The ketogenic diet isn’t new in the field of epilepsy treatment, but it did fall out of favor for a number of years (mainly due to the “fat-phobia” our society was taught to develop through incorrect nutrition recommendations and guidelines). However, today, as a result of mounting research proving the efficacy of the ketogenic diet as treatment for epilepsy, it is experiencing a revival.
A March 2012 PubMed Health article from the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews made this statement after several large studies on the effects of a ketogenic diet on epilepsy had been completed:
These studies suggest that in children, the ketogenic diet results in short to medium term benefits in seizure control, the effects of which are comparable to modern anti-epileptic drugs.
The Ketogenic Diet As A Therapeutic Treatment Of Epilepsy
In this TEDx video, Dominic D’Agostino, a professor at the University of South Florida and researcher of metabolic therapies, discusses the benefits of the ketogenic diet for diseases such as cancer and epilepsy:
The Charlie Foundation
No organization has done more to educate the public about the therapeutic potential of the ketogenic diet than The Charlie Foundation, which was founded by Hollywood producer Jim Abrahams.
Jim’s son Charlie was stricken with seizures so severe that no amount of drugs could help him. So, Jim looked into alternative approaches to help his son, and through his research found that doctors at Johns Hopkins hospital were using the ketogenic diet to treat pediatric epilepsy.
Further Reading & Resources:
- The Charlie Foundation
- The Ketogenic Diet For Epilepsy – This article on Ketogenic Diet Resource is an excellent resource that links out to many scientific studies supporting the use of the ketogenic diet with epilepsy, as well as personal stories and other resources