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Importance of Omega-3 Fatty Acids


In the last few months, I have worked with two clients that have a history of seizures. These are non-epileptic seizures: catamenial seizures and psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES). With catamenial seizures, seizure activity increases with dramatic changes in hormone levels around the time of menstruation. PNES are stressed induced and are associated with traumatic events and can be labeled under the PTSD category. Consequently, each of their physicians prescribed very different treatment strategies. Both clients did see some of their symptoms improve with their physicians’ protocols, but they came to me to explore additional options when many of their symptoms did not.

It can be easily perceived, that with both conditions, there are emotional triggers. In fact, I find that in any chronic condition, even if it is migraine headaches or stubborn weight retention, there is always a significant emotional component. I also see multiple nutritional deficiencies in each situation as well. With the case of the catamenial seizures, it also clear, that there is a hormone imbalance at play. In many of the complicated clients I see, presenting with multiple symptoms and often more than one diagnosis, I do recommend a variety of tests that will elucidate dysregulation of various systems in the body as well as identify many of the nutritional deficiencies. One of these such tests is an Omega 3-Index.

Omega-3 fatty acids have gained heighted awareness in the past decade. A major source of these fatty acids in our diet has been traditionally from fish. With the increased concern for mercury levels in wild caught salmon and tuna, Americans shied away from fish in their diets for many years. As a result, our brain and heart health severely suffered and now many companies are making these essential nutrients available in mercury free forms with high quality and bioavailability. I find that many clients with neurological complaints also are significantly deficient in Omega-3 fatty acids. Treatment involves supplementation with therapeutic doses of EPA and DHA specifically. They are essential to help the brain to relax and heal along with other specific antioxidants.

When essential nutrients that have been deficient are employed, then the necessary emotional work is facilitated. Then health and vitality are achieved. It still takes several months of nutritional support at therapeutic doses and even more time working through emotional dysfunction, but complete recovery becomes within reach. If you are struggling with symptoms of a chronic condition and have tried many physicians and therapies with little success, call me today to set up a free consult and see if the insights I present resonate with you.

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