The low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet has been hailed for its efficacy as a weight loss tool, but ongoing clinical and anecdotal research shows keto also prevents seizures better than drugs in many epilepsy patients.
Jake Osuna, age 10, experienced a dramatic reduction in epileptic seizures after adopting a ketogenic diet in which he consumed 88% fat, 10% protein, and 2% carbs.
The ketogenic diet is a low-carb, high-fat, moderate-protein diet that has been shown to fuel rapid weight loss by forcing the body to burn fat for fuel in a state called ketosis, said Dr. Eric Westman, co-author of Keto Clarity.
In addition to its weight loss benefits, ketosis has been shown to control epileptic seizures in both children and adults.
Osuna, who was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 4, once suffered hundreds of seizures a day. After adoping the ketogenic diet (combined with a ketone supplement called Pruvit, Jake’s seizures tapered off dramatically. He lost the 25 pounds he gained as a result of epilepsy drugs.
“Since adapting to the LCHF ketogenic lifestyle and the use of therapeutic ketones, I am happy to report that Jake’s seizures are hardly noticeable and he is a completely different kid!” Jake’s mom, Lisa Osuna, wrote on Facebook. “He’s now down 25 lbs.”
Typically, you have to follow a ketogenic diet for 2-5 days before your body enters ketosis, a metabolic state where you use ketones in the blood (as opposed to carbs) for energy. But Pruvit manufacturers say its supplements can put you into ketosis in just 59 minutes.
Jake Osuna’s success with the low-carb, high fat ketogenic diet isn’t unique. Charlie Smith, an 8-year-old British boy, said keto completely changed his life.
Charlie used to suffer up to 300 epileptic seizures a day, but has not had a single seizure for the past 3 years since switching to the keto diet, as Celebrity Health Fitness previously reported.
“The ketogenic diet has changed our lives for the better,” said Smith’s mom. “As soon as Charlie switched to it, it was as if a cloud had been lifted. It’s a miracle.”
The ketogenic diet has also proven effective for reversing type 2 diabetes, preventing Alzheimer’s disease, and treating metastatic cancer.
Elaine Cantin discussed how she used the keto diet to manage her son’s type I diabetes and her own aggressive breast cancer in her book, The Cantin Ketogenic Diet For Cancer, Type 1 & 2 Diabetes, Epilepsy & Other Ailments.
Cancer scientist Dr. Thomas Seyfried told Examiner his decades of research at Boston College indicates cancer is a metabolic — not a genetic — disease that can be treated through metabolic diet therapy.
“The ketogenic diet is a single metabolic approach to a multitude of different diseases,” said Dr. Seyfried. Seyfried’s ground-breaking study with Dr. Dominic D’Agostino of the University of South Florida Medical School was published in the medical journal Carcinogenesis.
Seyfried, the author of Cancer As a Metabolic Disease, joins a growing number of researchers who say keto can treat many forms of cancer.
Scientists say this is because nearly all the healthy cells in our body have the metabolic flexibility to use fat, glucose and ketones to survive, but cancer cells lack this metabolic flexibility and require large amounts of glucose and cannot survive on ketones. So by limiting carbohydrates in our diets, we can reduce glucose and insulin and restrict the primary fuel for cancer cell growth.
Dr. Seyfried says the time has come for the medical community to acknowledge the usefulness of the ketogenic diet as an inexpensive, non-toxic way to treat cancer. “The ketogenic diet may one day replace the standard of care for most cancers,” he said.