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June 1955

Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis with Low-Fat Diet: Results of Five and One-Half Years' Experience

Author Affiliations

Portland, Ore.

From the Division of Neurology, University of Oregon Medical School; the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University, and the Montreal Neurological Institute.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1955;73(6):631-644. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1955.02330120035004

The primary purpose of this paper is to report the results of five and one-half years' experience of treating multiple sclerosis with a low-fat diet. A preliminary report of this method of treatment on the same patients was made two years ago.1 At that time it was reported that during an average treatment period of nearly three years 45 patients with exacerbating-remitting type of multiple sclerosis seemed to benefit from the low-fat diet. This tentative assumption was based on a reduction in the frequency and severity of exacerbation of the disease and upon an increased performance of patients on the low-fat diet. The earlier cases seemed to benefit more than those with established disabilities. At that time possible theoretical reasons for employing the low-fat diet were discussed, and papers by me in collaboration with other investigators * bearing on our problem were reviewed in detail.

The secondary purpose of the

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