Episode 98

A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions

With Dr. Terry Wahls

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 years, her back and stomach muscles had weakened to the point where she needed a reclined wheelchair. Conventional medical treatments were failing her, and she feared that she would be bedridden for the rest of her life.

Dr. Wahls began studying the latest research on autoimmune disease and brain biology and decided to get her vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids from the food she ate rather than pills and supplements. To do this, she adopted the nutrient-rich Paleo diet, gradually refining and integrating it into a regimen of neuromuscular stimulation. First, she walked slowly, then steadily, and then she biked eighteen miles in a single day. In November 2011, Dr. Wahls shared her remarkable recovery in a TEDx talk that immediately went viral. 

Today on The Broken Brain Podcast, I’m joined by my good friend Dr. Terry Wahls to talk about how she stunned the medical community by reversing her painful symptoms of MS. We discuss The Wahls Protocol and how it’s transforming the lives of people with autoimmune conditions and we get into the latest scientific findings on fasting, ketosis, neurorehabilitation, and behavior change when it comes to treating MS and other autoimmune conditions. 

For more on Dr. Terry Wahls, be sure to follow her on Instagram @terrywahls, on Facebook @terrywahls, and on Twitter @terrywahls. Check out her website https://terrywahls.com. Watch her TedX Talk, Minding Your Mitochondria, here. Learn more about The Wahls Protocol Health Practitioner Certification here, and The Wahls Protocol Seminars, here. You can find her book, The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles, right here, and her research papers and gait videos here


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I hope you enjoyed this conversation as much as I did.
Wishing you health and happiness.
Dhru Purohit

In this Episode, you will learn

  1. Dr. Wahls’ MS diagnosis and what she did to reverse her symptoms
  2. How Dr. Wahls changed her diet using Paleo principles
  3. The important role vitamin K plays in the body, especially when it comes to myelin repair
  4. How immunosuppressant drugs block the repair that your brain is attempting to do
  5. The Wahls Protocol and how it helps other chronic autoimmune conditions
  6. How research gets funded
  7. How Dr. Wahls went from being banned from the National MS society to receiving funding for her research
  8. The science of fasting
  9. The importance of having a clear mission, purpose, and goal when it comes to your health
  10. Where to learn more about Dr. Terry Wahls


Dhru Purohit

Dhru is the host of the Dhru Purohit Podcast, a top 30 health podcast with over 30 million downloads. His interviews focus on the inner workings of the brain and the body and feature the brightest minds in wellness, medicine, and mindset.

Dhru Purohit is also a serial entrepreneur and investor in the health and wellness industry.

Dr. Terry Wahls

Dr. Terry Wahls is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa. 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.

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