I don't know. I've (just now-thank you) refamiliarized myself with the Swank diet to see if I'm missing something big, and I'm quite sure I've been eating/living that way (the Swank way) for a very long time (seems like forever~though the addition of fish oil supplements is relatively new, I guess). There was a time in my life ~immediately before I was diagnosed ~ when diet was an issue… Eating disorder/not enough of anything. I have always recognized that period of my life (the nutritional deficiencies) as the source… Ground Zero, if you will, of my MS.
So that was the problem then, and not an issue now, but how best to undo the damage?…Is it possible?… I have been eating a 'Swanky' diet and living a 'Swanky' life, but is it enough to undo the damage? As I become more physically disabled, it seems I'm stuck in an endless Catch-22. Not able to move well enough for cardio exercise, and (possibly) not able to cardio exercise (contribute to/maximize endothelial health) because I can't move well enough. Movement (exercise) is the only 'un-swanky' thing in my life, and I truly don't believe that I am where I am today~unable to move~because of an aversion to exercise, or because I just didn't try hard enough. I was always physically active… Running/biking/walking/hiking… very outdoorsy. The inability to move has been gradual, and I never gave up any of it without a huge fight/struggle. When one activity became too difficult, I never just stopped. I feel like I was stopped. I didn't stop, something stopped me.
I don't think doctors are recognizing how significant diet and exercise can be, and are. That said, I don't know that diet and exercise alone can undo the damage, I hope it can, but I don't know of any multimillion or billion or more dollar 'diet and exercise' industry ready to fund those studies, and doctors/the medical field in general aren't really excited about plain and simple, basic and natural things. The dramatic, complex. intricate,high-tech, complicated,convoluted, highly processed, multifaceted, least 'un-fooled around with' answer seems to be where things are always headed. I hope diet and exercise (the plain and simple) alone can undo the damage, but as with most other things, the answer probably lies somewhere in the middle.
Just a couple years ago, we weren't talking about any of this, and there really wasn't any hope! We've come so far!… I guess I'm just anxious… Ready to (hoping to), in a hurry to, move past all of it!
THANK YOU SO MUCH… Joan/cheer/Jeff's wife,