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Is following a ketogenic diet as effective as surgery for epilepsy?

Is following a ketogenic diet as effective as surgery for epilepsy?

Diet vs surgery: The ketogenic diet and surgery are two approaches to reduce or control seizures. Surgery is directed at localized areas of brain from which seizures are triggered. The ketogenic diet is most often used for medication resistent seizures that are generalized forms of epilepsy or seizure syndromes. They are not usuallly interchangeable. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Is it safe for an adult use ketogenic diet for treating epilepsy?

Is it safe for an adult use ketogenic diet for treating epilepsy?

Not useful: Although children with difficult to control epilepsies do respond, most adults do not. Furthermore the diet is rather tough to tolerate in adults, as it can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, and could cause chemical imbalances and cardiovascular problems. Best to avoid. ...Read more

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Is there such thing as a precise diet for fat loss?

Is there such thing as a precise diet for fat loss?

Precision "Diet": Precision Diet is a program customized to individuals that aims for fat loss, muscle preservation or building, and optimal health. The lead proponent does NOT believe there’s a single, absolutely, positively, without-a-doubt best diet for every person to follow, always, and forever. He customizes, develops a plan, listens to feedback, and gives precise advice. It can work. ...Read more

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Is the green bean weight loss pill okay for teenage use? 16-17? As much detail as possible

Is the green bean weight loss pill okay for teenage use? 16-17? As much detail as possible

Yes and no: Be aware that there are out many pills being touted as weight loss aid. Consult your doc before taking any pill. Remember the fda does not look into what supplementary pills are there. ...Read more

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Is following the Atkins diet and using Atkins products a good diet for type 2 diabetics?

Is following the Atkins diet and using Atkins products a good diet for type 2 diabetics?

Yes, if lose weight: An atkins diet is an extreme low carbohydrate diet. Most people are not able to follow this diet long term. Despite eating more fat on this diet, if you eat very little carbs and are losing weight, your diabetes will improve. ...Read more

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There is a weight loss diet marketed as eat-stop-eat. It involves fasting for 1or2 days/week. Does anyone have experience of the eat-stop-eat "diet.

There is a weight loss diet marketed as eat-stop-eat. It involves fasting for 1or2 days/week.  Does anyone have experience of the eat-stop-eat "diet.

Can be helpful: This plan is based on the way primitive humans ate. Before agriculture developed food was caught or foraged and the amount available was not consistent. This meant long stretches without any food. The theory is that now we consume all day every day but our physiology is still similar to our ancestors. If you have no medical problems and take no meds you can try on your own otherwise seek advice. ...Read more

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Is there an ultimate diet for a child with epilepsy?

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Is there an ultimate diet for a child with epilepsy?

Ketogenic diet: Ketogenic diet has been known for a long time but has not been utilized often. This diet can be useful for the individuals with intractable seizure. Skillful dietician can make this diet more palatable to the children. ...Read more

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Why would a high-carbohydrate diet as opposed to a low-carbohydrate diet be beneficial for someone?

Why would a high-carbohydrate diet as opposed to a low-carbohydrate diet be beneficial for someone?

Healthy carbs: Your body runs on the breakdown of healthy carbohydrates into glucose. Low carb diet may deprive your body of enough glucose. When this happens, fat is broken down for energy putting the body in a state of acidosis, which is not healthy. Healthy carbs include, fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, beans, and whole grains. All gain be eaten in moderation. ...Read more

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Can a strict VLCD diet such as the Cambridge Diet be responsible for low haemocrit levels?

Can a strict VLCD diet such as the Cambridge Diet be responsible for low haemocrit levels?

Low hematocrit: It is possible to develop anemia (low hematocrit) from a diet that is deficient in protein, iron, folic acid or Vit. B-12. Check to see if the diet is supplemented with these. Most of the diets have adequate protein. It is also possible that you could be anemic from menstrual blood loss, which is the most common reason healthy women are anemic. ...Read more

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Is hemiplegia cureable after a well planned exercise regime?

Is hemiplegia cureable after a well planned exercise regime?

Its possible: Exercise, stretching, splinting, heat, electric stimulation and other modalities have the potential to improve a hemiplegia, usually of a brain origin. Prognosis after a spinal cord lesion may be actually better although much rarer. Of the brain causes, recovery is influenced by many factors including age, other health problems and amount of brain damaged. Sometimes no improvement will occur. ...Read more

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Is glucerna fine for non- diabetics to drink? Can it be used as a meal replacement for weight loss?

Is glucerna fine for non- diabetics to drink? Can it be used as a meal replacement for weight loss?

Not recommended: Glucerna is loaded with ingredients i believe are best avoided by anyone who wants to be healthy. Since the dairy, soy ; corn products in it aren't organic they are almost certainly gmo-derived ; thus likely quite toxic. The fish oil it has is from sources like tuna ; since it doesn't say it's purified is likely high in mercury. You couldn't pay me to drink it. See http://bit.Ly/19xax7e ; comment:. ...Read more

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Can phytoestrogens be safely used as a holistic option for fibroid treatment for someone in their 20s? And are topical as effective as oral supplement

Can phytoestrogens be safely used as a holistic option for fibroid treatment for someone in their 20s? And are topical as effective as oral supplement

No: Fibroids occur due to excess estrogen levels. The last thing you want is to increase your estrogen levels with an exogenous source. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for RA without medication ? (only a certain lifestyle or a diet to follow?)

Is there a treatment for RA without medication ? (only a certain lifestyle or a diet to follow?)

Perhaps: About 10% of the population has nightshade sensitivity (eggplant, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, etc). They do best totally avoiding all nightshade plants. Three months is a good trial. Also consider dairy and gluten free. Eating becomes challenging, but still doable with practice.. There are still many foods and a good dietitian can help you. Leigh wagner rd at kumc will do phone consults. ...Read more

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What chemotherapy protocol is effective for recurrent PCNSL? Is ESHAP and/or ICE a good option is MTX cannot be tolerated and WBRT already done?

What chemotherapy protocol is effective for recurrent PCNSL? Is ESHAP and/or ICE a good option is MTX cannot be tolerated and WBRT already done?

PCNSL: The initial treatment for primary central nervous system lymphoma is methotexate and whole brain irradiation. The optimal treatment for this disease is unknown. There is much variation in clinical practice. Other agents used include Rituximab, procarbazine, vincristine, cytarabine, iosfamide in various combinations. All have some effect but all have toxicity. You need an oncology center. ...Read more

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How can a well balanced diet be effective in preventing hypertension?

How can a well balanced diet be effective in preventing hypertension?

It depends: There are many causes of hypertension. Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly will decrease your risk factors for developing chronic disease such as diabetes and heart disease which are often associated with high blood pressure. Hypertension can also be caused by stress. ...Read more

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Is clonidine successful in treating and/or as a preventative for migraine.. ?

Is clonidine successful in treating and/or as a preventative for migraine..
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Not usually: Would certainly not be my first choice, and have never noticed it to be effective in migraine therapy. Many good choices, and might consider depakote, topirimate, naproxen, indomethacin, or otc riboflavin, co-q10, butterbur, feverfew; also, botox, acupuncture, occipital nerve blocks. Find a headache expert. ...Read more

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Is there a permanent cure for IBS,What should be done in terms of diet and exercise.Any medicine or treatment which can cure it.Help.Thanks?

Is there a permanent cure for IBS,What should be done in terms of diet and exercise.Any medicine or treatment which can cure it.Help.Thanks?

IBS, no cure: increasing your intake of fiber-rich foods (fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains) can improve your condition and encourage normal bowel movements. Unfortunately, too much fiber can worsen symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, wherein you may deal with abdominal bloating and gas. Limit your fiber intake to 20 to 35 grams a day, and slowly increase your intake to ward off bloating ...Read more

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Is the hCG diet safe enough to use as a detox before a low carb lifestyle change?

Is the hCG diet safe enough to use as a detox before a low carb lifestyle change?

No: The HCG diet has been studied, and it is not effective for weight loss. Hcg is a hormone produced by your body when you are pregnant.Severe side effects includea ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (massive enlargement of ovaries, breast tenderness, fluid in your lungs, etc.) the only thing that will get thinner on an HCG diet is your wallet! eat fewer calories and exercise and you will lose weight! ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epileptic Seizures (Definition)

Epileptic seizures. Per Mayo Clinic "Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder (neurological disorder) in which nerve cell activity in the brain becomes disrupted, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations and sometimes loss of ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more