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  • j5796
    Has anyone tried the Wahls protocol diet and did it work?? She basically cured her MS, which she was in a wheelchair, just with diet? Has anyone read her book and tried her approach?
  • qbansponge
    I bought the book last year and have read many parts of it. I have yet to read all of it (too busy!). I watched the Paleo Way on Netflix, and there is a section where Dr. Walhs speaks and cooks with the TV host. When she was diagnosed with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, that prompted her to change her eating habits. I am that crazy person that believes that you can cure some cancers by eating the right foods. Her diet is pretty much almost a paleo diet, but emphasizes eating a lot of vegetables. I was on the Swank Diet for about 6 months ("The Multiple Sclerosis Diet Book: A Low-fat Diet for the Treatment of M.S.- by Dr. Swank), which pretty much cuts out saturated fats, processed foods, dairy, and meat. The difference with Dr. Walhs approach includes eating healthy saturated fats and organ meats. I'm sure there are more differences but those are the main ones I noticed. I found out about Dr. Walhs book after being on the Swank Diet, and I believe I'm going to move forward with the Walhs Protocol diet instead. I like the fact the the diet was created by someone who had a late stage of MS, and was actually able to see and feel the recovery. Dr. Swank's diet is a bit out dated in my opinion, now that I come to think of it (but he got the gist of it!).

    So I guess to answer you, yes I've sort of have tried the Walhs protocol (but without eating saturated fats, meats, and all dairy products). My last relapse was October 2016, when I had double vision. I changed my diet in the summer of 2017. Although it has been tough, a healthy diet is the best way to achieve maximum health.

    Also check out this site with some info about both diets and more!
    https://www.healthline.com/health/overview-diets-for-multiple-sclerosis#food-and-ms

    Good luck!
    Jess
  • julianne16
    Hi !  I've been doing the Wahls Protocol Level 3 - nutritional ketosis -  for the since Oct 2017 and I'm convinced it is helping me maintain and not progress.  I even feel I am improving ever so slowly.  I was diagnosed in 1989 and am now using a power w/c at home and manual chair when I go out.  I drive with hand controls and am independent with self care. Terry Wahls protocol is not just diet.  Mindset, meditation, electrical stim/exercise, detox are all important and she encourages working with a functional medicine practitioner to be sure you have guidance to individualize the program.  She has a lot of content on YouTube and there is a Facebook group as well.  I have found these resources very helpful.
  • ErinNicole
    I’m listening to the audio version of her latest book and will buy the hard copy for better list references.
    i was already following a paleo diet fue a few months and have   eaten clean for at least five years. 
    I also go to a nutritional medicine doctor who does livd blood and skin analysis.
    It’s amazing how similar what she has told me is to the Wahls  protocol and how much it doesn’t apply to my husband who goes with me.
    The main differences are that Wahls says no eggs, yes to spinach and requires more fat.
    Mh nutrition doctor told me I can tolerate eggs, my body cannot tolerarĂ© spinach while it’s healing but will eventually and she said my body doesn’t process fats or carbs so I need high protein, but at my last appointment she said my body is starting to process healthy fat.
    So I think the Wahls protocol makes sense and is a good resource for people who do not have the option to go to a nutritionist medicine doctor  
  • golgotha
    Somewhere on the site I've previously described my experiences with Terri Wahls diet and some other MS-related diets. In short, my summary is that there is a link between diet and MS, though I think the "cure" idea is too strong of a word. IMO the keys are diet, exercise and stretching, reducing stress, and controlling how one thinks -- a multifaceted approach.

    I was on the Wahls Protocol a few years back and did it just over a year. To me its single biggest benefit was improvements in my vision. I was not having bad optic neuritis issues, I'm talking about improvements in vision in general likely from eating so many greens. :)

    A one annual eye exam the doctor told me I no longer needed bifocals because my distance vision was at that time better than 20/20.

    The main differences are that Wahls says no eggs, yes to spinach and requires more fat.


    That sounds like concepts from the MS Recovery Diet. That diet IDs 5 groups of foods that people may have issues with, and suggests people cut out each group for a period and self-experiment on themselves to see if symptoms improve.

    On that diet I found out that gluten was a critical issue for me. I can eat wheat/gluten with no problems, but about 7-10 days after I cut it out my mental clarity improves dramatically -- like someone added 5-10 IQ points and removed you from a drunken hangover-type haze.

    Being gluten-free is a PITA (since wheat is in everything it seems!), but the benefits are so strong that I happily remain gluten-free falling off the wagon only on rare occasions.
  • meganfinch
    So much useful comments here https://www.msconnection.org/Discussions/f10/t75545/Wahls-diet