Friday, September 29, 2023
Mitochondrial Health

Understanding the impact of diet & lifestyle on Multiple Sclerosis with Dr. Terry Wahls

Dr. Terry Wahls is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and the visionary behind The Wahls Foundation. Despite facing the challenges of secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, she triumphed over her condition by implementing a personalized diet and lifestyle program designed specifically for her brain.

Dr. Terry Wahls has not only revolutionized her health journey but has also empowered others through her written works. She authored the influential books, “The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine”, “The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles”, and the invaluable cookbook “The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life: The Revolutionary Modern Paleo Plan to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions”.

In today’s episode with Dr. Terry Wahls, you’ll hear us take a deep dive on:

1. The Wahls Protocol: Dr. Terry Wahls chose to broaden her book’s scope beyond MS, focusing on autoimmune disorders as a whole. Assigned to a traumatic brain injury clinic with no established treatment, she introduced a different approach. Through nutrition, supplements, exercise, and lifestyle changes, she witnessed remarkable improvements in patients’ conditions. Her success led to the creation of a Therapeutic Lifestyle Clinic, transforming the lives of those with complex chronic diseases.

2.Transforming MS: After being diagnosed with MS, Dr. Wahls become frustrated with the progressive nature of the disease. Despite trying the newest drugs, her condition worsens, and within three years, she is confined to a wheelchair. As a parent with young children, she contemplates what truly matters and strives to be resilient. Driven by a desire to find solutions, she delves into research and discovers the role of mitochondria dysfunction in disability. Through a specific diet and supplements, combined with electrostimulation of muscles, she experiences significant improvements in her health and embarks on a healing journey.

3. Nutrients that help your mitochondria function: B vitamins are essential nutrients and co-factors for the functioning of the crop cycle and mitochondria. They are complemented by important minerals such as magnesium, zinc, selenium, and iodine. These mineral co-factors play a crucial role in agricultural practices. Additionally, B vitamins, along with compounds like lipoic acid and carnitine, aid in the efficient utilization of fatty acids within mitochondria.

4. Early indicators of chronic illnesses: Depression and anxiety are chronic illnesses similar to other disorders discussed. Nutrient interventions and lifestyle changes can be beneficial in healing these conditions. Before the onset of multiple sclerosis or autoimmune disorders, symptoms such as pelvic pain, endometriosis, infertility, asthma, skin problems, chronic headaches, and migraines may occur. It can be overwhelming to experience multiple symptoms, but it is important to note that they can be related. Eventually, neurological symptoms like dim vision and differences in color perception may manifest, leading to a diagnosis of MS.

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02:49 – How Dr. Terry Wahls leveraged the science of nutrition to heal her multiple sclerosis
09:53 – Being grateful and making the most out of your condition
11:49 – The Wahls Protocol
16:42 – Dr. Terry Wahls’ Journey of Healing and Resilience
24:52 – Nutrients that help your mitochondria function
30:35 – Structuring a nutrient-rich diet
33:53 – Early indicators of chronic illnesses
35:24 – Start improving your cellular health
36:41 – Trauma therapy
41:32 – Love and forgiveness
47:23 – The MS and Neuroimmune Summit 2023
52:01 – The Wahls Protocol Book

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13 thoughts on “Understanding the impact of diet & lifestyle on Multiple Sclerosis with Dr. Terry Wahls
  1. Dr. Wahls’ story converted my skeptical conventional primary care provider to functional medicine. That’s how powerful her journey and treatment recommendations are. Such a great interview!

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