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The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine

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An integrative approach to healing chronic autoimmune conditions by a doctor, researcher, and sufferer of progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) whose TEDx talk is already a web sensation
Like many physicians, Dr. Terry Wahls focused on treating her patients’ ailments with drugs or surgical procedures—until she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2000. Within three
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published March 13th 2014 by Avery
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Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have finished reading this book some weeks ago, but neglected to update here.

This is a book that will be reread again and again, and referred to frequently. It is a very valuable in addition to my health and nutritional resources bookshelf.

I am following the diet – – she has three levels of dietary regimens – – I have adopted the middle level – – Wahls Paleo

I had read her first self-published book, "Minding My Mitochondria" in early 2012, and had been following her nutritional guidelines fo
Frederic Pierce
Sep 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Terry Wahls, a physician stricken with multiple sclerosis, has an incredible story to tell. Wheelchair-bound by her disease (the same one my wife, Donna, struggles with daily) she began experimenting with her diet, eventually hitting on an eating plan that enabled her to lead a relatively normal, physical life. Incredible, right? I wish that was what this book was about.
Instead, it is a well-intentioned how-to manual aimed at MS victims. A lot of it makes great sense: eliminating gluten because
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the BEST book on the power of nutrition to heal our chronic illnesses. It is thorough, inviting, thoughtful and a fascinating read. I agree whole-heartedly with Dr. Wahls' approach and protocol. So, very, very interesting. I think this is a tour de force book that anyone interesed in nutrition must read. Powerful, powerful concepts are taught in this book. ...more
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Alison Lauderdale
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
I'm getting a little tired of health books for people with auto-immune disease that have such positive spins and promise so much from just eating more vegetables. I realize that Dr Wahls isn't presenting her case for healing in such simplistic terms, but dealing with auto-immune disease is so multi-faceted and a lot more work than this book would lead one to believe. On the other hand, diet is huge to healing and for anyone dealing with illness or wanting to lead a healthier life. I definitely w ...more
Joshua Buhs
Sep 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: belly, non-fiction
As a historian, I'm offended; as the spouse of someone with MS, I'm willing to give it a try.

All the surrounding theoretical babble is questionable: from the very notion of "a" paleo diet, to the idea that only functional medicine gets at root causes of disease, to a "paleo" lifestyle incuding electrical-stimulation (!). The book, without seeming to know it, stands in the long tradition of alternative medicine cures that have been put out since the late nineteenth century, all of them bemoaning
Jalene Plamondon
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was diagnosed with MS in the summer of 2015 and this is the first book I read on MS, which my neurologist leant to me after I told her I wanted to approach a holistic way of dealing with my symtoms rather then medication (which I ended up on anyways). This book taught me many lessons about the Paleo diet, which I've mostly switched too. Cut dairy, gluten and sugar after reading this book and am please with the way it's transformed my body in many healthy ways. By removing these items from my d ...more
Chani Kynes
I am very glad that I read the Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life book first. This book is like most other introduction to a food plan books. Person is sick, person changed their diet and got better. As someone with RA I completely agree with this and am looking to include ideas from the Whals Protocol. However, it gets tedious reading the same format over and over. If this is the first book of that format that you have read it is good and has a number of interesting medical points. For the most pa ...more
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I do not have MS, but was intrigued when a friend showed me Dr. Wahls TEDx talk. Since then I have read her book and am gradually learning to follow paleo principles with encouraging results. I recommend this book to others like myself who believe the old adage, "You are what you eat" and who are looking at achieving long-term health through a nutrient-dense regime. I do not recommend this program if you are looking for a "magic weight loss diet" or if you are not prepared to give up the pre-pac ...more
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was truthfully amazed at this book and the author's story. What she did to change her lifestyle helped her MS immensely. These changes can help all autoimmune diseases, not just MS. It's.for.real! ...more
Nicole Chilton
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved the science-based background with a more open and alternative mindset toward healing. Eager to get started!
Whitney Moore
Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Well, this is a dietary regimen that is way too complicated for me. I do have a diagnosis of MS, so I was listening. But this protocol was so technical that it was daunting. The author, a physician, got so scientific that Data took a very prominent place, drowning out practically every other voice in the room.

There was one friendly voice that was down-to-earth and not so entirely technical as to be off-putting. It was the author’s delightful comparing a human cell to an automobile, picturing eac
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating information about food as medicine! I read this book because I was interested in trying the protocol with my son, who is autistic. Max is 15 now and we tried a lot of different diets when he was in elementary school. He did best on SCD (specific carbohydrate diet) though it seemed like there was still something missing: some days he would be very calm and "present" and other days he was very agitated. I think that Dr. Wahls approach might be our "missing" piece. Her protocol has some ...more
Sue Francisco
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this book as a follow up to reading Primal Body, Primal Mind and I am so glad that I did! What sets this book above and beyond Primal Body, Primal Mind, is: (1) the first few chapters are very important and interesting; (2) Dr. Wahls explains the rationale for each of her recommendations with more facts and less personal opinion and conclusions; (3) Dr. Wahls' level of specificity in detailing each of the three diets, daily menus and micronutrient content is much higher; (4) Dr. Wahls exp ...more
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well written, comprehensive guide to adopting a nutrient dense diet within the broad outlines of the 'Paleo' diet.

I've incorporated many of the concepts in my own Paleo diet pursuits. Intending to eat more organ meat but it hasn't happened, yet.

Haven't tried many of the recipes.

I believe this approach could work for many people that have health issues (diabetes, auto-immune disorders etc).

Personally, my digestive system is MUCH happier without carbohydrates and simple sugars. Eat bacon every
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health
Inspiring how Dr Terry Wahls healed herself of multiple sclerosis through a paleo diet. Same as the book Grain Brain high (good) fat and low carb is the way to go with lots of fresh greens, fruits, no wheat and gluten.

Top it off with exercise, yoga, staying from toxins and other basic commonsense like sleeping well and stress management, we can all have better health.

An encouraging read.

update: I read this again in Dec 2016. Gleaned a lot more information from the book the second time round. Lik
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health, nutrition
As an individual who has been plagued by an autoimmune disorder for some time AND who lives a respectively clean lifestyle...'The Wahls Protocol' will certainly bring me to that next level of healing and wellness. I really appreciated the way she not only listed her protocol but explained medically/nutritionally why it works. ...more
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading so many books on diet, toxins, and lifestyle, seeing evidence in friends, and starting to experience significant changes in myself, I KNOW this as truth. I have read multiple sources, not just Wahls, and they all share similar experiences with themselves, and with their patients. It will be the wave of the medicine future- Functional Medicine. Society is starting to see that very slowly.

Scientifically based, tested on herself as a person with progressive MS, this book is an amazin
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I give 10 stars for what she has discovered/proven. And I'm glad to know that I can always turn to diet and lifestyle changes as factors that impact my autoimmune symptoms. I also give this doctor 10 starts for her overall amazingness as a person --what she overcame, her tenacity, (and her co-raising a young man who has become a champion for gay rights).

But, two stars for the lack of fun in reading it -- and the difficulty of the diet. She made me feel hopeful I could do it, but...I can't. I sim
Micah Grant
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-improvement
Lots of great advice on diet for anyone to follow, regardless of whether or not you have an autoimmune disease like MS. Using food as medicine to get the full nutrition should be our first choice. Dr. Wahls has designed a style of eating that is nutrient-dense and covers the broad spectrum of what our bodies need to repair themselves.
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very encouraging for MS and autoimmune disease sufferers. Also, written in a no-nonsense, up-front type of way, which I appreciated. The protocol doesn't seem to be the easiest thing in the world to follow (especially if you're not coming from a healthy lifestyle), but it's also not as overwhelming as other health regimens I've encountered which is nice. ...more
Cherie Palmer
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dr. With MS cures herself with diet after meds fail. As Hippocrates said, “ let food be the ultimate medicine”.
Kristi Clemow
Extremely interesting. Good information for everyone. Getting a copy for myself to keep
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it
It will be hard to cover absolutely everything about this book, because there's so much going on-- the diet, the health information, how it applies to my heath, and also the writing technique and style. I'm counting this as a "read" book, although, to be truthful, there were parts I skimmed (and a few non-relevant-to-me parts I totally skipped).

First, this is a useful book, for me and for other people with chronic autoimmune disorders. I don't have MS but I do have multiple body systems sufferin
Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it
As a Family Physician, Dr. Wahls' life experiences and dietary recommendations are mind-boggling... and I take them with a grain of salt. However, I am crossing my fingers that her studies show wide reaching results for autoimmune disorders. There are ideas of nutrition that I think are highly valuable even if the plan is not immediately feasible for financial, gastric, family harmony, etc. reasons. I also think working towards her dietary recommendations makes a lot of sense even if you are hea ...more
Christine Dorsey McGowan
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
My brother-in-law has MS so I have been intrigued with Dr. Wahls and the results she's seen with her diet plan. I've been eating Paleo for a few months, and have seen great results. I think she's on to something when she says that auto-immune diseases are not that unlike other diseases like cancer - they all start at the cellular level and if we can figure out what our cells need to stay healthy or recover, we may find the key to managing or overcoming these diseases.

I enjoyed the read. Some of
Judypie Molnar
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was a salvation for us at the time of our greatest need. It is a wealth of useful information, full of compassion, provides reasonable scientific explanations for its theories, and serves as a handy reference guide for anyone suffering from this indiscriminate disease. Our beautiful vibrant 34-year old daughter was diagnosed with PPMS (primary progressive multiple sclerosis) in September of 2018 and found great solace, comfort and inspiration in this book. As the mother of two young ch ...more
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book has me kind of stressed out because it seems so well-researched, yet it completely contradicts what I've read in The China Study which is also based on sound research.

The book is full of scientific explanations of how our bodies work, and I really like the focus on making our diet as packed with nutrients as possible. There are quite a few things I plan to incorporate in my lifestyle, and there are some recipes I'm going to try.
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone should read this book! I am a believer in getting out of our own way and letting our bodies attempt to heal themselves, and this is but one of those stories. This is well written with just enough science and footnotes to make it interesting yet not clinical. She is very careful to not say this is the absolute cure for MS, but her story is remarkable and I believe there are many similar stories.
We evolved by chasing down our food, not cruising up to a drive-thru window. If you aren't wil
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Lots of science and technology behind this diet. This diet looks VERY hard to adhere to. Forget going to someone's house for dinner. Best wishes getting food on the go when travelling. Food would definitely become my obsession if I delved into this nutrient-rich world. At this point in my life and health, I do not think I need to go full-board on my healthy eating. However the book will remain on my bookshelf should I need to focus more deliberately at my health and make that committed stance to ...more
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