The Ketogenic Diet: A Treatment for Children and Others with Epilepsy, Fourth Edition / Edition 4

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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.

Get all the facts for the ketogenic diet, plus:

  • Clear instructions for calculating and managing the diet on a daily basis
  • Full listing of acceptable foods, with nutritional information, that can be used with the food plan
  • The best approaches for coping with the limitations and restrictions of this eating plan
  • NEW! Expanded section of recipes and 35 sample meals, including some developed by professional chefs with children on the diet
  • NEW! A discussion of how the Atkins and modified ketogenic diets may in some cases be used as alternatives to control epilepsy in children

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.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Director; The Charlie Foundation to Help Cure Pediatric Epilepsy" - Jim Abrahams
"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"The book is highly recommended for physicians who are dealing with epileptic patients particularly in the pediatric age group... The book is highly recommended to dieticians and parents who may embark on the path of the ketogenic diet for drug resistant seizures." — Saudi Medical Journal "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
"From the Foreword by Jim Abrahams
"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

"The book is highly recommended for physicians who are dealing with epileptic patients particularly in the pediatric age group... The book is highly recommended to dieticians and parents who may embark on the path of the ketogenic diet for drug resistant seizures." — Saudi Medical Journal

"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

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: John Willis, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is the fourth edition of a comprehensive discussion of this useful diet. The first edition was published in 1994.
Purpose: The book aims to clarify the ketogenic diet in detail and to spread understanding to a wider audience, which it does well.
Audience: It is written simply enough for a parent or student, but contains enough science and detail to be useful to pediatricians, neurologists, and dieticians.
Features: The history, scientific basis, various therapeutic and negative effects of the diet, and great detail about its use are discussed. The many case histories are helpful, particularly for the lay reader.
Assessment: Advances in use of the diet justify this new edition. This is a very helpful book for patients, families, physicians, and dieticians.
From The Critics
Reviewer: John Willis, MD(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is the fourth edition of a comprehensive discussion of this useful diet. The first edition was published in 1994.
Purpose: The book aims to clarify the ketogenic diet in detail and to spread understanding to a wider audience, which it does well.
Audience: It is written simply enough for a parent or student, but contains enough science and detail to be useful to pediatricians, neurologists, and dieticians.
Features: The history, scientific basis, various therapeutic and negative effects of the diet, and great detail about its use are discussed. The many case histories are helpful, particularly for the lay reader.
Assessment: Advances in use of the diet justify this new edition. This is a very helpful book for patients, families, physicians, and dieticians.
Yevgenya A. Kaydanova
This book contains all the facts about the ketogenic diet, and shares parents' and physicians' treatment experiences in children with ketogenic diet. This edition is completely revised and updated and includes data of new studies and laboratory resources, new and improved menus, and revised instructions for diet calculations. The first edition was published in 1994. The purpose is to provide comprehensive information and to answer the question about ketogenic diet based upon advances in understanding of scientific basis and analysis of clinical data that has taken place in the last decade. This book is written for doctors and dietitians who treat children with epilepsy and for parents of children with seizure disorders. It also may be interesting for in neurology and pediatric residents. This book covers the broad spectrum of seizures related to ketogenic diet including historical overviews, scientific basis of curative effect of ketogenic diet, and practical applications. The best aspect is that it provides detailed and comprehensive guidelines for implementation of ketogenic diet as treatment option for uncontrolled seizure disorders children. The unique features are appendixes that include food databases and critical pathway charts. This is an excellent handbook not only for those physicians and parents who are naive in using the ketogenic diet for the treatment of children with epilepsy, but also for those who are already experienced in this field. All recommendations are made based upon analysis of latest clinical and scientific data. This is definite advantage of this book compared to its previous editions.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932603187
  • Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/25/2006
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 254

Meet the Author

John Freeman

John M. Freeman, MD is Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics and has spent most of his career at Johns Hopkins University, where he has spent most of his career. In 1969, he created and assumed directorship of the Johns Hopkins Child Neurology Program. His contributions have made the Center a leader in the field. He has written nearly 150 articles, 41 book chapters and seven books or editions of books including, The Ketogenic Diet: A Treatment for Children and Others with Epilepsy, and the award-winning Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood: A Guide

Eric Kossoff, MD - Dr. Eric Kossoff is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics and a member of The John M. Freeman Pediatric Epilepsy Center, as well as the Division of Pediatric Neurology. His clinical practice specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood seizures and epilepsy, especially involving diet and other non-surgical options.

Millicent T. Kelly, RD, LD is the retired Dietician at the John M. Freeman Pediatric Epilepsy Center. For more than 40 years, she taught families at Hopkins how to administer the ketogenic diet.

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Table of Contents

Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; Section 1: Overview of the Ketogenic Diet: Epilepsy today and the place of the ketogenic diet; What is the Ketogenic diet?; History of the Ketogenic diet; How does the Ketogenic diet work?; Is my child a candidate for the Ketogenic diet?; Top twenty questions about the Ketogenic diet. Section 2: The ABC's of the Ketogenic Diet: Initiating the Ketogenic diet: a process; Fine-tuning the diet: the key to success; Side effects of the Ketogenic diet; Making it work at home and on the road; Going off the diet. Section 3: Calculations: Calculating the Ketogenic diet; Liquid formulas and tube feedings; Section 4: Modified Ketogenic Diets: The MCT diet; Using the Atkins diet for epilepsy. Section 5: Ketogenic Cooking: Sample meal plans for the Ketogenic diet; Atkins diet recipes. Section 6: Speculation: Thoughts and speculation about the future role of the Ketogenic diet. Section 7: Appendices: Medications; Johns Hopkins Hospital Ketogenic diet admission orders; Food database; Atkins carbohydrate gram counter; Useful Websites; Selected references; International centers.

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