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.


2 Replies to “New Drugs Based on the Ketogenic Diet”

  1. Merilynn DOWNEY

    Is this pill available yet?
    My son has refactoring epilepsy. Other than that he does average in school pays all sports but has seizures several times a day. We just added Topmax to his high dose of carbamazepine. He stop having seizures but his doctor is recommending surgery if possible.


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