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Posted by Jennifer on October 19, 1999 at 10:09:39:

In Reply to: Seizures and Diet posted by Jennifer on October 17, 1999 at 16:43:14:

: Has anyone ever noticed having seizures after eating something very sweet? I have, but not everytime. However I am positive there is a connection. Recently I became aware of a diet that porports eating fats and proteins before eating carbohydrates. This tends to buffer the effects of the carbohydrates(sugar) and therefore you are suppose to eat less. I am trying this diet out not to lose weight but to see if it effects my seizures. So far it looks like it may have a definate positive effect but it is way too soon to celebrate.
: I don't believe this is the Ketogenic diet as that diet is very strict, but this one has a lot of leeway to it.

The name of the diet is The Carbohydrate addicts Lifespan Program by Dr. Richard Heller and Dr. Rachael Heller. They have written a series of books concerning "the evils of carbohydrates". I found a list of their books at, or go to Amazon where they have them all listed. I heard about the diet on the Oprah show. Not the most learned place to find out about things, but it's not Jerry Springer either. A group of people went on the diet and reported back after a week. One lady had gone to the doctor after a week on the diet and she and her doctor were amazed at the results. The diabetes she had been treated for over the last year was completely gone and she no longer had to take diabetes medication! Cholesteral levels were down too.
I heard in the news about the ADA's objections about Dr. Atkinson low carbohydrate diet, you lose many nutrients on a low carbo plan. I think the Hellers' did concede their diet is lower in some nutrients and strongly urge you to supplement your diet with vitamin supplements. But I also think where you can find those vits. you are losing like there is a lot of calcium and vit C in spinach. Granted I'm crazy about eating spinach every day. But I will surely eat it more often.
After being on this diet almost 2 weeks now, I do notice not craving sugary foods as much, even noticing that some sugary treats taste too sugary!? No seizures yet either. If I do have one now, I can at least say I have found a way to have fewer seizures.

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