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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Atkins Diet Used To Manage Epilepsy


Atkins For Seizures
is educating people about low-carb epilepsy treatment

The more I research and study all the healthy benefits of livin' la vida low-carb, I have concluded that there are undoubtedly still so many more positive aspects of this way of eating that we probably don't even realize yet.

In other words, as convinced as many of us are that the low-carb lifestyle is the right choice to do for the rest of our lives to help us both control our weight and improve our overall health, it never ceases to amaze me to learn something new about how the Atkins diet and low-carb living treats and helps manage various health conditions.

That's exactly what happened when I came across the Atkins For Seizures blog this week. Created by a Colorado-based father of three named Michael after his oldest daughter started having absence seizures in 1999, the blog along with the Atkins For Seizures informational web site are helping to educate the population about how the Atkins diet can help treat and manage epilepsy. WOW, did you know about this? It was new to me!

After Michael started reading about the research on epilepsy conducted by The Johns Hopkins Pediatric Neurology Center which recommended the low-carb, high-fat Ketogenic Diet written by John Freeman, he knew he had found some hope that his little girl could finally get some lasting relief from her seizures by implementing the low-carb lifestyle.

Michael and his wife Tammy had tried everything, including six different drug treatment options, but they all had failed until they put their daughter on low-carb. Today these parents proudly proclaim that their daughter doesn't take ANY drugs to manage her epilepsy and only has 15 seizures each day now rather than the 100+ she suffered from when she was highly medicated!

"What a difference it has made in our lives!" Michael exclaims on his web site.

In an effort to educate the public about how livin' la vida low-carb can help people who suffer from or have family members who suffer from epileptic seizures, Michael recently finished writing an e-book which is scheduled to be available for download in February 2006. It will answer the following questions that you may have about this approach to seizure management:

- How much time is required to implement the Atkins for seizures diet?
- What are some of the emotional hurdles that will be faced?
- How can we get our child to eat differently than the family and her classmates?
- What kind of complications and side effects may arise?
- I thought the Atkins diet is for weight loss - how can I keep my growing child from losing weight on the diet?
- Why does this work?

Sharing from his own experience, Michael answers all of these questions and more. Although he is not a licensed professional and is not providing medical advice in his e-book or at his web sites, he believes what he has gone through with his daughter can and will help others struggling to find answers to a very real problem that he once faced himself. It's not an easy road, but this may be an option to consider.

Additionally, there is an entire network of families who are dealing with this issue and find solace at the Atkins For Seizure web site. Not only can they come to be educated on the latest information about how a low-carb program will help control the epilepsy, but they can also find hope and comfort in the shared experiences of many other families going through the same thing. What an excellent resource for people who are placed in a situation where this is sorely needed.

THANK YOU Michael for stepping up to the plate and being a shining beacon of light for the thousands of families who feel so hopeless and helpless about what to do about the seizures that their loved ones endure. You took what could have been a nightmare story in your family and turned it into something very positive in an effort to help others. You are a BIG HERO in my book and I am so glad I found your blog and web site.

Are you interested in reserving YOUR copy of Michael's as-yet-untitled e-book about implementing the Atkins diet as a treatment option for seizures? Then drop him an e-mail at capital@sopris.net or use his convenient Contact page.

Be sure to THANK him for his incredible work on both his blog and web site and let him know that "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Man" Jimmy Moore sent you. :)

2 Comments:

Blogger Science4u1959 said...

Yep, scientific research already shows a plethora of benefits from low-carb diets, including treatment and even reversal of several serious ailments. There are already many peer-reviewed studies in the literature about this (otherwise) little known fact.

Well-known and well-documented are highly succesful controlled-carb regimen based treatments for ailments like kidney desease, osteoporosis, epilepsy and seisures, Alzheimers, LBM, IBS, CVE's, several allergies, diabetics, and many more.

All of this, of course, can be added to the already more commonly known benefits of controlled-carb dietary regimens, like superior glycemic control, weight loss and maintenance, improved mental focus and brain function, increased lean muscle mass, plus many other significant improvements in vital biomarkers.

Odd that the critics never notice these facts and scientific studies, hmmm? :)

1/18/2006 9:31 PM  
Blogger LCforevah said...

Apparently, the advantages of a ketogenic diet for epilepsy have been known since 1921, and, I imagine, with the change to low fat, high carb, fell out of use.
I remember reading about this in the nineties. A group of older nurses who had supervised epileptic patients on a specific program's ketogenic diet during the forties and fifties started offering it again, though I don't remember through what venue.
Most of the sites I googled have the current 2006 info, but I did find this:
www.webmd.com/content/article/26/1728_59067.htm
It seems that some children don't respond to medication, but will respond to the ketogenic diet.

1/20/2006 1:51 PM  

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