Friday, October 30, 2020
Mitochondrial Health

AHS12 Terry Wahls, MD — Minding My Mitochondria

Terry Wahls, M.D., presenting at the Ancestral Health Symposium 2012 (AHS12).

Minding My Mitochondria

I have progressive Multiple Sclerosis and was confined to a tilt recline wheelchair. A professor of medicine, I studied the basic science literature about progressive brain diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s, the nutritional requirements of the brain and the Paleo Diet.

Using what I learned, I created a modified Paleo Diet to maximize the nutrition for my mitochondria, my cells and my brain. Just 9 months after this new way of eating, I was able to bicycle 18 miles. I tell my personal story as I teach the biology of what our cells need to thrive, why a structured Paleo Diet provides the most nutrition per calorie of any diets and how to eat for maximal health of our mitochondria, our cells and our brains and bodies. My clinical trial, using the Paleo Diet, has remarkably positive results.

Terry Wahls, M.D.

Dr. Terry Wahls is a clinical professor at the University of Iowa. Progressive multiple sclerosis, confined her to a wheelchair for years however, using a Paleo Diet, Dr. Wahls restored her health and now bikes to work. She is the author of Minding My Mitochondria.

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49 thoughts on “AHS12 Terry Wahls, MD — Minding My Mitochondria
  1. I saw your TED talk video, it was brilliant! You should speak on the Alex jones show, it has a large viewership base and it would be a great platform to further spread the message!

  2. Perry – did you watch her presenting Minding Your Mitochondria on TedX?

    Why ever would you think that if this worked the medicos would get on the band wagon? So far anything that enhances health and wellness is ignored as it is not patentable .. .

    whether it be diabetes or cancer, or MS . . . and iodine IS available in seaweed.

    What 'eating healthy' means different things to different people – and here we have something that works for most of us.

  3. "Many, MANY have eaten just like this for years."

    There are numerous MS diets, but they are not all the same. We have to wait until she publishes to see the full plan before comparing it to others. Further, she needs more studies to show significant change. At this point, the program is still in it's early stages but shows promise.

  4. Why do we have to 'wait' until studies show it will work? That is what is wrong with the US we are worried that it there is not 10 studies to back you up, then you are wrong. If a house is on fire, you don't wait for a study to tell you it is on fire you grab the first hose and put it out. Now bear in mind he are not talking about a foreign drug. We are talking about FOOD. The worst that happens is you get healthier.

  5. Don't be ridiculous people. I cured my schizophrenia bipolar disorder – schizoaffective using supplements and diet alone. I haven't needed to see a doctor in ten years and i'm off disability and working now. Do not just rely on studies. If you have something doctors say can't be cured, the smart thing to do is to try experimenting on yourself, which is what she did and what I did and if you keep searching the chances are, you can find an answer.

  6. Check out on youtube – Truehope . They have supplements that eliminate symptoms of psychosis, bipolar, schizophrenia, and depression through orthomolecular medicine – large dosages of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. 32 a day I take. Within two years, I was completely sane and have been like that for the past eleven years without doctors. Studies have been done on it and it has been in the news. There are 80,000 people taking it and recovered from mental illness.

  7. For B6, eat raw animal foods – raw milk, raw oysters, sashimi or ceviche, raw meat (esp. organ meats), raw pasture-raised egg yolks, etc. For more info watch "Cure Tooth Decy" with Nagel, Fallon

    No B6, no dreams. No dreams, no tingling. No tingling, no nirvana.

    (I was told by my neurology)

  8. Too many people are overeducated to the point of becoming devoid of common sense. They won't do obvious things to improve their health such as adopting a paleo-type diet (the diet which to which human physiology is innately adapted by evolution), preferring instead to wait 20 years until some white-coated "expert" gives them permission to do so. I often wonder whether these people need to see a randomised double-blinded study before they decide whether or not to take a dump in the morning.

  9. Hello, have you heard about Nifty Fat Blaster? (search for it on google) You will learn about the serious crimes we commit against our bodies. With Nifty Fat Blaster, you will discover how to burn fat fast.

  10. My daughter had gotten acne that was severe ever since she was 15. Today she’s 34 and for the first time ever, the lady has not got break-outs. She was alerted to the Acne Executioner (Google it) and this method showed her how to heal bad acne. She laughs a lot more, and that is really good to observe.

  11. Your video on YouTube would have much more credibility if you quoted people correctly. If you are going to paraphrase his quote, please in the future state that fact.

  12. It's inspiring to see medical professionals actually interested in health rather than just treating illness, thanks.  In regard to the raw meats and killing parasites, what low temperatures are needed and for what duration.  Would this be similar to the food standards for fish?  That information I stumbled across while looking at sashimi/sushi food standards.  My family group is Interested in safely consuming raw mammal meat.

  13. You notice how she doesn't smile?  That's exactly the look I have and the look my mother had.  It's the look of someone betrayed by the people she trusted (ie. medicine) who had to go digging in medical journals to find out the truth.  I'd say for her and for people like us, the biggest struggle every day is to keep our attitude positive.  When the "authorities" turn out to be working in concert to make you sick, it is likely to work simply because if you don't recognize and fight it, you get sick….  if you do recognize it… you might lose your will to fight.  Don't lose your will to fight it.  Go to PubMed today and find out what is doing the weird things in your life.  

    It's interesting, I was reading the studies she mentioned in her talk.  One of them slams red meat and "offal" (liver especially).  Reading the references, you find out it's because people who live in wild places can get Vitamin A toxicity from eating the entire liver of an animal.  So getting your vitamin levels tested is vital.  You might have a problem using or storing Vitamin A and need some, or you might have too much and don't need it.  She obviously knows she needs it.  I just wanted to elaborate on that part of it.  I'm pointing out that she's very helpful, but you can't just watch and do what she says mindlessly.  Read up and decide what helps you.

    For me, I have Chron's issues.  If I ate as much fiber as that, I'd be prostrated with abdominal pain and bloating, possibly flaring into full diarrhea.  My system can't take it.  Also MCT oils make the tight junctions of your gut wider, which don't help me a bit.  For a normal person, that's fine.  For me, that's a disaster.  I do use coconut oil, but in small doses, sporadically.  It's good for my brain, I know, so I keep it up, but I have to be careful with things that increase leaky gut, even if temporarily.  

    See what I mean?

    "Other dietary components such as fatty acids, polysacchar-
    ides, and flavonoids are also known to alter TJ. The medium-
    chain fatty acids capric acid and lauric acid increase paracellular
    flux and cause a rapid decrease in TEER in Caco-2 cells (93).
    DHA, g-linolenic acid, and EPA have also been shown to
    decrease TEER and increase paracellular permeability of fluo-
    rescein sulfonic acid in a concentration-dependent manner"

    Not even fish oil is perfectly safe for me.  I time this so that it doesn't affect me more than once a day, sometimes more rarely if I'm not well.  Overall though, it helps more than hurts.  

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  14. $75 dollars for that book is more than most people can afford and that is how much it costs on Amazon, it probably costs a lot more from other sites.

    Maybe it would help if there was just a pamphlet with just the diet with no explanations, no medical language, no pictures etc. so that more people could get started at least with the diet.

  15. strange that a slight focus was made toward Paleo not being very helpful . Paleo is very broard and only the start of good health not the destination. And the talk given here is highly focused on food not the big picture of giving your body the right signals to to be healthy and removing the toxins that contribute to poor health. Many people may get great if not better help from better gut health (check out Chris Kresser)  that said , it is great to see the turn around and progress Terry has made. well done! is it possible to return to pre MS life or once the damage has been done it is too late? not disrespecting just like more info.

  16. The disclaimer at  1:55  really says it all.  Everybody in the world that wants to sell something jumps on the vegetarian or some other gimmicky diet that resonates with people, is what they want to hear, that healthy and immortality can come from some mystical design of their diet, usually plants.  This is marketing pure and simple.

  17. @19:25 I would like to see those tables not relative to mass (here: Per 100g) but relative to macronutrient content (that is calories),like micronutrients per 1000kcals of apple, broccoli and liver. The reason is that you want to maximize you micronutrients/macronutrients ratio so as to maximize your micronutrient intake at a given daily caloric intake.

  18. My mom had MS and I sure wish I knew about this in 2001 and even before. My mom suffered and the more medicine she was given the worse she was and she eventually loss total control of her body functions and it was such happiness when my mom took her last breath and I then knew she was in no more pain and I was right with her from the beginning to the end and this is no joke, MS! I love Dr. Wahl's and hope one day to meet her and have been following her for quite a while now and use her work in my writings to others! What a great testimony she is and wow is all I can say to anybody who does not believe how important it is to feed that mitrochondria!

  19. The mainstream media hates this type of thing because we live in a Capitalist world and making people realise that food is medicine directly threatens Big Pharma and the global food industry. Hence an ideological battle of information and obfuscation is at play in the World's media.

  20. How about HTSC or stem cell replacement, chemo + stem cells, high doses of Antibiotics like the gentleman from England did to cure his wife or complete bone marrow transplants ala the clinics in Arizona?? Just curious, trying to figure out my option, plan A) fix diet b) stem cells c) throw myself into a wood chipper

  21. Trying to figure out how to adapt this diet for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome caused functional GI disorders, including mild gastroparesis — limited ability to digest fat and fiber. Any suggestions? Got a bag of kale my stomach can't digest raw or lightly cooked. Not sure if my Vitamix can "digest" the fiber well enough if I add kale to an almond milk berry smoothie. Definitely have leaky gut but, due to defective collagen from EDS, it's more likely manageable by reducing inflammation and feeding mitochondria but not curable since the underlying condition is genetic.

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