The Ketogenic Diet

The Ketogenic Diet

A Treatment for Children and Others with Epilepsy, Fourth Edition

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I was pushing my son, Charlie, in a swing when his head twitched and he threw his right arm in the air. That was the beginning of an agony I am without words to describe. Nine months later, ... Charlie's seizures were unchecked, his development delayed, and he had a prognosis of continued seizures and progressive retardation. Since Charlie started the (ketogenic) diet, he has been virtually seizure-free, completely drug-free, and a terrific little boy. He has had to remain on a modified version of the ketogenic diet after being on the full diet for two years, but he goes to school and leads a normal, happy life.

One in five children with epilepsy has seizures that are resistant to medications. Even when seizures are fairly well under control, medication may affect childrens alertness and mental clarity, impairing their ability to learn and reach their full potential. Many parents are looking beyond currently available medications for a satisfying solution to seizure treatment.

The ketogenic diet is such an answer. This rigid, mathematically calculated, doctor-supervised diet is high in fat and low in carbohydrate and protein, and strictly limits both calories and liquid intake. The diet helps to control seizures and allows many children to become both seizure-free and drug-free.

This extensively updated edition covers the many advances that have been made in understanding how the diet works, how it should be used, and its future role as a treatment for children with epilepsy.

Get all the facts for the ketogenic diet, plus:

  • Clear instructions for calculating and managing the diet on a daily basis
  • Full listing of acceptable foods, with nutritional information, that can be used with the food plan
  • The best approaches for coping with the limitations and restrictions of this eating plan
  • NEW! Expanded section of recipes and 35 sample meals, including some developed by professional chefs with children on the diet
  • NEW! A discussion of how the Atkins and modified ketogenic diets may in some cases be used as alternatives to control epilepsy in children

    The Ketogenic Diet: A Treatment for Children and Others with Epilepsy, Fourth Edition is an indispensable resource for any parent, medical professional, or dietician working with children on this strict but highly effective diet plan.

    Check out the new companion to The Ketogenic Diet, Keto Kid: Helping Your Child Succeed on the Ketogenic Diet.

  • Product Details

    • Publication Date September 25, 2006
    • Page Count 254
    • Product Form Paperback / softback
    • ISBN 13 9781932603187

    About The Author(s)

    Dr. John Freeman MD

    John Freeman, MD, developed the ketogenic diet while working at Johns Hopkins University. The pediatric epilepsy center at Johns Hopkins was renamed The Johns Hopkins John M. Freeman Pediatric Epilepsy Center in his honor in 2002. The diet and the center were featured on Dateline in a 1994 edition as a therapy for childhood seizure disorders. "Dateline" reported that miraculous results were obtained in a large percentage of the patients who were placed on the high fat diet.

    A prolific author, he has written nearly 150 articles, 41 book chapters and seven books or editions of books including, the award winning The Ketogenic Diet: A Treatment for Children and Others with Epilepsy.

    Dr. Eric Kossoff MD

    Eric Kossoff, MD, is an Associate Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics and a member of The John M. Freeman Pediatric Epilepsy Center, as well as the Division of Pediatric Neurology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is the Director of the Pediatric Neurology training program and co-author of Ketogenic Diets, Fifth Edition. Dr. Kossoff is the editor of "Keto News" at He has dedicated his career to investigating and researching the impact of putting children and adults with epilepsy on a 90% fat diet to control their seizures.

    Table of Contents

    Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; Section 1: Overview of the Ketogenic Diet: Epilepsy today and the place of the ketogenic diet; What is the Ketogenic diet?; History of the Ketogenic diet; How does the Ketogenic diet work?; Is my child a candidate for the Ketogenic diet?; Top twenty questions about the Ketogenic diet. Section 2: The ABC's of the Ketogenic Diet: Initiating the Ketogenic diet: a process; Fine-tuning the diet: the key to success; Side effects of the Ketogenic diet; Making it work at home and on the road; Going off the diet. Section 3: Calculations: Calculating the Ketogenic diet; Liquid formulas and tube feedings; Section 4: Modified Ketogenic Diets: The MCT diet; Using the Atkins diet for epilepsy. Section 5: Ketogenic Cooking: Sample meal plans for the Ketogenic diet; Atkins diet recipes. Section 6: Speculation: Thoughts and speculation about the future role of the Ketogenic diet. Section 7: Appendices: Medications; Johns Hopkins Hospital Ketogenic diet admission orders; Food database; Atkins carbohydrate gram counter; Useful Websites; Selected references; International centers.