Mute Girl Can Finally Talk on a LCHF Diet

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Here’s a heart-warming story, and something to chew on for people still believing the myth that we need to eat carbs for our brains to work:

The girl in the story has a genetic defect (GLUT1) that prevents her body from transporting glucose into her brain for fuel. This results in brain starvation, epilepsy and an intellectual disability.

The solution was to eat a ketogenic LCHF diet (very few carbs, a modest amount of protein and plenty of fat). The body then produces ketones from the fat, which is a great fuel for the brain. Just like in healthy people eating a strict LCHF diet.

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A ketogenic LCHF diet is also an effective treatment in other forms of epilepsy, both for kids and for adults. Some stop having seizures completely and need no medication. A lot of people need less medication and suffer fewer side-effects – their brains work better again. Just like the little girl’s in the story.

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7 Comments

  1. Craig Crawford
    Great stuff! My mother has suffered for years with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which doctors couldn't cure. I told her to supplement CoQ10, L-Carnitine and D-Ribose, plus a LCHF diet and she is virtually symptomless.
  2. Tom Levine
    Incredible. While most of us are not in the position of needing to deal with a Glut1 deficiency, like Fields Taylor, this clinically unique situation, can help teach all of us of the overall impact that the consumption of fat can make on our bodies. We need dietary fat, and in some deficient circumstances, it appears the increased consumption of fat can be a soft of medical miracle.
  3. Peter Defty
    Don't forget to mention a properly formulated and executed ketogenic diet will also keep Huntington's Disease in remission and/or progression....this has been observed in studies using rodent models.
  4. ZellZ
    This is also the way of eating I follow. It's given me peace of mind around food. Food can make a person go crazy. Food can be poison. Food can bring on suicidal feelings. I now feel sane around food. I feel calm around it. I feel satiated by what I eat. I feel much better than I used to. I Really believe in the lchf way of eating. I think it's a choice for me: sugars & simple carbs & feeling more & more destroyed OR giving up the sugars & simple carbs, 99.9% of the time, having a Lot of fats and being sane around food. So, I guess I made the right choice! Notwithstanding the Extremely rare times I have a slice of whole grain bread, this is the diet for Me, too!
  5. Carole AKA CarbsaneR
    That's a wonderful story Andreas. LCHF has so many different types of benefits.

    If anyone is worried about effects of long term LCHF, I have just posted health test results of a friend who is a long-term LCHF-er.

    His calculated risk of having heart disease in the next ten years is 4% which is low compared to the average risk for his age of 14%.

    Eating bacon and sugar-free ice cream for ten years hasn't damaged his health in anyway.

    http://carbsaner.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/long-term-bacon-ice-cream-cak...

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  7. Murray
    Research is showing that insulin and IGF-1 impede the connectivity of immature neuron cells that migrate into brain tissue and that this appears to be a significant factor in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases--impaired inability to regenerate brain tissue.
    http://sciencealert.com.au/news/20131807-24589.html

    A recent study by the Mayo clinic of elderly people found the highest carb eaters were 3.6 times more likely than average to suffer cognitive decline and the highest fat eaters were 0.48 times as likely.

  8. Susan
    I personally know an 8-year old girl who started having seizures in spring of 2012. Her mom researched, found out about the ketogenic diet, found a dietitian who knew nothing about it but was willing to work with her, and started her daughter on the diet. Her seizures stopped, and have remained gone for over a year.
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