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How your diet can transform your autoimmune condition w/ Terry Wahls
Episode 14112th December 2022 • Thyroid Strong • Emily Kiberd
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Dialing in your diet is essential to supporting your health, even in combating chronic illnesses like an autoimmune diseases. Terry Wahls joins Thyroid Strong Podcast to share her story of multiple sclerosis and how she reduced the painful symptoms of her disease, Dr. Wahls has reclaimed control of her life and continues to study and write about the role that nutrition and lifestyle interventions can play in treating MS.

Dr. Terry Wahls is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. In addition, she conducts clinical research and has published over 60 peer-reviewed scientific abstracts, posters, and papers. Besides being a doctor, Dr. Wahls has added insight into her profession as a patient with multiple sclerosis.

In this interview, Dr. Wahls explains the protocol that she came up with to help other patients with MS regain control of their health through diet and exercise. As the research continues, more and more is being discovered about the role that functional medicine can play in helping people with chronic degenerative diseases and Dr. Wahls shares some of her groundbreaking discoveries with us today.

Have you or someone you know drastically changed their diet to manage symptoms after a diagnosis? Tell me how it went in the comments below!

In this episode:

  • Dr. Wahls’ story after getting diagnosed with multiple sclerosis
  • The importance of mitochondrial functioning in maintaining the overall health of your organs and how to support its health through diet
  • How air travel negatively affects your health by exposing you to more toxins
  • The transformations with patients on the Wahls Protocol
  • How to start taking better care of our mitochondria
  • The most important supplements you can take to support your mitochondria


“I had to combine the principles of ancestral health and functional medicine and what I was learning based on my own reviews of the basic science of MS to create this very intentional and intense therapeutic diet and lifestyle program.” [8:18]

“The organs that are most dependent on mitochondria are the ones with the highest energy needs — so your retina, your heart, and your brain… It’s those three organs where the mitochondrial dysfunction will first show up.” [16:07]

“We had one lady who came to us using a cane for short distances and a walker for long distances. She was jogging by six months!” [21:46]

“We can’t be successful if we have ill mitochondria.” [32:09]


Find Dr. Terry Wahls online

Follow Dr. Wahls on Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | YouTube

The Wahls Protocol by Terry Wahls, M.D.

Watch Terry Wahls’ Ted Talk

Get the Wahls Protocol Diet Handout

Read Dr. Wahls’ work here

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