Epilepsy Awareness Alert: Famous Hollywood Director and Vancouver Mom Reveal Ketogenic Diet Success

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Arlene Martell and Jim Abrahams, both parents of formally epileptic children, discuss the Ketogenic diet as an alternative treatment for epilepsy in a free podcast interview on Martell's website, http://www.epilepsymoms.com.

He is the writer/director of hit movie comedies like Airplane and The Naked Gun. She's a mom and Vancouver resident for over 47 years. What drew comedy writer Jim Abrahams and Vancouver native Arlene Martell together share their separate but parallel stories about their sons' freedom from epilepsy thanks to the Ketogenic diet. Now both will share their insights and successes and anyone can listen in to their conversation via a free, one-time only teleconference and follow-up podcast.

In 1993, Abrahams' son Charlie was overwhelmed by thousands of seizures that were non-responsive to traditional treatments and medications. After a flurry of fruitless tests, agonizing hospitalizations, and even an unsuccessful brain surgery, the family discovered an obscure natural treatment for seizures that involved a diet high in fats. Days after going on the Ketogenic diet, Charlie's epilepsy stopped completely, never to return. Abraham says that, "literally overnight, Charlie went from having dozens of seizures a day to none"

In 1995, Arlene Martell went through the same experience with her son Adam. He struggled with seizures and numerous health issues caused by the dozens of medications and prescriptions. It was only when she heard about the diet through Charlie's Foundation - a Ketogenic diet awareness organization started by Abrahams himself - that she was able to give her son a seizure-free life and return her family to normalcy.

"It's like he woke up," Martell recently told the Peach Arch News. "It was like getting Adam back again."

Thirteen years later, Martell and Abrahams both continue their fight for increasing awareness of nontraditional epilepsy treatments. Adam is now 21, has graduated from high school, and has a full life despite some lingering issues as a result of his hundreds of seizures and slight autism. In her latest effort, epilepsy treatment advocate Arlene Martell has created free hour-long informative podcasts on her website, http://www.epilepsymoms.com. Abrahams will be her next guest interviewee, with the teleconference taking place on July 22 and the podcast available for download soon after that.

Abrahams campaigning and public speaking on the Ketogenic diet has sparked increased research" into the diet at numerous facilities including the University of Washington, the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute and Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Now the Ketogenic diet has gradually gained acceptance in the mainstream medical world after 85 years of doubt and obscurity. In May, Both the New York Times and L.A. Times reported on studies conducted at University College London and John Hopkins University that showed the natural treatment to be extremely effective in many patients who are unresponsive to anti-seizure medications.

According to both Abrahams and Martell, the science is there - only spreading awareness and acceptance is left in the battle to save countless other children. In B.C. alone, 40,000 people suffer from the condition.

"We can't rewrite our story," Martell explained. "I'm not mad about what happened anymore. I'm at peace with it…. I want to help other parents. Just by telling my story - that's all I need to do. And let them decide for themselves."

The free teleseminar is limited to 125 people. To register for this free event, visit http://www.epilepsymoms.com/podcast/jim-abrahams.html and sign up to receive the call-in number. Those unable to attend, or reading this after the event has passed can still listen in. A free audio file of the interview will be available for download on the link above.

For media inquiries, contact epilepsy treatment advocate Arlene Martell at (604)538-6460.

About Arlene Martell:
Since struggling to win the battle against her own son's health problems more than a decade ago, Arlene Martell has been dedicated to spreading autism and epilepsy awareness to educators, health providers, and other parents with children in need. She is the publisher of http://www.epilepsymoms.com, a website that lends support to and information to other parents of kids with epilepsy, and is the author of Getting Adam Back: A Mother's Triumph Over Epilepsy and Autism. For more information on Martell's journey, visit http://www.epilepsymoms.com.

About Jim Abraham:
Producer/director Jim Abrahams has created some of the funniest send-ups of the '70s and '80s, most notably Airplane!, Ruthless People, and Naked Gun. During the last 20 years, Abrahams has been involved with 14 feature films, the most recent of which was "Mafia!".

Abrahams founded "The Charlie Foundation" in 1994 in order to raise awareness about the ketogenic diet as a treatment for childhood epilepsy. Abrahams helmed a well-received 1997 TV-movie, "First do no harm", which featured Meryl Streep. The telefilm's subject was close to the director's heart: focusing attention on a controversial dietary treatment for epilepsy. Abrahams' son Charlie suffers with the disease and responded well to the diet.


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