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Ketogenic Diet Often Better Than Drugs for the Treatment of Epilepsy

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  • “First Do No Harm,” a film directed by Jim Abrahams, based on real life events, relates to the successful treatment of one boy’s severe case of epilepsy using a ketogenic diet
  • Children suffering from epilepsy often remain seizure free after discontinuing a ketogenic diet, and many eventually are able to resume a normal diet
  • A ketogenic diet has also been shown to be effective in the treatment of ALS, autism, cancer, Parkinson’s disease and Type 2 diabetes, but you don’t have to be seriously ill to benefit from it

By Dr. Mercola

This year marks the 20th anniversary of "First Do No Harm," a film directed by American movie director and writer Jim Abrahams. Based on real life events, the film relates the successful treatment of one boy's severe case of epilepsy using a ketogenic diet. Prior to the fictionalized family's discovery of the diet, their youngest son, Robbie, was given many pharmaceutical medications, some of which caused constipation, fevers, rashes and other harmful side effects, including at least one near-death episode.


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