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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:
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.
"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
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.