Dr. Terry Wahls is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner and 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 and The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life. In 2018, she was awarded the Institute for Functional Medicine’s Linus Pauling Award for her contributions in research, clinical care and patient advocacy.

What are early indicators of autoimmunity? How do childhood stresses play a role? What’s the deal with grains, milk, and inflammation? Amanda sits down with Dr. Terry Wahls, functional medicine practitioner, author, and clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa. Dr. Wahls shares her journey with MS and the diet and lifestyle protocol that transformed her health. They also dive into supplement recommendations, restoring fertility through the Wahls Protocol, and the relationship between long Covid and mitochondrial dysfunction.

Curious about a specific topic? Here’s what they cover:

  • Dr. Wahls’ story (0:30) 
  • Precursors to developing autoimmunity (11:05)
  • Severe early life stress (15:50)
  • Viruses and autoimmunity (17:00)
  • Signs of sub-optimal health (20:00)
  • Environmental factors affecting health (21:00)
  • Amanda’s autoimmune journey (24:00) 
  • Quality sleep (27:40)
  • Why we struggle with grains (28:50) 
  • Soil nutrient depletion (32:40)
  • Vitamin D (36:40)
  • Homocysteine and B Vitamins (38:10)
  • Minerals (39:17)
  • Other supplement recs (40:40)
  • Estrogen dominance (41:00)
  • Infertility (43:25)
  • Wahls Protocol vs AIP (46:10)
  • Wahls VA Clinic (49:00)
  • Diet for quality of life (50:50)
  • What’s the best milk (55:55)
  • Long Covid and mitochondria (58:45) 
  • Wahls clinical trials (1:00:20)

Watch the full interview here or listen below.

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