Monday, February 20, 2012

Dr. Terry Wahls’ Diet

Diet  for MS - by Kato Haws (Tom's dad)

When she was young Dr. Wahls was very active. She was a national champion of Taekwondo. She went to medical school and became a doctor. She had a son and a daughter.
Dr. Wahls developed multiple sclerosis. She was given the best medical care available for seven years, but continued to decline. Eventually she could only sit in a reclining chair, and only walk short distances using two canes. She began to misplace things and feared losing her clinical privileges.
At this point Dr. Wahls designed a diet specifically to support her brain cells and mitochondria. Within three months she could walk between exam rooms using one cane. At four months Terry could walk throughout the hospital without a cane. At five months she got back on her bike. At nine months she rode 18 miles.
Terry’s diet is a specially tailored hunter gather diet to support maximum brain and mitochondria function. The diet she recommends is:
  • 3 cups of green leaves per day
  • 3 cups of sulfur rich vegetables per day (cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, collards, kale, turnips, rutabaga, radish, onions, garlic, leeks, chives, shallots, mushrooms, asparagus)
  • 3 cups of brightly colored fruits or vegetables per day (tomatoes, beets, carrots, red and yellow peppers, red cabbage, berries, peaches, oranges, mangos, papaya, red grapes, watermelon, etc.)
  • Good sources of natural protein and omega-3 fats (wild salmon, wild herring, grass-fed meats)
  • Organ meats once a week (liver, heart, tongue, gizzards, sweet breads)
  • A good source of natural iodine, especially sea weed (Dr. Wahls says that primitive people would travel great distances to trade for seaweed)
The “hunter gatherer diet” (also referred to as the “Paleolithic diet”) generally disallows grains, beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, dairy products, sugar, salt, peanuts and cashews.

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