Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis


Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis

There has been a steady rise in autoimmune disease throughout industrialised societies over the last 30 years. Almost 4.5% of the world’s population is affected by one of more than 80 different autoimmune diseases.

To add to these already alarming statistics, recent studies have revealed that the incidence of autoimmune diseases worldwide is increasing at a rate of 19% per year.

While we know that numerous predisposing genetic risk factors have been identified, these only account for a fraction of the overall incidence of autoimmune diseases.

There are studies pointing to a strong influence of environmental and lifestyle factors, but translating this into a meaningful therapeutic model is a challenge, especially under the current, prevailing medical paradigm.

Nevertheless, there are those who have pioneered this field of research and, through their personal and professional endeavours, have made it all but impossible to ignore how profound an impact diet, lifestyle and mindset can have when faced with seemingly intractable conditions.

Dr Terry Wahls is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa. In 2000, she was diagnosed with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis and from that point, began to steadily decline. Because of her academic medical training, Terry began a research journey that eventually led her to investigate these under-explored factors and from this she developed a treatment plan that would help restore her health.

Today, Dr Terry Wahls is a teacher and mentor to millions of people around the world who are seeking more effective ways to treat multiple sclerosis and other progressive health problems.

Her story is truly inspirational and we are so fortunate to have Terry share this on the IMH Patient Journeys podcast.


Dr Terry Wahls



Health professional certification (online course for health professionals)

Survey based studies (can participate from anywhere in the world)

Defying All Odds Movie  – documentary about Dr. Wahls’ healing journey and research


Copies of Dr. Wahls’ research papers.



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  3. Abbott RD, Sadowski A, Alt AG. Efficacy of the Autoimmune Protocol Diet as Part of a Multi-disciplinary, Supported Lifestyle Intervention for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Cureus. 2019;11(4):e4556. Published 2019 Apr 27. doi:10.7759/cureus.4556
  4. Gauree G. Konijeti, MD, MPH, NaMee Kim, MD, James D. Lewis, MD, MSCE, Shauna Groven, BS, Anita Chandrasekaran, MD, MPH, Sirisha Grandhe, MD, Caroline Diamant, MD, Emily Singh, MD, Glenn Oliveira, BS, Xiaoyun Wang, MS, Bhuvan Molparia, MS, Ali Torkamani, PhD, Efficacy of the Autoimmune Protocol Diet for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Volume 23, Issue 11, 1 November 2017, Pages 2054–2060, https://doi.org/10.1097/MIB.0000000000001221
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  7. Santoro L, Campo S, D’Onofrio F, Gallo A, Covino M, Campo V, Palombini G, Santoliquido A, Gasbarrini G, Montalto M. Looking for celiac disease in Italian women with endometriosis: a case control study. Biomed Res Int. 2014;2014:236821. doi: 10.1155/2014/236821. Epub 2014 Mar 31. PMID: 24804204; PMCID: PMC3988867.
  8. Małgorzata Królik, Marta Wrześniak, Aleksandra Jezela-Stanek,
  9. Possible effect of the HLA-DQ2/DQ8 polymorphism on autoimmune parameters and lymphocyte subpopulation in recurrent pregnancy losses, Journal of Reproductive Immunology, Volume 149, 2022,
  10. Garcia J, Vargas N, Clark JL, Magaña Álvarez M, Nelons DA, Parker RG. Social isolation and connectedness as determinants of well-being: Global evidence mapping focused on LGBTQ youth. Glob Public Health. 2020 Apr;15(4):497-519. doi: 10.1080/17441692.2019.1682028. Epub 2019 Oct 28. PMID: 31658001; PMCID: PMC7093214.
  11. Rothman, Emily F.; Exner, Deinera; Baughman, Allyson L. (2011-04-01). “The Prevalence of Sexual Assault Against People Who Identify as Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual in the United States: A Systematic Review”. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. 12 (2): 55–66. doi:10.1177/1524838010390707. ISSN 1524-8380. PMC 3118668. PMID 21247983.
  12. Brenton JN, Lehner-Gulotta D, Woolbright E, et al. Phase II study of ketogenic diets in relapsing multiple sclerosis: safety, tolerability and potential clinical benefits. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2022;93(6):637-644. doi:10.1136/jnnp-2022-329074

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