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 18 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.
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"For anyone suffering from autoimmune or other chronic health problems, this book will be life changing." (Mark Hyman, M.D., author of The Blood Sugar Solution)
I'm one of those weird people who just likes reading health books. The story of Dr. Wahls and her reversal of MS symptoms was an interesting one. I found many parts of the book to be relevant, even though I don't have MS. It helped me to think that perhaps I could do my part to prevent disease. I do agree that she goes way overboard with her last name, calling everything "Wahls this" and "Wahls that." That undoubtedly got annoying, which accounts for the reduction in a star on my review. Other than that, it's a solid book.
I have listened to it several times already. There is so much information, you really should listen more than once.
I am very impressed with anyone who takes their life in their own hands and does not just resign themselves to their fate. Dr. Wahls miraculous journey from wheelchair to riding bikes is inspiring. I do not have MS but, I do have thyroid disease and it never occurred to me that I could improve my condition. Always thought it was just something I had to live with. I have been doing paleo diet with good results however weight loss has been slow. I will be doing wahls paleo plus starting tomorrow and cannot wait to see how much better I will feel.
Functional Medicine is at a high level an engineering type of systems analysis of the human body. Terry Wahls while under assault from MS, took a functional medicine approach to helping her body fight back against MS. This is notable for many reasons not the least of which are her examples of tenacity, mental strength, and perseverance in extreme adversity. But it is also notable because she trusted her body that was failing her to fix her. Many practitioners, theoreticians, and laypeople are coming to a conclusion that many of today's most troubling diseases are caused by metabolic / mitochondrial dysfunction. Solving metabolic dysfunction was at the root of Dr. Wahl's approach and she initially designed a supplement program to help her mitochondrial become more powerful. As she began to feel better she designed a diet to replace much of her supplement regimen.
So what you are getting in this book is a diet that is aimed at restoration of your mitochondrial power. Many practitioners think this is a strategy that can be successful for diseases such as diabetes, MS, palsy, CFS, etc. Whether you are sick or healthy, you could likely benefit from comparing and contrasting this diet with your own. There is a ton of wisdom built into this diet. Our bodies are all different so dietary "hacking"/"tweaking" is almost always necessary, but this diet would make a great starting place for someone looking to change their current health trajectory.
Dr Wahls' own stories and those of her patients are totally inspirational, and the information on the three levels of diet and lifestyle are quite detailed. This audiobook does not include her food lists, recipes, or nutrient tables that the hardbound offers (granted these make for tedious reading and listening).
Her great success and determination to press forward with research.
I don't have MS, but I have early signs of arthritis, another autoimmune disease. I've read many of the Paleo books out there, but for some reason everything just clicked when I read the Wahls Protocol. Dr. Wahls takes Paleo to the next level and describes what an ideal diet and lifestyle look like for all humans. I've followed the protocol for several weeks and feel great. Conversely, it doesn't take long to feel the affects of highly processed food. For me it's been trial and error, but I'm making positive changes!
Dr. Wahls story is moving and touching as we learn how she goes from athlete to wheelchair-bound and back to athlete. She was told her MS is progressive and she would only get worse. It is absolutely incredible how she turned that around. I read the Wahls Protocol after reading "Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain Paperback" by John Ratey. This book completely changed the way I view exercise. I would recommend this one as a complement to the Wahls Protocol.
I really liked the narrator. She was assertive but not preachy.
All of the personal stories interwoven into the book were very inspirational. Especially those of the author and her family. My heart goes out to all of you with MS and your families.
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