The Day I Decided to NOT Get Any More Infusions
It’s been two months now that I have been on the Swank diet religiously. I read many resourses and spoken to a Neurologist about Dr Swank’s study, and I have made my bravest decision yet.
Symptoms from the infusion
The most annoying thing about taking the infusion was the heavy feeling in my legs after an infusion, heaviness which would last for a couple of days. The drug was a strong one and sincerely I had my fair experience of secondary effects with drugs. I needed to learn more about the Neurologist’s thoughts regarding these effects and about the study.
The follow up appointment with the Neurologist
I see two Neurologists on a regular basis. This time I was able to see the younger Neurologist and was able to openly speak about Dr. Swank’s study. The Neurologist found the study interesting and confirmed that other patients have shared how diet changes were helping them. I gave further details of the study to the Neurologist and explained it was a 30 year study. The Neurologist asked when the study was published and I confirmed the study was published in 1999. The results of the 20 gram of fat study showed that those who followed the diet progressed the least and had little to no relapsis. I never asked the doctor if she knew of the study, but she correctly confirmed the first M.S. drug was created in 2003. That was 4 years after the Swank diet was published! This response provided enough evidence for me about something important in these study results. The years difference in the study showed that probably that Swank did not take any medications, but did the diet himself. To eat a lower fat diet was important when the researcher himself had M.S. and followed his own diet. He died when he was 98 years old!
It was Dr. Swank research that influenced my diet change. The conversation with the neurologist just confirmed the suspiction what Dr. Swank accomplished during his lifetime. Currently Neurologist’s in most areas always suggests drugs as a way to reduce relapsis. Thanks to the brief literature review and Swank’s research gave me the tools to do something that isn’t novel, just taboo in the U.S. medicine. On April 28th, 2017, was the day I decided to take control and put into action what I learned from Dr. Swank and not take the infusion any more.
Who is this diet for?
Having M.S. is a big challenge especially when going through an relapse. I do not think this diet is for everyone. This is only for those who truly want to do something to reduce the chances of a relapse. I personally follow it meticulously, 20 gram of fat is hard to do. Taking out completely meat from the diet has helped me to stay within the 20 grams of fat suggested.
Final Point With The Neurologist
During the visit with the Neurologist I passed the tests she did to me with flying colors. She explained finally that I should continue the treatment for additional insurance to prevent relapsis. I agree with the doctor on the point of insurance, but like many M.S. drugs there is a timer to how long it can be effective to take. I truly believe in more holistic measures that are safer. If I ever need the drugs again they will be available. For now I will trust the science more than the drugs.
So what’s next?
There are many things in plan. When it comes to research I learned there are a group of doctors who followed or conduct M.S. research similiar to Swank’s mindset. They are helping people to live more active lives. I hope to follow and shared this information.
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