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The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine [Kindle Edition]

Terry Wahls M.D. , Eve Adamson
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Book Description

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.

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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

About the Author

Eve Adamson has authored or co-authored more than forty books, including Baby Steps, Naturally Thin, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Sex Goddess. Eve lives in Iowa with her family. Dr. Terry Wahls is the author of numerous medical articles and a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa. She has MS, which confined her to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. Terry lives in Iowa with her family.

Pam Ward has performed in a variety of venues, but she found her true calling reading books for the blind and physically handicapped for the Library of Congress Talking Books program, for which she received the prestigious Alexander Scourby Award from the American Foundation for the Blind. She is also an AudioFile Earphones Award winner.

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122 of 126 people found the following review helpful
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I read (scanned some parts) through the book yesterday on e-reader, and am wowed by the whole thing. I have ordered 2 print copies, and will share as much as possible. 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. 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 now, strictly and consistently. 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, I am healing, I feel like a new person, plus I do not have any cravings for my old (comfort?) foods that probably were very toxic to my body.

This book is a huge improvement over the first book, which was amazing, and was exactly what I needed when I was desperate and with no hope left. Dr. Wahls' first book, Minding My Mitochondria, changed my life dramatically. This new book is an easier read, but still full of Dr. Wahls passion for sharing this vital information, and getting it right. Her life is at stake, and she wants to help as many people as she can - in my opinion, it is obvious that this book is a true labor of love for her. It is a good place to start if you are new to a Paleo lifestyle, as well as those who have started in the past but felt confused over details.
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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EVERYONE's health can be improved, honestly April 3, 2014
By Rob Art
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I admit it's very likely that the only reason I even heard of Dr. Terry Wahls in the first place was because I have MS. This is a shame. I believe I have a responsibility to help spread the word and get the information out there. Even though I'm definitely NOT grateful for having this disease, I truly believe my loved ones, future children and I obtained the most valuable information we have come across as a consequence of my MS. I promise this is not an overstatement.

I started following an early, basic version of the Wahls Protocol the day after watching Dr. Wahls' TEDx Talk last October. I explored her website, read and listened to countless interviews, and read her first book Minding my Mitochondria- and in November 2013 I started a more strict approach to diet and lifestyle based on her recommendations. It was hard for my wife to live with these changes and have to put up with my new dietary limitations, but I did it anyway. I have to admit I did NOT really feel anything different at this point.

In March 2014 everything changed. The Wahls Protocol was finally released (I had pre-ordered since November). I gave the book a first read in less than 24 hrs and immediately had ten times more information. In this book, Dr Wahls goes into detail about every aspect of the dietary and lifestyle changes she recommends, which includes supplements, exercise, electrical stimulation, meditation, etc., and she details three different versions of the Wahls diet so anyone can find a level they can learn to live with.

This is where it gets interesting. I actually convinced my wife and my mother to read the book and follow different levels of the protocol with me for one month. Just to give it a test drive.
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75 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It works! I am healing from MS. March 16, 2014
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I have followed DR Wahls for 8 months now. I watched Minding Your Mitochondria: Dr. Terry Wahls at TEDxIowaCity last year and gave her diet a try. Wow it has been 8 months and I feel great. I have had no problem following this diet because I feel so good. I have never cheated. Trust me a sandwich never tasted as good as living a pain free life. I never have cravings for my old foods because the food I eat is so nutrient dense that I am full and satisfied. And the food in this diet is delicious. MY PCP now recommends this diet to her Patients. She is also following the DR Wahls Paleo diet and her Arthritis pain went away in 3 days. I am purchasing an extra book to share at our book Library at our Local Market. I feel so strongly that this diet works I want to share it with everyone.

I was not sure if I should purchase DR Wahls new book because I was already doing her diet and it was working. I am so glad I did. There is so much more in this book than I knew. I have even more ideas for eating better, supplements and the science behind why it works.

Dr. Wahls is my Hero. Her story changed my life. I do not even have the words to describe my gratitude to her. I was never this happy before my diagnosis with MS 10 years ago and I lived with my MS with grace and a smile on my face. Attitude is everything right and I thought if I faked being happy I would be fine. No more faking happy here I now life the best life possible! I am a Wahls Warrior!!!
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
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This book is pretty great. The entirety of the first few chapters where Dr Terry Wahls tells her own story of illness and then enormous recovery from illness through her own research and where she explains that the body is a self healing system so long as it is given the raw materials it needs to do so are all so quotable. I would like to quote whole pages of it and send it to people!

It's so well done. The content is great and it's been so finely edited that it reads very well too and gets right to the point with no waffling. A lot of information is condensed into a very short space. It's an enlightening and inspiring read with just the right amount of facts and personal information about the author.

There are three levels of the Wahls protocol. The Wahls Protocol, Wahls Paleo and Wahls Paleo Plus which is the most strict and is for those that are the most ill. I'm only really a supporter and recommender of the third level of the protocol, Wahls Paleo Plus.

The other two protocols contain things like soy milk and yogurt and cheese (ugh!), soy flour, potato flour, packaged gluten-free foods such as crackers. Many allowed foods are extremely high in carbohydrate and anti-nutrients and very low in nutrients. This seems to be because the author is trying to make the programs easy to adjust to for those coming off a very junk-filled diet, which makes a lot of sense from that perspective and from the point of view of getting subjects in a study to adhere to the diet properly which is more likely if it contains a more of the foods they are used to.

But from a purely nutritional standpoint it's really not ideal.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wahls opinion the best results. She does not make outrageous claims in...
Very informative, and logical. I am at page 145ish and so far I have learned you really need to read the book for yourself if you have MS instead of taking advice from people who... Read more
Published 9 hours ago by Thomas Carter
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Ideas In An Off-Putting Book
I have several friends with MS. There's a lot of interesting and current nutrition information in this book and we're getting ready to find out how good the ideas in it are. Read more
Published 22 hours ago by John Heuertz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 day ago by cat
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Nice informational book.
Published 1 day ago by Rockstar
5.0 out of 5 stars A Life-Changing, Hope-Instilling, Backed-by-Science, Protocol
Wahls admits in her first book, Minding my Mitochondria, that before MS she didn’t put a lot of stock into nutrition as medicine, and like most other doctors, really didn’t know... Read more
Published 2 days ago by J. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you want to be and continue to be... might as well be healthy...
Published 2 days ago by JG
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous resource
Several years ago, a friend sent me the link to Dr. Wahls' TEDx presentation entitled "Minding Your Mitochondria". I found it intriguing. Read more
Published 3 days ago by ChicGeek
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY IMPORTANT BOOK!
By far the most important book I have ever read. Granted I am very interested preserving the health that I have. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Vicki Barneck
2.0 out of 5 stars I stopped reading it. Although I suffer with MS ...
I stopped reading it. Although I suffer with MS, what this book suggests I do is overwhelming and I would not be physically able to even try!
Published 4 days ago by Katherine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you.
Published 6 days ago by LORRAINE AXEMAN
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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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