Dietary Therapies And Epilepsy

Dietary therapies for epilepsy are as old as the disease itself and have evolved over the ages to accommodate changes in the ideas about the etiology of epilepsy (11). Antiepileptic diets used during the Greek, Roman, and Renaissance periods were designed to rid the brain of toxic agents thought to underlie the epileptic seizures (12). A strict dietary regimen was recognized as a key for managing or curing the disease. These early antiepileptic diets, however, often comprised vile concoctions of raw animal organs and extracts that induced nausea or vomiting and were frequently administered with purgatives and enemas (12). Restricted food intake over days or weeks would often occur as an unintended consequence of such dietary therapies. This restriction

From: Epilepsy and the Ketogenic Diet Edited by: C. E. Stafstrom and J. M. Rho © Humana Press Inc., Totowa, NJ

Fig. 1. Influence of fasting on human epileptic seizures as shown by the daily number of seizures during the fasting of five patients who had five or more seizures daily in the prefasting period. The ordinate represents the percentage of seizures taking the prefasting number as 100%. The abscissa represents days of fasting. The heavy solid line is the average of the five curves. From ref. 19, with permission.

Fasting Days

Fig. 1. Influence of fasting on human epileptic seizures as shown by the daily number of seizures during the fasting of five patients who had five or more seizures daily in the prefasting period. The ordinate represents the percentage of seizures taking the prefasting number as 100%. The abscissa represents days of fasting. The heavy solid line is the average of the five curves. From ref. 19, with permission.

would produce the physiological conditions of fasting in which circulating glucose levels are reduced and ketone levels are elevated (13-15). Hence, altered brain energy homeostasis would be expected following antiepileptic dietary therapies that affected circulating levels of glucose and ketone bodies (11).

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