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Atkins-Like Diet May Treat Epilepsy, Researchers Say
Better Health Research ^ | January 24, 2011 | Better Health Research News Desk

Posted on 01/26/2011 9:25:56 PM PST by Immerito

A study published in the journal Epilepsia has determined that individuals with a specific form of epilepsy may benefit the most from a meat-rich diet.

Researchers found that the majority of children with myoclonic-astatic epilepsy who switched from a modified Atkins diet to a ketogenic diet reduced their seizures by at least 10 percent.

The ketogenic diet is similar to the Atkins regimen. Both consist primarily of protein-heavy meals, eaten with little or no carbohydrates.

The ketogenic diet simply has more restrictions on the types of fats, proteins and fluids that an individual may consume.

The study's authors concluded that its stringency may make the ketogenic plan impart a "higher dose" of epilepsy therapy per meal.

(Excerpt) Read more at betterhealthresearch.com ...


TOPICS: Food; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: atkins; diet; epilepsy; lowcarb
Any Freepers on a low carb diet or the Atkins diet currently? What are your thoughts?
1 posted on 01/26/2011 9:26:01 PM PST by Immerito
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To: Immerito

Didn’t we already know this? I’m not being snarky but I thought that a mother in the 90s discovered a diet that helped. I saw a movie about it, I don’t remember all the details.

http://glutenfree-journey.blogspot.com/2008/05/ketogenic-diet-for-control-of-epilepsy.html


2 posted on 01/26/2011 9:31:53 PM PST by mockingbyrd (Remember in November.)
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To: Immerito

IMO Atkins type diet can help lots of problems.


3 posted on 01/26/2011 9:36:34 PM PST by GILTN1stborn
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To: Immerito

Jim Abrahams, co-writer/director of the movie “Airplane!”, talks about the ketogenic diet he used with one of his kids:

http://www.epilepsyadvocate.com/community/featuredarticlearchive3.aspx


4 posted on 01/26/2011 9:40:50 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: Immerito
I did the South Beach once to lose 25 lbs

Was a low carb diet..it just fell off as long as I did the menu they give Day 1 etc...

I read everything before I buy..

If you ever order Meals online which is executive chef prepared and is excellent taking into effect that we buy at the grocery store things we do not need and then waste ..it is prepared and nothing goes to waste. Better than many restaurants.

www.homebistro.com and has a low carb or fat free depending on what your needs are..it is executive chef prepared and comes in a styrofoam container on dry ice..

5 posted on 01/26/2011 9:41:07 PM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: Immerito

Forgot the best part of that homebistro chef prepared meals..comes sealed vacuum packed and you drop all of the meal into boiling water for a few minutes and then open..no clean up.

Not your grocery store prepared meals..excellent service


6 posted on 01/26/2011 9:46:50 PM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: mockingbyrd

Meryl Streep played the mom, great movie, based on a true story. She went against drs advice and gave her son a controversial diet that consisted of practically nothing but fat for a couple weeks and then reintroduction of other foods gradually, IIRC. For her trouble, they tried to take away her son. Til it worked.


7 posted on 01/26/2011 9:53:42 PM PST by agrace
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To: fight_truth_decay
Not your grocery store prepared meals..excellent service

At $13.00 a dinner, I guess not! lol

8 posted on 01/26/2011 10:14:05 PM PST by Netizen
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To: Immerito
I know a family that has been using this diet for their child who has been suffering from seizures. They have had great success. The child does not have epilepsy. Instead he is suffering from non-cancerous brain tumors.

The diet has been a miracle.

9 posted on 01/26/2011 10:14:46 PM PST by mia
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To: mockingbyrd

It’s been around since my daughter was diagnosed with epilepsy 3 years ago.

It’s a very difficult diet to follow, and you can’t screw it up. The kids have to go into the hospital for the beginning of the diet.


10 posted on 01/26/2011 10:16:54 PM PST by luckystarmom
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To: Immerito

Yes....my doc advised the CAVEMAN Diet....even stricter than Atkins....I do a sorta version of it....and I’m not hungry much anymore. And, it keeps my weight down (until I fall off the wagon)...I eat a lot of protein and fat....along with vegetables....very little fruit. I was told I had a hereditary cholesterol condition I could not change....non buyoant, small, dense, LDL cholesterol...well...it changed (for the better) when I started eating this way!


11 posted on 01/26/2011 10:35:24 PM PST by goodnesswins (Socialism is organized stupidity. 2nd thought...I think DEMOCRATS are Organized Stupidity.)
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To: goodnesswins

How have you modified the caveman diet?


12 posted on 01/26/2011 10:43:14 PM PST by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: Immerito

The ATKINS “Diet” works wonders on many levels for the human body.


13 posted on 01/26/2011 11:03:35 PM PST by Tainan (WHAT bs)
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To: Immerito
I basically live an altered Atkins type diet, but with loads of vegetables, tad bit of whole grain or some carb beside just vegetables with dinner & mostly protein, a bit of fruit and vegetables though out the day. My energy levels are insanely amazing (female age 44), people often comment I am like a super hero in my energy level and fitness levels etc and it is true.

When I eat like this and also add exercise I feel at least 20 years younger and look it. Of course I never ate this well when I was younger so I feel even better ;-). I recommend it especially to carb and sugar addicts. It is the only recovery I have found and I really keeps the weight off and is a go to way of eating after big holiday and vacation splurges (which I allow as I am only human + I do not drink alcohol. Thus food is often my only splurge.

14 posted on 01/26/2011 11:05:55 PM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: Tainan

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15 posted on 01/26/2011 11:06:57 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: fight_truth_decay

thanks so much for the link.


16 posted on 01/26/2011 11:06:57 PM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: goodnesswins

caveman diet rocks and yes, I too do can’t over do the fruit and keep it in healthy doses.


17 posted on 01/26/2011 11:12:39 PM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: Immerito

the ketogenic diet (not to be confused with the gluten free diet) has been around for years.

You eliminate carbohydrates from the diet so that your body “metabolizes” fat instead of sugar, and your body’s ph changes. For some reason, this helps prevent seizures in some but not all people.

The bad news is that the diet has other problems, including that it is almost impossible for normal folks to stay on, and with the availability of a lot of new anti seizure medicines, it’s just easier to give a pill than to try to keep off of all the carbohydrates.

But yes, if you have seizures that no medicine will help, it might be an option.

but have a specialist and a dietician check you out first, because there is a bunch of hysterical stuff on the internet about most medical things.


18 posted on 01/27/2011 1:57:34 AM PST by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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To: fight_truth_decay

the problem is that “low carb” might not work. You need to be “no carb” and check for ketonuria. Even a candy might wreck the diet.


19 posted on 01/27/2011 1:58:52 AM PST by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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To: agrace

yeah, another movie about good moms fighting evil docs.

Hollywood lies about so many things, why do you think this is true? because most kids have to be kept on the ketone diet until they grow out of their seizures (usually at age 12 or so).


20 posted on 01/27/2011 2:00:36 AM PST by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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To: Immerito

I’ve been on Atkins for almost 6 years now. Not only did I lose the weight I wanted, but it changed my eating habits.

I’m on the maintenance part of it now. I find I have very little carb tolerance. I’m wondering if I had a food allergy to carbs all my life and didn’t know it?

I don’t have the water retention problem that I used to have. I also don’t get acid reflux or constipation problems.

I did the modified Atkins that includes milk and cheese. I have one cheat day per week in which I’m allowed to eat anything I want for dinner, but find I also get instant water retention and indigestion occurs. LOL Can’t win. It takes me a day or two to throw off the effects of the carb day. Many are able to tolerate more carbs on maintenance than I am.

I feel lighter and more energetic. My legs don’t feel like they weigh a thousand pounds. :)


21 posted on 01/27/2011 2:17:24 AM PST by stilloftyhenight (Don't make me use uppercase.)
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To: Immerito

Yes, I’m on Atkins and it sounds credible to me.


22 posted on 01/27/2011 3:58:55 AM PST by Jemian (War Eagle! We are the champions!)
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To: Netizen
No is not all like that..I look at the bottom line for costs..what I would spend at the grocery store for items plus ones you buy not on the list..and no waste. It was great to have a meal in 4 minutes..healthy and excellent at that so the time to prepare is cut to a minimum..

I always look at the bottom line not the individual cost and compared..I was actually spending less and eating better.

I figured the cost for a month doing the grocery store thing..which I detest, the impulse buying--and even the quality could not compare to what HomeBistro had to offer.

Certain things are a given to buy locally for freshness as I live where there is fresh seafood.

But also will say their lobster dinners if used as a gift for instance is as fresh tasting as I buy it where I am.

If you are doing a family is "another whole animal".

People buy Omaha steaks etc this is just entire meals..prepared for you.

23 posted on 01/27/2011 10:49:00 PM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: LadyDoc
Low Carb South Beach worked for me and the weight just fell off..I still use Omega-3 butter substitute, I lost the taste for boxed cereals like frosted mini wheats and old time favorite and that was wow..7 years ago. That was odd considering I the MW before then lost the taste for all related. I do have 5 min cooked oatmeal every so often. Was pretty much cutting out anything "white"..Now I belong to Planet fitness for strength training. The only pain was going shopping and restocking the kitchen with the foods needed for the diet to follow the menus per day to some degree was not to the letter of the law..and tossed out "the old". Seemed like I was at the grocer forever working out the menu.

The George Foreman got a workout!!

I didn't do much alcohol anyway, which when some find out no alcohol they refuse to give up that pleasure.. I will say even for just 2 weeks you can't give it up?? that's almost 8 labs just in that time frame.

24 posted on 01/27/2011 11:01:38 PM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

you are talking about weight loss, and the thread is talking about a ketogenic diet for epilepsy control.

Not the same thing.

The Adkins type diets work, but the dirty little secret is that the weight loss is not that great in the long run. The really dirty little secret is that NO diets work well in the long run.

The good news is that if a person loses ten percent of his weight and exercizes, their risk factors go down.


25 posted on 01/28/2011 9:19:18 PM PST by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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To: LadyDoc

Was reading this thread again. My daughters seizures are back, and the current meds are having lots of side effects.

I’m looking into the diet. My daughter is having subclinical seizures, so I’m thinking it might be a good option.

Of course, we have to still talk to her doctor.


26 posted on 04/26/2013 12:27:43 PM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: GOP Poet
That is essentially what is called the “maintenance Adkins Diet”.

On Adkins when you have reached your desired weight you begin to gradually add carbs back in, more vegetables, more fruit and more whole grain. When you stop losing weight you stop adding things back in. At that point you know what you should eat in fat, protein and carbs to keep yourself at the proper weight.

You can then adjust your eating to fit the day.

I am going to have a slice of pie. So I will have eggs for breakfast, tuna in a tomato for lunch, the steak and broccoli for dinner.

I am not going to have the pie, so I can have a no sugar yogurt for breakfast, tuna in avocado for lunch and steak and a small potato for dinner.

27 posted on 04/26/2013 12:46:10 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Promotional Fee Paid for by "Ouchies" The Sharp, Prickly Toy You Bathe With!)
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To: luckystarmom
the "ketogenic" diet has been around for years and does work: The idea is to avoid all sugars/carbohydrates until the person has to break down fat for energy.

The Atkins diet works because when this happens, your appetite is less.

For some reason, the change in PH of the blood also slows down seizures

The bad side is that it's hard to follow, you smell funny (as does your urine) and for some folks (e.g. those with health problems, and maybe growing children) it stresses the body.

I tried Atkins to lose weight, and found the problem was that I got terrible chocolate urges, and I rarely ate chocolate.

Your physician might not know about it, but some pediatric neurologists do. Check this link: Johns Hopkins keotgenic diet center...

28 posted on 04/28/2013 8:37:05 AM PDT by LadyDoc
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To: LadyDoc

I know parents that are doing both types of diets.

I’m hoping the medication changes will work with minimal side effects, but learning about other options.

I will definitely talking to her doc.


29 posted on 04/28/2013 4:27:57 PM PDT by luckystarmom
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