Depression, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia & Autism

It's ALL in your mind

The Ketogenic Diet, some hundred years ago, was used to treat Epilepsy in children where medication failed. It is still used and the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London has a special department.

Neurological disorders are a class of diseases that impact the brain, spine, and nerves. There are over 600 different diseases of the nervous system, but it is very much on the increase. It is also becoming more and more difficult to use medication to treat them.

But there is a common denominator - Glucose (insulin resistance) as well as inflammations. Impaired cerebral glucose metabolism, or the inability for the brain to get enough energy from glucose. This is very typical in Alzheimer's. If the brain cannot get sufficient energy it cannot function well.

If you give your child a diet full of sugars, don't forget carbs are sugars too, your child will suffer highs (hyperglycemia) and lows (hypoglycemia) many times during the cause of the day. Do they have cereal for breakfast, toast with jam and a glass of orange juice? This is a recipe for mental disaster. Corn flakes alone have 92% sugar in it. The child will not be able to concentrate and learn. It will be crying a lot and have tantrums simply because of the highs and lows. Over consumption of sugar can also lead to severe tooth decay as well as non-alcohol fatty liver disease. Both on the increase.

There have been a number of studies showing how Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and Autism can be helped and even reversed. However it's still early days. After all, the change you need to make is only a culinary change, no medicines or chemical concoctions.

Glucose really can play havoc with your brain. And so can inflammations since glucose is inflammatory, double whammy. The human body is NOT designed to eat today's "foods" ladened with carbs and other sugars.

There is a strong link with ADHD and oxidative stress which are often elevated. Although the body makes its own antioxidants, this is not sufficient. It is highly recommended a number of different antioxidants are taken daily. Omega 3 and C vitamins as well as others.

There are many studies and research available, this particular one caught our eye.

2009: A 12-month case study details the experience of a 70-year old overweight woman with chronic schizophrenia who was prescribed a diet limited to 20 grams of carbohydrate per day. She noted significant improvement in severe symptoms beginning only eight days after starting the diet, which consisted of “beef, poultry, ham, fish, green beans, tomatoes, diet drinks, and water.” She reported complete resolution of auditory and visual hallucinations --with which she'd suffered since age seven.