The Ketogenic Diet: A Treatment for Children and Others with Epilepsy, Fourth Edition
I was pushing my son, Charlie, in a swing when his head twitched and he threw his right arm in the air. That was the beginning of an agony I am without words to describe. Nine months later, ... Charlie's seizures were unchecked, his development delayed, and he had a prognosis of continued seizures and progressive retardation. Since Charlie started the (ketogenic) diet, he has been virtually seizure-free, completely drug-free, and a terrific little boy. He has had to remain on a modified version of the ketogenic diet after being on the full diet for two years, but he goes to school and leads a normal, happy life.
One in five children with epilepsy has seizures that are resistant to medications. Even when seizures are fairly well under control, medication may affect childrens alertness and mental clarity, impairing their ability to learn and reach their full potential. Many parents are looking beyond currently available medications for a satisfying solution to seizure treatment.
The ketogenic diet is such an answer. This rigid, mathematically calculated, doctor-supervised diet is high in fat and low in carbohydrate and protein, and strictly limits both calories and liquid intake. The diet helps to control seizures and allows many children to become both seizure-free and drug-free.
This extensively updated edition covers the many advances that have been made in understanding how the diet works, how it should be used, and its future role as a treatment for children with epilepsy.
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The Ketogenic Diet: A Treatment for Children and Others with Epilepsy, Fourth Edition is an indispensable resource for any parent, medical professional, or dietician working with children on this strict but highly effective diet plan.
Check out the new companion to The Ketogenic Diet, Keto Kid: Helping Your Child Succeed on the Ketogenic Diet.
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Amazing book. The ketogenic diet has saved the life of my friend's child with intractable epilepsy. My child has mild epilepsy and food allergies, so I bought this book to learn more because we wanted to try the modified Atkins diet. The book explains the science behind how ketogenic diets work, explains how they are started, and even gives a few recipes. Coupled with a good nutritionist and Dr. Atkins' famous book, another e-book on Atkins for seizures, and yahoo support groups, we have successfully started the modified Atkins diet. I am so grateful for the doctors who have made this diet their mission and taken the time to write this book and do research. I would recommend this book to anyone who has epilepsy. Many doctors don't give patient the diet as a treatment option, and this book would help them understand how diet can be used as a treatment option. I was so excited when I got my book in the mail, I read the whole thing in 3 days. It is easy to read and cites lots of scientific research. I consider this book one of my most treasured possessions.