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Jordan Sigalet announces he has multiple sclerosis :: Bowling Green senior goalie first diagnosed in March

Bowling Green State University student-athlete Jordan Sigalet has made public that he suffers from multiple sclerosis, an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system. Sigalet, a senior goaltender for the Falcon hockey team, was diagnosed in early March, 2004, with this disease.


Over the past nine months, Sigalet has missed just three games due to complications from MS, including March 4, 2004, at Western Michigan, December 4, 2004, versus Michigan State, and December 11, 2004, versus #4 Michigan. He has spearheaded a 2004-05 campaign which has nationally-ranked BGSU recording its best start since the 1995-96 season and is among the top teams in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.


"After discussing this with my family and giving it much thought, I have decided it is time to make public that I suffer from multiple sclerosis," said Sigalet. "By doing this I hope to somehow help others that have this disease and possibly learn more myself. The support from my family, teammates, and coaches over the past nine months has been awesome. I can't thank them enough."

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Please do not ignor this!! Be real reporters and check this cure out!! MS people have in their autopsies massive fat at the base of the brain,MS sufferers go into remmission on low animal fat diet 25 years of FACTS john hilton


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PERSONAL STORIES.

Need some inspiration? Consider these testimonials from Dr. Swanks patients. Read about Jeff Tihansky, who was guided to Dr. Swanks diet in 1992, and has turned his life around. Meet Ruth, one of Dr. Swank's original patients who was once considered an invalid for life. Read a letter from Laura, who is still ambulatory thanks to following the Swank diet.

Do you have a story to share about your experience on the Swank MS Diet? Tell us about it!

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If we feel your testimony might help others, we will post it on this site.
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Laura

"Dr. Swank, this is from Laura. A late Happy Birthday to you. I'd like you to know that because of you and the Swank MS diet I am doing so much better than other MSers I know. I can still walk, the only difference is that I walk with a cane now. And it is wonderful because I've been in many stages where I'd have to use a wheelchair. I am so grateful to be ambulatory.

... thank you Dr. Swank, for giving me True Hope. The hope you gave me for my MS condition truly saved me. To this day I think back on that.

Love,
Laura"

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Jeff Tihansky

July 13, 1993

Dear Friend:

The Swank program has been a great benefit to me. I believe Dr. Swank has saved my life!

I am Jeff Tihansky. My Sister, Alexandra, and I both have Multiple Sclerosis.

My sister is bed ridden and in a nursing home. She does not believe that the nutrition, exercise, and supplement program I use would help her. I on the other hand have gone from symptoms of dizziness (vertigo), loss of bowel and bladder control, very blurry vision (could not recognize people more than 10 feet away. I could not read or watch TV. I had great difficulty walking from my front door to the car. I needed to use a cane, lost my short term memory, and was unable to reason to the extent that I could not do the planning needed to drive a nail into the wall. I was tired all of the time and slept most of it. Heat would render me useless. I was scared of many things. (Anxiety). I would just start crying. The world was a dangerous and intimidating place. I was too embarrassed to be around my old friends, at least the ones I still had left. I had lost so much!

The first and most important step I took was to make peace with God. And trust Him with the life he had given me. I accepted whatever He had in store for me because I could no longer control it. I couldn’t even tune in a radio station because of my loss of motor control. If I could remember what station I wanted. I found God is sufficient for the job.

A woman in church told me that if I had MS she had good news for me. Her tennis partner has MS. She had recovered from extensive disability. Her friend had read a book by John Pageler a patient of Dr. Swanks called New Hope, Real Help for People who have Multiple Sclerosis.

I started the Swank diet in October of 1991 and John Pageler’s supplement program in January of 1992 after reading enough to satisfy myself that there was little risk to my "health". Since then I have seen gradual and steady improvement.

When I got strong enough I began lifting weights at a gym to regain some of the strength I had lost through the previous 4-5 years. Improvement was rapid and dramatic in strength and coordination.

I now think I am almost normal. I seldom remember that I have MS when before I couldn’t forget. My symptoms are almost completely gone although in times of stress some may return but in a very mild form, just enough to remind me to relax.

Leaving my cares with God. Relaxing and rebuilding in the gym, eating a diet I have since found is what fit people eat, have all served to improve my life. I have my first child on the way. My business is beginning to grow again, I go to the shore and swim in the surf in the sun and am basically happier than I have ever been.

I hope you benefit too. My sister didn’t. She’s slowly worsening in that nursing home.

Sincerely yours,

Jeff Tihansky


Update of condition 12/2/2001

It is now December of 2001. I have two children a boy, 7 and a girl, 5. My progress had continued just as Dr Swank wrote in his book until two years ago.

I did begin to feel that I was cured slacked off the diet and worked constantly to build my business. Depression and stress set in when my wife’s father died and I felt alone. Then my wife had surgery for colon cancer and went through Chemo therapy while my condition faltered and business was booming making constant demands.

The stress triggered a substantial backslide. I went to my Neurologist and had MRI’s to determine what was happening. The MRI’s showed that the lesions in my brain were markedly reduced from the previous MRI’s in 1991.

Following up a year later according to new MRI’s there had been some progression I now feel and my neurologist says after a thorough examination that I have stabilized again.

I am again looking forward to improving in the way Dr. Swank has seen in over 50 years in thousands of actual cases including mine.

Sincere best wishes,

Jeff Tihansky

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One of Dr. Swank's original patients shares her story.

by Ruth Brennan

"You do as I say and you will lead a normal life." Dr.Swank's first words to me at the Montreal Neurological Institute had the same effect as that of a drowning man as he grasped the lifesaver.

In 1950 I had been told by two neurologists to "go home and go to bed, nothing can be done for you." That is where I was when our new family doctor came in to see my three boys, who had German measles. He saw me lying in bed and asked whether he could do anything for me. Full of self-pity I replied, "I guess not, I have multiple sclerosis." His reply was that I was pretty young to have such a diagnosis. I guess my double vision and flickering pupils suggested something else. That was the first time I had heard brain tumor mentioned. I thought, "Great, I'll have an operation and get all this over with."

Unbelievably, in one week, I had an appointment with the world-renowned brain surgeon, Dr. Wilder Penfield, at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI). But tragedy struck. The day of the appointment I woke up with German measles. Appointment cancelled.

Sometime later I was admitted to MNI and really felt like a monkey in a zoo, being examined by post-graduate students from various countries. My eyes seemed to be the main source of interest, thank heaven. After consultation, it was determined that I didn't have a brain tumor.

I was to see Dr. Swank, who was starting a research study into the effects of low-fat, moderate protein and high carbohydrate diet on MS patients. When my husband Ted and I were in the elevator going to Dr. Swank's office I distinctly heard a woman say to her husband, "Imagine a handsome man like that married to a drunken wife." Since I couldn't stand up bymyself, Ted more or less carried me. It had never occurred to me that I looked weird, a great compliment to a compassionate husband.

I really couldn't see Dr. Swank as we entered his office [due to vision problems].But there was a quiet assurance in his voice that made me feel I would indeed lead a normal life if I did exactly as I was told. He didn't say I was to do it for the rest of my life!

There were about ten days of tests. Mercifully I was spared another excruciatingly painful spinal tap; MRIs were still in the future.

After various sessions with Dr. Swank, I had instructions from Miss Aagot Grimsgaard, his research assistant. She assumed personal responsibility for keeping us on track. She was kind but tolerated no nonsense. If one of us were to say, “Can't I even have a chocolate?”, she almostwithered those of us who were sensitive with: “You are not fooling us, only yourselves.” She insisted that everyone ate more than was necessary. If she were alive today her words would certainly be prophetic.

When I left the MNI after my first visit Dr. Swank said, "You are to forget that you are an invalid. You can go home as soon as you can make arrangements." I hadn't done anything on my own since 1950 and it was 1953. Once again, I did exactly as I was told.

I suppose the rigorous diet separated those who were serious about the program and those who were not. There were a few other things besides diet. We had to rest every day, and if rest was interrupted we had to snatch 15 minutes lying flat. We must never ignore fatigue, never become chilled or overheated. And I love this: avoid stressful situations!

It was during the first six months of being on Dr. Swank'streatment that everything in the room wasn't jumping up and down at the speed of light [visually]. I often bandaged my eyes because this distorted vision was so distressing. I called to Ted and whispered that nothing was moving, afraid if I talked it would all start again. I retained my double vision but mercifully the lightning-fast motion stopped. The only thing I can relate it to is the vertical going haywire on the early TVs. Later, my doublevision cleared.

Our chaotic home life gradually returned to a semblance of normalcy. At first I was resting for an hour in the morning andtwo in the afternoon, then later it was one hour daily.

I visited Dr. Swank every year until he left Montreal for Portland, Oregon in 1954. He was very pleased with my progress and in one letter to me said that I was "immortalized" as he told about my struggles and successes in his lectures in other countries.

Dr. Swank returned to Canada to see his Montreal patients for one month each year until 1975 when he retired as Professor and Head of the Department of Neurology at Oregon Health Sciences University. After that time he kept in contact with his Montreal patients by letter and telephone.

Dr. Swank came from Portland in 1989 to appear on a Canadian TV show, “Fifth Estate CBC Toronto” with Pierre (another of his Montreal patients) and me. My only criticism of that program was that we appeared perfectly fit and the clip they used of an unfortunate young chap on drug therapy, not a Swank patient, was distressing. He was walking with great difficulty using two canes. Pierre and I walked on quite normally. Nothing was said to indicate that we couldn't walk at all before treatment. The network made its point, but it was slightly contrived.

The morning I was to leave MNI after my first stay, Dr. Swank came in to say goodbye to me. He chatted away a minute or two and ended by saying that I "might even live to be 80!" We both laughed. Eighty was a lifetime away. At this writing I am 83 and still active and ambulatory.

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Posted by: john hilton at Mar 13, 2005 10:16:42 PM