Let Him Eat… Fat! Ketogenic Diet Cures Boy’s Epilepsy

Let Him Eat… Fat! Ketogenic Diet Cures Boy’s Epilepsy

by Aimee Herd : May 28, 2010 : Lorie Johnson – CBN Medical Reporter

"He started to talk that night and I’ll never forget it, to hear his little voice again… I just remember crying, thinking I heard his voice again and I never knew if I would hear his voice again."

Little Max at 2Little 4-year-old Max Irvine’s breakfast of butter, oil, bacon and a little fruit might be a dieter’s nightmare, but it is literally saving his life.

Max seemed to be a normally healthy baby and toddler until he turned two. That’s when he began to experience continual seizures.

It was evident that the epileptic seizures were affecting his brain, as his mother Kristine recalls, "Last November he basically stopped talking and walking and he started losing all of his skills."

Doctors gave him little hope, and prescribed many medicines that seemed to do little to alleviate Max’s problems. Just last year, Max was experiencing about 100 seizures a day.

So his parents—trusting in God to guide them to an answer—brought Max to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Dr. Elaine Wirrell, who specializes in child epilepsy, tried another approach besides medicine. She put Max on a "Ketogenic Diet," which is about 80 percent fat.

In a CBN News report, Dr. Wirrell explained, "We think it probably stabilizes the nerve cells themselves. By using the high fat, it stabilizes the energy level in the brain, and helps the seizures. There’s also some evidence that certain types of fats, polyunsaturated fatty acids, are good for the brain."

Little Max nowMax began to improve, but only slightly. Then his parents noticed a pattern—Max’s symptoms would usually get worse just after taking his medicine. They asked that he be taken off the traditional meds.

That proved to be the key for Max, as the results were "miraculous."

"He started to talk that night and I’ll never forget it, to hear his little voice again, he said, ‘Daddy’s at work,’" Kristine told CBN News. "He was talking and I just remember crying, thinking I heard his voice again and I never knew if I would hear his voice again."

CBN Medical reporter, Lorie Johnson cautions, however, that a ketogenic diet is not for healthy people.

Watch the full video report on Max at the source link provided.

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