What is the Multiple Sclerosis Diet? Swank, Gluten-Free or Raw?
What is the MS Diet?
If you are reading this article, you are probably already diagnosed or know somebody close to you that has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Many of you should be very familiar with the traditional methods of treatment including interferon injections, etc. The purpose of this article is to discuss the alternative so called MS Diet, or how many and what kind of MS Diets are out there and what exactly do they involve? I will not get into details as to how and why these diets work, I will give you the best sources available that you can obtain all the useful information and apply it once you decide on a diet or even before you start it.
The first thing I should say is there is no one specific MS diet. There are several of them, some are very restrictive, some are less, but the common denominator is very little fat, NO white sugar (or very little sugar) and lots of wholesome foods preferably organic fresh produce.
The second important thing is that all of the three diets include careful planning, purchasing of several new kitchen gadgets, decent amount of cooking, reading, reading and again reading labels, familiarizing yourself with words like quinoa and several dairy substitutes which you might have never heard before.. in other words this is not something you want to do overnight. Do yourself a favor and research the dietary changes thoroughly before diving in. Once you decide on a diet, start with excluding only one ingredient from your meal at a time, otherwise (unless you have an iron will... most of us don't) take it SLOWLY.
Let's look at each one of the MS Diets-
So far there are three diets that are thought to considerably improve the MS sufferer's condition.
One of them is the Gluten-, Dairy-, Legumes-free diet or the so called Best Bet Diet. The founder of this diet is believed to be Ashton Embry, Ph.D. from Calgary, Canada. More about him and his research you can read here http://www.direct-ms.org/supplements.html
This is a very comprehensive website which contains detailed explanation backed up by research articles as to why and how this diet is so beneficial for people with MS. Ashton Embry has written an article - probable cause and best-bet treatment in which he discusses the dietary and food allergy links to MS.
If you are really interested in this topic and have a lot of time on your hands, you should certainly visit this awesome website. Another great resource for the Best Bet Diet is http://www.msrc.co.uk/ Click on The Best Bet Diet Group on the left. This website again is great, but contains a lot of information, which maybe overwhelming if you are newbie in the MS dieting field.
In my opinion the best, easy to read and navigate through is http://www.bettyshouselifeafterms.com/ This website is written by Betty Iams, who has MS from many years, she has read probably everything ever written about Multiple Sclerosis and nutrition. Betty comes with great suggestions for the newly diagnosed as well as for those who have decided to turn to the alternative methods of cure. This is probably one of the best MS websites (explaining the Best Bet Diet in plain English) out there. Betty also comes with a free monthly newsletter which gives you any MS breaking news and its source, gluten free recipes, advice and support.
Remember that all MS diets are very restrictive and you need to find the one that will work for you.. The next main-streamed MS Diet is the Swank MS Diet - the low fat diet plan for treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. Dr. Swank began studying the correlation between diet and MS in the late 1940's. His book has achieved wide acclaim from both within and outside the medical community.
The basic principle behind this diet is that your saturated fat intake must never exceed 15 grams (3 teaspoons) per day. Just to give you an example - you are allowed 3 whole eggs per week, but no more than one egg each day. You are allowed egg whites in any quantity. There is no read meat, even dark meat from chicken and turkey during the first year.
The research and trials done behind the Swank Diet are even better than the gluten free one.
Dr. Roy Swank followed patients on this diet over many years. His book " The Multiple Sclerosis Diet Book" is a fascinating description of his thirty-six years M.S. investigation. His low-fat diet therapy seems to be not only very beneficial for the future delay and even halt of the disease but also for overall general health. One thing should be mentioned is that this diet should start early in the onset of the illness.
I personally believe that the Swank's diet is one of the best things you can do for your Multiple Sclerosis. The Multiple Sclerosis Diet Book
contains over 200 pages of recipes and instructions how to cook the foods so that you don't exceed the fat content.
The third diet beneficial for Multiple Sclerosis will be the Raw Diet. One great book on this subject that is absolutely worth reading would be Matthew Grace's "A Way Out" A Way Out : Disease Deception and the Truth About Health This is a great story of how a competitive athlete suddenly becomes a cripple due to MS and how he regains his complete health by adhering to diet which consists of raw uncooked fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts. Matthew Grace has appeared on Prime Time Live with Diane Sawyer, Good Day New York, hosted a New York based cable television program for seven years and appeared on numerous radio programs. The point being is that even if you don't become a raw diet fan, you should read this inspiring journey to recovery.
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