I did AIP for three-four years. I quit when I had my first major (terrifying) relapse after 11 years of MS. I stopped because A) it didn't help me - my disease didn't stabilize, it worsened. At diagnosis I had 20 brain lesions. After my relapse, my MRI revealed "innumerable" inactive lesions, B) it is, in my experience, prison-like in its restrictiveness and C) it seems somehow to help less serious AI diseases like hypothyroid and psoriasis, but I have yet to hear someone report meaningful remission of MS or of any other potentially degenerative neurological condition, apart from Terry Wahls (sample size: 1). I attribute her success more to micronutrient intake than to Paleo. She restricts most of what AIP does except for nightshades and seeds. I believe she has had success IN SPITE of eating many of the revered foods of Paleo, like organ meat and the massive amounts of coconut oils and MCT's she takes to make her diet keto. Again, she is trialing her protocol, but no one as yet has experienced the miraculous results she did. I do OMS because of Swank's decades of solid research showing the efficacy of a low saturated fat diet. I believe that MS has both an immune component and a vascular component - MS adventurers have disregulated fat metabolism, along with a host of other issues, like a leaky BBB because of compromised endothelial health. Eating Paleo does not, in my direct and extensive experience, help with this. It is likely a disaster because of the high amount of saturated fat it allows. OMS acts as an answer for this disregulated fat metabolism. Check out this awesome blog: https://ccsviinms.blogspot.com/2009/08/ ... 6.html?m=0
(every post is exciting and fascinating), The gentleman experiencing MS that this blogger is married to practices Swank plus some aspects of OMS. I obviously have chosen to go OMS full-tilt and believe that this is the absolute best way to lick this disease. The points she makes though about vascular health in MS are spot on in my opinion.
For me, the AIP diet is so restrictive that there was never a time where I was not thinking about food. It made me phobic of everything I put in my mouth. Life is too short to make a fetish out of food. On OMS I find I can delight in food again - in things that aren't issues for me but that were banned by Paleo's shaky science (it is impossible to eat a hunter-gatherer type diet, with the leans meats and small fibrous fruits that characterize it in today's modern world. Grocery store meat is not like wild game. The large sweet fruits and veggies in the supermarket are nothing like their paleolithic progenitors) behind what constitutes an appropriate diet. I can set aside the worries that plagued my every waking moment when I was on a AIP. OMS has actually been as anti-inflammatory as AIP purports, for me at least. Everyone is different but I am experiencing a return to a level of health I have not experienced since I was ... Never. I have never been as healthy as I am right now.
Again, everyone is different. I have strong feelings about the Autoimmune Paleo protocol because it did not work for me and it was not for my lack of trying. When I failed to get better on it, I would think to myself I just needed to double down. I cannot tell you the joy I feel at discovering an opportunity to regain my health and leave that Paleo Community behind.
You have to choose what feels right for you and believe in it. At the end of the day, it is impossible to know how much just that alone favourably impacts our disease progression or, rather, the lack thereof