Ketogenic recipes used for difficult to treat seizures. Children with seizures from infancy through the adult years may be helped by the diet.
All of our recipes are Ketogenic Diet approved. Most are Gluten-free but we also feature Casein-free or Gluten and Casein-free recipes.
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Epilepsy and the Ketogenic Diet
The Ketogenic Diet: A Treatment For Children and Others With Epilepsy
Parent’s Guide to the Ketogenic Diet
Good Morning Beautiful; Winning the Battle Over Seizures
Written by Paulette George. An insight into a family’s experience with epilepsy. The emotional and spiritual strength of this mother will overwhelm you. Here’s the link to further information on the book: http://www.paulettegeorge.net/publications.html
In April, 2008, at the International Symposium For Dietary Therapies For Epilepsy and Other Neurological Disorders, we had an opportunity to interview the following pediatric neurologists and epileptologists who oversee the leading ketogenic diet programs in the world. In the adjacent video clips each doctor answers the three most frequently asked questions:
- What priority does the ketogenic diet deserve in the
treatment of children with difficult to control epilepsy?
- What success do you see with the ketogenic diet?
- What is your advice to parents who encounter medical
resistance to the ketogenic diet?
- Eileen PG Vining, M.D., Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
- Greg L. Holmes, M.D., Darthmouth-Hitchcock Medical
- J. Helen Cross, M.D., Ph.D., Great Ormond Street
Hospital/Institute of Child Health, London
- Jong M. Rho, M.D., Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix
- Elizabeth Thiele, M.D., Ph.D, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
- James W. Wheless, M.D., Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center, Nashville
- Christina Bergqvist, M.D., Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
- Eric Kossoff, M.D., Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
- Elaine Wirrell, M.D., Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
- Ruth E. Williams, M.D., Evelina Children’s Hospital, London
Matthews Friends & The Charlie Foundation International Symposium on the Dietary Treatments for Epilepsy and Glut 1 DS. - October 9, 2010. The Sheraton Hotel, EDINBURGH, UK.
The Charlie Foundation was established in 1994 in order to raise awareness about the ketogenic diet as a treatment for childhood epilepsy. The modern success of the diet has led to new demands on the medical community. In order to meet these demands, the Charlie Foundation has expanded its priorities to include educational programs for dietitians and neurologists as well as support for clinicians and researchers working to perfect its administration and discover its mechanisms.
For over eighty years it has been known and documented by many of this country’s finest medical institutions that after the failure of the first antiepileptic drug the ketogenic diet controls epilepsy in children with difficult to control seizures at a significantly higher rate than any drug or combination of drugs.
The Epilepsy Foundation of America reports, “When carefully managed by a medical team familiar with its use, the diet helps two out of three children who are treated on it and may prevent seizures in one out of three children.”
While such observations suggest a powerful and general mechanism of action, little is known about how or why the diet works, and which of its many metabolic effects are critical for an antiepileptic response.
Nearly half a million children in America live with epilepsy. A renewed interest in the ketogenic diet has brought together many of the best minds in pediatric epilepsy research to combat this centuries old problem.
The Charlie Foundation’s role is to facilitate investigations, educate professionals, and inform families about the current status of the ketogenic diet. Hopefully these efforts will bring us closer to preventing, controlling, and curing pediatric epilepsies