As a parent, I can't even imagine the heartbreak of not being able to communicate with your child -- beyond the infancy stage, of course -- never mind the gut-wrenching sorrow of not knowing what, exactly, is wrong with your child. But that's exactly the experience 3-year-old Fields Taylor's parents were forced to endure ... until they discovered the miracle of Philadelphia cream cheese, that is. Confused? Can't say I blame you! Hang on, I'll back up a bit. See, everything seemed fine when Fields Taylor was born -- until her 15th-week check-up.
“I took her to see the GP when all of a sudden she had a seizure in the waiting room. I was petrified," says mom Stevie Taylor. "She went really vacant, like she was going into another world."
Fields was initially diagnosed with epilepsy; one year later, doctors changed her diagnosis to Glut 1 Deficiency, an incurable genetic disease that causes a lack of glucose to flow to the brain -- and, in some cases, causes children to be mute. Fields' parents resigned themselves to the fact that their child might never speak at all. So imagine their shock when a relatively (incredibly) easy fix gave their daughter a voice! That fix: four containers of cream cheese per week. Yup, a "high-fat Ketogenic diet" apparently allows the body to use fat as an energy source (as opposed to glucose).
"The first time I heard Fields say 'Mum' it was just wonderful," says mom. "I didn't really believe that something so simple as changing her diet could make such a big difference."
"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."
I truly, truly cannot begin to wrap my head around what it would be like to witness my child's (presumably) incurable disease cured by an item anyone can buy pretty much anywhere. But how incredibly hopeful!! Just look at little Fields' adorable face:
Just amazing. I'm so incredibly happy for Fields and her family.
And now, if you'll excuse me, I have a sudden craving for bagels.
How would you feel if your mute child was suddenly cured of a disease by something as simple as cream cheese?
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