The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life

The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life with Dr. Terry Wahls

In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Dr. Terry Wahls talks about The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life.

Dr. Wahls is a functional medicine practitioner, clinical researcher, and clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa. Though she is at the forefront of functional medicine, what sets Dr. Wahls apart is her experience using nutrition and lifestyle interventions to treat progressive health problems to heal her own MS, and later, that of others.

Within a year of beginning her Wahls Protocol, Dr. Wahls went from being bound to a zero-gravity chair to completing an 18-mile bike tour – without any disease modifying drugs or surgery.

Main Questions Asked:

  • Can you tell us your story of beating MS?
  • Can you tell us about your protocol?
  • What is the single most powerful intervention to lower all causes of mortality and morbidity?
  • How do we implement your protocol on a budget?
  • What advice do you have for someone whose family does not want to get involved?
  • Tell us about your new cookbook.

Key Points Made by Dr. Wahls:

  • Prior to being diagnosed Dr. Wahls was very skeptical of special diets and supplements.
  • Once she was diagnosed with MS and taking the modern drugs in an attempt to treat her MS, her condition declined and put her on an alternative path that lead her to the Wahls protocol.
  • The Wahls protocol is effective for more than just treating MS – it’s also effective in the treatment of traumatic brain injury, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and other medical and neurological problems.
  • Once the research started bearing out the effectiveness of the protocol, the critics became fans.
  • Eating more vegetables is the most powerful method of lowering your chance of mortality but it won’t make up for eating poorly. Food is the most powerful medication available.
  • Removing the inflammatory elements of your diet, including gluten, dairy, and possibly eggs, is the first step; then ramp up the amount of vegetables. Being willing to eat small amounts of meat is important.
  • To improve your quality of food you should be cooking at home and making lists and plans for your meals ahead of time.
  • You can get some great results with some conventional foods and visiting farmer’s markets is a good way to save money.
  • If you want to be successful, you have to control your environment. Include your family in the preparation and planning.
  • Better health outcomes will result from kids learning these skills early on.
  • You will be much more successful if you can bring the family into the conversations and cooking classes.
  • Dr. Wahls’ new cookbook has been written specifically for people on a fixed budget.
  • Dr. Wahls is working on a new MS diet study that is currently looking for participants. Email msdietstudy@healthcare.uiowa.edu to find out if you’re eligible.

Resources Mentioned:

Book – The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life: The Revolutionary Modern Paleo Plan to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions

Book – The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine

Dr. Terry Wahls’ Website

Dr. Terry Wahls on Twitter

Dr. Terry Wahls on Facebook

Book – Reclaim Your Energy and Feel Normal Again

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