Dr. Bacon – “Epilepsy’s Big, Fat Miracle”…

This one goes out to FoTDB Seth (SHOUT OUT)…

Stephen Lewis for The New York Times; Food Stylist: Brett Kurzweil

He posted this on the Facespace two weeks ago and specifically called me out on it.  It’s a terrific article about the use of food as medicine.  The author, Fred Vogelstein, relates his experience with his epileptic son and how a change to a high fat diet has help reduce his seizures, here’s just a quick excerpt…

Evelyn, Sam’s twin sister Beatrice and I don’t eat this way. But Sam has epilepsy, and the food he eats is controlling most of his seizures (he used to have as many as 130 a day). The diet, which drastically reduces the amount of carbohydrates he takes in, tricks his body into a starvation state in which it burns fat, and not carbs, for fuel. Remarkably, and for reasons that are still unclear, this process — called ketosis — has an antiepileptic effect. He has been eating this way for almost two years.

Read it, it’s truly fascinating…

Photo and article via New York Times.

Originally posted 2010-12-03 21:26:01.

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