Should you try the ketogenic diet now or wait for more research?

People want evidence-based treatments for their psychiatric disorders. Unfortunately, the evidence-based treatments fail to work for far too many people. “Off label” treatments are used routinely in psychiatry, and frequently include anti-convulsant medications. Given that the ketogenic diet is an evidence-based treatment for epilepsy, it’s not unreasonable to consider using it for a treatment resistant mental disorder.

Dr. Chris Palmer

Psychiatrist with a clinical practice at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. Director of Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education, and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  He has been using the ketogenic diet to treat his patients for more than 15 years.

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