Dr Terry Wahls is a female physician who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000. By 2003 it had developed into progressive secondary multiple sclerosis, an extremely debilitating inflammatory disease where the fatty myelin sheaths which protect the axons in the brain and spinal cord deteriorate, which results in progressive decline in neurological function, frequently leaving the sufferer confined to a wheelchair or even bed. By 2007, after 7 years of following the best medical advice she could find, including chemotherapy, she was desperate to halt the progression of this devastating disease.
Through a long process of combing the scientific research for clues which might help her to deal with this debilitating disease she developed a nutritional protocol which she credits with helping her to overcome MS and free herself from the confines of a tilt-recline wheelchair and eventually resuming an active life, walking without assistance, riding a bicycle every day to and from work and horse-riding. Her case study has been published in Cases Journal and is available to read online.
The 3 basic precepts of the dietary protocol she developed are:
- Eat 9 cups of vegetables and fruit (3 green, 3 sulfur, 3 color) to ensure you have enough B vitamins, minerals (sulfur, iodine, magnesium), antioxidants, and essential fats through food (greens, seafood, grass fed meat, game, wild fish, flax, walnuts)
- Reduce food allergy risk (go gluten-free and dairy-free)
- Eat organic, locally grown foods and grow more of your own
These guidelines are highly compatible with a low-carbohydrate lifestyle for PCOS and the research undertaken by Dr Wahls shows clear and significant benefits for everyone who values their health.