Autoimmune Disease & Nutrition with Dr. Terry Wahls

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Dr. Stephanie interviews Dr. Terry Wahls, a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Iowa, who treated her multiple sclerosis through integrative functional medicine. Terry opens up about her diagnosis with Secondary Progressive MS and her amazing journey to restore her health through lifestyle interventions and diet changes. She talks about the initial criticism she faced from her peers in her alternative approach to treating her MS and how the Wahls protocol gained popularity in treating patients with various chronic autoimmune conditions. They dive into the role of mitochondrial health in the progression of autoimmunity, cognitive decline, diabetes and heart disease. You’ll learn about why the foods you eat influence your gene expression, energy pathways, and hormones, and how your microbiome can influence autoimmunity.

Episode Overview:  

  • 0:30  Introduction
  • 5:15 Welcoming Dr. Terry Wahls
  • 6:30 Terry’s MS Origin Story 
  • 20:25 Facing Criticism for her Alternative Approach
  • 25:15 All Evidence Starts with a Case Study
  • 33:00 How the Wahls Protocol Gained Popularity Over Time
  • 39:00 The Role of Mitochondria in Immunity
  • 45:00 The Importance of Diet in Gene Expression and Immune Function 
  • 1:00:30 The Role of Aberrant Metabolomics & Progression of Autoimmunity
  • 1:05:00 The Microbiome and Autoimmunity
  • 1:13:00 The Efficacy of Diet on Quality of Life in Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Trials

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