That was a very interesting link, Marcus, but it does give a very biased view of the reality of MS.
It has to be biased: any URL with the word “Wordpress” in it has to be a blog, and since blogs are by definition supposed to be written by one person, then it must be biased. The references in it were interesting of themselves, and so were some of the refs in those references. What I did find was a number of “sort-of” theories which are in themselves an indication of bias (to some degree) in the researchers.
If you have MS you are almost certain to be depressed.
If you have MS you are almost certain to have cognitive impairment.
Those were the two big ones. Some of the research was flawed - not in the way that it was done, but in the things that were not even considered.
Twelve years ago I had a heart bypass. This means an annual checkup. In the late “noughties”, this also meant that I was asked to fill in a questionaire on depression. As a research tool it was rubbish (everything wanted an answer on a 4-point scale) and I could be back in the surgery a month later and be given the same questionaire again. It was a “Government initiative” (that’s the last shower, not the present shower).
Take cognitive impairment:
Any study of cognitive impairment should also take into account the cognitive function before any disease onset, and also consider the age of the individual participant in the study. There are enough people on this forum with Psychology degrees to know what I mean when I mention “uncontrolled variables” - and you may be one of them, for all I know.
The blog tended toward the views of Jelinek, and toward the Swank diet. Now I have noting against the Swank diet, or any other diet for that matter. But how much benefit of any diet is the self-discipline required to follow that diet? I am not aware of any study that answers that question. But, it is the same self-discipline required to inject a DMD, for example, or to take a vitamin supplement every morning, or not to have that third spoonful of sugar in the morning coffee.
OK, so you started with a “gripe” and I have followed with a bit of a “rant” - but at least you propmted me to exercise some of my cognitive functioning, and I thank you.