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First Draft © Dennis Rocke & Dr J. M. Mungavin 1983

Updated Dennis Rocke © 2022


Epilepsy is complex so there are three things that have to be considered when planning a diet to treat it.

  • A deficiency of magnesium has been found to have an involvement in epilepsy so it is essential that foods rich in magnesium should be adequately supplied.
  • Epileptic seizures can be brought on by an allergic reaction to certain food substances or simply some foods.
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia) is commonly involved in epilepsy, so it is also essential for the diet to be anti-hypoglycaemic in nature. If hypoglycaemia is found to be so involved then follow the program and anti-hypoglycaemic I suggest under the heading Hypoglycaemia.

It is often found that Epileptics have poor assimilation of minerals such as, calcium and magnesium particularly if they are taken with meals. If this is found to be obvious, calcium and magnesium supplements should be given to the patient to take on an empty stomach with fruit juice or with one tablet of Betaine Hydrochloride.

Important Dietary Facts

Animal type proteins should be completely eliminated from the diet, all animal proteins apart from milk that is. Goat’s milk is preferable to cows. The reason for this is that animal proteins are completely lacking in magnesium and will rob all stored magnesium and B6 from the body, both of which are much needed by epileptics in large amounts.

The best sources of magnesium are:

  • cooked and green leafy vegetables
  • beet-tops
  • kale
  • raw nuts
  • soybeans
  • spinach
  • seeds

When you give the patient cooked vegetables, the water they are cooked in should also be consumed, either as a juice or as a vegetable gravy.

Follow the health diet using as many raw foods as possible. Sprouted seeds, green juices (vegetable), mung beans and alfalfa seeds are very beneficial. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables (especially raw). Virgin Olive Oil should be given, at least 2 tablespoons a day (a good idea would be to toss a salad with it). Use butter and unprocessed cheese in moderation, but a little is alright. Homemade cottage cheese would be the unprocessed cheese I recommend. If you can obtain them consuming 2 yolks a week from fertile eggs is very beneficial.

Have the patient avoid overeating, lots of small meals are much better than a couple of large ones and especially don’t allow the patient to eat a large meal before retiring to bed.

Foods to avoid

Sugar or any product of sugar. If you must have a sweetener, use honey.

Beneficial Treatments
  • Areas that suffer from smog are not good areas for epileptics to live as plenty of fresh are and exercise is essential, as much as possible as patients need to oxygenate all tissues of the body including the brain.
  • If the patient is constipated (constipation should be avoided) then an enema such as Fynnon’s Salts should be taken before retiring to bed for the night.
  • It is highly essential that epileptics are kept in very good health, this being so it must be emphasised that they maintain the highest level in health that is possible.
  • Patients should never go to bed immediately after a meal, but lots of rest and sleep is essential.
  • Put the patient on the health diet especially if pregnancy, menstruation or menopause is involved for these seem to have a provoking effect for seizures.
  • The patient must be kept as stress free as possible, kept away from situations that build anger or excitement.
  • The patient should always try to sleep with the window of their bedroom open (of course that is if the climate and neighbourhood allows for this). If the patient lives in a great climate, living and sleeping outdoors is highly beneficial. The climate best for epileptics is, dry and warm as seizures increase when winters are cold or there is high humidity and rain storms.

Daily Supplements (Recommended)

Vitamin A  

Under doctor’s supervision take 10,000 iu


Vitamin B6  

100 mg


Vitamin B15  

100 mg (50 mg twice daily)


Vitamin B (complex)  

Take the dosage prescribed by the manufacturer; make sure it is of a natural high potency and includes 25 mcg of B12.


Vitamin C  

2,000 mg daily


Vitamin E  

400 iu working up slowly over several months to 1,000 iu daily


Vitamin D  

1 capsule


Betaine Hydrochloride  

1 – 2 tablets taken  with water after each main meal



1,000 mg


Folic Acid  

0.5 mg



2 tablets


Trace Element Formula with iron  

 As directed


Whey Powder  

2 teaspoons with meals



30 mg



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