Mom Teams With Specialist to Spread Awareness of Innovative Treatment Options for Epilepsy and Autism

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On June 4, Arlene Martell and Dr. Paul Swingle will take part in a free teleseminar discussion of the newest alternative treatments for autism, epilepsy, and other brain disorders, with a focus on neurotherapy and diet.

There was a time when Arlene Martell's son Adam was having hundreds of seizures a day, displaying obsessive-compulsive behavior, and suffering from severe behavior and learning problems. His epilepsy and autism, paired with the litany of medications he was prescribed, prevented Adam from living anything resembling a comfortable or normal childhood.

Fifteen years later, Adam has graduated from high school and is happily living seizure-free. The compulsions and autistic behaviors that had controlled his life have been reduced to manageable levels. His road to normalcy, however, was not an easy one. It took Arlene years of research to discover the innovative alternative treatments that led to Adam's recovery - a high-fat diet paired with neurotherapy sessions - and she has spent her years since then spreading awareness of what she has learned.

As part of their growing campaign to educate the public about treatments for autism, epilepsy, ADHD, and other brain disorders, Martell and local neurotherapist and psychologist Paul Swingle are holding a free teleseminar on June 4. During the seminar, Martell will interview Swingle about his therapies and procedures as well as discuss her own experiences regarding finding the right treatments for her son.

"I did years of research before I even heard of these alternatives," Martell explains. "Many doctors mask the symptoms with drugs and tell you to put your kids in bike helmets or institutions. I want parents to have a better understanding of their options. There are treatments that are out there that could change their kid's lives."

Autism is a quickly growing health concern, with a staggering one in 150 children being diagnosed with the disorder. One in 2000 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy. Although the ketosis-based diet has been controversial in the past, major studies, including two recently conducted at University College London and John Hopkins University, have found the natural treatment to be extremely effective in many patients who are unresponsive to anti-seizure medications.

"I often tell mothers of my child clients 'remember that mothers outrank everyone!'," says Dr. Swingle. "The reason I remind mothers of this is so they feel confident to reject the nonsense they are told by some arrogant and woefully uninformed health professionals who mistreat their children."

"This is valuable information that I can only wish someone had shared with me earlier," Martell says. "Families who have a child with any type of brain disorder need to know about these treatments and fresh perspectives, and chances are your family GP does not know enough about them."

The teleseminar is limited to 125 people. To register for this free event, visit and sign up to receive the call-in number. If you are unable to attend live, you can also register on the link above to receive a free audio file of the interview within the days following the seminar.

About Dr. Paul Swingle:
Currently practicing out of Vancouver, Dr. Swingle ( is a registered psychologist board-certified in neurotherapy and biofeedback. Dr. Swingle was professor of psychology at the University of Ottawa from 1972 to 1997. He was lecturer in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School from 1991 to 1998 and during the same time period was associate attending psychologist at McLean Hospital, where he also was Head of the Clinical Psychophysiology Service. He hosts the radio show "It's All In Your Head" on CFUN 1410 am radio and has a book by the same name publishing this month.

About Arlene Martell:
Since struggling to win the battle against her own son's health problems more than a decade ago, Arlene Martell has been dedicated to spreading autism and epilepsy awareness to educators, health providers, and other parents with children in need. She is the publisher of, a website that lends support to and information to other parents of kids with epilepsy, and is the author of Getting Adam Back: A Mother's Triumph Over Epilepsy and Autism ( For more information on Martell's journey, contact Arlene Martell at arlene @ or 1-604-538-6460.


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