The Wahls protocol How I beat progressive MS using Paleo principles and functional medicine

Terry L. Wahls

Book - 2014

The author shares her integrative approach to healing MS and other chronic autoimmune conditions.

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Published
New York : Avery, a member of Penguin Group (USA) [2014]
©2014
Language
English
Physical Description
viii, 421 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 394-412) and index.
ISBN
9781583335215
1583335218
Main Author
Terry L. Wahls (-)
Other Authors
Eve Adamson (-)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Physician and professor (medicine, Univ. of Iowa) Wahls was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2000, when she was in her mid-40s. Despite aggressive medical therapy, her decline progressed rapidly; by 2004, she required a special wheelchair. Her neurologist steered her toward a charity website that focused on the link between diet and MS. She took the diet and recommendations further, developing her own regimen. Now she is able to walk and cycle and has dramatically improved. Wahls describes her protocol, beginning with a discussion of cells and cellular health; her diet (based on the paleo program, low in carbohydrates and sugars but also gluten- and dairy-free) and what she calls a Paleo Plus diet (which adds seaweed and organ meat and more raw, soaked, and fermented foods); and environmental and other factors. Meal plans, nutrient comparison tables, and patient endorsements are included, as are citations of many pertinent articles from peer-reviewed medical journals. Her first clinical trial is now in its prepublication stage; she has applied for funding to conduct further study. VERDICT MS can be a perplexing and devastating disease, and Wahls's protocol may be worth considering, with appropriate medical supervision and medication.—Marcia G. Welsh, Dartmouth Coll. Lib., Hanover, NH [Page 123]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Outlines an integrative approach to healing chronic auto-immune conditions, describing how the physician author's perspectives dramatically changed after her diagnosis with MS and how she was able to reverse symptoms by combining a paleo diet and neuromuscular stimulation.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

" An integrative approach to healing chronic autoimmune conditions by a doctor, researcher, and sufferer of progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) whose TEDx talk is already a web sensation Like many physicians, Dr. Terry Wahls focused on treating her patients' ailments with drugs or surgical procedures-until she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2000. Within three years, her back and stomach muscles had weakened to the point where she needed a tilt-recline wheelchair. Conventional medical treatments were failing her, and she feared that she would be bedridden for the rest of her life. Dr. Wahls began studying the latest research on autoimmune disease and brain biology, and decided to get her vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids from the food she ate rather than pills and supplements. Dr. Wahl's adopted the nutrient-rich paleo diet, gradually refining and integrating it into a regimen of neuromuscular stimulation. First, she walked slowly, then steadily, and thenshe biked eighteen miles in a single day. In November 2011, Dr. Wahls shared her remarkable recovery in a TEDx talk that immediately went viral. Now, in The Wahls Protocol, she shares the details of the protocol that allowed her to reverse many of her symptoms, get back to her life, and embark on a new mission: to share the Wahls Protocol with others suffering from the ravages of multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune conditions"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Outlines an integrative approach to healing chronic autoimmune conditions, describing how the author's perspectives dramatically changed after her diagnosis with MS and how she was able to reverse symptoms by combining a paleo diet and neuromuscular stimulation.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

"An integrative approach to healing chronic autoimmune conditions by a doctor, researcher, and sufferer of progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) whose TEDx talk is already a web sensation"--

Review by Publisher Summary 5

An integrative approach to healing chronic autoimmune conditions by a doctor, researcher, and sufferer of progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) whose TEDx talk is already a web sensation Like many physicians, Dr. Terry Wahls focused on treating her patients' ailments with drugs or surgical procedures'until she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2000. Within three years, her back and stomach muscles had weakened to the point where she needed a tilt-recline wheelchair. Conventional medical treatments were failing her, and she feared that she would be bedridden for the rest of her life. Dr. Wahls began studying the latest research on autoimmune disease and brain biology, and decided to get her vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids from the food she ate rather than pills and supplements. Dr. Wahl's adopted the nutrient-rich paleo diet, gradually refining and integrating it into a regimen of neuromuscular stimulation. First, she walked slowly, then steadily, and then she biked eighteen miles in a single day. In November 2011, Dr. Wahls shared her remarkable recovery in a TEDx talk that immediately went viral. Now, in The Wahls Protocol, she shares the details of the protocol that allowed her to reverse many of her symptoms, get back to her life, and embark on a new mission: to share the Wahls Protocol with others suffering from the ravages of multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune conditions.

Review by Publisher Summary 6

An integrative approach to healing chronic autoimmune conditions by a doctor, researcher, and sufferer of progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) whose TEDx talk is already a web sensation Like many physicians, Dr. Terry Wahls focused on treating her patients’ ailments with drugs or surgical procedures—until she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2000. Within three years, her back and stomach muscles had weakened to the point where she needed a tilt-recline wheelchair. Conventional medical treatments were failing her, and she feared that she would be bedridden for the rest of her life. Dr. Wahls began studying the latest research on autoimmune disease and brain biology, and decided to get her vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids from the food she ate rather than pills and supplements. Dr. Wahl’s adopted the nutrient-rich paleo diet, gradually refining and integrating it into a regimen of neuromuscular stimulation. First, she walked slowly, then steadily, and then she biked eighteen miles in a single day. In November 2011, Dr. Wahls shared her remarkable recovery in a TEDx talk that immediately went viral. Now, in The Wahls Protocol, she shares the details of the protocol that allowed her to reverse many of her symptoms, get back to her life, and embark on a new mission: to share the Wahls Protocol with others suffering from the ravages of multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune conditions.