The Ketogenic (Keto) Diet
The Ketogenic diet is a low carbohydrate (and high fat) diet that has been used for decades to manage Epilepsy. This approach has often been effective when traditional medicines have not been useful.
Both the Ketogenic Diet and the Modified Atkins Diet change the body’s metabolic process. The dieter’s body will burn fat instead of sugars for energy. It is this metabolic process that throws off “ketones”. Thus the name, “Ketogenic” or “Keto” Diet.
Dr. John Freeman’s book, “The Ketogenic Diet”, is a must read for parents and doctors considering this approach. It is available here.
Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland, is an excellent resource if you think this might be suitable for you. From their website:
“We are the premier center in the world for clinical and research expertise regarding the ketogenic diet, having enrolled approximately 700 children over the past few decades.
We admit approximately four children for the diet monthly…”
If you are seeking an alternative to traditional medicine used to treat epilepsy or even an alternative to the Ketogenic Diet, the Modified Atkins Diet for Seizures may be just the solution you are looking for.
If you have tried either the MAD or Ketogenic diet for seizures and would like to share your story, please contact us. This diet has literally saved the lives and quality of life of children and families around the world. True life stories encourage and support everyone on this journey. You can read one story already contributed here:
Diet for Epilepsy Resources and Low Carb Recipes
One thing you will not find here is medical advice. We are families that have benefited from this approach not pediatric neurologists. We will share our experiences and resources, but each child is different. Please seek qualified medical guidance. Dr. Eric Kossoff is an excellent resource and may be able to assist you in finding the guidance.