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On September 8, 2000, Mike was managing Fitness Services at the University Of Birmingham. He took a phone call at 6 p.m. and the next thing he knew he was at home. Mike had complete amnesia from the 3 hours in between, he'd had a convulsive seizure. Neurologists went on to say that he would suffer progressive brain damage and would slowly die over the next 5 years. Anti-epilepsy drugs couldn't stop further seizures and became more frequent and more severe. He was told to take more and more drugs and these led to increasing side effects, which impacted severely on his endocrine and immune systems as well as destroying his memory.
As time went on Mike communicated with people on the Bodybuilding.com forums. One user called dpd555, who was actually Dr. Dominic D’Agostino from Expert Interview 42, asked if Mike had ever heard of a ketogenic diet. He explained that it is an approach that was used for children suffering with frequent, bad seizures back in the 1920s and 1930s before anti-epilepsy drugs had been invented. This approach had been abandoned for a number of decades but was now being used once more particularly for children where anti-epilepsy drugs had no effect. On July 15, 2008 Mike put this into practice. Over the months that followed he realized that his seizures had reduced, remarkably and from the few he did have he recovered much quicker. To this day Mike remains on a ketogenic diet to manage his seizures and thrives on it!