New Drugs Based on the Ketogenic Diet

The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that controls drug-resistant seizures. Dr. McIntyre Burnham has found that the ketogenic diet raises acetone levels in the blood, and that acetone is a non-toxic, anti-epileptic compound that is effective against many different seizures types.

Dr. Burnham believes that acetone-like compounds can be developed into anti-epileptic medications to control seizures that are currently drug resistant. He is working with Ketogen, a biotech company, to create and test new acetone-like drugs. These new compounds will offer "the ketogenic diet in a pill."

Ketogen’s acetone-like compounds have been shown to be effective in the standard animal seizure models. Ketogen is now seeking funds to support early phase clinical trials.


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