Hello to new reader (and Wiscon buddy) kiyasjoy
!State of the 'Song
Am feeling quite restored. Also the week-long headache seems to have faded. '80s dancing is the cure!The Ketogenic Diet is Not the Cure
So the Times posted this article
about the use of the ketogenic diet for epilepsy. Half the world has sent it to me. I appreciate the thought BUT.
This article is wrong with wrong sauce and incredibly irresponsible.
As is mentioned only very briefly in the article, this diet is not a new thing; it has been around for decades. Why has it not caught on as a treatment for intractable epilepsy? It's not because it's restrictive - a gluten-free diet is restrictive, and celiacs do it, because it works.
The ketogenic diet does not work.
For most people.
The ketogenic diet works, more specifically, on only 33% of people who have the specific and uncommon types of epilepsy it works with. Also, only kids. Also, only for two years. So if you have a toddler with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, congratulations, you have a 33% chance of getting a small measure of relief. If you have or are anyone else, you will be fucking up your entire body
and getting zero
improvement in seizure control.
Epilepsy is scary. People grasp at straws, willing to try anything. It pisses me off that this article implies that this diet works for epileptics in general, when it only works for what's basically a statistically insignificant number of epileptics (because that's 33% of people with a rare form of epilepsy
, not 33% of all epileptics). My prediction: a bunch of very sick people. Link Soup
* More TSA stuff: dsmoen
points out that the scanners can cause more than just cancer
, and tammy212
has an excellent roundup
* Oh, I like the idea of merit badges
* Hey, kids! Arisia student art contest
!Daily ScienceMedical monitoring tattoos!
"The process would involve injecting small beads containing fluorescent particles into the epidermal layer of the skin; the fluorescent glow would become more intense — and even change color — as glucose or sodium levels drop. Clark said that ideally, the levels would be monitored with a handheld electronic device."Plans
Did writing this morning yay. Work from 1-5, then Peer Supe, then a bit of hanging out with friends.