The latest diet to hit the scene for people with multiple sclerosis (MS), the Wahls Paleo Diet, has an awful lot in common with many of the others, including the Swank and the Best Bet Diet. It also calls for very lean meat, a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, and frowns on grain-based foods. One difference, though, is this diet has been formulated by a woman who has MS.
Dr. Terry Wahls says she discovered this new diet in a desperate attempt to arrest her own secondary-progressive MS.
Diagnosed in 2000, by 2003 she was using a tilt-recline wheelchair and underwent chemotherapy to try to slow down the disease’s progression. Nothing was working.
“Because of my academic medical training, I knew that research in animal models of disease is often 20 or 30 years ahead of clinical practice,” said Wahls, the assistant chief of staff at the Iowa Veterans Affairs Medical Center, on her website.
So she pored over all of the MS-related studies she could find on biochemistry, cellular physiology and neuroimmunology, and realized most of the studies dealt with drugs that were far from being ready for the market.
“Then it occurred to me to search for vitamins and supplements that helped any kind of progressive brain disorder,” said Wahls.
These helped, but she was still declining. Finally, she researched the foods that these vitamins and supplements are found in, and developed the protocol that she credits for arresting and even reversing her own MS.
“I’m doing extremely well,” she told The Huffington Post. “My mobility and fatigue continue to improve. I swim and bike. And I no longer take disease-modifying drugs or Provigil for fatigue. … I’m not completely normal yet. I walk well in the morning, but by night my physical therapist can tell I have a limp.”
Wahl’s website has lots of free resources and it is possible to piece together the specifics of her diet with careful reading. Also, she is in the process of publishing her diet in a book, and has other some resources for sale on her site, www.terrywahls.com.
MS Life Editor