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

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

    Dr. Wahls first book, Minding My Mitochondria, changed my life d

    Dr. Wahls first book, Minding My Mitochondria, changed my life dramatically.  I have progressive MS and had spiraled down over the years.  
    Three years of self-injections of Betaseron, Avonex, and Copaxone did nothing to help me;  they made me feel worse.
    I suffered from severe, debilitating fatigue, 24/7/365.  

    I could barely walk without assistance, or even lift my arms to brush my hair or teeth.  I slept on the couch because I was too exhausted to drag my body upstairs to sleep, or even shower.  I rarely left the house, except for appointments that I couldn't put off any longer, or family celebrations with the our grown kids.  Falling was always an issue.   I finally sold/gave my car (my beloved Prius)  to my son because my reflexes had slowed too much and I felt I could potentially be a danger to myself and others.

    Getting rid of my car was the lowest point: loss of independence with no hope for the future.  If I had been suicidal I would have gladly ended my life, because I had no energy left to live.  I actually have a positive attitude most of the time, but I knew I would never ski again, or hike, bike, or camp.  Gardening was out of the question.  I didn't cook, shop, or ever clean the house.  My husband, whose busy career took much of his time, did the best he could, which meant my diet was mostly easy processed food.  I had become totally isolated.  It was a sad way to live.

    But that started to change within 3 days of reducing grains and sugars and eating more produce.  I had a slight increase in energy, and cleaned a tiny spot of kitchen counter between the sink and the coffee maker.  Did I just do that?  Even my husband noticed.  It was different, and just that little bit was enough to motivate me to keep going.  Within a month I noticed my balance was slightly improving.  More motivation to step it up.  I reduced dairy, and started juicing and making smoothies to get my veggies and berries in.  I had stopped eating white potatoes, and soon started avoiding soy, legumes all processed and packaged foods.  I tried to buy all organic produce, and eat only high quality wild and grass fed seafood and meats.  I was moving more and more, cooking my healing foods, and shopping with an automatic cart, so I could sit.  Eventually I graduated to my walker (with a seat), because it felt good to move again.  

    After a year, a friend offered to drive me to the gym again, so I started working out a bit, and she helped me move between machines.  Finally I started taking my walker, and then made my husband buy a car so I could have his Prius - I needed my independence back, and I was ready.  I also realized more and more how I had to be strict and consistent with the foods I ate.  I avoided eating ALL grains, sugars, dairy, processed/packaged foods, soy/legumes, rice.  I only ate my 9-12 cups of organic  produce and well-sourced animal protein - fish, poultry and meats and their organs, fats and bone broth, plus some seaweed/dulse, nuts/seeds (and their milks, oils and butters).  Coc
    onut became a favorite, as did avocados.

    I started working with a personal trainer at the gym, because he actually convinced me that he could wake up my severely weakened muscles, after giving me a "free" hour-long evaluation where I could not even do a squat, or get up from the floor.   I signed up for hour-long sessions, 3 times a week.  This also has been life-changing for me.  I can now walk unassisted, and I only use my walker at the gym where I work myself to exhaustion, but I recover very quickly.  

    I finally bought a Vitamix, and I still use it ever single day for getting a huge amount of veggies and berries.

    I am excited to thoroughly read this new book, because I still have a long way to go, and I am constantly looking for ways to improve my amazing healing lifestyle.  I scanned through the book yesterday on my Nook, and am wowed by the whole thing.  The book is so easy to read, and it is set up pretty much the way I spent my first year changing my diet.  I loved reading Chapter 7 "Wahls Paleo Plus", because that is the way I basically eat.  I have learned to listen to my body, and this is the intensive nutrition my body and brain needs to thrive.  I will devour every word of the book, and see what else I can tweak to improve my results.  It may take many more years to heal my entire body, head to toe, but I am patient.  I love my life, and I do not have any cravings for my old "comfort" foods that probably were very toxic to my body. 

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    I have Early Onset Parkinson's Disease. The Wahls protocol diet

    I have Early Onset Parkinson's Disease. The Wahls protocol diet and principals have helped me get off, and stay off, 90 % of my meds for over a year now. I recently was able to go back to work. I drive, hike, garden... all those thing I could no longer do when my "specialist" deemed me "permanently disabled." I had 5 neurologists, and not one of them ever asked me "What do you eat?" I truly thank God for Dr. Wahls. I know where I'd still be without her! Most sincerely, with thanks, Kelly Aguirre, Austin, Texas

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Wow, I have been also reading "Wheat Belly" and Grain

    Wow, I have been also reading "Wheat Belly" and Grain Brain" and have totally changed my diet and how I approach the grocery store.  I am recommending this book to a friend who suffers from MS.  Thanks!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    This book is so thorough and really well written. I have learned

    This book is so thorough and really well written. I have learned more from The Wahls Protocol than any book I have read on health and healing so far. I don't have MS. I have Parkinson's Disease.
    I found similarities, answers, tools, specific guidelines, a wealth of knowledge and most importantly support and hope as I navigate through what, at times, seems like a long, dark tunnel.

    Dr. Wahls, your journey from your wheelchair up onto your bicycle moved me to tears and inspires me to move forward.... one step at a time. I have already implemented many of your ideas into my daily life. Already small changes are occurring.
    I do not know what the future holds. What I do know is the gratitude I feel in this moment to you Dr. Wahls for being a beacon of bright light.        Nancy S.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    As a registered, licensed dietitian I am privileged to work with

    As a registered, licensed dietitian I am privileged to work with Dr. Wahls in her current research. I see first-hand how study participants adhering to the “Wahls Protocol” food patterns can move steadily towards improvements in fatigue and increased vitality. This book takes you on that journey of hope. It carefully guides you through each food group recommendation and provides background as to why it is important. More than a cutting edge “diet book” it captures the insights of a warm, compassionate physician who has experienced the triumph of taking control of her own health. She is passionate about sharing what she has learned and improving the lives of others with chronic disease conditions that threaten their well-being.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2014

    I¿ll never forget the day Terry Wahls stopped in my office doorw

    I’ll never forget the day Terry Wahls stopped in my office doorway and asked, “Melody, have you noticed anything different about me lately?” Indeed I had! Before she was always in her wheelchair. On this day, she was walking.
    She proceeded to tell me about her electrical stimulation and dietary changes. I’ve been fortunate to witness her continued improvement since that day (including the day she mentioned that she had sold her wheelchair and when she first rode her bicycle).
    I am very fortunate to have good health, to not have a disease such as MS. However I’ve found much of value in The Wahls Protocol. I’ve increased my intake of vegetables and greens and am now trying out a variety of fermented foods. I feel increased energy (although I did not think I lacked energy before) an have almost no desire for muffins, cookies and other junk.
    This book is not only for those who are ill, but also for those who are well.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

    Dr Wahls Protocol is the only reference I need to follow to stay

    Dr Wahls Protocol is the only reference I need to follow to stay healthy and happy. It's concise format makes it easy to follow. I've been using the Wahls way for several years and have less pain from fibromyalgia. I've list weight! I'm no longer a

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2014

    I ordered this book as a gift for a friend of mine with MS. I ha

    I ordered this book as a gift for a friend of mine with MS. I had heard Dr. Wahls interviewed and watched her TedX video. Though I was intrigued by her story, I was not prepared for how powerful this book is. I wanted to skim over it before giving it to my friend and just reading the introduction captivated me. I ended up reading the entire book and buying a copy for myself.

    Dr. Wahls lays out a simple and easy-to-understand explanation of the formation of autoimmune disease and follows with a comprehensive approach to healing on the cellular level. This is a rather revolutionary approach that I believe will one day become the standard of practice for such debilitating diseases. Everyone can benefit from the information in this book. The encouragement and hope that flows throughout the pages is uplifting and inspiring. The practical knowledge and simple techniques to apply her principals to diet and lifestyle allow for personalization and adaptation at many levels. After the book Wheat Belly introduced me to the harm that our Standard American Diet has been doing to us, I began a journey of research and education that will never stop. This book is a must have, and frankly, goes at the top of my list of recommendations.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2014

    This book has seriously changed my life, if not saved it! I have

    This book has seriously changed my life, if not saved it! I have RRMS and my doctors were on a path that was slowly killing me.  I started the Wahl's protocol and am now living DMD free!  My symptoms are actually diminishing and I am no longer sick from taking drugs that I consider to be experimental for slowing the disease progression of MS.  Thank you Dr. Terry Wahls! 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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