Wednesday, June 15, 2011

High Fat Heals Brain

The author's comments are useful for perspective.  It's good to know these studies are underway.  There's good reason to believe that they will show a positive effect on all of these conditions by changing the diet to resemble the paleolithic model.

So we have over 80 years experience with this ketogenic, low-carb high-fat diet, and no records of these kids developing heart disease due to the diet. Just tons of data showing how they could go from 5000 plus seizures a day, in some instances, to none. Without drugs. And now we are seeing that this low carb high fat ketogenic diet is being investigated for curing other diseases (See: Low Carbohydrate High Fat Ketogenic Diet May Reverse Kidney Failure in People with Diabetes), as Thiele comments:
Right now there’s some preliminary evidence in Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease that a diet similar to the ketogenic diet may be very effective. And there’s actually a critical trial, ongoing, in ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s, disease of using a similar diet and there’s a lot of evidence, mainly animal model evidence, that similar diets may be very effective in helping to treat cancer. There’s evidence in prostate cancer and there’s a lot of evidence in some brain cancers, like neuroblastoma. And I think that’s because cancer cells are rapidly dividing so they have a very high metabolic rate and they use a lot of energy. And so the ketogenic diet basically shuts down the cell’s energy production and makes the cells rely more heavily on fat metabolism, and cancer cells, I think, are not thought to do that as effectively.

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