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The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine | [Terry Wahls, Eve Adamson]

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

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.
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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.

©2014 Dr. Terry Wahls LLC (P)2014 Tantor

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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)

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    Maria 05-28-14
    Maria 05-28-14 Member Since 2015
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    "I don't have MS, but great book!"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    M.H. 08-11-14
    M.H. 08-11-14
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    "Excellent but no food lists or recipes"
    What made the experience of listening to The Wahls Protocol the most enjoyable?

    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).


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her great success and determination to press forward with research.


    Have you listened to any of Pam Ward’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David 01-24-15
    David 01-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Outstanding!"

    Practical and inspiring with just the right balance of science. Dr Wahls brings enormous and desperately needed credibility to the powerful potential of lifestyle interventions in the treatment of chronic disease. One of the best books I have listened to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lance Maryland, United States 09-02-14
    Lance Maryland, United States 09-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Functional Medicine diet applicable 2 mny diseases"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 05-08-14
    Barbara 05-08-14
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    "I really liked this book"
    Would you listen to The Wahls Protocol again? Why?

    I have listened to it several times already. There is so much information, you really should listen more than once.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Satvika 04-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome"

    I bought the copy book too for reference. Narrator sounds like a newscaster. I'd rather hear the author's voice (always). Amazing book.

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    N. Maldonado Philadelphia, PA 03-31-15
    N. Maldonado Philadelphia, PA 03-31-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Important information for all..."

    You don't have to have an autoimmune disease to gain benefits from the Wahls Protocol but if you do this is a must read.
    Well laid out diet plans to follow making it very easy to start today.
    This is life changing information for all. Don't ignore your biological needs and continue eating the foods that are killing us. Take a look around. Half of the population is obese and sick. Diabetes is abundant. Heart disease is growing every year.
    Thank you Dr. Wahls for a great book and your continuing research.

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    Bernard Kairis Collingswood, New Jersey, US 03-26-15
    Bernard Kairis Collingswood, New Jersey, US 03-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    I quite enjoyed listening. The story was inspiring. I may still get the paper book for graphics. I am going to listen again.

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    Brian 03-10-15
    Brian 03-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent information!"

    This book and information should become commonplace knowledge everywhere if people want to live healthy! This is a lifestyle not a diet.

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    Samie Craddock Anadarko, OK United States 02-24-15
    Samie Craddock Anadarko, OK United States 02-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "This information is life changing"

    Great book and very inspirational. I started the Wahls paleo and have already seen improvement. Terry Wahls explains the science which I am very interested in.

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