Jake go down to the section that says diet on the forums page. There is quite a few different approaches there. I had hubby tested for all allergies and intolerances as well as gluten then we took it from there. The swank likely helps those that are intolerant to the foods he has eliminated but would not benefit someone who isn't the same. Hubby is intolerant to corn(all foods in the corn family) all foods in the Soya family, all foods in the squash family,all foods in the treenut family, all foods in the pea family(legumes) but not beans(odd to say the least)all foods in the ground nut family and as you will see Swank allows most of those. So hubby would be shit out of luck on that diet. We go low saturated fats.no processed foods(well as best as we can) no aspartame, no caffeine, low carbonation but he draws the line when it comes to dropping beer
Fresh ground flax seed at 3 TBS per day as well as 2 TBS of turmeric(anti inflammatory) loads of fresh veggies, cold water fish(high omega 3) seafood all types pretty much, Chicken breast (no lunch meats)lots of distilled water(bought a distiller $300.00 Sears) Also big into probiotics as well as so much more. We are so lucky as we have the internet at out finger tips so the info is there you just need to sort through it. Also he takes vitamins nothing high dose other than 2000 D3 as he was prescribed that. He is on copaxone as well as lipitor 40mg dose. 80mg is to high for our liking due to liver problems associated with it. We chose copaxone as it was synthetic and the interferon's scared us(tad chicken we are). One of our fears. We all have fears by the way and as long as you face them head on you will do well. We have pretty much put together a plan that we can live with that does not affect our lives over much. Hubby is doing very well right now and other than the optic neuritis all his other symptoms are gone right now. The optic neuritis (right eye)happened while he was grappling in 1998 at which time he over heated. It remained with him all this time but just the last week he has noticed he can make out figures on TV something he could not do. His spell last summer(Aug 17 2004) where he went numb down the left side as well as burning pain from his back through to his chest stayed until about 1 month ago and we are pretty sure it had something to do with the turmeric and or ground flax as he had just started on Copaxone on July 4 2005. He was put on lipitor Aug 18 2004. He was diagnosed finally in Jan 2005. Also keep a journal or you will never remember all these damn dates. It comes in handy as I just flip through it. We work as a team and we have no plans of going down with this disease. This site is great just try to read past the desperation as a clear head is what is needed here. You don't want to inflict more harm than good by jumping on just any regime. Choose your battles wisely as this will likely be a lengthy process but the rewards for patience will be less stress. Get lots of rest and don't sweat the small stuff. Hubby is a roofing contactor by the way and prior to this was a Martial Arts instructor. He is still putting in his full 100% we just use time management so he has time for a nap. Hubby is 41 years old RRMS. All just an opinion by the way you do what is right for you. We do have a few people in our support group on REBIF doing very well. It was our second choice if copaxone didn't workout.
Forgot: No smoking it is a toxin