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Aug 6, 2020

Healing yourself from an autoimmune disease like Multiple Sclerosis sounds impossible, doesn’t it? What if I told you it WAS possible and my guest, Dr. Terry Wahls, has healed herself from MS using her own protocol? Nothing short of miraculous.


About Dr. Terry Wahls

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 is the author of The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat 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 cookbook The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life: The Revolutionary Modern Paleo Plan to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions.

She conducts clinical trials that test the effect of nutrition and lifestyle interventions to treat MS and other progressive health problems. She also teaches the public and medical community about the healing power of the Paleo diet and therapeutic lifestyle changes that restore health and vitality to our citizens.


About The Wahls Protocol

On this episode, Terry shares her miraculous story of healing herself from Multiple Sclerosis. Along with undertaking a strict routine of supplements and dietary changes, she attributes a lot of her healing to doing something every single day. 

Having hope and showing her children that she was still capable to do some amount of exercise had a profound impact on her mental health, which in turn helped bolster her physical health.

Terry explains what her self-care routine is. Every morning, she gets up and spends two hours caring for herself with meditation, exercise, and electric stimulation. This routine helps keep Terry’s physical and mental health in check.

We spend some time together absolutely geeking out about the role of mitochondria in our bodies. It’s especially important to support our mitochondria when dealing with a chronic illness like MS, and Terry explains how she designed her protocol to do this.

Luckily, other doctors and clinicians realized the value in Terry’s protocol and encouraged her to conduct clinical trials. She explains what this process looked like in the beginning. One of the biggest obstacles Terry overcame on this journey was finding a medical journal to publish her findings!

Of course, we also talk about the spiritual side of Terry’s miraculous healing. Because of the fact that one year she couldn’t walk and the next year, following her protocol, she could is downright miraculous. 

Finally, Terry gives us some practical advice about how to follow a Keto diet when you have an autoimmune disease. She explains when and how long you should be on the diet.

How amazing is Terry’s miraculous healing journey? Did this resonate with you and your health journey? I’d love it if you shared your thoughts in the comments on the episode page.


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In This Episode:

  • The power of doing something every day
  • How your self-care routine has a profound impact on your daily health
  • What role mitochondria have in long-term and chronic illness
  • How Dr. Terry Wahls embarked on a clinical research journey so her findings can positively impact more MS patients
  • How to see the miracle in medical science
  • What the best way to introduce the Keto diet to your lifestyle is



“Supporting your mitochondria improved the brain’s ability to inhibit that excessive flow of information. It lets us be calmer in all of our responses.” (20:38)

“Okay, let’s say that all of my physicians all across the country were incompetent. Now, what about my prospective clinical trials? What about the possibility that this stuff actually does work? Why would you want to miss out on that opportunity?” (35:05)

“I want the world to know if I can come back from facing that future to this rich, full life that I have, then they, too, whatever condition their physician tells them they’re facing, there’s reason for them to have hope.” (40:35)

“We can’t force people to change. They have to want to change from within. The only way to do that is to inspire curiosity, then have them understand the possibility, then have them believe that this is an achievable task.” (42:23)



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