Quantum Brain Healing may try several different types of diets to stop or diminish the severity of seizures. The diet may take five weeks to show progress. There are other diets available including the Rotation Diet, the Elimination Diet, and the Ketogenic diet which can resolve or diminish seizures. Many seizures can be triggered by food allergies or environmental toxins.
The Glutamate Aspartate Restricted Diet (GARD) is a type of elimination diet developed to treat epilepsy in animals that identifies foods and ingredients that should be avoided including the following:
– gluten found in wheat and grains
– casein is protein found in cow milk and dairy products
– corn including corn syrup and corn derivative products
– MSG (mono-sodium glutamate)
– aspartame or Nutrasweet used as a sugar substitute
– glutamate found in high concentrations in most beans/legumes
– hydrogenated oils
The G.A.R.D. is a “glutamate-aspartate restricted diet” due to the limitation of these two non-essential, neurostimulating amino acids that are also the parent compounds of MSG and aspartame (Nutrasweet). Aspartame is a neurotoxin which has been connected with brain cancer in Italy. Glutamate and aspartate are excitotoxins. They are able to trigger seizures and cause neurodegenerative diseases in some patients. The G.A.R.D. is also referred to as the “gut absorption recovery diet” due to its removal of gluten, dairy, soy, and corn. These foods may induce damage to the intestinal villi resulting in celiac disease and food intolerance.
There is anecdotal evidence that this diet works to eliminate or reduce seizures for people diagnosed with MTLE (Mesial Temporal Lobe Epilepsy) and atrophy of the hippocampus. There is little or no published clinical research for the G.A.R.D diet. If effective, this diet needs to be adopted as a permanent lifestyle change. It requires continuous active participation to maintain seizure control. Seizure control can occur very quickly with this diet, within several weeks. This diet is the only “seizure control” diet that does not restrict carbohydrate consumption. It allows high glycemic and high carbohydrates foods. Diabetics, hypoglycemics or anyone who has sensitivity to dietary sugars try the GARD diet under the strict supervision of their doctor.
Patients with MTLE (Mesial Temporal Lobe Epilepsy) or atrophy of the hippocampus should try this diet or another diet that eliminates dietary glutamate.
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