1. Saturated fat should not exceed 15 grams per day.
2. Unsaturated fat (oils) should be kept to 20-50 grams per day.
3. No red meat for the first year.
4. After the first year, 3 oz. of red meat is allowed once per week.
5. Dairy products must contain 1% or less butterfat unless otherwise noted.
6. No processed foods containing saturated fat.
7. Cod liver oil (1 tsp. or equivalent capsules) and a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement are recommended daily.
About the Swank Low-Fat Diet for the Treatment of MS:
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To all on Swank and/or considering some kind of MS diet.
I have read the most recent copyright of "the MS diet book" Roy Swank.
As a matter of fact I just finished it yesterday. So haven't really had time to implement any kind of "plan" yet.
After looking through our freezer, cupboards, pantry, I have come to one startling conclusion..........I've been eating VERY POORLY in substance, preparation, and habit for years now. Contributing to MS....HHMMMM, could be?
To those that haven't read it: It is 380 pages.........sound like alot. However, only about 140 of those are actual "reading", the remainder are all the recipes, and appendixes (?) FYI, which I can see will be really helpful.
Great explanations of disease and theory as to why a diet would / will actually work. Truly impressive long term study results.
This is a well kept secret if it is as effective as Swank studies show (long term, 35+years) Perhaps patient compliance is it's downfall? Won't be here, have to give it a fair chance!!
FYI: I also purchased a book by Barry Sears "The anti-inflammation Zone" (brand new copyright 2005) haven't read that one yet but makes good sense, since we all know MS and exacerbations are centered around inflammation. Although I have only read "bits and pieces" that initially caught my eye, there are very few references to MS, but the theories have a common denominator. Dr. Sears has several other, previous books addressing similar issues.
My thought is to somehow integrate the two. Time honored / proven Dr. Swank, and newer, current scientific theory backed Dr. Sears.
MY QUESTION TO ALL: Based on your
MS history. Before implementing diet and after implementing diet ( long term I hope). How effective do you feel it is! Both "how you feel" and symptoms, and changes in MRI if available. IF you don't mind.
If you feel you don't want to share this with the whole board, please PM me.
The "medical field" isn't performing to my satisfaction, I have done LOTS of research RE: MS. I feel the "ANSWERS" may already be out there.
It's starting to look like diet may be an integral part in some situations, at least to me.
Thank you all!