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What If The Cure To Drug Resistant Epilepsy Was Food? Ask You Doc About The Keto/ MAD Diet.

What If The Cure To Drug Resistant Epilepsy Was Food? Ask You Doc About The Keto/ MAD Diet.

A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I started eating ketogenic diet approximately June 2017. I had to see if it could control my seizures. Even if helped some that would be better than nothing and it's only food so I don't have to worry about side effects like when you have to start a new med or increase your dose. I knew my neurologist like most other neurologists would tell me "that diet won't work and it is only for children" and if you ask them to explain "why will it only work for children and not adults?", they never have a good answer. So I decided to find out for myself and that way I will know for sure if it works or not.
I have the answer now. I was taking 10 pills every day and if I had listened to my neurologist I would still be taking 10 pills a day and still having at least one or more seizures every day. Now my seizures are controlled by my high fat-low carb diet and I don't need medicine. Last time I was able to feel like this was when I was a teenager before I was diagnosed with epilepsy and not taking any medicine. I still have seizures but they are nothing like the type I was having before I started the diet. I do a lot of cooking now and the food tastes really good so I'll be eating keto the rest of my life.
Other benefits of using ketones as a fuel for your brain is increased focus, concentration, improved memory and memory recall, overall improvements in cognitive functions. Your brain functions much better using ketone bodies as a fuel when compared a high carb diet (standard american diet). I remember being taught if you lose brains cells you will never get them back, but I've found out recently that is not true at all. Your brain cells can be repaired or replaced through proper diet and exerciser. Some Neurosurgeons have noticed this fact, but I'm not sure how many Neurologists know it yet. Burning carbs as a fuel is an inflammatory process and releases more free radicals causing plaque build up throughout the brain slowly destroying brain cells.

edited, originally posted about 3 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Yes it helps me a lot. During the month I do Atkins diet, then at time of menstruation I do Keto. It not only helps with controlling seizures better but how you handle stress, memory, and weight, personality, comprehension, the whole 9 yards!
Before I switched, the carbs messed with nerves. When digested they turn to sugar, makes you more high strung. Plus when the sugar hits the nerves it messes with ketones and causes seizures. Then you add on hormones, pms, it enhances it.
The more fats and proteins I take in the better I feel. Plus I handle stress from my soon to be ex much better. See things much clearer, his head games and put him right on the spot, in his place with more confidence.
It's amazing how much the foods we eat affect our body. Even my daughter with ADHD/HFA is more calm, cool, and collective now that I have her eating the same way

posted about 4 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I was on phenobarbital and I had seizures a lot at college. I drank coffee at college l found out that it would not let my epilepsy medication work and the same thing happen with soft drinks so to this day I don't drink soda drinks and coffee

posted about 4 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

i love the keto diet. i was on the strict diet for 5+ years and still on the loosely base diet after that. and it is all the process stuff we eat.

posted about 4 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I often wonder if it 's all the chemicals in the processed food we eat? ( Like monosodium glutamate,GMO,) seizures seem more prevalent now than when we were kids! My doctor gave me the diet to follow but seems hard with only 20 carbs a day!

posted about 4 years ago
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