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Dr. Tery Wahls
Aug 02 2013

Terry Wahls, M.D., was diagnosed with relapsing remitting Multiple Sclerosis in 2000 and by 2003 she had transitioned to secondary progressive Multiple Sclerosis and soon became dependent upon a tilt-recline wheelchair.

After developing and using the Wahls Protocol™, she is now able to walk through her hospital and commute to work by bicycle. She now uses intensive directed nutrition in her primary care and traumatic brain injury clinics. Dr. Wahls is the lead scientist in a clinical trial testing her protocol in others with progressive MS. She is a clinical professor at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.A., where she teaches and does clinical research.

“I underwent chemotherapy in an attempt to slow the disease and began using a tilt-recline wheelchair because of weakness in my back muscles. It was clear: eventually I would become bedridden by my disease. I wanted to forestall that fate as long as possible,” she says.

Hoping to find something to arrest her descent into becoming bedridden, she began to delve into the latest Multiple Sclerosis research. Unfortunately, most of the studies were testing drugs that were years away from FDA approval. Then it occurred to her to search for vitamins and supplements that helped any kind of progressive brain disorder.

Slowly she created a list of nutrients important to brain health and began taking them as supplements. The steepness of her decline slowed, but she was still declining.

In the fall of 2007, she had an important epiphany and redesigned her diet so that she was getting those important brain nutrients from her foods instead of from nutrients.

She created a new diet of intensive directed nutrition providing optimal nutrition for her brain. At that time, she also learned about neuromuscular electrical stimulation and convinced her physical therapist to give her ongoing treatments. She began her intensive directed nutrition along with a program of progressive exercise, electrical stimulation, and daily meditation.

The results stunned her physician, her family and herself.  Within a year, she was able to walk through the hospital without a cane and even complete an 18-mile bicycle tour.

She regained the ability to commute to work by bicycle, do her rounds on foot without canes or wheelchairs, conduct clinical trials, and write grants, all by making changes to the foods she ate, exercising, and practicing stress management.

She was so grateful for the recovery from MS that she spent the next three years researching, teaching, lecturing and speaking about her journey and how others may help themselves with intensive directed nutrition.

Many of her lectures have been recorded, and 50% of the profits from the sales of the lecture DVDs, and audio CDs is being used to support clinical research in the field of progressive Multiple Sclerosis.

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