The ketogenic diet has been extremely effective for preventing epileptic seizures among children who don’t respond to drugs, said Dr. John Freeman, author of Ketogenic Diets, widely considered the definitive guide for the dietary management of children’s epilepsy.
Charlie Smith, a six-year-old British boy, recently made headlines after revealing the ketogenic diet has changed his life. Smith used to suffer up to 300 epileptic seizures a day, but has not had a single seizure for the past two years since switching to the keto diet.
“The ketogenic diet has changed our lives for the better,” Smith’s mom told MetroUK. “As soon as Charlie switched to it, it was as if a cloud had been lifted. Charlie has his life back, and has not had an attack since he started the diet two years ago. It’s a miracle.”
According to a recent study from McGill University and the University of Zurich, there’s a direct link between metabolism and the neurological signals that cause epileptic seizures.
These scientists confirmed that epileptic patients who consumed a ketogenic diet (which is very low-carb, moderate-protein and high-fat) were able to inhibit seizure-related brain activity.
The findings are exciting because researchers previously thought metabolism and brain-cell signaling were unrelated.
Showing these two processes are related confirms it’s possible to manage epilepsy through diet alone — without drugs. While drugs are commonly used to treat epileptic seizures, many patients complain about awful side effects.
Scientist: Low-Carb Ketogenic Diet May Replace Chemo
In other surprising health news, researchers say the ketogenic diet can prevent and manage even advanced cancer.
Renowned cancer scientist Dr. Thomas Seyfried told me the ketogenic diet can replace chemotherapy for most cancers because his decades of research show cancer is a metabolic — not a genetic — disease. And the best way to treat a metabolic disorder is through diet, not by pumping a patient full of toxic radiation.
“The standard of care has been an abysmal failure for cancer,” said Dr. Seyfried, author of Cancer as a Metabolic Disease. “The ketogenic diet may one day replace the standard of care for most cancers.”
Seyfried, considered the godfather of the nutritional treatment of cancer, is outraged the ketogenic diet has not been embraced by the medical community to treat cancer despite its proven track record both clinically and anecdotally.
“The reason why the ketogenic diet is not being prescribed to treat cancer is purely economical,” said Dr. Seyfried. “Cancer is big business. There are more people making a living off cancer than there are dying of it.”
Keto May Stem Depression and Bipolar Disorder
Studies also suggest the ketogenic diet can curb depression and bipolar disorder. This isn’t surprising to Dr. Jeff Volek, a professor at the University of Connecticut.
Volek has followed a ketogenic diet for the past two decades, and credits it for his excellent physical and emotional health. “It was nothing short of an epiphany when I changed to a ketogenic diet,” Dr. Volek told me. “I felt better, more satiated, and had more consistent energy.”
Volek, author of The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living, said the ketogenic diet can produce optimal health, for both elite endurance athletes and the average sedentary individual.
“There are very few people that a ketogenic diet could not help,” said Volek, a registered dietitian. “Carbohydrate restriction is the proverbial ‘silver bullet’ for managing insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes.”
With new reports confirming that unprocessed saturated fat is good for you, Volek is confident more people will embrace the low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) lifestyle and take control of their health.
“It’s an exciting time,” said Dr. Volek, who also wrote New Atkins For a New You. “There’s a lot of momentum. I think the pendulum is swinging in the right direction.”