Terry Wahls TED Talk on Autoimmune

While there is no cure, Dr. Terry Wahls reversed her autoimmune multiple sclerosis — going from wheelchair to biking.  How did she do it?  The answer may surprise you.  A big part of what she does is via food.   She tells her story and the food prescription in her TED Talk…

This food plan is what we all can strive for whether we have autoimmune or not.  She also does clinicial trials on her methodology on second degree progression MS patients.

If you want to learn more about her protocol, you can read her book “The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles” – at the time of this writing it is Amazon’s #1 seller in the category of “Multiple Sclerosis”.

The title of her TED Talk is “Minding Your Mitochrondria”.  Those who are familiar with longevity research will know that one aspects of living long and healthy is to keep your mitochrondria healthy.   And many diseaeses involve sick mitochrondria.

The sub-title of her book mentions Paleo Principles.  Many other people have found relief in following a Paleo diet, which excludes grain, dairy, and leguemes.   This automatically excludes gluten.   I believe that anyone with an autoimmune condition should avoid gluten.  Many should avoid dairy as well.

The food prescribed in her TED Talk consists of eating 9 cups of vegetables a day — the more variety the better.  Have a lot of color (fruits and berries) for antioxidant.  Eat sulfur rich vegetables.  Eat clean organic free-range grass-fed meats and organ meats if possible.  Seafood and seaweed.

Why sulfur-rich vegetables (such as onions, aspargus, garlic, brocolic, eggs, etc) is because the sulfur atom is needed for the body to make the gluthatione molecule which is the master anti-oxidant and detoxification molecule in our body.

Plants are green because they contain chlorophyll.  Right in the center of the chlorophyll molecule is the magnesium atom, which the body can harvest and absorb.  It can not make magnesium atoms on its own.  But it needs magnesium for over 300 biochemical processes in the body.