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:
- NY Daily News: Little girl’s cream cheese-heavy diet helps her speak first words
- Mirror: Mute girl can finally talk after eating CREAM CHEESE every week
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.
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.