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This review is from: The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine (Hardcover)
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. I and many ill people I know would be a lot sicker, fatter and have blood sugar all over the place if we ate the estimated 244 grams of carbohydrate on the Wahls Protocol, or even the estimated 178 grams of carbohydrate on Wahls Paleo. I doubt I was even eating anywhere near so much carbohydrate even before I went on a lower carb diet to treat diet-related insulin resistance issues and weight gain from same. One listed breakfast contains two whole cups of sweet fruit in it, a massive amount to eat at one sitting. The book also (bizarrely) claims that all three Wahls Protocols will improve blood sugar numbers. In my opinion for some of us at least this is only true for the ketogenic (or near ketogenic) Wahls Paleo Plus program.
Wahls Paleo Plus includes nutrient dense foods such as 6-12 ounces (180 - 360 g) of meat daily (some as organ meat and some as wild caught fish), coconut oil and milk in abundance for high ketones, 6-9 cups of vegetables daily depending on your size (and less than this if you're a very petite woman) mixed between greens, high sulfur veggies and colourful veggies, seaweed or algae eaten daily, cultured foods eaten daily such as homemade coconut yogurt or sauerkraut, up to 4 ounces (120 g) of soaked and sprouted or dried nuts and needs daily, up to 1 cup of fruit daily with berries and other low carbohydrate fruits preferred (as part of your 6-9 cups), plus olive oil, ghee and animal fats as desired.
The high amount of ketones produced from MCTs in coconut oil mean you can eat more vegetables and still stay in a ketogenic state. Roughly just over a third of daily calories are to come from coconut oil: 4-6 tablespoons of pure oil or the equivalent in coconut milk. The diet is roughly 65% fat by calories.
Wahls explains that Paleo Plus is a modified MCT ketogenic diet. Ketogenic diets have been shown to be beneficial for many types of neurological and other diseases and are very safe. Switching over form a sugar burning metabolism to a fat burning metabolism can take 3-6 weeks however, and can make you feel awful at first. Some recommend making this change gradually, while other find it easer to just get it over with and jump right into it (as I did). Once you're keto adapted the mental clarity and extra energy it brings you is pretty amazing, as is the loss of the need to eat quite so often. Fat is a slow burning fuel, while sugar burns fast like kindling, as nutrition expert Nora Gedgaudas has explained.
Wahls recommends doing urine ketone strips to measure your ketosis but adds that blood ketone tests are far more accurate. Some blood sugar monitors can also take ketone test strips and will give you a ketone measurement using just a drop of blood. To be in ketosis numbers should be between 0.5 and 3. It's so great to see an extremely specific and detailed food plan for serious disease so we can make sure to get every benefit out of our diet that we possibly can. The information was so helpful, even though I was doing most of the recommendations already.
Wahls also supports ideas such as:
* Supplements can in some cases be helpful, but they can never replace a nutrient dense and healthy diet. A proper diet must always come first. Foods contain many beneficial cofactors and other compounds not included in supplements and many that we have not yet even discovered or named.
* Getting evaluated for potential food allergies, toxic load issues and more personalised nutritional needs by a practitioner of functional medicine is a very good idea. The Institute for Functional Medicine can help you find a provider in your area.
* Drugs are not the answer. Let food, good wholesome food be thy medicine.
* "Between the unexpected, unpleasant events in our lives and our response to those events is a space, and in that space we have a choice in deciding what our response will be. We can either give up or get up each day and do our best."
* "Epigenetics is how your environment talks to your genes. Our cells are capable of reading the state of our environment and activating or deactivating genes. This means that, based on the choices we make, we can turn on genes for health or turn off those health-promoting genes. In other words, it is your health behaviours such as diet and activities, that determine whether the health-promoting or the health-robbing genes are active. For some conditions, such as cystic fibrosis or hemophilia, our genes are an important factor, often the cause of the disease. But for the obesity, heart disease, mental health and autoimmune epidemics that are driving up the cost of health care in the U.S. and around the world, there are no single genes that are the culprit. Instead, for each of these problems, multiple genes are involved, and they interact in a complex way with the environment."
* We need to stop blaming our genes for our illnesses and work on making the best of the 70% that is under our control.
* "Yes, it does cost more to eat vegetables. But you will pay the price either way--for food that restores your health and vitality or for doctor visits, drugs, surgery and loss of work due to health problems."
* "Functional medicine is really looking at health of the cell. And what can we do to help the individual make the environment for their cells, an environment for doing the biochemistry life more ideal. So that comes down to the fruit you eat or do not eat, the quality of the air you breathe, the water you drink, the toxic load that is in your body is a result of the exposure you had over a lifetime because if you couldn't get the toxins out the day you were exposed to them, they get parked in your fat and did you know that your brain is 70% fat? So if you can't get the toxins out you had today with your whatever your exposure was, you're parking it in your fat and your brain which is going to create havoc over time."
Hard to argue with any of that! I agree with all of it. Most of the above are quotes from Dr Wahls, from her many websites. Functional or holistic medicine just makes so much sense. It treats the actual cause of diseases, rather than just blindly drugging everything and focusing on endlessly chasing and minimising symptoms.
There are 3 basic principles of the type of medicine discussed by Wahls and others in this same field:
A. Get the good stuff in. Give your body the fuel and tools it needs to work at an optimum level. Good food, nutrients and all the proper vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Make sure you aren't deficient in any of the major nutrients as the different nutrients all work together.
B. Get the bad stuff out. Make sure your body can detoxify out all the toxic substances and toxic by-products of bodily processes properly. Stop as many toxins from getting in in the first place, and do things which aid detoxification to get rid of the ones you have.
C. Reduce your body's total load. The total load concept is that lessening the body's overall burden/work and stress level in one area, will improve health generally and improve the body's ability to heal because the body's total load (or burden) is lessened. Fixing one problem frees up bodily resources that can be then be used to help other parts of the body function getter or to heal. In other words, you need to look at the body as a whole in order to heal, and not just the one part of the body that is generating the most symptoms.
A special note to M.E. patients on the Wahls protocol:
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is a neurological disease similar in some ways to MS, which also causes demyelination and mitochondrial dysfunction as well as significant vascular and cardiac issues.
For those with my particular neurological disease, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, it is important that activity levels be kept always within very strict limits, or else relapse will occur. (Death is also a risk in M.E. if overexertion is severe. This is not about symptoms or feeling fatigued, but a problem of cardiac insufficiency, reduced circulating blood volume and POTS and so on which is serious and non-negotiable. Overexertion always causes a worsening of the disease.) But of course activity levels can and should be raised slowly to keep in line with health improvements in M.E. - this is something that happens naturally anyway.
For those unfamiliar with the disease, many M.E. patients are housebound and almost entirely bedbound (and far too ill to use wheelchairs for even small periods of time in a day or week) and limited with even basic communication and reading; which is also part of why I am trying hard to summarise the work of Wahls for them as much as possible. Daily stretching, balance work and cardiovascular exercise is probably a great recommendation for almost everyone but should be omitted by M.E. patients unless they can do this without becoming more ill or symptomatic. The advice on pushing through symptoms is also not relevant to M.E. patient as many are severely ill due to doing exactly this for many years.
Also, Wahls says: 'It is common to have some level of detoxification (more fatigue, headache) in the first week which resolves and then improves markedly by week two.' I would say that for M.E. patients this statement is not quite right and is an enormous understatement. M.E. patients will often have quite severe healing reactions to supplementation and changes in diet. These can be severe enough to make a patient no longer able to feed themselves or do other tasks of daily living, as well as leave them in agony. They can also last FAR longer than just a week!
It is important for anyone ill to make the dietary changes gradually, and for patients with M.E. this caution should be taken very seriously. Jumping in with both feet too fast could leave you very very ill for months afterward. Healing reactions are a good sign that healing is occurring, but need to be controlled so they don't become overwhelming. Switch to the full Wahls Paleo Plus diet over a few months at least. Slowly but surely is the way to go! Improvements will almost certainly be slow too, so patience is necessary there as well, especially when the illness has been severe for many years or even several decades or more.
M.E. patients will also often do far better eating cooked veggies rather than raw, which can be too difficult and painful for us to digest and may not cope at all well with prolonged fasting. (For more M.E. patient-specific tips and cautions see the HHH and HFME websites.)
This diet is described as an MS diet, but really this diet is the diet we have all evolved to be best suited to. All of us need such a nutrient-dense and low-toxicity diet, and so I hope people with all sorts of diseases look into the Wahls diet and not just those with neurological diseases. The diet can also help where there is not yet a correct diagnosis. We all need the right amounts of the nutrients that enable healing, no matter what disease we have.
For some people following this diet plan will be enough, but for others a higher level of intervention will be required in addition to the diet. The first step toward healing has to be an excellent diet and good gut health, combined with minimising toxin exposures. If more help is needed then, as Wahls explains, it is best to see a Functional medicine expert so that it can be determined what extra supplements or other supports you may need. The key is learning about your own 'biochemical individuality.' There are so many tests now which can be done to determine where your detoxification pathways are failing, which nutrients you need more of or have problems utilising or why your gut is still not functioning right.
For those that can't find or can't afford to see a Functional medicine expert, or cannot see any medical expert due to being housebound etc., an excellent companion to Wahls book are the books by Functional medicine experts such as Dr Sherry Rogers. Dr Rogers tells you exactly which tests may help you, how to treat more complex gut problems and how to go about following a more intensive detoxification regime involving a detox cocktail and FIR sauna use. Dr Rogers books are to some extent `do-it-yourself' health books but ideally Dr Rogers recommends that you get well with the help of a qualified practitioner that will be able to order the appropriate tests for you, and also help you interpret them.
Dr Sherry Rogers writes in `Detoxify or Die',
`I have to laugh when people ask me if I do alternative, herbal, acupuncture or holistic medicine. 'No,' I reply. 'We do state-of-the-art medicine. In other words, we find the biochemical, nutritional and environmental causes and cures rather than blindly drugging everything. Sure, herbs are gentler, safer and more physiologic than drugs and holistic medicine attempts to incorporate many diverse modalities, etc. But there is no substitute for finding the underlying biochemical causes and cures. This is real medicine. This is where medicine should and would have been decades ago, if it had not been abducted by the pharmaceutical industry.'
Following a super-high-quality diet is also the foundation of Dr Rogers' treatment plan and so starting with the Wahls diet (which is the best there is, along with Primal Body-Primal Mind) and then moving on (if necessary) to follow Dr Rogers' advice on advanced detoxification techniques just makes so much sense. The best book of hers to start with is Detoxify or Die. It is just brilliant and very easy to read as well. It has so much good information and support for sauna use and so much more. Her book 'The Safe, Effective Way to Prevent and Heal Chronic Gastrointestinal Disorders' is also excellent.
In addition to books by Dr Sherry Rogers I'd also recommend books and articles by Dr Lawrence Wilson (particularly his book on sauna use), Dr Klenner, Dr Abram Hoffer, Andrew Saul, Sally Fallon and Mary Enig and any and all of the vitamin C and orthomolecular experts such as Linus Pauling and Dr Thomas Levy. Other excellent books on diet and nutrition (with huge amounts in common with the Wahls diet) include the BRILLIANT Primal Body-Primal Mind by the also brilliant Nora Gedgaudas as well as books on the GAPS diet for the treatment of dysbiosis and a diet-based plan to heal the gut.
Gut health is so important and if gut health is poor, then your body can't properly use all the wonderful nutritious food you are eating. Many of us need to heal the gut first of all, and this may at first involve supplements such as Betaine HCL, enzymes and probiotics, as well as dietary changes, as these books explain. All of these books, along with Wahls book, are far more than just standard Paleo diet books.
Combining the excellent Wahls diet with the advice on detoxification by Dr Rogers (including the use of an FIR sauna and a daily detox cocktail and 'oil change' nutrients and digestive supports) has seen me finally start to slowly improve my health since 2009. I'm slowly improving month by month from a very severe neurological disease - thanks in part to the work of Nora Gedgaudas, Dr Wahls and Dr Rogers, and others like them - that has left me housebound and almost entirely bedbound for many years. I have been housebound and almost entirely bedbound (and far too ill to even use a wheelchair, or even the phone) for over 10 years and I got ill when I was just 19. Getting slowly worse and worse year after year was terrifying, especially when I was so ill and disabled already.
I wish so much I had had this information early on in my disease, rather than coming to it more than 10 years in. Healing is so much easier the earlier you start it.
I wont know how much of my damage is irreversible until I improve a lot more (a LOT more I hope!) and find out where I plateau. But for those that have been ill 'only' 5 or 7 years or less, or that are not severely ill, I do think these approaches could be curative or very close to it. At the very least they will undo as much damage as can be undone which is what this book very sensibly promises.
My big dream is to get to a 30% function level, where I can live independently.... I'm still so far away from that currently, but I am at least making slow but sure progress now! Being able to cook a little this last few years after 8 years or more not being able to even make myself a cup of tea has been just so wonderful. Cooking myself an egg is a joyful experience! It is so wonderful to now each month be getting small UNsymptoms and UNdisabilities!
I have learned so much about health that I would never have known if I had not become so ill and been forced to learn it!
The basic information in this book is wonderful, though I'm admittedly not a fan of high fibre supplement recommendations (as the GAPS diet book explains, many of us get far worse gut issues with extra fibre and can benefit a lot from lower fibre foods), outdated information about how raw vegetables are easier to digest than cooked ones and come with their own enzymes which do some of this digestion for you (actually cooked foods are *far* easier to digest than raw!), a fairly low salt diet and no guidelines on making sure to get a healthy minimum amount, or recommendations of iodised sea salt and not unrefined sea salt. Gut and sugar issues are barely mentioned and the supplements section is very minimal and basic while many alternative therapies such as Reiki and acupuncture are recommended.
A high dose calcium supplement is recommended despite most good nutritional experts saying calcium tablets are not needed almost ever and can be harmful. No warnings are given on supplements which can often be poorly tolerated and need to be started carefully at lower doses such as NAC and silymarin. No information is given on sulfur food sensitivities or the need many have to take supplemental HCl to digest protein. The book also doesn't specify to only buy B complex vitamins that don't contain synthetic folate or the inferior form of B12. Only the basic B12 test is recommended along with a small dosage of methyl B12 which is a strange omission considering how inaccurate the B12 test is known to be (you can test high and actually still have a serious B12 deficiency causing demyelination!) and how many people have B12 deficiency causing demyelination misdiagnosed as MS or at least coexisting with MS. Again, this is a diet book only primarily.
The Wahls diet is said to be useful for patients with diseases other than Multiple Sclerosis, and it certainly is. But this book contains a ton of information which is heavily based on the symptoms and other characteristics of the MS patient and may not fit those of us with other neurological or autoimmune etc. diseases quite so well. Symptom checklists were very MS-based and many symptoms and issues seen in non-MS diseases were not mentioned. A fairly high degree of functioning is also assumed throughout, as is illustrated in the extensive Wahls diary instructions and the information on demanding daily stretching, balance and cardiovascular exercises and advice to push yourself to do things and to keep working. Issues with an inability to stand long to prepare food (for example) and hypoglycemia are not really even discussed. The book aims to get through a lot of information in a short time and to be primarily about detailed dietary information and about MS so this is not even really a criticism, just an observation. It's totally fair enough it's an MS based book as the author has MS after all. For non-MSers you just need to skip certain sections and do some extra reading elsewhere on some issues is all.
I bought the hardcover edition as I read a review saying the Kindle version didn't display the tables at the end of the book well. It's a very well designed hardcover. The smaller size makes it easy to read and hold and the typography and book design is excellent inside as well. There is no small unreadable type or text too close to the spine of the book so you can't read it without cracking the books spine. The small case study or facts boxes scattered throughout the text are easily defined from the main text, not too long and although printed sometimes in (annoying to read) italics still quite easy to read. I can also loan this hardcover version out to friends, which is another huge reason it's better than a Kindle edition as well. (Kindle titles should be far more loanable!) Get this hardcover edition I say, it's better than the Kindle version and also the earlier paperback edition of the book that came out a few years ago too. Much more polished. I give it 4.5 stars.
The Wahls Foundation is a nonprofit organisation raising funds to do research on this diet. Buying this book helps fund their research. Reading more of her ideas online is so helpful. I'd highly recommend watching all her free videos online (watch out for the loud sound on some of them - ouch!), plus her Facebook page and blog and website. They are all so helpful.
Dr Wahls is the real deal and is clearly motivated by a genuine desire to help ill people improve their health. I wish her and her Foundation all the best and thank them for all their wonderful work. This is real cutting edge medicine.
Wahls explains it takes 1 year to replace all your skin cells, 1-3 years to replace the cells in the liver and kidneys, 15 years to replace heart muscle cells, and 7-10 years to replace myelin. No drug will ever be able to do this for you and only you can do it for yourself. So why not get started rebuilding yourself today!
Best wishes for future health to anyone nutrition-nerdy enough to read this far!
Jodi Bassett, The Hummingbirds' Foundation for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Health Healing & Hummingbirds
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Initial post: Mar 31, 2014 8:53:56 AM PDT
Wow, this is a great review - Thank you for putting so much time and thought into writing such a thorough review! I too enjoyed the book. So much information to absorb.
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Hi, Great review. I eat no gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO/heated oils/dehydrated food/certain fats...take vitamins/good oils, LDN, Vit D3, Fish oil, Vit C, zinc and more which suppress my MS. I also agree. I could not do some of the things in her books. MS to me is due to Celiac, heavy metals, low thyroid due to gluten, need vitamins/good oils...need bioidentical hormones.. .Vit B12 methylcobalamin shot/spray or under the tongue kind and MTHF (kind of folate), HCl and enzymes with meals and strong dairy free probiotic. Alternative medicine may heal MS and many other health issues due to Celiac fast. I need to eat organic and nothing in a box with a label and avoid hidden gluten on nuts not in a shell or meat basting or spices etc.. Hair tests are very help and EDTA/DMPS IV chelations that remove heavy metals/help swelling and inflammation and unclog blood vessels. Thanks for your efforts on the review. I agree with what you say. http://articles.mercola.com/members/Shash
Posted on Apr 5, 2014 9:00:05 AM PDT
M. Ernst says:
Thanks for all your thoughts. Your ME situation sounds extremely challenging, I'm glad you have the courage to focus on what you can do, rather than what you can't. Your last quote/paraphrase on the time it takes for systems to regenerate I find particularly helpful as well. It is good to have mental milestones rather than hoping for too much improvement too fast, then being discouraged. I've tried reading Nora G's book but got lost in the deep science of it. I've heard Nora speak a few times and found that very helpful. I'll check out Dr Rogers as well.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2014 9:14:42 AM PDT
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HI, Improvement can happen fast with Alternative medicine. I just got out of the hospital with Lymes/C-diff/another tick bacteria. Without Alternative medicine I would still be very sick, with it...I am ok fast. People can heal fast. Think positive. Ask God to help. LDN was like a miracle, by the 3rd day people said I was different. It helps personality/liver/eyes/adrenals and more. I keep a journal daily of what I eat/supplements/medicine/time/date/sympto
In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2014 10:23:18 AM PDT
Shasha, I have seen your posts on the Dr. Mercola site and congratulate you on the amazing job you have done to improve your health.
I have just started reading the Wahl's protocol, page 100 or so. You do need to be desperate to make some of these dietary changes. As someone on a low carb diet for diabetes, I rely on cheese and eggs and they will be hard to drop. As I already eat a lot of veggies, adding more will not be a problem. This is farmers' market time, a place for me to obtain clean produce, not necessarily certified organic; therefore less costly. Unfortunately, I do not have easy access to organic liver, etc. In fact, it is hard to find any liver but chicken liver in my local stores. I need to talk to their butchers. The other day I found a package of beef liver which I cooked on a low temp, per the book, in a saucepan, using salsa as my liquid. Surprisingly, I had very tender liver in a short while. As I taste tested for doneness, I don't like rare meat, let along raw, my body wanted me to eat all of it, right now! Showing me I need this food. I do have low grade anemia and am taking prescription iron for it.
At 76, I don't have 15 years to replace my heart tissue; however, otoh, am miserable where I am at: celiac, fibro, and missing several organs due to four cancers. Because one of those organs is my left kidney, I have decided it might be best for me to ease into the diet; spreading out ridding myself of my toxic load over the next few months. If I feel better quickly, and even a little bit better will be a lot, that will be incentive to continue.
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Hi, Low carb..should be Celiac diet instead for Diabetes. Some people can have dairy once they stop gluten when intestines heal to make lactase to digest lactose. My dairy problem hurt my brain..was worse than lactose intolerance. Soft serve ice cream may have gluten in it. I take Osteoprocare instead of dairy..then no dairy cravings. Eggs are ok..but antibiotic free kind and not fed GMO corn/soy etc.. I eat hard boiled eggs. Ice cream hurt me the worse..has glutamic acid in carreegan in it...like MSG and fat and sugar cross the blood brain barrier well. Organic vegetables is good. I don't eat liver...it detoxes the body..may have toxins in it. My friend used to eat liver and it may help skin elasticity and more I don't like rare meat also. Liver maybe good for you.
Anemia can be due to low Vit B12..may need methylcobalamin shot/under the tongue kind/spray or low iron due to bleeding in the gut due to eating gluten. I don't eat a lot of meat...taking taurine is helping me digest fat better so I may eat more now. HCl and Now brand- Enzymes with meals helps food come out of more digested and taking dairy free probiotic at night. Nature's plus- Source of life multiple with iron and fulvic acid may help iron absorb. This multiple is gluten free and gives energy as long as there is not hidden gluten in the diet.
NO gluten...in two weeks I had 1000X more energy and felt 20 years younger. Cancer/fibro can be due to Celiac. Tests may not work to diagnose Celiac. The Celiac diet may help the kidneys. Detox slowly. Organic sulfur/cilantro 600mg may help detox and Now brand- Detox support, Vit C, glutathione and more.
Hawthorn may help the heart and carnitine. Celiac diet may help rebuild the body fast. All cells maybe replaced in 7 years? My body feels like it is different every 5 years.
The good oils are very important. Hair tests show good minerals and heavy metal levels. Amazon.com has Doctor's data hair test and another one.
My friend stopped her fibromyalgia in one day taking the supplements I have and eating no gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO. You maybe able to have dairy..each person is different. Anything in a box/bag/label in the grocery store may have bad ingredients. Cooking by scratch and drinking reverse osmosis water, daily walk in the sunlight and more may help. Vit D3 5000IU, Vit C, zinc, fish oil 2000mg help me. Coenzyme Q10 may help energy in the cell and more. People maybe able to heal fast. Best wishes.
In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2014 10:21:49 AM PDT
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Thanks for your reply. I am already taking a lot of the supplements you mentioned, tho I tend to use house brands. And I do try to cook as much from scratch as I can. I can never remember feeling good. My celiac was diagnosed in 2007 and I have tried to maintain a GF diet since then. Even the foods are expensive, also mostly not doable because of diabetes, and the pain and lack of energy are bringing me to the point where I don't much care.
Dr Wahl does not use supplements, she has worked out the diet to where, if you truly follow it, you will get all the nutrition you need. However, it does include a lot of meat, including organ meats several times a week. As you work your way thru the levels, the diet becomes ketogenic, which may lead to less insulin usage, fewer problems from fibro and age.
I am still reading the book, there is a lot of information to absorb and it is taking me a while. I will probably buy it, the one I am reading is a library book. Believe me, if I were not desperate, I would not consider such a restrictive diet. I know it will do nothing about my missing organs, nor my spinal stenosis, I am hoping it will relieve my fatigue enough to give me energy to make it thru my day, getting some work done. Particularly in the kitchen.
In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2014 4:54:35 PM PDT
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HI, I don't buy Celiac premade food. Celiac diet is Asian diet..very cheap. Most of the poor people eat like this except in America where they eat gluten (wheat/barley/rye..oats), dairy/soy/sugar/GMO which is hurting them so they can't work and are sick. Meat/veg/rice ...(nuts- open shells to avoid hidden gluten and freeze), tea etc. is plenty for me. Hidden gluten maybe in Synthroid, spices, meat basting etc. LDN is awesome. When I feel like I am dying I take it. Should take it daily instead. Juicing may help. There are things in food that are not in supplements. I am not ok on only food. Meat may build muscle...so more mitochondria and may affect genes. I don't eat organ meats. Less sugar/starch helps with insulin etc. I would not be alive without this diet.
Hidden gluten makes me feel like I am going blind/depression/low B vitamns and minerals and psychotic almost. Hidden gluten ...can be microscopic. LDN helps to block hidden gluten. ...gives so much energy I don't take it at night..but that it when it works best. It is cheap. B vitamins, protein, Nature's plus- Source of life multiple may give energy. I had 1000X more energy in two weeks without gluten. Some people may have Lymes or heavy metals. Hair tests show minerals/heavy metals. I had to detox with EDTA/DMPS IV chelations for heavy metals. Amour thyroid maybe needed or Thyro-gold since gluten may make antibodies to the thyroid...that may give energy. PQQ may help make more mitochondria. Vit B12 shot/Spray/under the tongue kind of methylcobalamin may help energy. Best wishes.
In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2014 1:03:39 PM PDT
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Sasha, can't use ldn, I take pain meds. I also have spinal stenosis, fibro and diabetic neuropathy, arthritis, fibro generalized pain; cannot make it thru the day without the pain meds. I tried, before the spinal stenosis symptoms came out, made it down to one pill, was working on it. I looked into ultra low dose ldn, which you can take with pain meds; however, have to do the dilution myself; am already up to my ears in my health management. I could give a litany of doctor errors that brought me here; however, it would not add anything. Suffice to say that with my husband's first heart attack, when I was 39, I began to delve into nutrition even more, changing our diet, adding supplements. Nevertheless, 13 years later I lost him to ALS, and, in my grief, neglected my health. Continued to let the diabetes worsen as I met someone else, changed jobs, moved, found myself raising a child again, etc. It was the computer that brought me to an awareness of the danger to my body as it aged. And it is the computer than continues to help.
But I am constrained by what the insurance will allow, and by what "traditional" doctors want to prescribe. I just fell into the donut hole, still take some brand name meds and may have to see to Canada for further prescriptions. Thier full pay may be less than my "discounted" co-pay. At least generics will be covered; tho if you read the People's Pharmacy, many people are finding generics are not bio-equivalent.
Far afield from the Wahls Protocol. I am still reading the book, am up to her version of the paleo diet. Still struggling with the idea of giving up both dairy and eggs, trying to think where coconut milk would be an acceptable alternative. I already know it will not be as good as my morning half and half that I have in my, usually, one cup of coffee a day. I would also have to modify the amount of protein that is in the diet; I have one kidney, don't want to put it into further jeopardy. It is not true that when you lose a kidney the other takes over.
As to the book itself: it is well written and easy to read. The amount of information is not easy to digest, at least not for my old head, which is why it is taking so long to read. I think as she increases fat, she decreases other areas of food. Which would be helpful. She does not want to encourage weight gain, hopes that many will lose weight and retain that weight loss.
In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2014 5:52:20 PM PDT
Hi, LDN is opposite to pain medicine but make it not necessary to have the pain medicine maybe as it helps to heal the body/brain and lower swelling/inflammation and help the immune system etc.. Diabetes/arthritis/fibro etc.. can be due to Celiac. LDN helps to block Celiac. LDN is like a miracle..along with Celiac diet..no gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO etc may suppress health issues fast. LDN is like ~$1 a day..is cheap/awesome! It is from a compounding pharmacy. I pay for my own..my self. I eat eggs..no problem except get antibiotic free etc. eggs and hard boil them. I can't have coconut. Celiac diet may help kidneys. Vit B12 methylcobalamin shot/spray/under the tongue kind and MTHF folate and Vit B6 with it may help brain/body/bones/sleep/circulation/oxygen in cells etc.. Dairy free probiotic at night. HCl and enzymes with meals and vitamins/good oils at meal time help me. Happiness...