Natural MD Radio: Dr. Terry Wahls – Eating for Life

Most of us have heard the quote from Hippocrates, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” But the story of today’s guest brings the power of food as a medicine to a whole new level.

Dr. Terry Wahls is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she conducts clinical trials. She is also a patient with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which confined her to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. Dr. Wahls restored her health using a diet and lifestyle program she designed specifically for her brain and now pedals her bike to work each day. She shared her story with the world in her bestselling book, The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine.

Now she has a new book coming out, The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life: The Revolutionary Modern Paleo Plan to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions, the cookbook companion to The Wahls Protocol, featuring delicious, nutritionally dense recipes based on the Wahls Paleo Diet.

Listen in to Terry's story and the amazing results she experienced on her path to recovery.

Show Notes:

  • What opened Terry’s eyes to using food as medicine
  • How to get the right amount of fruits and vegetables
  • How to tend to your mitochondria
  • What is the microbiome’s role in autoimmune disease
  • What foods you can add to restore your microbiome
  • How Terry’s vegetarian diet contributed to her health issues
  • What changes were hardest to make to Terry’s diet
  • How to get resistant starches
  • When to take out legumes
  • How to eat out with such a restricted diet
  • What you’ll find in Terry’s new cookbook

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Anja Farin

Inspiring story--especially like the ideas for low budget eating and the honest conversation about vegetarianism and veganism. Some people close to me have watched "Forks Over Knives" and read extensively on The China Study, and are convinced of a vegan lifestyle as a result. I fully admit that I haven't read the China study myself, but I'm wondering what your thoughts are about this in terms of advocating for at least some meat .


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I have listened to several podcasts and they are wonderful I am also reading your book and it, too, is very helpful. Can you kindly explain how to access the show notes to the podcasts?