Over Epilepsy And Autism is just one of the many resources you’ll find here at EpilepsyMoms.com.
I created this site as a place where people who have been touched by autism and epilepsy can come together to exchange stories, offer comfort, let off steam, and (most importantly) discuss proven and evolving solutions to the health challenges their families face. There’s an ever-expanding collection of blog posts, articles, podcasts, and more that you can access any time you have a question or concern.
Our door is always open and
help is always here when you want it.
Special Bonuses with Your Ebook
If you decide to purchase Getting Adam Back — A Mother’s Triumph Over Epilepsy And Autism or receive it as a gift for joining our family, I’ll also include these two bonuses:
1.) The Planning Toolkit
If you are a “list person” like I am, you will benefit from having this “fill in the blanks” form that I created to help you organize your treatment plan. This handy guide will take everything you learned in the ebook and condense it into a usable handy reference.
The Planning Toolkit is a comprehensive guide that will walk you through everything you need to get started as well as where to find what you need, and how to document and keep track of everything along the way.
2.) Links and Literature
This valuable one-stop reference guide that shares with you the “quick links to all the online resources” that I found useful in my search. The links are easy to use, and all in one place. This bonus includes links that will help you
- Understand alternative treatment options so you can select the best options for your child
- Manage your child’s behavior to minimize the impact of his/her disease on daily life
- Create special healthful recipes and create a diet plan that you and your child can stick to
- Explore other treatments for autism
- Find fun and inspirational ideas to help you keep everyone’s spirits up and hope high
My Guarantee to You
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Yours in good health and healing,
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