The Charlie Foundation

Ketogenic Diets began with treating seisure disorders. Meryl Streep started this foundation.

In 2010, the ketogenic diet is in a new Renaissance. It is available to my count in over 60 countries, many of whom have multiple ketogenic diet centers. There are now four ketogenic diets available: the classic ketogenic diet, the MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) diet, the modified Atkins diet (MAD), and the low-glycemic index treatment (LGIT).   Ketogenic diets are being used for adults, babies, and in developing countries. No longer perceived as a treatment of last resort, they are being used first for conditions such as infantile spasms and Doose syndrome (an epilepsy syndrome in which young children suddenly develop drop seizures yet have normal intelligence). Ketogenic diets are also being studied for use in conditions other than epilepsy, including autism, brain tumors, Alzheimer’s disease, and Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS). A 2009 expert consensus statement for optimal clinical management of children on ketogenic diets brought together 26 international experts[135]. First in 2008 in Phoenix, Arizona, then in 2010 in Edinburgh, Scotland, approximately 250 physicians, dietitians, and scientists gathered to discuss their research on dietary treatments for neurologic disorders. Why are these diets so helpful for your brain? Basic scientists are trying to figure it out. If they can, it may open up a whole new avenue of treatments for neurologic disorders not currently available. In this chapter, the evidence of ketogenic diet therapy for brain disorders will be discussed.

Phinney, Stephen; Volek, Jeff (2011-07-08). The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making the Life-Saving Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and Enjoyable (pp. 250-251). Beyond Obesity LLC. Kindle Edition.

The Charlie Foundation.

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