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There are a number of metabolic and nutritional factors that have been found to relate to epilepsy. Blood tests have shown amounts of copper to be high, and zinc to be low. Inasmuch as the hippocampus area of the brain contains the highest volume of zinc compared to any other area of the nervous system, the 15% decrease in zinc levels found in epileptics could be significant. Deficiencies of megnesium and manganese are reported, as well as imbalances between sodium and calcium, Phosphorus and sodium, and potassium and phosphorous. A high alkalinity in nerves and muscles is found and could be a major factor in attacks. Unbalanced nutrition is invariably present. Bacterial putrification takes place in the intestine and excess histamine is formed because of poor diet practice and a need for glutamic acid. Allergy to foods or environmental substances may play a part.