Diets are one of 4 major treatments for epilepsy (besides medication, neurostimulation and surgery). They are becoming very popular in 2013.
The 2 major diets are the classic ketogenic diet (created 1921) and the modified Atkins diet (2003). Both these diets are similar – they are very high fat and low carbohydrate. For children with intractable epilepsy, they reduce seizures by at least 50% after 6 months in 50-60% of those who try it.
Dr. Eric Kossoff focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of childhood seizures and epilepsy, particularly treatments other than medications such as diet, neurostimulation and surgery. He is one of the world experts on dietary treatment for epilepsy. Specific interests include the ketogenic diet, the creation and widespread use of the modified Atkins diet for children and adults, infantile spasms, hemispherectomy, the interaction of migraine headaches with epilepsy and Sturge-Weber syndrome.
Dr. Eric Kossoff is also very involved in teaching and is the Director of the Pediatric Neurology Residency Program. He is a coauthor of Treatment of Pediatric Neurologic Disorders and the 5th edition of Ketogenic Diets.
The Charlie Foundation was established to raise awareness about the ketogenic diet as a treatment for childhood epilepsy.
Their mission is to increase awareness on the issues that affect individuals with epilepsy and raise funds in support of clinical and research efforts on the diagnosis of epilepsy and its treatment including, but not limited to, diets, surgery, and anticonvulsant medications.
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