A former national tai kwon do champion, Terry Wahls ran marathons in Nepal. But in 2000, this mother of two was diagnosed with an incurable chronic neurodegenerative disease: secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. This great sportswoman in front of the eternal healthy lifestyle does not believe her ears. As a physician herself, she once again turned to one of the most important and famous medical institutions in the world: the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. She was seen there by the best specialists who prescribed her the most groundbreaking medicine developed for chronic neurodegenerative diseases like hers.
A groundbreaking discovery: mitochondria
But despite the treatment, Terry Wahls, annoyed, notices that her symptoms worsen irreparably. She gets harder and harder by walking and moving, most of the time, in a wheelchair. After chemotherapy, she was prescribed Tysabri, a drug offered in severe forms of multiple sclerosis, which makes it possible to curb the phenomenon of relapse as well as a powerful immunosuppressive drug, Cellcept. Despite these treatments, Terry Wahls is increasingly
more disabled. Now lying in bed or referred to a chair with zero gravity, the former medical student throws himself back into research and devours, one after the other, all the studies on brain function. At pubmed.gov she reads everything related to the neurodegenerative pathologies of Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases: soon she will
made a groundbreaking discovery. In these three pathologies that affect the function of the brain, the mitochondria, these organelles, which supply most of the energy needed for cellular activity by tissue respiration and act as the energy center of our cells, are dysfunctional! This causes the irreversible degeneration of the brain. Terry Wahls falls particularly on a scientific study conducted on mice: it shows that the oil of
fish, creatine (a molecule produced in the body by two amino acids found naturally in meat and fish and plays an important role in improving cognitive functions) and coenzyme Q (a fat-soluble molecule located in the mitochondria, naturally synthesized by the human body and delivered of our diet) can restore the function of mitochondria in rodents. From then on, she decided to perform a self-experiment: she adjusted the doses given to the mice during the study to what a human would require, and used the same protocol. Unfortunately, if the supplement allows him to slow down his fall, it does not have the effect of reversing his multiple sclerosis, which continues to develop.
B vitamins, omega 3 and sulfur to the rescue
Far from being discouraged, Terry Wahls nevertheless continued his research and discovered the Funcional Medicine Institute, which offers medical education courses dedicated to neuroprotection: in the seminar called “A Functional Medical Approach to Common and Uncommon Neurological Syndromes” (A Functional Approach to Neurological Syndromes). , she learns more about neurocellular biology than during all her medical studies. In our brain, Terry Wahls explains, “we have a billion cells with 10 trillion compounds. All of these compounds must be isolated by what is called myelin (a sheath that protects and isolates certain nerve fibers). Myelin, she adds, is damaged in cases of multiple sclerosis. ”But having strong myelin means giving the brain plenty of vitamin B (especially vitamin B1 (thiamine), B9 (folate), B12
(cobolamine)) as well as a number of so-called omega 3 fatty acids and iodine. In addition, brain cells that communicate through neurotransmitters, sulfur, and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) are necessary for their production. In short, what Terry Wahls discovers there is the list of compounds that she must ingest in order for her mitochondria to function normally. She therefore decides to add them to her daily regimen and gradually builds up a protocol: she realizes
that this long list of nutrients can be found in food and understand that by eating healthy, it will likely benefit from thousands of other compounds that science has not yet identified or even named. What is this protocol?
The Paleo diet: a modern hunter-gatherer diet
Terry Wahls first decided to eliminate ultra-processed foods that, as everyone knows today, starve our cells and are the cause of many so-called chronic civilization diseases such as diabetes, obesity, cancer, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. To build her diet, she decides to go back to origin and to nature and focuses on the diet of our hunter-gatherer ancestors: their diet, also called the paleo diet, consists of leaves, roots, berries, meat and fish. It is a local, seasonal and of course organic food, as there were no pesticides at the time. She notes that from the Inuit in the far north to the Africans of the savannah, it is scientifically proven that the hunter-gatherer diet provides doses of nutrients two to ten times higher than those commonly recommended. “These ancient civilizations, she explains, know more about food, health and vitality than the most qualified doctors or scientists.” Using the basic principles of the paleo-diet, Terry Wahls structures it to ensure that it receives the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals she has identified as essential to the health of her neuronal cells and mitochondria. And the result is amazing: “Three months later, I was able to walk around my hospital room using a cane and after five months
diet, I got back on my bike for the first time in ten years! »Terry Wahls is
today in good shape and watching her develop, no one could say she is affected
of multiple sclerosis. “We have the choice!”, She explains. What if you had it too?
Wahls protocol, day after day:
Eat every day: – A large plate of green leafy vegetables: rich in vitamins A, B, C, K and minerals, vegetables such as kale (it is the vegetable in the world that contains the most nutrients per calorie), cabbage, parsley, and all the cooked green vegetables that you can make into smoothies or even dehydrated chips are a great help to our brain function.
– A large plate of sulfur-rich vegetables: cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, turnips, rutabaga, radish and kale. The onion family is also rich in sulfur: eat onions, garlic, leeks, chives, shallots as well as mushrooms and asparagus.
– A large plate with 3 fruits and vegetables in different colors. Colors
corresponds to flavonoids and polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that are essential for our mitochondria, our brain and for the elimination of toxins. Choose beets, carrots, peppers, red cabbage, berries and colorful fruits like peaches and oranges.
– Accompany your vegetables with meat from grass-fed animals and gladly
organic or wild fish such as salmon and herring, in limited quantities.
Once a week, ingest:
– algae rich in iodine and selenium, and which your brain needs for myelin, but also to remove toxins such as mercury, lead and heavy metals.
– gut, which is a concentrate of vitamins, minerals and coenzyme Q, which is particularly powerful for the health of your mitochondria: choose the liver, heart, tongue, gizzard, sweet bread.
Avoid ultra-processed and processed products, allergens such as gluten (the protein from wheat, rye and barley) and dairy products containing casein associated with many chronic diseases. Limit legumes and potatoes.
To find out more: Terry Wahls, Multiple Sclerosis – My Remission Thanks to the Paleo Diet, Josette Lyon, 2016