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Post: #1 Low Carb for Epilepsy , 01-20-2010 08:41 PM


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A while back Jimmy did a podcast with some doctor whose son started having seizures, and she cured him with the Ketogenic diet.

This is on the Fox News website today:

High Fat Diet Cures Boy of Epilepsy

This is some pretty good publicity for the low-carb lifestyle!

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Post: #2 RE: Low Carb for Epilepsy , 01-20-2010 09:09 PM


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Too bad they don't mention "low-carb" anywhere in the story. High-fat is cool, though. Here's the link to my interview with Dr. Deborah Snyder about this: http://www.thelivinlowcarbshow.com/shown...isode-282/

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Post: #3 RE: Low Carb for Epilepsy , 01-20-2010 10:55 PM


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The diet is actually ketogenic and lower in carbs than the Atkins induction level carbs. Here is a website that I belong to that you might find interesting.

http://www.charliefoundation.org/dvds
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Post: #4 RE: Low Carb for Epilepsy , 01-23-2010 12:57 PM


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"Wirrell said she monitors Max's cholesterol, but that kids on this diet do not typically have cholesterol or lipid problems."


LOVE it!
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Post: #5 RE: Low Carb for Epilepsy , 01-23-2010 02:35 PM
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Reduced pain and inflammation with a ketogenic diet If you just read the introduction you will see why this type of diet would help so many people with diabetes Type 2, Alzheimer's, and cancer.

What got me with the examples given on the Charlie website is that one of the guys was reporting how he was put on a ketogenic diet back in 1945. Mind you from his Photo it's no surprise he's a carbohydrate junkie and perhaps returning to a keto diet would improve both his looks and health. But if we knew back in the 1940's was good for epilepsy back them why did we forget and why isn't it standard practice now?
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Post: #6 RE: Low Carb for Epilepsy , 01-23-2010 03:35 PM


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I think it is important to recognize that this is an extreme diet, quite different even from what even zer0 carbers consume, and undertaken under extreme circumstances.

[quote]Long-term use of the ketogenic diet in the treatment of epilepsy
Darcy K Groesbeck a1, Renee M Bluml a2 and Eric H Kossoff a2 c1
a1 The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA.
a2 The John M Freeman Pediatric Epilepsy Center, Departments of Neurology and Pediatrics, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD, USA.


Abstract

Long-term outcomes of the ketogenic diet in the treatment of epilepsy have not previously been reported. A retrospective chart review of children treated with the ketogenic diet for more than 6 years at the Johns Hopkins Hospital was performed. The response was documented at clinic visits and by telephone contacts; laboratory studies were obtained approximately every 6 to 12 months. Satisfaction and tolerability were assessed by means of a brief parental telephone questionnaire. In all, 28 patients (15 males, 13 females), currently aged 7 to 23 years, were identified. The median baseline seizure frequency per week at diet onset was 630 (range 1
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Post: #7 RE: Low Carb for Epilepsy , 01-23-2010 03:39 PM


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I'm curious what kind of adverse effects this ketogenic diet for epilepsy would have. What are your thoughts on this?

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Post: #8 RE: Low Carb for Epilepsy , 01-23-2010 03:59 PM
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(01-23-2010 03:39 PM)Jimmy Moore Wrote:  I'm curious what kind of adverse effects this ketogenic diet for epilepsy would have. What are your thoughts on this?
Wiki history of ketogenic diets I didn't realise they has quite a lot of experience with these diets back in the 1920's before the introduction of anti convulsants. Now we know more about the role of vitamin a, vitamin K2 boron and magnesium I would have thought the hypercalcemia problem was avoidable.

What's the betting the adverse side effect reported
Cholesterol may increase by around 30% is mainly HDL?
What's your Cholesterol number Jimmy?
I bet it would scare a lot of doctors.

It looks like raised cholesterol doesn't have to be a problem though I'm not sure that is the route I'd choose.
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Post: #9 RE: Low Carb for Epilepsy , 01-24-2010 03:12 AM


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This site is quite informative:

http://www.charliefoundation.org/dvds
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Post: #10 RE: Low Carb for Epilepsy , 01-24-2010 05:35 PM


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I was kind of appalled to read in the article in Post #1 that Max was drinking canola oil. Surely there are far healthier drinks like cream or even half and half. It doesn't really say what was included in his diet, just the "shocking items" like bacon and butter. It would be interesting to find out what else he ate, and what quality those things were, e.g., was it uncured bacon, organic pastured butter, did he eat any vegetables, did he get any vitamin supplements?
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Post: #11 RE: Low Carb for Epilepsy , 01-25-2010 04:52 AM


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Am I crazy or did I read somewhere that canola oil converts to transfat (or something else bad) when heated to high temps? I know that canola oil is generally considered to be bad by LC docs, isn't it?

BTW...hi to all from sunny Mexico. Looking for a place to live...wow the prices are high, but overall prices are lower, so I will find a place. Prayers would be appreciated. Things aren't going so well with the ex who is supposed to give me enough alimony to live in dignity, but who refuses to sign anything or even commit to a certain $ amount per month. He doesn't see why I would want to know (sigh).


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Post: #12 RE: Low Carb for Epilepsy , 01-25-2010 10:30 AM


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Deanna, I've been wondering where you were. I am praying for you.
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