We are always delighted to find MDs speaking out in favor of healing disease and creating health using food as medicine. This presentation is a standout, especially given the fact that we have a few loved ones living with multiple sclerosis. In this TED Talk, Minding Your Mitochondria, Dr. Terry Wahls tells a little about her story and how she took her health into her own hands. Dr. Wahls is a physician who has secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. Her M.S. had progressed until she was confined for four years to a wheelchair. 18 months after focusing intensively on healing herself with nutrition and regaining her strength, she now enjoys being active again and she spends her days biking, skiing and loving life. Both this video and her new book explain that eating whole foods can help reverse M.S. by healing inflammation and repairing the myelin sheath which allows impulses to transmit along the nerve cells, and list specific foods that are critical for healthy function of the nervous system.
“Like most physicians, I was always focused on quickly diagnosing my patients, and then using drugs and surgical procedure to treat them. That is, until I became a patient myself…in the face of this chronic, progressive disease for which there was no cure, I began to experiment on myself. Conventional medicine was failing me. I saw that. I was heading towards a bedridden life. What I didn’t expect were the results I got from my experimentation: stunning results, not only to me but to my colleagues and my doctors. I not only arrested my disease, I achieved a dramatic restoration of my health and my function. What I learned changed forever how I saw the battling worlds of health and disease.” -Dr. Terry Wahls
Here are a few “Quick Tips” from Dr. Wahls’ New Book
- Eat organic
- Eat a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables
- Eat plenty of dark leafy greens, cabbage, onion and broccoli
- Avoid all dairy and gluten
- Exercise daily
One would think from these guidelines that Dr. Wahls would be advocating a vegan diet, however she is a backer of the paleo diet. However, it should be stated that it is totally possible to be go paleo and vegan. Paleo advocates getting rid of junk food, so it goes without saying that this would be a wise move. Throwing out dairy and gluten is a great idea too, so while our Kale U diet differs a bit from paleo and goes further by removing all animal products, I think that a whole foods diet is a heck of a lot better than the Standard American Diet (aka SAD) and when it comes to using food as medicine, everyone needs to do what they feel increases their health, longevity and energy by conducting their own experiments.