Get ready to have a newfound appreciation for cream cheese. Recent reports out of England claim its powers are to thank for the miraculous recovery of a 3-year-old mute girl.
Born with Glut 1 Deficiency (a rare genetic disorder that affects the brain's metabolism), young Fields Taylor of Leicestershire, England began suffering from seizures as young as 15 weeks old. Doctors immediately diagnosed her with epilepsy, though her seizures were in fact being caused by the lack of glucose to her brain.
It was only after Fields' parents sought a second opinion that they learned her symptoms were actually tied to the glucose deficiency. And while Glut 1 Deficiency is sadly incurable, there are ways to remedy some of its symptoms. The treatment? A ketogenic diet, which aims to force the body to burn fat in place of carbs ... and just so happens to call for a great deal of Philadelphia cream cheese.
As Fields's mom told UK Metro, "The amount of Philadelphia she goes through is mad but worth it. It really has been our saving grace. She loves the stuff and piles it on crackers."
"It doesn't affect her weight either, as she uses up every bit of fat she eats—she doesn't store any of it."
It only took three months of the low-carb, high-fat diet for an amazing thing to take place: Field spoke for the first time ever.
"The first time I heard Fields say 'Mum,' it was just wonderful," said mom Stevie.
"There have been times when I've thought I would never hear her speak. It's fabulous to know that she does have a voice inside her and we can communicate."
Fields's impressive progress is already looking promising for the young girl. According to docs, so long as she sticks to the diet they've prescribed, she'll continue to improve in leaps and bounds.
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