Treating Multiple Sclerosis With the Swank MS Diet

Treating Multiple Sclerosis With the Swank MS Diet

September 13, 2019 87 By Ewald Bahringer


[Music] multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable and frightening degenerative autoimmune inflammatory disease of the central nervous system in which our body attacks our own nerves it often strikes in the prime of life and can cause symptoms in the brain cognitive impairment in the eye painful loss of vision tremor weakness loss of bladder control pain and fatigue the most frequently prescribed drug for multiple sclerosis is beta interferon which can make you feel lousy and cost $30,000 a year but hey it might be worthwhile if it actually worked we learned last year that it doesn’t seem to prevent a delay long term disability that leaves chemo drugs like mydas and Rome that causes irreversible heart damage and one out of every eight people go on the drug and treatment related acute leukemia it causes leukemia in nearly 1% of people who take it but hey MS is no walk in the park if only there was a cheap simple safe side-effect free solution that also just so happened to be the most effective treatment for MS ever described dr. Roy Swank we lost at age 99 was distinguished neurologist whose research culminated over 170 scientific papers let’s look at a few as far back as 1950 we knew that there were areas in the world that had a lot of MS North America Europe and other places African Asia that hardly had any and now we have all these migration studies showing that if you move from a high risk area to low risk area risk drops and vice versa so it seemed less genetics and more lifestyle dr. Swank had an idea as he recounted an interview with dr. John McDougall at the ripe young age of 84 it seemed possible to be could be a matter of food because further north you go though they’re less vegetarian life is led and the more people hurt the carnivores you might say they spend a lot more time eating meat after looking at the multiple sclerosis data from World War two and occupied countries where meat and dairy were rationed and his famous study in 52 finding the frequency of MS directly related to the amount of saturated animal fat consumed daily in different areas of Norway he concluded it might be the animal fat so he decided to put it to the test by restricting people’s intake of saturated animal fat here’s his first 47 patients before cutting out about 90% of saturated fat from their diet in here’s after showing a decrease in both the frequency and severity of MS attacks normally you’re lucky if you get people to stick to a diet for six months and so that’s why most dietary trials last a year at the most this is reporting results from the first three and a half years then came the five and a half year follow-up he adds another hundred patients then the seven year follow-up published in the annals of internal medicine then the 20 year follow-up the 34 year follow-up how did they do if you can get people early in their disease when they’re only mildly disabled and restrict their saturated fat intake dr. Swank showed he could stop their disease in 95% of cases no further disability thirty four years later but if they started slacking on their diet even years in their disease could become reactivated they it felt so great they were like hey I can cheat a little bit I got this disease under control but eating just eight grams of saturated fat more day was accompanied by striking increase in disability and nearly tripling the death rate how about a 50-year follow-up they were able to track down 15 in the original patients that stuck to the diet now in their 70s and 80s with multiple sclerosis for over 50 years and 13 out of 15 were walking around normal in all respects they were active and evidently unusually youthful looking conclusion this study indicated that in all probability ms is caused largely by consumption of saturated animal fat he thought it was the sludging of the blood caused by even a single meal of saturated fats that can clog tiny capillaries that feed our nervous system see diets rich in saturated fat cholesterol can thicken the blood and make our red cell sticky a single meal sausage and eggs can stick our blood cells together like rolls of quarters and this kind of hyper aggregation can lead to a reduction in blood flow and oxygenation of our tissues if you put someone’s blood through a machine that sucks out about 90% of the cluster on their blood you can demonstrate an immediate improvement in micro circulation in the heart muscle but what about the brain eyes are the windows to your brain you can visualize in real-time changes in blood vessel function in the retina at the back of the eye which gives you a sense of what’s happening further back in the brain and if you lower the cholesterol level in the blood you can immediately get a significant improvement in vasodilation of the little veins open wider and let the blood flow so yes it could be the saturated fat leading to clogging of our capillaries but now we know animal fats can have all sorts of other deleterious effects such as inflammation so who knows what the actual mechanism may be by which cutting animal fat can cut ms progression regardless patients with MS that follow a diet diet with no more than 10 or 15 grams of saturated fat can expect to survive and thrive to a ripe old age of course that’s cutting out saturated fat completely might be better given that you know heart disease is our number one killer the bottom line is that the results dr. Swank published remain the most effective treatment of multiple sclerosis ever reported in the peer-reviewed medical literature in patients with early-stage MS 95% were without progression of their disease 34 years later after adopting his low saturated fat dietary program even patients with initially advanced disease showed significant benefit to date no medication or invasive procedures ever even come close to demonstrating such success doesn’t cost $30,000 doesn’t give you leukemia and works better of course this all begs one big obvious question if dr. Swank’s results are so stunningly impressive why haven’t other physicians neurologists or centers adopted this method of treatment good question one reason may be that MRI machines weren’t invented until the 1970s MRIs are how we track the progress of MS today we don’t have to rely on patient’s subjective reports or doctors clinical judgments we can see the disease get better or worse right there in black and white it’s like in the 1970s when Nathan Pritikin appeared to reverse heart disease by the thousands but no one took him seriously until angiography was invented and the likes of Ornish and Esselstyn could hold up images like this proving conclusively that a plant-based diet could literally open up arteries right there in black and white so what we need is someone to repeat Swank’s experiments today with MRI scans every step of the way and I’m happy to report that exact experiment was just completed by dr. John McDougall dr. Swank was one of dr. MacDougall’s medical mentors and dr. mcdougal is one of my study enrollment was completed last year and we should have the results sometime soon [Music] you