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Please Support a Research Trial of the Impact of the Ketogenic Diet in the Treatment of Chronic Mental Illness


 
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The ketogenic diet is gaining some interest in the medical field as a potential treatment for many mental disorders. There are case reports emerging suggesting the utility of the ketogenic diet in ameliorating symptoms of bipolar disorder, depression, and the more crippling psychotic disorders (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder). Schizophrenia, as just one example, is a devastating illness that dramatically alters the course of a person’s life. Current treatment outcomes are poor, with most people continuing to experience disabling symptoms even when conscientious about taking their medication and participating in therapy.

Recent research suggests that the cause of the disorders causing psychotic symptoms may involve insulin resistance and mitochondrial dysfunction, i.e. the brain is not getting enough energy from glucose. The ketogenic diet offers the brain an alternate fuel source (ketones) instead of glucose and has been shown in case reports to dramatically reduce symptoms of schizophrenia. (The ketogenic diet is a medical intervention developed by physicians over 100 years ago for treatment-resistant epilepsy, and it is still used today when all other treatments fail to work.)

Please help fund a controlled research trial of the impact of the ketogenic diet in the treatment of some of the most crippling mental disorders. We need to raise at least $50,000 to do a controlled trial. Many people are desperate for a better life, and your gift may make that possible.

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