“Global Symposium On Ketogenic Therapies” Summary

In September, I attended the Global Symposium on Ketogenic Therapies in Banff. It was truly inspiring and exciting to see how the Power of Food and therapeutic diets are being explored!

“The idea of food as medicine has been a controversial topic in this country for many years. But the statistics don’t lie, nor do the thousands of people who will tell you how their lives were changed because of it.” ~ John Freeman MD, Johns Hopkins Cerebrum 2013

The Ketogenic diet is considered to be one of the most effective treatments for epilepsy. Recent studies show that ketogenic diets are helpful for other neurological disorders including Parkinson’s and early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, autism, and traumatic brain injury.

Ketogenic diets have been shown in animal studies and in anecdotal reports to thwart the growth of certain types of brain tumors and other aggressive cancers in combination with conventional treatments. New applications of the ketogenic diet for cancer, autism, ALS, Parkinson’s Disease, type-2 diabetes, and traumatic brain injury have emerged. Scientific data regarding these new uses of diet therapy is accumulating rapidly. Variations of the ketogenic diet for these other disorders are now being developed.