The Wahls Protocol

The Wahls Protocol

How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine

Book - 2014
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"An integrative approach to healing chronic autoimmune conditions by a doctor, researcher, and sufferer of progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) whose TED talk is already a web sensation"--
Publisher: New York :, Avery, a member of Penguin Group (USA),, [2014]
ISBN: 9781583335215
Branch Call Number: 616.834 WAH
Characteristics: viii, 421 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Adamson, Eve


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Jan 03, 2019

This is a well thought out book that, as the title says, uses diet and what the author calls Functional Medicine, to attack her progressive MS. She was motivated by the paleo diet movement and the Institute for Functional Medicine. That institute is based on the foundational principle that the current clinical model for treating disease, especially chronic disease, is obsolete.

I have a form of MS that my neurologist classifies as progressive relapsing. After ten years of care I have a lot of sympathy for the idea that a change in the way care is done could use some updating. I take a fair number of drugs. I have been through four different protocols for specifically addressing the MS. The progression of my MS has marched right along throughout all of them. I also take eleven other medications that address various symptoms that I have. All of them have been helpful in helping me maintain a better quality of life during the progression.

The effectiveness of all of them has seemed to have faded over time, though, as the various symptoms inexorably march on. I often wonder whether it is worth taking them.

I have also faithfully worked at many of the alternative therapies that Wahl talks about. For me the most effective ones have been yoga, exercise and meditation. My diet has also changed very dramatically. My calorie intake is much lower and I eat a lot of fruit. There are some meat based proteins and a lot fewer carbs. A lot more fiber.

After ten years I have found that the meditation has opened up a great gift for me: acceptance. In the history of this group we call human beings there is long, deep cultural support for that idea. It was a bit of surprise for me to discover that fact after living within a culture of great personal empowerment. There is a lot to be said for empowerment of the individual and I have lived most of my life being enriched in many senses of that word pursuing the individual goal setting and action based days that that model calls for.

I'm in a place now where I am at peace in accepting the trajectory that I am on. I say three cheers to Dr. Wahl for her rational, evidence based approach. I hope it continues to work for her and her Wahl warriors. And I hope that the clinical testing that she has correctly undertaken winds up supporting her hypothesis.

And I ask that as a society we leave room for both paths.

This is perhaps more than a book review. I hope that some folks out there find it helpful.

Nov 18, 2016

While this book is very thorough in explaining what Terry Wahls did and why, and offering detailed explanations of what the reader should strive for, it is clearly written by someone who is financially very comfortable. I fully believe in consuming organic vegetables and grassfed meat, but I cannot afford to eat that way all the time even though I place a priority on it (the meat in particular is expensive; fortunately we have great local sources of organic vegetables). As for the healthcare options she recommends, those too are costly, especially if you utilize multiple remedies. Even the supplements will add up to a substantial sum monthly.

Candidly, I also find her "Wahls Warriors" testimonials rather self-aggrandizing. I'm glad she has helped other people, but "Wahls Warriors"? I'm not interested in joining a cult.

Having said that, I would encourage sufferers with MS to read this book anyhow, with an eye to seeing what can be gleaned from it. I don't have MS but I have friends who do, and anything that can slow down or reverse this horrendous disease is of value. Even if it only convinces you to stop eating processed foods laden with chemicals, you still will be better off.

Oct 02, 2016

If you have the budget or the medical plan, you will have to buy, prepare and eat nine cups of organic veggies and 12 ounces of meat a day, plus glasses and cups of coconut milk until you cannot see it anymore! In the mean time, you will have access to a doctor and various specialists, specialized tests, electrical therapy, FES devices, bioness, vibration machines, endless pool. You will know producers of organic meat and, of course, farmers near where you live who grow organic vegetables. I forgot the various supplements and vitamins, a food processor like the Vitamix (around $650). Hope you do not have a debilitating case of MS and live on invalidity provincial pension … By the way I have MS

Sep 07, 2016

This diet was helpful for Terry Wahls, but it did not beat her MS and has not been subjected to clinical trials.

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