The Ketogenic Diet

 

 

Extract from above page:- "The ketogenic diet has been around in the medical literature for well over 70 years. It was replaced when the modern anti-convulsants became available, even though it has a very good success rate at controlling seizures. In some cases it is actually better than drugs at controlling seizures. It has a success rate of 75%. Stopping seizures in 50% and further reducing them in 25% of cases. Most kids can stay on the diet two years, get off it and never have another seizure again. The diet works best in children under ten. They are less likely to cheat and young children can maintain ketosis better than adults or older children.

The diet mimics the effects of starvation. It has been known for centuries that fasting has a beneficial effect on seizure control (there is a reference to such in the New Testament). Doctors at the Mayo Clinic came up with a way to induce the effects of starvation (fat burning, ketosis and a change in blood Ph levels) by feeding the patient large quantities of fat and limiting protein and carbohydrate. the diet has to be rigidly controlled as any deviation can throw the patient out of ketosis and produce a seizure.

My daughter eats a diet of 75% of her calories coming from fat. Surprisingly, children on the diet remain small and thin. There are no associated heart problems, since the fat is all burned up and not deposited. The diet is deficient in many vitamins and in calcium, so a good (carbohydrate-free) vitamin supplement in essential." Click here to read on

 

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"The ketogenic diet is a medical therapy that must be used under the supervision of physicians who are familiar with the diet and under the direction of dietitians who have experience with the diet. It is NOT something you can do on your own. The diet may be dangerous if not done properly.

(Information from the John Hopkins Pediatric Epilepsy Center Ketogenic Diet Fact Sheet)

What is the Ketogenic Diet?

The ketogenic diet is a therapeutic diet high in fat and very low in carbohydrates and protein. It is prescribed for children who have seizures that are difficult to control with current medications. It has had more limited use in adults who do not seem to respond as readily to it. It was developed in the 1920s and was a primary treatment prior to the introduction of antiepileptic drugs in the 1950s."

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