For families of children with epilepsy or other disorders characterized by episodes of seizure, every day can be a battle to keep them healthy and safe. And while epilepsy cannot be cured, it can be controlled. Medication is often effective at controlling seizures, which can vary from brief and barely noticeable episodes to lengthy periods of vigorous shaking and tremors. But when medication proves ineffective, a special ketogenic diet has been demonstrated by researchers at Johns Hopkins University to reduce or even eliminate seizures in up to 50% of children.
A ketogenic diet is a high-fat diet that causes the body to burn fat, resulting in a state of ketosis. While it’s not known why the ketogenic diet, also called a fasting diet, works, it is now an accepted medical treatment for children whose seizures are uncontrolled by anti-seizure medication. Yet maintaining a ketogenic diet is costly, creating a financial burden for families who, in the absence of insurance coverage, must often bear the cost alone. Here you’ll find useful information on potential assistance to help reduce that burden.