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MS and saturated fat

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 10, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Hi guys, i've been following the paleo diet for nearly 3 months now for my MS, I can't say yet if it's made a difference but will give it more time for sure.

My question is this. According to Dr Roy Swank, a popular figure amongst the MS crowd, saturated fat is harmful for those with MS, according to his studies and research. Apparently a lot of people who have followed his saturated fat free diet have done well to improve their MS symptoms. So does this mean i've got it all wrong and that I should eliminate all fatty red meat and pastured butter and stick with just fish?. I'm quiet confused about this, I know saturated fat has been unfairly demonised in the media but in the specific case of MS, could it actually be harmful?. Hope you guys can shed some light on this. :-}

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Also, ketogenic diets seems to help epilepsy patients when they follow it, which makes Swanks theories even more confusing. JanKnitz I thought that too, maybe people following the Swank diet probably ate the wrong fats before that, hence feeling better. Wahls protocol makes sense and according to her latest youtube presentation, some people on her trials have done very well following paleo, even those with progressive MS.

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I wonder if some people seem to do well with the Swank theory because they were eating such garbage before that, but the Wahls protocol seems to show much promise AND it makes sense.

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Thanks for the info Agatha. From my limited knowledge the fats I consume in red meat/butter/egg yolks should help the Myelin sheath as that's supposed to be made up of cholesterol and saturated fat. Wether dietery fat aids that I don't know? but according to the Myelin projekt institute, dietery cholesterol increases Oligodentrocyte numbers, which is something to do with myelination, but i'm a bit too thick to understand all that. I think I too will just follow the Wahls protocol rather than Swanks 1950's theories. Thanks.

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on May 11, 2013
at 05:10 AM

I've been going with the wahls protocol and feel amazingly different, the largest differences came from eating wild smoked mackeral/ sardines every day. Getting sunshine and tanning about an hour every day as also helped a ton, in the cold months i go to tanning beds but im sure you can take vitamin D. The tanning beds activate your normal vitamin D creation cycle so i'd imagine you get more benefits.

C21e3e6d2d81fafb412d5ef232b5af88

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on May 11, 2013
at 11:16 AM

Also, ketogenic diets seems to help epilepsy patients when they follow it, which makes Swanks theories even more confusing. JanKnitz I thought that too, maybe people following the Swank diet probably ate the wrong fats before that, hence feeling better. Wahls protocol makes sense and according to her latest youtube presentation, some people on her trials have done very well following paleo, even those with progressive MS.

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on May 10, 2013
at 07:49 PM

I have MS too. I did a plant based version of the low fat Swank diet and made myself really ill after I had been doing it for a couple of years - MS became much more aggressive, became hypothyroid, chronic infections took hold and lots of other problems too. I have now been paleo for two years and I feel very much better - I eat something like the Terry Wahls diet. I have found foods like butter and egg yolks to be particularly beneficial for energy as well as veggies and sea foods. I avoid gluten and soy. Having said that some people seem to do well on the Swank diet - you will need to experiment and listen carefully to your body over several months. Eating whole unprocessed foods is really important.

good luck!

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on May 11, 2013
at 02:14 AM

I wonder if some people seem to do well with the Swank theory because they were eating such garbage before that, but the Wahls protocol seems to show much promise AND it makes sense.

C21e3e6d2d81fafb412d5ef232b5af88

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on May 10, 2013
at 08:10 PM

Thanks for the info Agatha. From my limited knowledge the fats I consume in red meat/butter/egg yolks should help the Myelin sheath as that's supposed to be made up of cholesterol and saturated fat. Wether dietery fat aids that I don't know? but according to the Myelin projekt institute, dietery cholesterol increases Oligodentrocyte numbers, which is something to do with myelination, but i'm a bit too thick to understand all that. I think I too will just follow the Wahls protocol rather than Swanks 1950's theories. Thanks.

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