Couple Says Ketogenic Diet Is Saving Their Son From Explosive Epileptic Seizures
Source: Q13 Fox News
Sam Cowan is an energetic 5-year-old who suffers from Febrile Infection Related Epilepsy Syndrome or FIRES, a rare form of epilepsy. Many kids that suffer from FIRES either don't make it or have long-term brain damage, but Sam is active and developing again due to the ketogenic diet. He barely eats any carbs or sugars – only foods high in good fats – and for almost a year he has had significantly fewer seizures. “We typically utilize the ketogenic diet in children that have been on multiple seizure medications that are not fully effective,” said Dr. Jason Lockrow, a neurologist with Seattle Children’s. “When we don't have the sugars available, the body acts to break down fat to produce ketones; those ketones are utilized by the brain as a form of energy.” Lockrow says cases have shown that when a child with epilepsy burns fat instead of the typical carbs and glucose, the brain is less stimulated.
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