High fat for brain tumor and seizures?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 13, 2011 at 2:52 PM

A friend of mine is in treatment for a non-malignant (yet non-operaple) brain tumor, which gives him up to 20 seizures a day. When first diagnosed, I breifly mentioned that I had read this article - http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/06/health/research/06epil.html - about a high-fat ketogenic diet as a treatment for children's epilepsy.

Alongside his chemotherapy he has eliminated gluten and sugar from his diet, but just started experimenting eating more fats and his seizures have markedly decreased! (he mentioned olive oil and margarine... I strongly suggested coconut oil and lard)

Does anybody have any information regarding a high-fat diet's effect on seizures and maybe even tumor reduction? Any articles or life experience would be greatly appreciated!



on May 13, 2011
at 03:37 PM

Margerine?! Ugh NO! Coconut oil is a must... http://www.epilepsy.com/node/985666?print=true



on May 13, 2011
at 03:04 PM

Definitely ditch the margarine frankenfood. Just make sure the lard is not from the supermarket that is hydrogenated. Render it from animal fat.

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on May 13, 2011
at 02:58 PM

Yes I'm reading this book by Bruce Fife right now called 'Stop Alzheimer's'. It is not named very well because it addresses many different brain diseases, and the ketogenic diet. Very interesting read and it would help your friend.

I'm sorry your friend is having these issues but I think he's on the right path.

EDIT: it's important that he get his fats in medium chain fatty acids such as coconut oil. Also pure MCT oil can be used but the effects don't last as long. Optimally he would use both coconut oil and MCT oil.

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