Ketogenic Food

Dietary therapy is an approach to help control seizures, usually in conjunction with seizure medications.

The ketogenic diet, a special high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet, is prescribed and monitored by a physician and nutritionist and can help control seizures in some people. Additionally, the modified Atkins diet, which has some similar components to the traditional ketogenic diet, can be effective.

This section presents information and monthly updates about these dietary therapies and others and how they might be helpful to people with epilepsy.

Keto News: Updates about the ketogenic diet and other dietary therapies for epilepsy.

Ketogenic Diet Pie

Since 2007, Ketogenic News has been edited by Dr. Eric Kossoff, medical director of the John Hopkins Hospital Ketogenic Diet Program. This feature has become a "mini-book" with many valuable articles about how to make the diet work better for you or your child.

This section includes new information helpful for patients, parents, and caregivers who receive or provide diets for the treatment of epilepsy. Cutting edge research, as well as helpful hints, are presented. This feature will also continue to include stories from the Charlie Foundation and Matthew's Friends, a parent support group in the United Kingdom.

If there are specific topics you would like to see covered, please contact Dr. Eric Kossoff at We welcome your input. We look forward to hearing from you!

Authored By: 
Eric Kossoff, MD
Reviewed By: 
Joseph I. Sirven, MD
Patricia O. Shafer, RN, MN
Reviewed Date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2013