Wellness Warrior meets Wellness Warrior – Jess Ainscough interviews Lissa Rankin


Two of my favourite wellness warriors get together to discuss Lissa Rankin’s new book ‘Mind over Medicine’.

Both of these ladies are very much on my page when it comes to health.

This interview is well worth listening to.

Important points raised during the interview are;
What does your body need to heal? What prescription does your body need you to prescribe for yourself? What would you do if you could do anything you wanted, to make yourself better?

– Leave your abusive relationship?
– Leave your horrible job?
– Go to college?
– Move countries?
– Get married?
– Do something you always wanted to do?
– Get a new job with a better employer? šŸ™‚

Lissa’s idea about letting the patient write the prescription for themselves is really liberating.

In the context of epilepsy research I think it is relevant to the epilepsy research project what treatment would you prefer?:



Nobody is the same, so everyone will need different treatment.

Healing is not neceserraly curing.

The moral of the story – Turn off your stress response, it could save your life.

I love epigenetics!

Mind Over Medicine – Lissa Rankin Book Launch

LissaĀ gave regular readersĀ ofĀ her blog theĀ opportunityĀ read the first excerpt of ā€˜Mind Over Medicineā€™ by Lissa Rankin MD available to buy from a link on her blog.

I thought that everyone with an interest in healingĀ (themselves or others)Ā would be interested in her book, the subjects talked in the excerpt I readĀ are;Ā The placebo effect and its physiology, spontaneous remission from cancer, healing and belief. That was only a short extract!

Can’t wait to read the whole thing!


Guest Post – Autism And Epilepsy Combined

I would like to thank http://rosewinelover.com/Ā epilepsy action advocate once again for taking the time to write a guest post.

This month epilepsy me andĀ neurologyĀ  has asked me to write a brief (or not-so brief) piece on what it’s like to live with both epilepsy and autism; I shall endeavour to do my best. Continue reading

life at full volume – meditation and diet fatigue fighting and side effects of anti epileptic drugs – GREAT blog!

Life at Full Volume

550131_425393197537643_1221104998_nAs a person living with epilepsy, I not only fight seizures, but I fight fatigue. And I fight fatigue with a mighty vengeance, baby. Youā€™re probably wondering why Iā€™m so fatigued. Well, Iā€™m on a lot of Anti Epileptic Drugs (thatā€™s just a fancy way of saying medication, but I kinda like Anti Epileptic Drugs. It sounds fancy!) and a common side effect of all of them is fatigue. So I can easily have a solid eight hour sleep and still feel tired throughout the day. Itā€™s not the kind of tired where itā€™s like ā€œOh, a little coffee could cure this!ā€ Itā€™s the kind of tired where you feel like you could fall into bed and sleep for hours. And hours. And HOURS. But the thing is, sleep does absolutely nothing to fix this side effect. In my opinion, it just makes it worse, because youā€™re throwing off yourā€¦

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The Power of Vulnerability – Brene Brown

I watched this talkĀ this evening and have to admit that I laughed, probably a bit too loudly, through this very touching Ted talk re-blogged by Dr Frank Lipman. Ā I have seen it before from Be Well and Happy.

For all my fellow onions out there, I think this is a really important and not often enough discussed topic which has cropped up a lot recently (see links).

For everyoneĀ  this weekendĀ please shareĀ Brene’s TalkĀ  on vulnerability as an idea worth spreading.





GREAT parkinson’s neuro recovery blog!

Kaitlyn Roland

This week kicked off brain awareness weekā€¦ and the people over at sharpbrains.com debunked 10 myths around brain fitnessā€¦ here are my 5 favourites!

Myth 1. Genes deterĀ­mine the fate of our brains.

Fact: LifeĀ­long brain plasĀ­ticĀ­ity means that our lifestyles and behavĀ­iors play a sigĀ­nifĀ­iĀ­cant role in how our brains (and thereĀ­fore our minds) physĀ­iĀ­cally evolve.

(we have some aspect of control and can create new neural pathways ā€“ say with exercise for brain change!)

Myth 3. MedĀ­icaĀ­tion is the main hope for cogĀ­niĀ­tive health and enhanceĀ­ment.
Fact: Non-invasive interĀ­venĀ­tions can have comĀ­paĀ­raĀ­ble and more durable benĀ­eĀ­fits, and are also free of side effects.

(drug side effects are not necessary, but side effects ā€“ like endorphins ā€“ from exercise are encouraged!)

Myth 4. Thereā€™s nothĀ­ing we can do to beat Alzheimerā€™s disĀ­ease and cogĀ­niĀ­tive decline.
Fact: While nothĀ­ing has been shown to preĀ­vent the patholĀ­ogy of Alzheimer ā€™sā€¦

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Neurological Rock Stars 2 – Parkinson’s Nautrally blog by Fred Phillips


Please follow the link to Fred Phillips Blog, and inspiring story of treating parkinson’s nautrally. Fred has taken the time and care to write about how he is using diet, yoga, meditation and emotional healing to treat his Parkinson’s disease symptoms.

His diet advice in particular in relation to inflammation and the relationship between gut and immune system function are really useful (to me especially! šŸ™‚ ).

Fred has a very good understanding of the physiology of the body and how it all inter-relates.

Fred has also written a book about healing.

Fred is also a KARATE TEACHER!!! šŸ™‚


Karate and Neurogenesis ā€“ Articles by Rob Nielson

Following through with the theme of neurogenesis and exercise for brain health and development; here are links to two excellent articles by program director and chief instructor of karate Rob Nielson at Cedar Ridge Academy Therapeutic Boarding school for troubled teens (1).

Karate is one of my favourite pass-times and I was very happy to read that it is being used in such a positive way to help young people.

1) Karate Black Belt Challenge Brain Development in troubled teens

Student Participation stimulates brain development (neurogenesis)

By Rob Nielson, Program Director & Chief Instructor

Helpful in disorders like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), anxiety and depression. Increases self-confidence and mindfulness,


2) Karate Black Belt Challenge for brain development in troubled teens – Part II

an Holistic approach to therapy at Cedar Ridge
Academy Therapeutic Boarding School for troubled teens

by Rob Nielson, Program Director & Chief Instructor

Relationships between being physically fit and mentally fit, karate for attention deficit, anxiety, drug issues, impulse control, aerobic exercise and brain health.



1) http://www.cedaridge.net/quick-facts.html

More Health and Exercise Condition Management

Wales National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS) ā€“ Cynllun Atgufeirio Cleifion I Wneud ymarfer Corff Cymru

Thank you once again to my ā€˜Yoga I Bawbā€™ teacher Alyson for pressing a guest blog from me in relation to health. If you are interested in reading it is at:


I thought that this would be a good opportunity to draw peopleā€™s attention to the Welsh Government scheme Wales National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS). Ā Aimed at 17 years of age and over, who are not used to being regularly physically active and have a medical condition, the scheme is designed to provide opportunities to exercise that are fun; rewarding and that can be incorporated into every-day life.

It consists of a wide range of activities both gym based and class based to choose from for patients that have been through a rehabilitation programmes. The benefits are listed as weight management, reduction of blood pressure, reduced risk of heart disease and strokes, reduction of cancer risk, reduced stress and anxiety, improve mental and social wellbeing, increased energy, improve strength, mobility, co-ordination and balance and improved health and wellbeing.

The link for information is: http://www.wlga.gov.uk/ners

To be referred you need to approach your GP/practice nurse/health professional. Give it a go!

I have not had experience of this scheme myself but would be interested to hear from people with any feedback that they would like to share.

Perhaps there is a similar project helping people with health conditions through exercise in your area?

Guest Post – Who Am I?

Today I am very honoured to have a guest blog post from http://rosewinelover.com/

Thank-for sharing your experiences!

First of all, I would like to thank Epilepsy Me And Neurology for inviting me to guest blog here. This has added a whole new aspect to my line of “work” – to advocate for epilepsyĀ  from my living room, reaching a target audience all over the world.

So, who am I? Allow me to introduce myself…

My name is Gemma. I’m a thirty-nine year old housewife, married to a wonderful man who I have been with for five years now. I have a profoundly autistic son from a previous marriage, who lives with a foster family because I am not strong enough – physically or mentally – to be able to handle his behaviours without significant harm coming to others and myself. I do love him fiercly though, and so my husband and I visit him as often as we can. Continue reading