Childhood Absence Epilepsy Successfully Treated with the Paleolithic Ketogenic Diet

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Abstract

Introduction: Childhood absence epilepsy is an epilepsy syndrome responding relatively well to the ketogenic diet with one-third of patients becoming seizure-free. Less restrictive variants of the classical ketogenic diet, however, have been shown to confer similar benefits. Beneficial effects of high fat, low-carbohydrate diets are often explained in evolutionary terms. However, the paleolithic diet itself which advocates a return to the human evolutionary diet has not yet been studied in epilepsy. Results: Here, we present a case of a 7-year-old child with absence epilepsy successfully treated with the paleolithic ketogenic diet alone. In addition to seizure freedom achieved within 6 weeks, developmental and behavioral improvements were noted. The child remained seizure-free when subsequently shifted toward a paleolithic diet. Conclusion: It is concluded that the paleolithic ketogenic diet was effective, safe and feasible in the treatment of this case of childhood absence epilepsy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-76
Number of pages6
JournalNeurology and Therapy
Volume2
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Ketogenic Diet
Absence Epilepsy
Seizures
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Carbohydrate-Restricted Diet
Fats
Diet
Paleolithic Diet

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  • Neurology

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