Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Case-Studies: Ketogenic Diet cures Bipolar Disorder

Ketogenic Diets and Bipolar Disorder: New Case Studies
One woman described her irritability going away and a sense of calm. Also "having my head screwed on straight--well, it's definitely worth giving up pie." She said her symptoms seemed better with a ketone level of 15mg/dl vs 5 mg/dl in the urine. The other woman noted that if she remained gluten-free, she felt much better, even though she had never been diagnosed with celiac disease.

Neither woman had any adverse consequences and they remained stable on the diet for 2-3 years at the time the paper was published.
So Bipolar "Disorder" seems to have nutritional causes (and mainly cereal grains and/or gluten, it seems). Hmmm, I wonder whether the psych* business will will take notice of that – it would kind of undermine their biases and their business after all, now wouldn't it?

Nice to see Emily Deans having a go at that:
Final note as I was in a bit of a hurry when I wrote the post at first… I did want to say there is a *lot* about these case study diets that could be therapeutic. No processed food, no sugar, lots of nutrients, lots of omega 3, low in gluten or gluten-free, likely low in histamine. The tracking of the ketones and one women's experience that the 15mg/dl ketone level felt more calming to her along with the sensible biologic mechanism makes the ketosis part plausible, but it is important to note these other possible factors.

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