What Causes Seizures?

In order to hopefully treat and prevent recurrence of seizures we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow seizures to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind seizures consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to seizures.  Here are eight possibilities (more below):
  • Electrical Hypersensitivity
  • Manganese Need
  • Gluten Sensitivity
  • Brain Tumor
  • Lupus (SLE)
  • Excess Water Consumption
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
occasional unexplained nausea
gradual loss of vision
fatigue after slight exertion
very slow scalp hair growth
bulging eyes
severely impaired ability to walk
frequent infections
being blind or nearly blind
history of bulimia
regular sun rash on cheeks
somewhat disturbed sleep
... and more than 90 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of seizures:
Cause Probability Status
Brain Tumor 96% Confirm
Sarcoidosis 27% Unlikely
Gluten Sensitivity 15% Unlikely
Manganese Need 0% Ruled out
Lupus (SLE) 0% Ruled out
Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects 0% Ruled out
Electrical Hypersensitivity 0% Ruled out
Excess Water Consumption 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate unusual mental conditions/symptoms, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you suffer from seizures or convulsions?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Minor episode(s) now resolved
→ Major episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor problem
→ Current major problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either history of seizures or seizures, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Brain Tumor

A new seizure in an adult could indicate a brain tumor.  About half of patients with a brain tumor will have seizures.

Lupus, SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)

Seizures have been found to complicate the course in between 15-25% of patients with lupus, depending on the study quoted.

Gluten Sensitivity / Celiac Disease

Blood tests for gluten sensitivity antibodies were performed on 783 patients referred for seizures.  In 36 patients who also had clinically evident celiac disease, no further seizures were noted after treatment with a gluten-free diet.  In a second group of 9 patients, celiac disease was not recognized because of mild or absent symptoms, but the diagnosis was confirmed by jejunal biopsy. [Lancet 1992;340: pp.439-43]


Seizures can occur due to involvement of the central nervous system in ALL and AML.

Manganese Requirement

At least six different studies have confirmed that people who experience seizures have below normal manganese levels.  Epileptics have low whole blood and hair manganese levels, and those with the lowest manganese levels typically have the highest seizure activity.

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