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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
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.
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
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
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
Sue Schlinglof
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
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 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nutrition, health
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.
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
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
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it
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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
Jalene Plamondon
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
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.
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
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book can be hard to get thru at times but the info is priceless!
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read. Dr. Wahl's information is well laid out. As you read, it is evident this book was a real labor of love. Being diagnosed with Progressive MS, she has a wealth of knowledge about nutrition and how it interplays with our health on a deep, cellular level. Admittedly, she had to really dig for this information because it is not a part of conventional medicine (getting to the root cause of disease). However, it is very well cited, researched and explained--from a medical standpoint. Fo ...more
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
I started reading this book desperately wanting to love it. Don't get me wrong, I took a lot out of it, but when it comes to vegans, she downright lies to convince people to start eating meat. She lost most of her credibility with me for that.

1) She talks about the dangers of not soaking nuts, seeds, legumes or grains. Current research shows the phytates actually help reduce osteonecrosis

2) She's stuck on the old protein-combining myth
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
Debbie Nichols
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Autoimmune cure based on science

Excellent source of information. Her diet is a wonderful combination of Paleo and ketogenic diets with a focus on nutritional density. Without being aware of her diet, I had inadvertently been eating in much the same way because I found I felt much better following these practices. There are several more practices she recommends that I plan to add to my lifestyle
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love how science based this is. Can't wait to get started though I could have used more practical guidance from the book. 9 cups of veggies divided up by type. 3 of this kind... 1 of that... Do I literally chop and measure all the cups at the start of the day?

Will update my review and rating after I have tried the method.
Maureen L.
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding book about the possible genesis of autoimmune disease and how to heal the body through a diet of highly nutritious food. The concept of food as medicine gives me hope for regaining my health from the ravages of Celiacs disease.
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
A delicate mix of science and practicality, this book should be on the "To Read" list of anyone suffering with an autoimmune disease. I would even venture to suggest this book for seemingly healthy individuals looking to maintain or increase their health.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a good resource on the power of nutrition healing disease. Explains the how and why which helped me get on board with the protocol. Will reference this again and again.
Heidi Redl
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating read.
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Life-changing. This is the researched diet I need to fight MS. This isn't just a one-time read, but a reference book I keep by my bed. Reading this book gave me hope:)
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Chick full of great information to help you implement this diet and achieve better health.
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