The Epilepsy Diet Treatment: An Introduction to the Ketogenic Dietby John M. Freeman, Millicent T. Kelly, Jennifer B. Freeman
One in five children with epilepsy has seizures that are resistant to medications, and many parents must look beyond currently available medications for a satisfying solution to seizure treatment. The ketogenic diet is a rigid, mathematically calculated, doctor-supervised diet that is high in fat and low in carbohydrate and protein, with strictly limited calories and liquid intake. It offers a good chance for these children's seizures to be controlled and helps many children to become completely seizure-free and drug-free.
The Epilepsy Diet Treatment is the only book devoted exclusively to the ketogenic diet. It gives you all the facts about the diet, plus quotes from parents showing what the experience is really like, and thirty sample recipes. Every parent of a child with epilepsy, should read this book.
Description: This is the second edition of a very useful manual on treatment of difficult-to-control seizures with the ketogenic diet. There have been only minor changes from the first edition.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an introduction to the history, rationale, indications and specific details of initiating and maintaining the diet. This is not an instruction manual for self-treatment. The authors stress the need for medical supervision, and the actual calculation of the diet is left in the hands of a qualified dietitian.
Audience: The book is intended for pediatric neurologists, dietitians, and parents of children who are considering or already on the diet. As acknowledged leaders in the diet treatment of epilepsy, the authors draw from their extensive personal experience to collect information and tips unavailable elsewhere.
Features: The book includes a small number of illustrations, but it is replete with useful tables and charts. There are a number of anecdotes and testimonials that physicians may find unscientific and distracting but that parents will greatly appreciate. There is a short but pertinent list of references. The appendix contains very helpful information on sugar content of common medications, a database of nutritional content of various foods, and a new section on a nursing critical pathway for institutions wanting to develop their own ketogenic diet programs.
Assessment: With the recent renewed interest and enthusiasm for the ketogenic diet, this manual is highly recommended for anyone involved in its use. Some physicians may believe that potential adverse effects of the diet and the magnitude of the numerous hurdles of initiating and maintaining it are inappropriately minimized. Parents will find the manual a concise resource that is inspiring and supportive. All readers will discover a wealth of advice and information unavailable in any other single source.
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