A diet heavy with cream cheese has apparently enabled a pre-schooler to speak for the first time.
Fields Taylor, 3, who lives in England, suffers from an incredibly rare genetic disorder that rendered her mute from birth. It’s called Glut1 deficiency and is considered incurable. According to the UK Mirror, the condition only affects 26 people in the whole country and “leaves the brain starved of energy because the body cannot transport enough glucose.” To give you an idea about how rare it is, the UK has a population of about 63 million.
Doctors put Fields on a high-fat, low carb diet, “which forces the brain to use this as its energy source rather than glucose.”
After eating about four tubs of cream cheese a week for three months, Fields said her first word: “Mum.”
Fields’ mum, Stevie, was thrilled that her daughter started to talk, reports the New York Daily News: “I didn’t really believe that something so simple as changing her diet could make such a big different.The amount of Philadelphia she goes through is a bit mad but the effect it’s had is amazing. It’s just fabulous to know that she does have a voice inside her and we can finally communicate.”
She added that Fields loves piling cream cheese on crackers and that “It doesn’t affect her weight either as she uses up every bit of fat she eats – she doesn’t store any of it.”
Her parents noticed that even after a few weeks on the diet, Fields appeared to be more alert and personable.
Cream cheese is typically made from unskimmed milk enriched with additional cream.
Doctors originally diagnosed Field with epilepsy shortly after she was born but about a year later they determined she suffered from Glut1, i.e., Glucose Transporter Type 1 Deficiency Syndrome.
According to the Glut1 Deficiency Foundation, the genetic disorder “causes an array of symptoms which may vary considerably from one patient to another. Some signs and symptoms may include seizures, movement disorders, speech and language disorders, and developmental delays. There are currently around 500 cases diagnosed worldwide, but experts believe there are many more patients yet to be discovered.”