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Ketogenic diet


#1

hi all,

I have recently heard of this "ketogenic" diet which has become rather popular. Originally it was made for kids with epilepsy and it lead to a reduction of seizure episodes. But now people are using it to lose wait and get more energy.

So i was thinking could this help with TN? we take the same meds as epileptic folk and so maybe, maybbeee this could be helpful.

Anyways it is a long stretch and definitely worth a try, what is the worse than can happen? you will lose a few pounds :D

Please read about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ketogenic_diet

H


#2

from the article:

"During the 1920s and 1930s, when the only anticonvulsant drugs were the sedative bromides (discovered 1857) and phenobarbital (1912), the ketogenic diet was widely used and studied. This changed in 1938 when H. Houston Merritt and Tracy Putnam discovered phenytoin (Dilantin), and the focus of research shifted to discovering new drugs. With the introduction of sodium valproate in the 1970s, drugs were available to neurologists that were effective across a broad range of epileptic syndromes and seizure types. The use of the ketogenic diet, by this time restricted to difficult cases such as Lennox–Gastaut syndrome, declined further."

Also MCT oil seems to be useful in combination with this diet.

H


#3

oh and there is a journal paper from 2014 discussing this same issue:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4124736/


#4

ok looks like this has already been discussed in the forum :

http://www.livingwithtn.org/forum/topics/are-high-carbohydrate-diets-causing-our-neurological-damage


#5

I’ve talked to a doctor about it. It seems to be applied to diseases of the brain: epilepsy, migraines, etc. Facial pain is a peripheral neuropathic pain. Although many anticonvulsants that work in the CNS also work in the PNS for pain, the same does not seem to appy here. The diet is so restrictive that one should work closely with a doctor and dietician if attempting it to avoid nutritional deficiencies. Food is one of the most enjoyable things in life and I live in a foodie haven, so this would be one of the last things I’d try. As for weight loss, all diets that focus on one macronutrient are initially successful. High carb, high protein, and now high fat. People end up eating less because their foods are so restricted. Once you come off the diet, the weight piles back on. The key is to pick a lifestyle change that you can maintain. Easier said than done!