Over 15 years ago, physician Terry Wahls was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis. Being a doctor, she dove into the scientific literature looking for a cure to this progressive disease. Though she got the best conventional medicine had to offer, her health declined to such a degree that three years later even a strong breeze could cause her sensitive body pain.
After much research, she came to the conclusion that, rather than taking supplements, she should identify the foods where the nutrients could be found. It wasn’t long before real food had turned her health around. Now, she is an author and researcher that advocates the power of real food in recovery from multiple sclerosis and a host of other conditions—including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, auto-immune conditions, scleroderma, mental health concerns, neurological disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar issues, Alzheimer’s, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s, and even primary care problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.
“Our cells are starved for the building blocks we need,” she says. She is convinced that real food is the answer to improve our health and give our bodies a chance to detox and thrive.
Today’s conversation highlights:
- Her devastation at the news of her diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis
- Her a-ha moment as she researched alternative treatments
- How the Linus Pauling Institute had a micro-nutrient database that helped
- How she had been a vegetarian for over 20 years but, in 2002, went back to eating meat—including liver!
- The benefits of real food in just three months—including mental clarity, better energy, and improved mobility
- How her experience changed her clinical practice. She began talking about “food, diet, lifestyle, and less and less about drugs.”
- The feelings that came with recovery and a discovery of life’s purpose
- The number of concerns that can be treated with real food including: Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, auto-immune conditions, scleroderma, mental health concerns, neurological disorders, depression, anxiety; bipolar issues, Alzheimers, traumatic brain injury, Parkinsons, and even primary care problems: High blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, heart disease
- How the diet she recommends compares to Wise Traditions
- The importance of clinical studies to help change the way physicians practice medicine
- The studies they are conducting, collaborating with the MS Society, which look into the following questions: does diet help and is one diet more effective than the other?
- How metal poisoning (mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium) & mineral deficiencies play a role in many illnesses
- How her protocol helps improve the body’s detox pathways – liver, kidney, sweat glands
MS clinical trials: MSDietStudy@healthcare.uiowa.edu