Thursday, December 2, 2010

Treating childhood epilepsy with a fat-focused diet

An interesting article in the New York Times discusses how a husband and wife have decided to treat their son's epilepsy using a special fat-focused diet. Their son, Sam, suffered up to 130 seizures a day before being put on a diet that has drastically reduced the level of carbs he took in daily. The diet tricks the boy's body into starvation and uses his body's fat stores for fuel - a process called ketosis - which has an antiepileptic effect.

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