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Diet Stops Seizures When Epilepsy Drugs Fail

When Jackson Small began having seizures at 7, his parents hoped and assumed at least one of the many epilepsy drugs on the market would be enough to get things under control. But one seizure quickly spiraled to as many as 30 a day. "He would stop in his tracks and not be aware of what was going on for 20 or 30 seconds or so," his mother Shana Small told CBS News. Jackson was eventually diagnosed with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, a type of epilepsy characterized by brief but often frequent muscle jerking or twitching. But a number of medications typically prescribed to patients with this type of epilepsy were not effective. And so the quest to help Jackson gain control over his seizures led the family from their home in Orlando, Florida, to the office of a registered dietician at the NYU Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center in New York City. They were there to discuss the medical benefits of heavy cream, mayonnaise, eggs, sausage, bacon and butter. A lot of butter. The plan was to treat Jackson with a diet that is heavy in fat, low in protein and includes almost no carbohydrates. It's known as the ketogenic diet and has long been in the arsenal of last-resort options for patients Continue reading >>

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  1. Aaron1963

    High Blood Pressure Caused by Ketogenic Diet and/or Coconut Oil?

    I always had high blood pressure since first checking it when I was in high school. Finally last month I was experiencing some dizziness, etc. at times, and on my doctor's visit my blood pressure was quite low. My doctor told me to buy a home blood pressure meter and self adjust my medication, which I did to the point of not taking any, and my blood pressure has remained on the low end of normal. That is until a couple of days ago. It's now suddenly gone up to the 140/90 range for no apparent reason and I started back on my blood pressure medication this morning. The only thing I can think of that's changed is I believe I've recently entered deep ketosis, and I've been taking a couple spoonfuls of coconut oil with my coffee each day, in addition to the normal HWC. My total fats have also gone up recently, but I haven't added any new ingredients to my menu other than the coconut oil. I've been doing fasts for the past month, and just did one two days ago, but don't think that should have affected anything, and my blood pressure actually started going up before I started the fast. In reading on the internet, seems fasting should if anything decrease blood pressure. I did see a couple comments on the internet about coconut oil maybe increasing blood pressure.
    Anyone else experience any increase in blood pressure due to coconut oil and/or ketosis?

  2. AnnC

    Well, I lost a lot of weight as a result of going LCHF/ketogenic, and I was able to halve and then stop my BP medication, which I'd been on for about 15 years. I don't test all that often any more, but when I do, I'm still around 105/70.

  3. Nicoletti

    Originally Posted by Aaron1963
    I always had high blood pressure since first checking it when I was in high school. Finally last month I was experiencing some dizziness, etc. at times, and on my doctor's visit my blood pressure was quite low. My doctor told me to buy a home blood pressure meter and self adjust my medication, which I did to the point of not taking any, and my blood pressure has remained on the low end of normal. That is until a couple of days ago. It's now suddenly gone up to the 140/90 range for no apparent reason and I started back on my blood pressure medication this morning.
    Anyone else experience any increase in blood pressure due to coconut oil and/or ketosis? No. Never heard of coconut oil or ketosis increasing blood pressure. What concerns me about yours is the second number.
    What medication did you self-adjust? Didn't see any meds in your signature.

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