25 Nov 2020
A slightly different podcast episode today to give an authentic human experience of what effect a ketogenic diet could have in certain circumstances - we’re talking with Alex Ash, a colleague of one of my best friends in America, who reached out to me a while ago wanting to share his personal experience with the use of a Ketogenic diet for his son’s medical condition.
Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is a severe form of childhood epilepsy with multiple types of seizures and as you’ll hear, Alex and his partners experience has not been a straight forward one in the slightest.
For any of you listening with children, with or without a chronic condition, I just want to say from the outset that this episode could be triggering so I would exercise some caution if you do not want to listen.
Alex’s story has a positive ending but I understand this is not the case for a lot of people struggling with epilepsy and many other conditions. As a medical doctor I witness the daily battle many parents and carers have to endure for the sake of their loved ones.
As always, none of the information spoken about on today’s podcast is taken to be medical advice, always speak with your practitioner about changes to medication, dietary or supplement regimen.
And there are a few explanations for how the keto diet may yield an effect offered by Alex that are not technically accurate, but for the purposes of this special podcast I’ve chosen to completely unedit our conversation. If you’re interested in the more nuanced opinion of a practitioner I would listen to the previous podcast with Sue Wood that I’ve linked here for you.
I hope you enjoy listening to Alex tell Jachin’s story, it’s certainly hit home a lot of truths to me.
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I really do hope that you found this episode with Alex sharing his story of his young son as valuable and insightful as I did - very brave of Alex to come on here to talk to you all about his experiences and please do share the episode with anyone that you think might find it helpful.
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Some links that we wanted to share with you here on the podcast as supplementary information following the podcast that you might find of interest.
Great Ormond Street Hospital - Ketogenic Diet
Royal Childrens Hospital Melbourne - Ketogenic Diet