Terry Wahls, MD, is a senior doctor of health at the University of Iowa and serves as the clinical practice director to investigate the efficacy of therapeutic diet and lifestyle modifications in the treatment of multiple sclerosis symptoms.
Dr. Wahls received The Institute for Functional Medicine’s Linus Pauling Award in 2018 for her contributions to clinical research, patient care, and patient advocacy. Dr. Wahls lectures all over the globe about the healing potential of diet and lifestyle for patients suffering from chronic disease.
Wahls also suffers from secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which has forced her to use a reclined wheelchair for the past four years. She regained her health by following a diet and lifestyle plan she designed specifically for the brain, and now she bikes to work every day. The Wahls Protocol: How I Overcame Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine, The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles, and The Wahls Protocol Cookbook are her books.
Inspiring Talks by Dr. Terry Wahls
- “The power of healing is within you. All you need to do is give your body what it needs and remove what is poisoning it. You can restore your own health by what you do — not by the pills you take, but by how you choose to live.”
- “The good news is that these detox symptoms typically begin tapering within a couple of weeks for our clinical trial participants. In my clinical practice, I tell people to wind down the bad food as they wind up the good food over a week. When it is done that way, the detox symptoms are generally somewhat less bothersome. And remember what’s happening when you feel them: The bad stuff is coming out!”
- “You are alive because your cells are self-correcting chemical factories. Your job is to facilitate that self-correction, not impede it.”
- “They are triggered by deficiencies in your cells that lead to broken biochemistry and impaired signaling between your cells. When you look at chronic disease in this way, it’s obvious that you should treat the cellular deficiencies that cause diseases to develop in the first place instead of just treating the symptoms, which is what most conventional pharmaceutical treatments do.”
- “Disease begins at the cellular level, when cells are starved of the building blocks they need to conduct the chemistry of life properly, and that the root of optimal health begins with taking away the things that harm and confuse our cells while providing the body with the right environment in which to thrive.”
- “Study after study has shown that diet, toxin exposure, and activity level account for 70 to 95 percent of the risk for autoimmune disease, mental health issues, cancer, and, in fact, most chronic diseases.”
- “Recognize that 9 cups sounds like a lot, and there are two reasons for this. One, in order to get enough concentrated nutrition, you need to eat a lot of vegetables.”
- “Autoimmune disease is like scrambling a few notes in the middle of a grand symphony. As more and more notes are scrambled, the harmonies and melody are increasingly lost until there is no semblance of the original score and what was once beautiful music just sounds like noise.”
- “The power of healing is within you. All you need to do is give your body what it needs and remove what poisons it. You can restore your own health by what you do—not by the pills you take, but by how you choose to live.”
- “you want a smaller brain that thinks poorly, and eats more antinutrients like the trans-fat-laden processed foods. Eat fast food daily or even just three times a week and you are well on the way to early dementia!”