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Family gives up mashed potatoes in respect of toddler’s restrictive diet

Posted on November 23rd, 2012 by Margaret Shepard

Shelby BirchThe Birch family of Elizabeth, Minn., doesn't eat mashed potatoes anymore. The family's youngest member, Shelby, age 2, is on the ketogenic diet to control seizures from epilepsy. The high-fat, low-protein, no-carbohydrate diet prohibits potatoes. Before Shelby started the diet, her very favorite food was mashed potatoes.

"When she had to take anti-seizure medication, we could always get her to take it if we mixed it in mashed potatoes," says her mother, Mary. "Shelby loved mashed potatoes. It would be too cruel for the rest of us to eat them, knowing Shelby couldn't have them too." Read the rest of this entry »

Alvin Haworth: Trust Yourself —and Keep Asking Questions

Posted on November 23rd, 2012 by Margaret Shepard

Alvin Haworth and wifeSixty five-year-old Alvin Haworth, a retired United States Navy pilot and operations analyst, was enjoying an active retirement in Jupiter, Florida. He worked first as an aircraft engine manufacturer analyst and, later, as an instructor at a local community college teaching calculus and statistics.

Used to rigorous physical activity during his service in the Navy, Alvin continued to value exercise and health in retirement, and kept fit by jogging and participating in local races. During his 24 years of military service, he had received regular, comprehensive physical exams, which confirmed that he was in excellent health. Occasionally a slight heart murmur was detected, but at Alvin's next three or four exams, nothing was found, so no action was taken. Read the rest of this entry »