The Ketogenic Diet

  • Eileen P. G. Vining
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 497)


The concept of treating seizures through dietary management has existed throughout much of recorded history. The underpinnings of the ketogenic diet (fasting and starvation) are referred to in the Bible in the story of the possessed boy being freed from the demon (seizures). When Jesus was questioned as to how he had been able to accomplish it, he said, “This kind does not leave but by prayer and fasting” (Matthew 17:14-21). Raphael’s gloriousTransfigurationdepicts this scene. References are again made in church literature, where John of Gaddesden in medieval times recommended that not only the person, but the family, submit to prayer and fasting.


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  • Eileen P. G. Vining
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  1. 1.Pediatric EpilepsyBaltimore

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