Dr. Terry Wahls is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner and a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she conducts clinical trials. In 2018 she was awarded the Institute for Functional Medicine’s Linus Pauling Award for her contributions in research, clinical care and patient advocacy. She is also a patient with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which confined her to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. Dr. Wahls restored her health using a diet and lifestyle program she designed specifically for her brain and now pedals her bike to work each day.
She is the author of 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 (paperback), and the cookbook The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life: The Revolutionary Modern Paleo Plan to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions.
Plus, she is also a fellow Iowan! She comes on the show to dive deep into the role of nutrition for healing, managing and preventing MS symptoms. It was a very inspiring interview about what's possible when it comes to healing the body through nutrition. And she even shares a few recipes you can get access to if you visit her site right here!
7:16 - Terry’s background and experience with conventional medicine vs. functional medicine
16:07 - nutrition specific for MS
18:20 - Terry’s books and protocol for MS
24:12 - preventing progress MS
27:04 - why it’s important to work with a primary care doc especially if you are on medications
31:28 - tips for the microbiome
33:24 - discussing the benefit of greens for the brain
9:09 - “It was very clear that despite taking the very best drugs, from the very best people, from one of the best MS centers in the world…. I was headed toward bedridden, demented and possibly uncontrolled pain.”
14:03 - “The conventional understanding of progressive MS is incomplete. Who knows how much recovery might be possible.”