Paleo Diet Helps Doctor with Multiple Sclerosis

January 17, 2012


I think this doctor, Dr Terry Wahls, who is healing her multiple sclerosis with a paleo or hunter gatherer diet is well worth paying attention to.  Multiple Sclerosis is seen as a chronic progressive disease with no cure at all and with all the best and latest care modern medicine could give her, Terry continued to go downhill.  For years.   Yet, within months of starting to eat differently she was back walking and eventually riding (bikes and horses).  So essentially back to normal life compared to what she was before.

One of the most interesting things for me here is the image of 9 cups of veggies and fruits a day that Terry  portrays to help us get an easy handle on how much veggies to eat.  3 cups is a dinner plate, heaped high.

3 cups of greens – kale, parsley, cooked greens, smoothies and greens, dehydrator kale chips (I’ll have to try those sometime:)!)

3 cups of sulphur rich vegetables – cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, rutabagas, radishes, collards and kale, onions, garlic, shallots, mushrooms and asparagus

3 cups of 3 different colours everyday – vegetables – beets, carrots, peppers, red cabbage, berries and brightly coloured fruits like peaches and oranges.

She also recommends wild fish/grass fed beef daily and organ meats once a week.  Plus seaweed.

Pretty much what I suggest in Evolving Food Pyramids

I loved the part when she talked about realizing that she should probably get her long list of vital nutrients from foods rather than supplements and that if she did that she’d “probably get hundreds maybe thousands of other compounds that science had yet to name and identify but would be helpful to my brain and my mitochondria”.

You know I have to wonder if so much is recommended simply because our soils and therefore our veggies don’t have the nutrients in them that they used to have.   It has been said that it you have to eat 9 times the amount of spinach now to get the same amount of nutrients as a single measure gave to our grandparents.  Which is one reason why, along with as Terry said for all the things we don’t even know are in food yet, that I recommend everyone tries Body Balance.

If you haven’t got back into a healthy eating pattern for the new year may this help inspire you to make this year a good one.

p.s.  As Terry said looking after yourself will cost more than not looking after yourself.  The choice as she says is whether we pay now to eat well or we pay later in medical fees etc.  The problem is many do not have the budget to cater for that or the possibility of increasing their income, so they can.  If this is you and you’d like some help with that, this may not be for you but it’s well worth looking at.


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2 Responses to “Paleo Diet Helps Doctor with Multiple Sclerosis”

  1. Thaddius Says:

    I was thinking of enacting this diet, just gotta wrap my head around eating seaweed.
    Thaddius´s last blog post ..MS and Back Pain


    • admin Says:

      Hi Thaddius,

      Sorry to read about your personal journey with MS. Looks like you are trying to get the word out there to help people, that also suffer from it, to understand their condition and what options there are out there.

      Seaweed can be a favourite for some and challenging for others.

      I’ve seen people with MS find Body Balance really helpful and it tastes great:) It’s always preferable to have wild seaweed rather than cultivated and to have a good variety of them. Body Balance has both of those covered.


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