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Grasshopper1917
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   Posted 6/24/2008 6:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been doing alot of reading on MS and there seems to be pretty strong evidence that diet can play a key role in battling symptoms and the progresson of the disease - yet I have found quite little in the forum about diet.
 
Are any of you trying a paticular diet? It looks like the swank diet has had some good success n treating stmptoms and progression and is pretty easy to follow has anyone had any successs with this? What are all your thoughts on diet?
 
Thanks
 
Grasshopper

Gretchen1
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   Posted 6/24/2008 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   

I really think you should keep at those doctors for a diagnosis.  The swank diet is not going to hurt you certainly.  It is basically healthy eating.  I avoid all dairy and I eat very little gluten.  ( I am just not willing to go completely gluten free ).  There is some research that indicates that dairy and gluten protien somehow mimics myelin protein and can activate an immune system response. 

Also there is a lot out there on certain veggies having an anti-inflammatory action with in the body.  Spinach, kale and collards have that as well as tart cherries and beets.  Not everyone's favorite certainly but some say it can help in the long run.

I also avoid animal fats getting my meat proteins from fish ( I LOVE talapia ) and chicken.


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mystery reader
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   Posted 6/24/2008 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Gretchen that is swank diet is not going to hurt you, and may help. I asked my neuro about diet and he said that any food is fine as long as it is in moderation. I specifically asked him about dairy since there are different opinions on it, and he said that dairy was ok and that it is important to get enough calcium. That being said, I have cut back on dairy, have recently cut all red meat (we'll see how that goes), and I am increasing fruits and veg's. I just ate some really good cherries.


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Diagnosed April 2007
Started betaseron --  May 2007 -- experienced allergic reactions after 2 weeks
Started copaxone -- June 2007 -- stopped after 4 1/2 months;experienced  severe 5 IPIR's
Started tysabri -- December 2007
Stopped tysabri -- April 2008 (developed antibodies/severe reactions)


Grasshopper1917
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   Posted 6/25/2008 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmmm thats an interesting quote from your Doc 'that any food is fine as long as it is in moderation'.

I think that there is some evidence that a diet very low in saturated fats has proven to be helpful - while patients with regular western diets seem to have fared worse. As far as I know here has hasnt been alot of research done on the topic - which may be why doctors are ignoring the work that has been done.

Swank's findings are very interesting and I dont think the medical should just be ignoring them - they really should be looking into it - I know perscription drugs are importaint but sometimes natural tings like diet can make all he difference.

Cheers

Gretchen1
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   Posted 6/25/2008 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   

Grasshopper,

Remember that his is a forum of support for those living with chronic illness.  Your last thread could be taken as fairly judgemental.  If you want to try Swank's diet, even though are a not diagnosed with MS, we will support you on that.  Try to help us maintain an environment of respect and support.  If you want to debate treatments, this may not be the right forum for you.

Again, good luck in your quest for answers and good health.


Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006


Grasshopper1917
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   Posted 6/25/2008 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I just re-read my last post and do apologise. It didnt come out at all how I meant it. I guess what I meant sometimes I just wish we had more research into the impact of diet. I ddint mean to sounds judgemental about anyones method for dealing with their health - thats the last thing i want to do - sorry again that it came out that way. I'll be more sensitive in the future.

Thanks

Grasshopper

Gretchen1
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   Posted 6/25/2008 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Grasshopper,
 
Thanks for that.  I really appreciate it.  It is hard enough to have to manage life with all the issues of MS; we just need to support one another as best we can. 
 
Again, since you are interested in diet, google anti-inflammatory foods.  You will find it very interesting.  It goes way beyond MS, it can help stave off heart disease and all sorts of conditions.
Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006

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