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What is your feeling about the effectiveness of diet-based therapies, such as the MS Swank diet, gluten-free diets, etc. as a way to manage your MS? Do you feel this is an effective way to control MS progression as opposed to medications available?
The easy answer to your question is no, I do not think that dietary manipulation is an effective way to manage your MS. But I would give the same response if asked if medications were an effective way to manage Multiple Sclerosis. MS, like many chronic conditions, can not be managed with any single remedy since the goals of treatment are diverse. I suppose if someone discovered a cure for the condition, you would only need to apply this cure and other treatments would lose their significance. Until this time any effective management strategy must reduce inflammatory responses in the central nervous system, protect cells from ongoing stress and neurodegeneration and assist in remyelination and regeneration. There is no dietary manipulation able to accomplish any of these goals by itself although dietary manipulation may play a role in the treatment process. As to which diet is most effective, no one knows the answer.
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