Three-year-old Santiago Segura has been fighting for his life since he was six months old. Overwhelmed by more than 100 seizures daily, he had no idea what it was like to experience the joys of a normal little boy: Running in the park, playing with friends. Then, rather than add more medications, doctors at Children’s Mercy Hospital tried an old remedy that has experienced a recent rebirth: A high fat, extremely low carb ketogenic diet. And the result was like an overnight miracle, reported Action News 41 on Jan. 30.

Located in Kansas, Children’s Mercy Hospital reports that their pediatric neurologists increasingly are using food as medicine rather than drugs for their young epileptic patients. The reason: Diet can transform a child’s future, as in the case of Santiago.

His mother, Bertha Guillen, described the situation as “heartbreaking” prior to the dramatic change in his diet and resulting improvement in his health.

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