It's great you are getting proactive about your health and looking into nutritional balance. Looks like Patricia Kane, Phd. (she's not an MD, and I'm not sure what her doctorate is in) is looking into the links between fatty acids and the body. Here's an article she wrote awhile ago on "Lorenzo's Oil"-
In our struggle to direct the immune, endocrine, cardiovascular and nervous systems we have neglected to use the very substrate that is basic to all biochemical interactions -- fatty acids. Instead we have shunned lipids, removed them from our diets, blamed them for the ills of society-obesity, cancer, heart disease, degenerative illness-when in fact they are the critical substrates to the immune (cytokines, prostaglandins), endocrine (hormones, neurohormones) neuronal (myelin) components we attempt to manipulate. The administration of hormones, for example, often fails when an individual exibits very low serum cholesterol which is the base substrate for the cascade of regulatory hormones. Thus when an individual is loaded with a hormone they are often unable to properly utilize the hormone due to a deficiency of substrate (fatty acids, coenzymes). Recently the addition of DHEA has been suggested but this often further complicates the patient's chemistry rather than corrects the hormonal imbalance because the basic raw materials are missing and the ingestion of trans fats literally blocks fatty acid metabolism and hormonal production. The very availability of fatty acids (found in unrefined, cold processed oils, coconut butter, raw nuts and seeds) is often a challenge in the United States and now across Europe as our oils are hydrogenated to prolong shelflife.
Her premise is that unsaturated fats and fatty acids can help disease by returning serum balance. My husband follows Dr. Swank's dietary program, which limits animal fat and removes transfats and saturated fats and allows for plenty of good unsaturated fats found in fish, nuts and olive oil. It's worked for people with MS for 40 years...and continues to work...nothing really new here. I suppose one new component is that she recommends having your lipid levels tested, which is a terrific idea to monitor lipid storage in the body.
My one comment would be not to look to only one area of diet to the exclusion of all others, and don't get sucked into spending alot of money at the "talk." You can get all of Swank's advice on the web for free, and buy your own supplements. Wishing you well, and let us know how it goes!
Husband dx RRMS 3/07
dx dual jugular vein stenosis (CCSVI) 4/09
dual stents placed 5/09
CCSVI in MS