Ketogenic Diets: Treatments for Epilepsy and Other Disorders


Sometimes referred to as a "miracle diet," the ketogenic diet has helped doctors treat difficult-to-control epileptic seizures in thousands of children. Coauthored by four respected experts from Johns Hopkins, Ketogenic Diets continues to be the definitive guide for parents, physicians, and dieticians wanting to implement this strict diet. Anyone who is placed on the Ketogenic Diet will be told, essentially "prescribed" by their doctor to get this book.

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Sometimes referred to as a "miracle diet," the ketogenic diet has helped doctors treat difficult-to-control epileptic seizures in thousands of children. Coauthored by four respected experts from Johns Hopkins, Ketogenic Diets continues to be the definitive guide for parents, physicians, and dieticians wanting to implement this strict diet. Anyone who is placed on the Ketogenic Diet will be told, essentially "prescribed" by their doctor to get this book.

This Fifth Edition has been extensively updated to reflect current advances in understanding how the diet works, how it should be used, and the future role of the diet as a treatment. Six new chapters address how to integrate the diet into all cultures, religions, and taste preferences; new information on modified and less restrictive versions of the diet, and the Modified Atkins Diet for Epilepsy are included. The book also covers exciting new research that shows the diet may work for people with other neurological illnesses.

This best-seller also includes sample meal plans, a food database, how to calculate foods, and much more.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"It will end up being the most well read book you own and every keto home should have one. My copy went everywhere with me when Matthew was on the diet and I can't recommend it highly enough."-Emma Williams, CEO/Founder - Matthew's Friends Charity - Dietary Treatments for Epilepsy - GLOBAL. Director - Matthew's Friends Clinics Ltd for Ketogenic Dietary Therapies

Praise for the Fourth Edition:

"While this is a profoundly rigorous diet, with potentially serious side effects, Freeman, Kossoff, et al. discuss every facet of the process with clarity and professionally restrained optimism. Under proper guidance and with real dedication, this diet may be the path to recovery for children with difficult-to-control seizures." Kirkus Reports

"A 'must'...Very highly recommended as a top alternative to medication for kids with epilepsy." The Midwest Book Review

"This book is easy to read... Anecdotes from families that have used the ketogenic diet are interspersed throughout the chapters and make the...text more interesting, and bring the diet to life... This book is highly recommended for pediatric consumer health libraries." CAPHIS Consumer Connections

"If we had had the information in this book fifteen months earlier, a vast majority of Charlie's $100,000 of medical, surgical, and drug treatment would not have been necessary, a vast majority of Charlie's seizures would not have occurred." From the Foreword by Jim Abrahams, Director, The Charlie Foundation to Help Cure Pediatric Epilepsy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936303106
  • Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/17/2011
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 230
  • Sales rank: 188,790
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 6.06 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Kossoff, MD, is an Associate Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics and a member of The John M. Freeman Pediatric Epilepsy Center, as well as the Division of Pediatric Neurology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is the Director of the Pediatric Neurology training program and co-author of Ketogenic Diets, Fifth Edition. Dr. Kossoff is the editor of "Keto News" at He has dedicated his career to investigating and researching the impact of putting children and adults with epilepsy on a 90% fat diet to control their seizures.

John Freeman, MD developed the ketogenic diet while working at Johns Hopkins University. The pediatric epilepsy center at Johns Hopkins was renamed The Johns Hopkins John M. Freeman Pediatric Epilepsy Center in his honor in 2002. The diet and the center were featured on Dateline in a 1994 edition as a therapy for childhood seizure disorders. "Dateline" reported that miraculous results were obtained in a large percentage of the patients who were placed on the high fat diet.

A prolific author, he has written nearly 150 articles, 41 book chapters and seven books or editions of books including, the award winning The Ketogenic Diet: A Treatment for Children and Others with Epilepsy.

Zahava Turner, RD, CSP, LDN is the Ketogenic Dietitian for the John Freeman Epilepsy Center at The Johns Hopkins University responsible for all nutritional aspects for patients following the ketogenic diet, including education, follow up and menu planning.

James Rubenstein, MD is a neurodevelopmental pediatrician on the full-time staff at Kennedy Krieger Institute and The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

Section I Overview of the Traditional Ketogenic Diet

1 Epilepsy Today and the Place of the Ketogenic Diet in the World 3

2 What Is the Ketogenic Diet? 15

3 History of the Ketogenic Diet 21

4 How Does the Ketogenic Diet Work? 33

5 Is My Child a Candidate for the Ketogenic Diet? 39

6 The Diet for All Cultures, Religions, Food Preferences, and Allergies 49

Section II The ABCs of the Ketogenic Diet

7 Initiating the Ketogenic Diet: To Fast or Admit? 59

8 Calculating the Ketogenic Diet 77

9 KetoCalculator 105

10 All Those Crazy Supplements! 115

Section III Life on the Ketogenic Diet

11 The Expert Consensus and You 125

12 Fine-Tuning the Diet 131

13 Parent Support Groups and the Internet 155

14 Side Effects of the Ketogenic Diet 161

15 Making it Work at Home and on the Road 171

16 Going Off the Diet 183

Section IV Modified Ketogenic Diets

17 When and Why Should I Use Alternative Diets? 193

18 The History of the Modified Atkins Diet for Epilepsy (and Future Directions) 197

19 How Do I Use the Modified Atkins Diet? 205

20 The MCT Ketogenic Diet 215

21 The LGIT (Low Glycemic Index Treatment) 219

Section V Ketogenic Cooking

22 Sample Meal Plans for the Ketogenic Diet 227

23 Modified Atkins Diet Recipes 257

Section VI The Future of Diets and the Brain

24 Can the Diet Be Used Before Medications? 273

25 Adults and Diets 277

26 Diets and Other Neurologic Conditions 281

Section VII Appendices

A Medications and Keto-Friendly Products 289

B Sample Letter of Medical Necessity for Ketogenic Diet Formulas 297

C Atkins Carbohydrate Gram Counter 299

D Physicians Providing the Ketogenic Diet Worldwide as of November 2010 303

E Modified Atkins Diet Sample Meals 323

F Routine Ketogenic Diet Lab Studies for Children on the Diet 325

G Selected References 327

Index 331

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