School of Medicine

Epilepsy Center

Treatment - Ketogenic Diet

The Ketogenic diet program is supervised by Dr. Shannon McGuire at Children's Hospital of New Orleans. The ketogenic diet is a high fat no carbohydrate diet that forces the body to produce ketone bodies. Ketone bodies have an antiepileptic effect on the brain. Because the Ketogenic diet is very difficult to maintain correctly and requires strict medical supervision, it is usually reserved for use in children for whom it can be highly effective.