The Charlie Foundation for Ketogenic Therapies is proud to announce its 25th year of advancing awareness of Ketogenic Therapeutics! The Foundation launched in 1994 after twenty-month-old Charlie Abrahams’ severe epilepsy was cured by a Ketogenic Diet. Charlie had suffered through thousands of seizures, seven anti-epileptic medications, and a failed brain surgery before his family found the diet. Although the diet’s remarkable history of efficacy had been well documented in medical literature, not one of the five pediatric neurologists who had seen Charlie mentioned it. When the Abrahams saw the almost miraculous effect of the diet and realized it was on the verge of extinction, they formed The Charlie Foundation. Their hope was that other people with epilepsy would learn this incredible alternative to seizures, drugs and surgery.
In 1993 Charlie was one of perhaps a dozen people in the world on a ketogenic diet. Today there are over two-hundred epilepsy centers around the globe with Ketogenic Diet programs. Tens of thousands have experienced seizure reduction and many have been cured. The diet is also being used as a treatment for a variety of other neurological disorders including early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, autism, and brain cancer. Just as remarkably, Ketogenic Therapies are showing benefit for both brain and body health.
We hope that others will be empowered by Charlie’s story and understand that to a great extent each of us is in control of his or her health— as well as the medical destinies and health of our children.