282: Dr. Deborah Snyder On The Low-Carb Cure For Epilepsy


Hello and welcome back to The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore!
Today Jimmy shares his conversation with Dr. Deborah Snyder, whose son Bryce was cured of epilepsy by a two-year stint on a low-carb, ketogenic diet. Relatively unknown by the general public, ketosis has been used by some doctors to treat seizures for many years now. Tune in to listen in to hear the details of this cutting-edge, science-based treatment and its positive effects on epileptic children.

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Keto Kid: Helping Your Child Succeed on the Ketogenic Diet
Video of Dr. Snyder addressing the International Symposium on Dietary Therapy for Epilepsy and Other Neurological Disorders symposium about ketogenic diets for seizure control
The Charlie Foundation: Helping Cure Epilepsy Through The Ketogenic Diet
Epilepsy Moms interview with Dr. Snyder

14 Responses to 282: Dr. Deborah Snyder On The Low-Carb Cure For Epilepsy
  1. rachel allen
    August 24, 2009 | 8:52 am

    seems interviews like this are a big park of breaking up the zietgeist. ideas can get a foothold even if they arent given profit supported exposure. great interview JM!

  2. Jimmy Moore
    August 24, 2009 | 8:57 am

    Thanks Rachel!

  3. Baby Girl
    August 24, 2009 | 9:48 am

    Great interview, and lots of other stuff I’m going to have to read, Thanks Jimmy!

  4. Jimmy Moore
    August 24, 2009 | 10:32 am

    I’m glad you enjoyed it, Baby Girl.

  5. Richard A.
    August 24, 2009 | 11:48 am

    This is an interesting clip about what parents could find themselves up against.
    Is this clip from a movie?

  6. Richard A.
    August 24, 2009 | 12:15 pm

    That clip is from the movie,”First Do No Harm” (1997) (TV).

    The movie is available on DVD.

  7. Jimmy Moore
    August 24, 2009 | 4:36 pm

    Yes, that’s a movie starring Meryl Streep that was created by The Charlie Foundation mentioned during the podcast by Dr. Snyder, Richard. I haven’t seen it personally yet, but REALLY want to. :)

  8. Richard A.
    August 24, 2009 | 5:42 pm

    I didn’t even know of the movie until I saw the you tube clips. It is now on my buy list. In general, it seems to capture what is wrong with modern medicine. If it’s not a prescription drug or surgery, it can’t work. To often statins are prescribe while ignoring fish oil, vitamin d3, and niacin–for heart failure such things as CoQ10, d-ribose, and l-carnitine are ignored–for wound healing, expensive steroids while ignoring arginine.

  9. Jimmy Moore
    August 24, 2009 | 6:58 pm

    You are so right.

  10. Vesna
    August 25, 2009 | 4:55 am

    Great interview! It shows the power of fat in nourishing the brain. I visited some websites and it seems that even within the pro-ketogenic diet community there is fear of cholesterol and fat. How sad. It doesn’t seem that a leap has been made to high fat being the natural healing diet for a wide variety of conditions. I wonder whether ketogenic advocates believe something approaching the ketogenic diet would be helpful for a wider population? Also I noticed that in the interview Dr. Snyder talked about “healthy fats” and mentioned canola, but not saturated fat from meat.

    First Do No Harm is available on Netflix. I just put it at the top of my queue!

  11. Jimmy Moore
    August 25, 2009 | 7:52 am

    The fear of fat is a very strong one to try to overcome. I know Dr. Snyder said she’s not as fearful of fats as others in her profession, but it does seem there is somewhat of an aversion to saturated fat. But listening to her describe the meals she made for Bryce (eggs cooked in butter with heavy cream) made me smile from ear to ear. Obviously if she thought that was doing more harm to her son than good, she wouldn’t have done it.

  12. Mary Titus
    August 26, 2009 | 12:54 pm

    Thank-You Jimmy, again you are the man. I am sharing this blog with a good friend of mine. I had mentioned this to you before but I feel that the ketogenic diet would help a friend of mine. Although you are primarily discussing epilepsy, you do touch on the fact that this diet can be used by a variety of neuological disorders. I will be sending him and the Dystonia Foundation this podcast. I just hope that ears are opened to this and that more people can be helped.

    The more that I listen to this the more insane it makes me, to think that so many medical orgnaizations are by-passing this viable source. Billy, this diet is so simple and it is enjoyable.

    I’ve got more experts coming up soon who will address the neurological connection and I’ve previously spoken with Dr. Larry McCleary about that subject as well. THANKS for listening, Mary!


  13. Mary Titus
    August 26, 2009 | 3:08 pm

    Yay, look forward to hearing Dr. McLeary again. If I were wealthy, I would fund a medical organization who used this diet for a neurological treatment and cure. One day, I will be wealthy, so they better be ready. đŸ˜‰

  14. Debbie Snyder
    October 14, 2009 | 2:01 pm

    Thank you again Jimmy for the opportunity to speak about the ketogenic diet on your show! In response to the meat question….I love meat! I promote low fat meat as an excellent source of protein to my patients and my own family. I do consider the saturated fat in lean meat to be a healthy choice, although I do feel that fish and poultry are better choices than red meat. Thanks again! Dr. Deborah Snyder

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