This week our guest is Dr. Terry Wahls. She is a board certified internal medicine physician and clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she teaches internal medicine residents in their primary care continuity of care clinics, sees patients in a traumatic brain injury clinic and conducts clinical trials. She is also a patient with a chronic progressive neurological disorder, secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which confined her to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. Dr. Wahls did not give up. Instead she began reading the medical literature night after night, looking for her own answers about what drove disability in the setting of MS. She created new theories which she then tested upon herself with results that stunned her family, her physician and herself for she got up, out of the wheelchair. She now able to bicycle 18 miles.
Grateful to have her life back, Dr. Wahls has been committed to teaching both the medical community and the lay public about the power of intensive, directed nutrition, to restore health and vitality. She has founded The Wahls Foundation to support education and research about the impact of intensive directed nutrition couple with exercise on multiple sclerosis and other chronic disease. She is also the lead scientist for a funded clinical trial testing the effectiveness of the interventions she used so successfully on herself in others with secondary progressive MS.
Dr. Wahls is the author of, The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine. An integrative approach to healing chronic auto-immune conditions by a doctor, researcher, and sufferer of progressive multiple sclerosis whose TEDx talk is already a web sensation
Like many physicians, Dr. Terry Wahls focused on treating her patients’ ailments with drugs or surgical procedures—until she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000. Within three years, her back and stomach muscles had weakened to the point where she needed a tilt-recline wheelchair. Conventional medical treatments were failing her, and she feared that she would be bedridden for the rest of her life.
Dr. Wahls began studying the latest research on autoimmune disease and brain biology, and decided to get her vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids from the food she ate rather than pills and supplements. Dr. Wahls adopted the nutrient-rich Paleo diet, gradually refining and integrating it into a regimen of neuromuscular stimulation. First, she walked slowly, then steadily, and then she biked eighteen miles in a single day.
In November 2011, Dr. Wahls shared her remarkable recovery in a TEDx talk that immediately went viral. Now, in The Wahls Protocol, she shares the details of the protocol that allowed her to reverse many of her symptoms, get back to her life, and embark on a new mission: to share the Wahls Protocol with others suffering from the ravages of multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune and chronic diseases.
This episode is a rerun, but it’s an important topic! If you missed it the first time or haven’t heard it in awhile be sure and tune in!