Swank Multiple Sclerosis diet
The Swank Multiple Sclerosis
Diet is a low saturated fat
diet for the management of Multiple Sclerosis
championed by Dr. Roy L. Swank
, since 1948
Swank's research on 144 patients over a 34 year period was published in one of the worlds leading medical journals
, The Lancet
on July 7th 1990
. The results of the study showed that those who followed the diet had not shown any significant deterioration of their condition over a 34 year period. Conversely, those that did not follow the diet did significantly deteriorate over the same period. More recent articles, have shown that after 44 years, the patients who had continued to follow this diet had not shown any significant deterioration of their condition.
Dr. Swank no longer treats patients himself, but The Swank MS Foundation
is a public charity that provides information and resources on the diet.
Dr. Swank's research has been disputed by some, due to lacking documented double blind testing. For that reason, many in the medical community do not accept the Swank Diet as a treatment for MS.
The diet is a very simple diet
1.Saturated fat should not exceed 15 grams per day.
2.Unsaturated fat (oils) should be kept to 20-50 grams per day.
3.No red meat for the first year.
After the first year, 3 oz. of red meat is allowed once per week.
4.Dairy products must contain 1% or less butterfat unless otherwise noted.
No processed foods containing saturated fat.
6.No processed foods containing saturated fat.
7. A good source of omega-3 (oily fish, cod liver oil, cod liver oil tablets etc) along with a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement are recommended daily.
There are no restrictions on wheat,gluten or dairy, but any foods that that an ms sufferer is intolerant to should be avoided.