Pediatric Status Epilepticus

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  1. It is awful to witness status epilepticus—a condition I personally witnessed several times during the 15 years when my husband was ill with a brain tumor. That’s when I first started researching non-drug treatments for seizures. One of the treatments I discovered was the Ketogenic Diet—a diet which has been known to help children with seizures since the 1920s, at hospitals such as the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins. (Today there are over one hundred hospitals worldwide that administer the diet.)

    I also learned a tremendous amount about this high-fat, low-carb, low-protein diet while doing the research for my book, “Honest Medicine,” which features four lifesaving treatments many doctors don’t know about, including the Ketogenic Diet. This diet has lots of research behind it, as well as what I like to call “patient-based evidence”—i.e., hundreds of thousands of children who have been helped by the diet. I am happy to share with any of your readers studies from the 1920s on, showing that the diet is effective. The best part of the diet (as opposed to anti-seizure meds) is that, in addition to being less toxic than drugs, most children for whom it is successful (that’s 67% of children who are put on it) only have to be on the diet for around two years before they are able to return to a “normal” diet.

    Please feel free to write to me at Julia at if you’d like me to send you the studies I mentioned above. Also, there is a tremendous amount of information about the diet at

    Thanks for letting me post here. I hope my post can help lots of people.

    Julia Schopick (

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