Dr. Swank believed that micro particles of saturated fat were closing off cerebral veins (kind of like arterial disease) He had the right idea, but wrong mechanism...Dr. Zamboni found the problem in the veins outside the head...not fat particles, but actual congenital venous malformations. Just like Dr. Jelinek, It was Dr. Swank's diet that got me going-looking into the vascular system:
The actual quote on page 82, chapter nine is this,
"It has been stated that the anoxia, ischemia, and passive congestion, the result of ligation of veins draining the brain, do not alter the blood brain barrier unless they are associated with necrosis of tissues or physical damage to the brain or its blood vessels. Of particular interest is the disturbance of permeability after embolization."
It was the emboli (fat particles) that would be Dr. Swank's focus. He was right....saturated fat creates endothelial disfunction, which raises inflammation, CrP levels and creates vasoconstriction. And the Swank Diet/Jelinek program/Best Bet Diet/Endothelial Heath Program will definitely help pwMS maintain remission.
What Dr. Zamboni found was that there is reflux creating tissue damage to the gray matter of the brain- caused by a congenital malformation of the jugular and azygos veins. Dr. Swank couldn't see that, since he did not have SWI MRI to see the iron deposed in brain tissue, or doppler ultrasound to see the reversal of blood flow.
skincoll wrote:Thanks for this info. Of course sat fats in junk food are really bad for you, but what about in organic nuts, seeds, flaxseed oil, avocados etc.? Are there such things as good saturated fats, or should they all be strictly limited/avioded? Anyone know?
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