Our Registered Dietitians help our patients heal
A typical American diet consists of 30 to 40% fat, 10% protein, and 60 to 65% carbohydrates, but when you’re a young child with epilepsy, food becomes a medical therapy that can reduce or eliminate your seizures.
Such is the case with a three-year-old Health System patient whose EEG showed he was having about 100 seizures a night. But only two weeks after Health System registered dietitians put him on the Ketogenic Diet—85% fat, 10% protein and 5% carbohydrates—the boy was having fewer than two seizures a day. One month later, after a few tweaks to the diet, he was seizure free.
Three months later, he traveled with his family to Disneyland, an amazing feat for a child who had been exhausted and practically housebound for months.
“Patients tell us all the time, ‘I have my kid back,’” says Registered Dietitian Denise Potter, RD, CDE, who is part of the Ketogenic Diet program. “Up until then, they’d virtually lost them to the seizures—mentally and emotionally. Now they can go to school. They can grow and develop to their full potential.”
“These are the kinds of results our registered dietitians see daily with all sorts of patients throughout the Health System—adults and pediatric alike,” says Sandhya Padiya, MS, RD, CSP, manager, Clinical Nutrition Services and C&W. “The pediatric dietitian works with the medical team by understanding the medical necessities and the parents’ desires to feed their child.”
Typically, treatment also includes hours of teaching and counseling families before, during and after the special diet has begun. Read the rest of this entry »