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Dr Terry Wahl - Clears herself of MS.... Have you used Paleo to help an Autoimmune Illness? Care to share your story?

Answered on April 24, 2014
Created April 22, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Hey everyone,

My mother in law has MS and has for 25 years + now. She's doing well considering. She can still walk with canes dragging her leg over short distances! Also father in law has arthritis.

Me and my partner came across Dr Terry Wahl and her Protocol book. We saw some reviews on Amazon and bought they a copy. They have started reading it and serious about getting into it. We are going over to see them this weekend and help them clear out the junk food and make online weekly orders of fresh organic produce etc.

Has anyone with any autoimmune illnesses used paleo as a means of stopping the effects of that illness and reversing it?

I'd love to hear from you. Your story etc. This is a very interesting time for both my parents.

Many thanks

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on April 23, 2014
at 01:25 PM

These are foods that I found don't cause inflammation.

If I have too much ghee my performance declines. Our ancestors never ate crazy amounts of fat, butters or oils. Oils, like coconut oil, came into existence very recently...

They ate fat in moderation.

Our distant ancestors always ate seeds...that would make it paleo... no?

Nutritional yeast is different than yeast found in bread, which I get inflammation from.

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on April 23, 2014
at 10:18 AM

I saw that too. Surely you can't have 95% paleo? I'd of thought if you have some of the items on that list then it's NOT paleo?

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on April 23, 2014
at 10:16 AM

Uh, I see soy and flax - both are highly estrogenic, not something anyone should eat. Why is ghee in moderation? Why the hemp seeds? Why the yeast? Yeast can be problematic for some people. What's with the "Zero Fat" black bean dip, fat is good for us. I half suspect you're just posting here to drive traffic to your website. sigh...

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on April 22, 2014
at 08:13 PM

exactly. i think paleo has the potential to help everyone even if it's not necessarily the disease. it is still a good template for a healthy diet for your body. i hope your MIL and FIL notice some improvements. obviously, since i have a digestive disease, fiber is very hard on me, but it would probably be totally fine for them to eat! they just have to go by what their body tells them.

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on April 22, 2014
at 08:02 PM

Ah yes I understand with the weight loss from extra fibre. Thanks for getting in touch. I'll try to come back over time when I remember with updates on progress. At the moment we have to work on the fact... with something like MS there is nothing to lose but potentially so much to gain.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on April 22, 2014
at 07:58 PM

hey scotty. no problem! yeah, follow paleo now but used to follow AI. didn't notice a difference so i added back what i could eat. i could absolutely NOT follow the wahl's diet due to all the fiber. it would put me straight back in the hospital.

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on April 22, 2014
at 07:52 PM

thanks for writing in. Have you just followed paleo or have you tried the actual autoimmune protocol? This has at least a period i believe with fewer items allowed like you cant have nightshades and nuts etc i believe to begin with.

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on April 22, 2014
at 12:55 PM

I can't comment, but I hope you've also seen Dr. Wahls' TED Talk from a few years back. It's really inspiring and might be a good intro for them before they dive into the book.

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on April 22, 2014
at 07:48 PM

paleo hasn't helped my autoimmune disease per say, but it has made my body stronger so i can fight my disease better. for example, i have ulcerative colitis and prior to paleo, i was 84 lbs and my doctors wanted me on home TPN for a few months to help me gain weight. i didn't wanna do that so i started paleo. i was able to gain weight and get my protein levels, b-12 levels, and other nutrients up to a better level. this in turn has helped me stay stronger even though my ulcerative colitis inflammation has still been very severe.

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on April 22, 2014
at 07:52 PM

thanks for writing in. Have you just followed paleo or have you tried the actual autoimmune protocol? This has at least a period i believe with fewer items allowed like you cant have nightshades and nuts etc i believe to begin with.

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on April 24, 2014
at 01:58 AM

Dr. Wahl's premise is that Paleo is good, but it alone isn't enough. In Paleo, we often talk about what foods to cut OUT, what she says is that we must also take care to add certain foods IN to make sure our micronutrient needs are met. That's what turned the corner for her. She stopped getting worse on Paleo, but didn't get BETTER until she added in a lot of vegetables for the micronutrients.

That's where her 6 to 9 cups of different types of vegetables a day (leafy greens, sulphurous vegetables, and colorful fruit and vegetables) come in, to provide those micronutrients that might be the missing link between Paleo and truly healing auto-immune issues. She calls her second and third level diets "Wahls Paleo" and "Wahls Paleo Plus" (the plus is ketogenic with fewer veggies, more fat). They are Paleo, but much more than just Paleo.

I think this is an important distinction, because people who have had little or no success with autoimmune on the Paleo diet haven't tried the same diet as the Wahl's Paleo or Paleo Plus diets. Apples and oranges for comparison purposes. And don't forget that added sleep, exercise, and meditation are important parts of her approach as well.

Good luck with your mom, Scotty. I'm interested to hear how it works for her.

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on April 24, 2014
at 12:37 AM

Or what if Paleo hasn't cleared your autoimmune illness? I'd like to hear those stories, too!

http://paleohacks.com/questions/522809/what-to-do-when-paleo-doesnt-work.html

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on April 23, 2014
at 11:29 AM

Paleo amy be severely lacking in your opinion - but in mine, there are things in your list that I wouldn't dream of having in the house, let alone in my body.

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on April 23, 2014
at 03:51 AM

I've tried paleo and every other diet under the sun. I've also done massive amounts of research. I've come up with a list of foods that are the least inflammatory. All of my autoimmune issues and health problems vanished and I don't need to take supplements if I stick with these foods.

My acceptable foods are 95% "paleo".

All of my clients who have tried this have benefited more from it than any other diet.

Here it is:

http://selfhacked.com/2013/06/15/the-cause-of-brain-fog/#The_Safest_Foods_for_People_Sensitive_to_Everything_An_Elimination_Diet

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on April 23, 2014
at 10:16 AM

Uh, I see soy and flax - both are highly estrogenic, not something anyone should eat. Why is ghee in moderation? Why the hemp seeds? Why the yeast? Yeast can be problematic for some people. What's with the "Zero Fat" black bean dip, fat is good for us. I half suspect you're just posting here to drive traffic to your website. sigh...

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