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Diet That Stops Multiple Sclerosis

By Vera Tweed   |   Wednesday, 05 Mar 2014 04:55 PM

In 2000, Terry Wahls, M.D., a professor of medicine at the University of Iowa, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Using her natural determination and medical knowledge, she fought the crippling disease in every conceivable way, and eventually won – regaining her health. She now helps others do the same.
“I’m incredibly blessed to have had my illness,” she tells Newsmax Health. “It motivated me to relearn basic science and nutrition.” As a result, she developed a groundbreaking diet that has virtually cured her and is helping others who suffer from MS, other neurological diseases, and traumatic brain injuries.
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Immediately after her MS diagnosis, Dr. Wahls sought out the best medical treatments available, including all the latest drugs – but they didn’t work. After seven years with the disease, she was nearly bedridden, no longer able to sit up unaided and confined to a wheelchair.
Despite such severe disability, she continued working and relentlessly studied the available research about nutrition and her disease. And she found the mechanism underlying MS and other neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and Alzheimer’s: malfunction in mitochondria. These are tiny components in every cell that manage energy production, and are especially important for brain and heart function, as well as overall health.
Digging deeper, Dr. Wahls identified 31 nutrients critical to mitochondria and to nourishing neurotransmitters. With this knowledge, she designed and adopted a very specific diet. Less than six months later, she was walking unaided and began riding her bike. A few months after that, she completed an 18-mile bike ride.
“It’s a very structured hunter-gatherer diet to maximize vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients per forkful,” she says. Grains and dairy products are not on the menu, but each day’s food includes the following items into three meals:
·         Plate of leafy greens, such as kale
·         Plate of sulfur-rich vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, and onions
·         Plate of at least three different-colored non-starchy vegetables (not corn or potatoes)
·         Fish or grass-fed meat
·         Berries
·         Organ meats, at least once a week
·         Seaweed, at least once a week
·         Bone broth (recipe below)
Many of Dr. Wahls’ patients have had the same type of dramatic recovery she experienced by using this diet. “In the last two years I have gone from being in a bed, to a wheelchair, to a walker, to a cane, and now nothing,” said Jake Nelson, a mechanical engineer. “In fact, you can hardly tell I even have MS.”
Dr. Wahls continues to be in remission, leading a very active life. She trains doctors, carries out clinical research, treats patients, and travels nationwide to give lectures. She provides menus and many recipes in her book, Minding My Mitochondria, and more insights at terrywahls.com.
Dr. Wahls’ Broth for Neurological Health
Drink a cup of this homemade bone broth once a day, recommends Dr. Wahls, and use it in place of fat for sautéing and stir frying – 3 tablespoons per pan. It’s very rich in nutrients, good for your joints and neurotransmitters, and adds flavor with less fat and calories than oils or butter. The vinegar helps draw minerals out of the bones. The seaweed is an excellent source of iodine and other trace minerals.
Any type of meat bones, saved from previous cooking, or mussel and clam shells
Vegetables, such as celery, parsley, or carrots
Large stock pot or soup pot half full of water
2 to 4 tablespoons of vinegar
1 tablespoon dried powdered kelp or dulse, or part of a whole leaf
1 packet plain gelatin

Combine all ingredients except gelatin and simmer for at least 2 hours (ideally 24 hours). Add water if needed. Strain and discard vegetables and bones. Dissolve gelatin in the broth.
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