Charlie’s Story & Beyond

Twenty years ago, a little boy named Charlie Abrahams developed difficult-to-control epilepsy. As a last resort, his parents turned to the medically supervised ketogenic diet. The diet worked and Charlie became seizure-free. He remained on the diet for 5 years and then returned to a normal diet He’s now in his twenty’s, and has remained seizure and medication-free. The Charlie Foundation for Ketogenic Therapies was founded in 1994 to provide information about diet therapies for people with epilepsy, other neurological disorders and tumorous cancers.

Since our inception it has been confirmed thousands of times anecdotally as well as by a randomized controlled study that the ketogenic diet improves most children and adults with uncontrolled seizures and many, like Charlie, become drug and seizure free and return to a normal diet.

New applications of the ketogenic diet for cancer, autism, ALS, Parkinson’s, and early-onset Alzheimer’s diseases, diabetes, and traumatic brain injury have emerged. Scientific data regarding these new uses of diet therapy is accumulating rapidly. Variations of the ketogenic diet for these disorders are being developed. Today, it is the Charlie Foundation’s expanded mission not only to champion ketogenic diet therapy for epilepsy, but provide up-to-date information regarding its expanded use and variations. To this end we have re-named ourselves “The Charlie Foundation for Ketogenic Therapies”.

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