If you haven’t heard of Dr. Terry Wahls, she is an M.D. and researcher who was able to reverse her progressive Multiple Sclerosis with a specific real food diet designed to support the mitochondria of cells.
Dr. Wahls started to experience symptoms of MS while she was attending medical school. In 2003, this former national tae-kwon-do competitor needed a tilt recline wheelchair. She had secondary progressive MS, and the drugs weren’t working. She had been seen by some of the best doctors in the world, but she wasn’t getting any better. So, she started to do her own research, and she learned how a Paleo diet could help heal her from her disease.
After spending four years in a tilt wheelchair, by changing her lifestyle and her diet, Dr. Wahls was able to start riding her bicycle to work.
Dr. Wahls is now helping with clinical trials to expand research on the role of diet in diseases like MS and her book, The Wahls Protocol.
I met Dr. Wahls at a recent health event and she had literally just received a preview copy of her book. I sat next to her during a session and was glad I had learned to speed read since I spent the whole session finishing her book. Dr. Wahls is also incredibly inspirational and full of energy.
The Wahls Protocol is extremely practical and easy to follow and it includes concrete advice and tips. I love that her focus is not removing foods but only consuming nutrient dense foods that support mitochondria function.
Specifically, the Wahls Protocol suggests eating 9 cups of vegetables each day including brightly colored vegetables, leafy greens and onions/garlic. Her protocol is now getting even mainstream medical attention and she is overseeing some trials to determine the role a diet like this has in reversing progressive illness like MS.
If you haven’t already, take a few minutes to watch Dr. Terry’s TED talk:
What do you think? Amazing story, right?