I don't understand why some in the MS community resist the idea of restricting saturated fats. I can understand that the Paleo approach has caused us to rethink the "dangerous" fat, that never was, and to see finally how sat fats have only a tenuous relationship to heart disease. I can also see how saturated fat restriction can lead to obesity.
HOWEVER, we are not talking about heart disease. This is MS. Studies have shown that MS patients have very high levels of saturated fats in their brains, as something in our body uniquely prefers this fat, and essentially gives us a shortage of other fats our nerves need. Second, research shows that high saturated fat meals slows blood flow (fitting in with new CCSVI developments), and causes sticky platelets (a noted abnormality in MS blood).
I can write a book arguing how sugar is not harmful, but if I am talking to a diabetic, well, I could kill the patient. MS patients are not healthy, average adults.
And the elephant in the room--the Swank diet worked!!! It worked better than any drug ever tried. In the words of one neurologist, the Swank diet remains the single most effective intervention for multiple sclerosis ever recorded in the literature.
Now we can theorize all day long about how saturated fat was vilified, how unsuccessful it was for public health, bla blah blah. All I know is this. I went from sitting on the couch with debilitating fatigue, feeling fragile, waking up every morning with new symptoms, and relapsing every four months (if you can call it that, it was more like one steady decline), to remodeling three houses, having MORE energy than I had before MS, going five years relapse free...I came off of Tysabri against doctors orders, and instead of "crashing and burning" with the IRIS (as they feared, as most patients have rebound since the drug just hides damage,) I had only a minor flare of numbness in my fingers. I am now one year drug free.
I can get dairy fat or eat too much saturated fat, and the next day I feel it. I can even notice if I eat too much coconut fat. If I push it for a few days or week or so, I am back to relapse mode.
I can walk five miles or more...no buzzing, no tingling, no fatigue anymore. I used to not be able to walk from one end of the mall to the other without sitting down. I tout the Swank diet every chance I get and cannot believe why MS patients would not try something so easy. Now it is second nature. The high fat foods don't even taste good. I don't even feel like I am on a diet. Not to mention that I lost 15 pounds, am frequently told I look years younger than my age, and feel great.
But I will add that it takes about two years for the full benefit to kick in. I continue to slowly improve. There is absolutely NOTHING to lose. For all this business about the real issue is the saturated fats come from animals fed omega 6, and that is what makes it inflammatory, then answer me this. Why did MS appear in the 1850s, when people drank pure cows milk from grass fed cows, corn oil had not been invented yet, and the fat of the day was "healthy" lard and tallow? In my opinion, the real issue with MS is dairy fat. Avoid it like the plague.