#61 – Radical Remission of Autoimmune Disease ** January 28, 2015
Guest // Terry Wahls, MD ** Host // Kelly Brogan, MD
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Imagine that you or a loved one are diagnosed with a degenerative disease that randomly attacks the brain and spinal cord.
Let’s say that the constellation of symptoms cluster around muscle (balance, numbness, tremors), bowel and bladder (leakage, urge, withholding), vision (discomfort, loss, involuntary movement), pain, depression, memory loss, fatigue, and more.
Maybe it’s called Multiple Sclerosis but maybe it’s something else. These symptoms sound uncomfortably familiar and are shared across numerous disorders.
Mainstream medicine says there’s no known cure for MS and the goal of treatments is to control symptoms. It’s understandable to be gripped by fear and feelings of helplessness. What do you do?
Please meet Terry Wahls, MD. Terry has secondary progressive multiple sclerosis and was confined to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. She is a physician-scientist who rejected the mainstream narrative about MS. Terry scrutinized the medical literature, created new theories, and tested them on herself with truly stunning results. She now bikes 18 miles at a clip and is galvanized by her new mission to teach about the power of intensive, directed nutrition and lifestyle changes to heal and restore health.
In addition to asking Terry about her amazing experience, we also want to know…
- how do we manage our emotions, including fear and hope, post-diagnosis?
- what does she recommend to patients when choosing their medical team?
- what strategies can we employ to help us with our own medical research?
- what would she have done differently?
- what is the applicability of her protocol to other diseases and syndromes, too?
And send us your questions for Terry, too.
Terry Wahls, MD is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she teaches internal medicine residents, sees patients in a traumatic brain injury clinic, and conducts clinical trials. She is the author of The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine. Terry is also the lead scientist for a funded clinical trial testing the effectiveness of the interventions she used so successfully on herself in others with secondary progressive MS. Favorable preliminary results were presented at the international 2011 Neuroscience conference in Washington D.C. Read more about her work at TerryWahls.com.
Kelly Brogan, MD is Medical Director of Fearless Parent™ and mom of two. She is board certified in Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, and Integrative and Holistic Medicine. Holistic living, environmental medicine, and nutrition are the bedrock of her functional medicine practice. She serves as medical advisor to GreenMedInfo, Pathways to Family Wellness, and Fisher Wallace. Kelly holds degrees from MIT and Cornell Medical School.