A few weeks ago I was able to thank a personal hero of mine in person and share a meal at Kitchfix in Chicago with many other inspiring people who have also used lifestyle changes to heal themselves. Dr. Terri Wahls is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she teaches residents and sees patients in a traumatic brain injury clinic and conducts clinical trials. She is also a patient with progressive multiple sclerosis who was confined to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. She was compelled to discover answers for what was causing her disability. Her research led her to discover the Wahls Protocol, which she developed and tested on herself. She is riding her bike to work now as the first person to reverse the symptoms and disability of this disease. She shared her research with us and we were astounded to see videos of people able to walk unassisted, even jumping!
About 6 years ago, she wrote an essay published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that described the protocol and her recovery. At the time I was experiencing symptoms and heading to a likely diagnosis of my 3rd autoimmune disease, Sjogren’s Syndrome. Conventional doctors had no answers for me beyond treating symptoms, which were related to the drying of all the mucous membranes of my body. I was extremely motivated to find something that would halt this. My husband who is a physician shared the article and suggested doing whatever she did. That began my deep dive into healing myself. It began with intensive nutrition, which included an elimination diet to discover what foods were harming by body and what foods would heal my body. The Wahls Protocol also includes stress reduction and meditation, and neuromuscular stimulation specific to MS. (which I did not do) I went further and discovered many limiting beliefs, old emotions, toxic thought patterns and a disconnect with my core Self that created the patterns that led to the dis-ease in the first place. This process takes time and attention and I am happy to report that I am fully recovered with no signs of Sjogren’s and am continuing to decrease medication for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, which means my thyroid gland is continuing to recover function.
Over a delicious multiple course gourmet Wahls-approved meal prepared by the chef at Kitchfix, we heard many other stories of recovery but most importantly everyone who is using this approach repeatedly talked about quality of life improvements. They felt better, they were more relaxed, they were hopeful and happier. Any change in lifestyle takes work, discipline and practice but the rewards are astounding. Over the years of working with people who have a range of physical, mental and emotional symptoms, I have witnessed remarkable recoveries and shifts by aligning the body, mind and spirit to its true nature. What do you need to get rid of to heal and what do you need more of to not only heal but also recover your vitality and love of life? So, the answer is YES, healing autoimmune disease and many other illnesses are not only possible, but may be your road to rediscovering yourself in a whole new light. Resources: Dr. Terry Wahls: https://terrywahls.comKitchfix: Delicious healthy prepared foods delivered: https://www.kitchfix.comEmail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free 20 minute consult to today!