Terry Wahls is a speaker, doctor, and a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. She’s also a staunch promoter of functional medicine by way of lifestyle and dietary changes which lead her to eventually coin her own lifestyle program called the Terry Wahls Protocol.
Before all this, she was a patient diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a disabling disease that slowly reduces the quality of life of its victim. She went to the best doctors and best facilities and despite conventional treatment, she was still in decline and eventually forced to be on a wheelchair.
Her turning point was when she learned about the Paleo Diet and how she redesigned that diet to conform with what her body needed. The result was a super nutrient dense paleo diet that ended up reversing her MS.
Today, Terry shares us her life story, how she began her journey, her many challenges, and her advocacies towards the future of medicine.
“It’s not about the drugs, it’s not about the supplements, it’s about how we run our lives.” Terry Wahls
In this episode, you’ll learn:
- Terry changed her perspective on how to treat disease since learning more about how food interacts with the mitochondria.
- She changed the way she practiced medicine and now prefers dietary and lifestyle changes to alter the chemistry of the body rather than drugs. She garnered the support of her colleagues although they were skeptical at first.
- The Paleo Diet or any other diet is not always ideal. You have to find out what diet works for you and pair that with a healthier lifestyle based on how it affects your mitochondria.
- Telomeres are the ends of chromosomes. They shepherd the chromosomes to each cell division.
- As they get shorter, they can’t do as good a job and renders cell division inefficient. If cells can’t divide anymore, that’s when you die.
- As telomeres get shorter, you age faster. You can help elongate your telomeres, you can make yourself look younger by having healthier habits and choices.
- Telomeres determine what your biological age is versus what your actual age is right now. You can look older now and look younger 10 years later based on how you manage your telomeres.
- Inactivity, regardless of whether your sitting or standing, is not good for the human body.
- Decreasing the things that make us addicted to an unhealthy lifestyle is hard. People have to understand why they have to give up those things otherwise they’ll fail in becoming healthier.
- 70-95% risk of disease is mostly from just three things: Smoking status, diet quality, and amount of physical activity every day. If you ace those three, you would have reduced the odds of getting sick by at least 70%.
- If your practitioner is not excited about you having a healthier lifestyle to help treat your disease instead of using medicine, then you probably should switch them with someone more open to functional medicine.
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