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A Tribute to Roy Swank, MD: Founder of the Low-fat Dietary Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis

Updated August 31, 2016

Dr. Roy Laver Swank (1909–2008), Neurologist and Professor Emeritus at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) was a personal friend of mine, one of my most important mentors, and a precious colleague. We worked together for almost two decades. He ran two multiple sclerosis (MS)-dedicated programs with me at my live-in clinic at St. Helena Hospital in Napa Valley, California in the 1990s. Fortunately, I shot a homemade movie of some of our time together.

In September of 2002 Dr. Swank and I entered into a legal agreement allowing me, in his name, to make as many people as possible, who were suffering with multiple sclerosis, aware of the benefits of the low-fat diet for the treatment of this deadly disease. My obligation also included making this treatment available and accessible going forward. One way that I have done this is to offer free resources on Multiple Sclerosis (MS) & Diet on Dr. McDougall’s Health & Medical Center website. I also have written and continue to write articles that are published on the Internet, in newspapers, magazines, and medical journals, and I speak nationally through radio, TV, my webinars, videos, and YouTube.

The Swank MS Foundation has given me permission to share their professional video, “Conversations with Roy L. Swank,” with you. Please take the time to get to know one of the true medical geniuses of the twentieth century.

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