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Minding My Mitochondria: How I Overcame Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Got Out of My Wheelchair, 2nd Edition Paperback – Large Print, April 1, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0982175026 ISBN-10: 0982175027 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: TZ Press; 2 edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982175027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982175026
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Her body ravaged by secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, Dr. Terry Wahls spent nearly four years dependent upon a tilt-recline wheelchair. Now, thanks to the intensive, directed nutrition and neuromuscular electrical stimulation protocols she developed, Dr. Wahls now rides her bicycle to work. She has brought together an interdisciplinary team to conduct clinical trials using intensive, directed nutrition and neuromuscular electrical stimulation to combat advanced Parkinson's disease and secondary and primary progressive multiple sclerosis. She is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she sees teaches residents and medical students in primary care and rounds in traumatic brain injury clinics. She is also committed to helping the public learn about the connection between the foods we eat and the health we have or do not have and lectures nationally and regionally on the use of intensive, directed nutrition to restore health. The Food as Medicine lecture series hosted by the Kirkwood Community College and New Pioneer Food Cooperative has transformed the lives of many people. Terry lives in Iowa City with her spouse, Jackie, and has two children.

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Her body ravaged by secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, Dr. Terry Wahls spent nearly four years dependent upon a tilt-recline wheelchair. The photographs reveal the remarkable changes which occurred between 2007 and 2009. One year after beginning the intensive directed nutrition and neuromuscular electrical stimulation interventions which she designed, Dr. Wahls was able to complete a 18 miles bicycle tour. The following year she completed a trail ride in the Canadian Rockies.

Dr. Wahls is a clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Iowa where she sees teaches residents and medical students in primary care and traumatic brain injury clinics. She also conducts clinical research and has over a hundred abstracts, oral presentations and publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and meetings. Dr. Wahls is the process of conducting a clinical trials testing the efficacy of intensive, directed nutrition and neuromuscular electrical stimulation in the setting of secondary and primary progressive multiple sclerosis.


She is also committed to helping the public learn about the connection between the foods we eat and the health we have or do not have. Her Food as Medicine lecture series has transformed the lives of thousands. Terry lives in Iowa City with her spouse, Jackie, and has two children.

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The book presented the information in a VERY understandable format.
C. Marie
Follow Dr. Wahls plan and feel better, think clearer, and save money as you will be able to make wise decisions in the grocery store.
missejane
Eating good quality grass-fed/free-range/organic meats daily is essential.
Jodi-Hummingbird

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488 of 494 people found the following review helpful By Jodi-Hummingbird TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 30, 2012
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I was very unsure about this diet at first, as it seemed to clash so strongly with so many of the wonderful health and diet books I had been reading.

Wahls recommendation of a low fat diet that was also very low in saturated fat is the opposite of what highly respected lipid expert Mary Enig PhD recommends, and what is recommended - based on a ton of very convincing evidence - in so many other great books based on maintaining or regaining health through eating the diet our bodies have evolved to do best on, such as Primal Body- Primal Mind, Primal Blueprint, The Perfect Health Diet, Eat Fat-Lose Fat, The GAPS diet and others.

So when a friend told me that in fact Dr Wahls has very much changed her stance on fats and saturated fat and now recommends cooking with healthy fats such as coconut oil, butter/ghee (from grassfed cows) and lard, I was really happy to hear it!

With that one big issue resolved, this is a diet that tallies hugely with what some of the very best experts in this field are saying and combines the best of what many excellent nutrition books have to say into one dietary plan that I feel is really the best diet out there for anyone battling a serious disease. It is just excellent. I recommend following it if you are ill, very highly.

Patients need to read up online about the changes Wahl has made in addition to reading this book, or else just get the information of the diet online while making sure it is up-to-date. (I hope so much that those that have written very pro-low fat fat diet comments about this book on the reviews page will read this updated information somehow. The right fats in the diet are so essential for healing, and for proper mitochondrial function.
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153 of 155 people found the following review helpful By Katherine on December 27, 2011
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I have had MS for at least 15 years. Our son, now 22, has recovered from autism using a similar diet plan. So, all was not new to me. This book is
excellent and fully researched. In addition it is full of information and advice on recommended supplements.

In the span of 4 months I came back to life. It is though my life is starting all over again. I have not fallen since May, and I can now exercise--with intensity--for over thirty minutes. Prior to the diet I fell often and could not exercise more than 5 minutes. My quality of life was getting worse, not improving. My greatest concern is for my vision and I am grateful that my optic neuritis has also greatly improved.

This diet is not for sissies--it is tough. A simple common sense plan that requires great commitment to implement.
I studied Minding My Mitochondria and the Better Brain Book (Dr. David Perlmutter--neurologist) side by side. I wish they would join together and write a new book. :)
Both brilliant doctors who practice compassion, common sense and the belief that your brain can be healed if it is nourished.

If you want to be healed--this I have not yet attained--or improve your situation--there is no risk here in working towards that goal. I know I know, MS can't be healed. Well--says who? I have lived long enough (50) to now know that there are massive errors in the current medical system.

We only live once and we should try.

As I tell everyone--the most difficult day on this diet is better than the best day off of it.
So what if I am high maintenance? I am in the game.

This is a long journey of healing the body--and I have more steps to go. But this diet restored my life.

Thank you Terry Wahls and David Permutter!
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182 of 197 people found the following review helpful By Prof George Jelinek on January 1, 2011
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Dr Terry Wahls, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Iowa, is an inspiration. She was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2000, and within three years had become wheelchair dependent in the secondary progressive phase of the disease. Her rapid descent into disability was a strong motivation to begin to delve into the scientific literature around MS. Terry began to assemble literature around the health of mitochondria. These little (about 5micrometres diameter) structures live inside our cells and convert food into energy. It is quite likely that over evolution, these tiny particles originated as bacteria that learned how to live symbiotically in cells as organisms grew more and more complex. They play very important roles not only in energy production for cells, but in cell death and ageing. Terry became convinced after reviewing the literature that mitochondrial health was intimately tied up with MS, and set about devising a program to improve the health of her mitochondria. The nutritional program she produced has many similarities with other ultra-healthy diets that have been shown to produce marked improvements in other chronic western diseases. She also added electrical stimulation in an attempt to encourage muscles suffering from disuse to get accustomed to activity again.
The results were astonishing. Six months after starting the program, she attempted to ride a bicycle again, in a year she completed an 18 mile bicycle tour, and now she is fully mobile. Terry chose to spread the word rather than be content with her own improvement.
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