Ketogenic diet could help epileptic children

By Phil Rainier - bio | email

How would you like to be on a high fat diet? It may not be a prescription for weight loss, but for some children with epilepsy, it's nothing short of a miracle.

Shrimp, some carrots and dip, and chocolate milk made with butter and heavy cream is a high fat diet Cady calls magic food. It's magic because the diet has completely stopped Cady's uncontrolled epileptic seizures.

A ketogenic diet is used for kids whose seizures cannot be controlled by medication or surgery. "The ketogenic diet was designed to mimic the fasting state, so you burn fat not carbohydrates."

When you burn fat instead of carbs, your body produces chemicals called ketones. This state of ketosis changes the metabolism of your brain. The theory is that ketosis may stabilize cell membranes, making them less likely to seize.

The diet only works if Cady follows it precisely. Everything has to be weighed and measured to maintain a certain level of ketosis. "You have to cook things a certain way and you have to measure things perfectly."

Cady used to suffer up to 12 seizures a day, but on the ketogenic diet, she's seizure free.

Talk to your doctor for more information.