The Wahls Protocol® Seminar 2017
Aug. 3–5th 2017, Marriott Hotel Cedar Rapids, IA
Get Health Advice that Really Works
to Reduce and Reverse Symptoms from
Autoimmune and Chronic Diseases
Multiple Sclerosis destroyed Dr. Wahls’ life, landing her in a tilt-recline wheelchair 24/7 and diminishing her ability to work and care for her family. After years of taking conventional medications that didn’t help, she leveraged her knowledge of the body and brain to create the Wahls Protocol®. Now she has her life back, enjoying health and vitality, able to engage fully in her work and family. She even rides her bike!
Learn more about Dr. Wahls Journey.
You should attend this seminar if:
What Past Seminar Attendees Have to Say…
What You Will Learn
Your Food –
The Wahls Diet™ Eating Plan:
- The nuts and bolts of the Wahls Protocol® and the three diet plans
- How to determine which diet plan is the right one for you & establish goals based on that plan.
- Comprehensive, step-by-step strategies to implement the Wahls Protocol® successfully
- How to plan meals , recipes, shopping lists, and more.
- Suitable, delicious alternatives to grain and dairy
Your Lifestyle –
Environment, Stress, and Exercise:
- How environmental factors like diet, stress, toxin, activity level, and even the bacteria living in your bowels contribute to your disease.
- How stress impacts your disease and ways to reduce it
- How to integrate movement into your life and select the right physical therapist, exercise class, or personal trainer.
Your Body –
Pain, DNA, and Testing:
- How to feed and remodel your brain to reduce or eliminate pain
- About the timeline of your health development and the impact of certain crucial events in your life
- Which lifestyle and environmental factors have interacted with your DNA and how to personalize a treatment plan that addresses these factors
- Food sensitivity testing options and other Functional Medicine evaluations that can help clarify the root cause of your illness
- How removing the mercury in your fillings may be more hazardous than just leaving them there
During the 3-day seminar, you will have plenty of time to practice the important concepts you learn and get the guidance you need to jump-start your recovery as soon as you return home!
Wahls Warrior™ – Annette’s Story
Speakers and Topics
Dr. Terry Wahls
Terry Wahls, MD, FACP
Dr. Terry Wahls is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she conducts clinical trials. She graduated from the University of Iowa College of Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Iowa and is board certified in internal medicine and is also a certified Institute for Functional Medicine Practitioner. She is also a patient with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which confined her to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. Dr. Wahls restored her health using a diet and lifestyle program she designed specifically for her brain and now pedals her bike to work each day. She is the author of The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine, The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles (paperback), and the cookbook The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life: The Revolutionary Modern Paleo Plan to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions.
You can learn more about her work from her website, www.terrywahls.com. She conducts clinical trials that test the effect of nutrition and lifestyle interventions to treat MS and other progressive health problems. She also teaches the public and medical community about the healing power of the Paleo diet and therapeutic lifestyle changes that restore health and vitality to our citizens. She hosts a Wahls Protocol Seminar every August where anyone can learn how to implement the Protocol with ease and success. Follow her on Facebook (Terry Wahls MD) and on Twitter at @TerryWahls.
The core teachings of the Wahls Protocol® and updates on the latest research
Dr. Will Cole
D.C. & Functional Medicine Practitioner
Dr. Will Cole, leading functional medicine practitioner, specializes in clinically investigating underlying factors and customizing health programs for chronic conditions such as thyroid issues, autoimmune, hormonal dysfunctions, and more. He consults locally in the Pittsburgh area as well as webcam and phone consultations for people across the country and around the world. Dr. Cole is a health writer for international publications such as mindbodygreen and lectures nationally.
Functional Medicine What It Can Do For You
For those who have implemented recommended diet and lifestyle changes but have continued to have persisting issues, completing a functional medicine evaluation is the recommended next step. Will give an overview of the types of evaluations and treatments that are offered in a functional medicine practice. The lecture will also include a discussion of the various tests of gut health, leaky gut, food sensitivities, microbiome health, mitochondrial efficiency,and toxin body burden. In addition, will also discuss functional medicine approach to chronic low grade infections and co-infections.
Dr. Ken Sharlin
Neurologist & Functional Medicine Practitioner
Owner of Sharlin Health and Neurology Dr. Sharlin received his Master of Public Health degree (1991) and Medical Degree (1992) from Emory University School of Medicine. Following his internship Dr. Sharlin went onto postgraduate training at The University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University. He completed his residency in 1998 and for the next 17 years, he was an employed physician before opening his private practice in November 2015. Dr. Sharlin has successfully treated patients with a wide variety of neurological conditions including multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, migraine, fibromyalgia, sleep disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.
His work has also included clinical research and publication. Dr. Sharlin became an avid cyclist and triathlete in 2006. He is a three-time Ironman Triathlon finisher, marathon finisher, and has participated in numerous endurance cycling events. From an interest in lifestyle and its impact on health and sports performance Dr. Sharlin discovered functional medicine and brought these principles into his daily practice of neurology. Dr. Sharlin has completed all his functional medicine training through The Institute for Functional Medicine where he met Dr. Wahls. Dr. Sharlin is the innovator of Brain Tune Up!, a functional medicine program specifically created for those struggling with neurological disease.
Talking to Your Doctor
Dr. Ken Sharlin will discuss how to speak with your neurologist and other subspecialists about the Wahls Protocol® and how you can begin to implement diet changes, modifiable lifestyle factors into your current treatment for your neurological and or autoimmune conditions. Will also discuss mold problems due to exposure to water damaged buildings. Dr. Sharlin and Dr. Wahls will discuss their approaches and the use of the disease modifying drugs in multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune conditions.
Dr. Benjamin Pospisil
Holistic Minded Complete Dentistry
Raised in Mount Vernon, Iowa, Dr. Pospisil is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and the University Of Iowa College Of Dentistry. He is also a Dawson Academy Scholar and is practicing Holistic Minded Complete Dentistry in Mount Vernon, Dr. Pospisil is also a member of the IAOMT (International Academy of Medicine and Toxicology) and the Mercury-Safe Dentist Directory.
The health of the mouth is a window to the health of the individual. Problems related to mercury filling (silver fillings) and excessive fluoride will be reviewed. A growing number of dentists in the US are mercury free and offer to remove your silver fillings. However without sufficient protection of the patient and dental drilling out mercury fillings can cause a substantial release of mercury making the health problems even worse for everyone. In this lecture you will learn how find a dentist that can provide an alternative to mercury based fillings, and how to ensure that if you elect to remove the mercury fillings, you are not making things worse.
Professor Rodney Diese PhD
Professor of Leisure, Youth, and Human Services in the School of Kinesiology
Rodney B. Dieser, Ph.D., currently is Professor of Leisure, Youth, and Human Services in the School of Kinesiology, Applied Health, and Human Services at the University of Northern Iowa. His research interests include: (1) leisure education, (2) cross-cultural therapeutic recreation/inclusive recreation and leisure service delivery, (3) cross-national implications of utilizing the United States National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification in Canada and other nations, (4) inclusive recreation for people with disabilities, (5) leisure and mental health, and (6) historical and philosophical foundations of leisure, youth, and human services, including Hull-House, 1889-1953,. Rod has authored or co-authored three academic textbooks in Leisure Studies with two more textbooks soon to be published related to Community Parks and Recreation and Recreation and Leisure Programming. Over the past 20 years he has conduct research resulting in over 70 peer-reviewed research-based publications and over 35 articles in professional-based publications. His research has been published in Alberta Journal of Educational Research, American Journal of Recreation Therapy, Annuals of Therapeutic Recreation, Counseling Psychology Quarterly, Counseling Today, Human Service Education, Journal of Leisure Research, Leisure Science, Leisure Studies, Leisure/Loisir, Therapeutic Recreation Journal, World Leisure Journal and other outlets. In 2006 he received the Outstanding Research Award by the National Therapeutic Recreation Society in the United States. He has also received outstanding research and writing awards by the Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association (Canada) and the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association respectfully. In 2010 Rod was inducted as a Senior Fellow in the American Leisure Academy and in 2012 he was inducted as a Senior Fellow in the World Leisure Academy. Rod is also a licensed mental health counselor who works 10 hours a week in a community mental health agency.
Leisure as coping and self-care: Stress reduction, motivation for exercise, and personal fulfillment
Based on research in positive psychology, this session will explain how leisure can be used in everyday life toward stress reduction, motivation for exercise, and lifestyle fulfillment. To that end, this session aligns to the following three goals of the Wahls Protocol Seminar: (1) practicing stress-reducing strategies, (2) learning about exercise and (3) changing lifestyle. Furthermore, this session will consist of three or four personal growth or experiential activities in which participants will interact with other participants in order to better understand how leisure can be an act of healthy coping and self-care, which can decrease the influence of negative stress.
Movement Coach, Natural Lifestyle Educator, Nutritionist
Darryl Edwards, is a Movement Coach, Natural Lifestyle Educator, nutritionist and creator of the Primal Play Method™. Darryl developed the Primal Play methodology to inspire others to make activity fun while getting healthier, fitter and stronger in the process.
Darryl is the owner of Fitness Explorer Training and author of several books including Paleo Fitness and Paleo from A to Z. His work has been published in titles such as Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Elle Magazine, Men's Fitness and featured on the BBC documentary Eat to Live Forever.
"The Case for Exercise"
This talk reviews the relationship between physical activity levels and our health. You will learn what science has to say about the health benefits of adding more physical activity to your day. There are 10 specific unexpected benefits for adding more physical activity to your day. It will be helpful to understand the why lack of physical activity leads to worsening inflammation, atherosclerosis, and accelerated aging,and worsening medical problems.
Understanding why activity is so powerful is key to making the commitment add more physical activity to your day.
"Neuroplasticity and Physical Activity"
Discusses the role of exercise and nerve growth factors and the brain and risk of brain and mental health issues.
Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to repair and maintain itself. This function is highly dependent upon hormonal balance. Physical activity impacts the level of testosterone, estrogen, and growth hormone. In addition physical activity impacts the level of nerve growth factors. Brain cells are highly dependent upon the level of sex hormones, growth hormones and nerve growth factors. You will learn how physical activity can optimize your brain’s ability to maintain and repair itself.
Our bodies are meant to move. Learn how to have more fun as you improve your strength, coordination and reconnect your brain and your body.
Dr. Julia Buchkina
Functional Medicine Practitioner
ulia Buchkina, MD, MPH uses a comprehensive, patient-centered, and evidence-based approach to identify and address the root causes of chronic disease. Dr. Buchkina received her certification in Functional Medicine through the Institute for Functional Medicine in 2014. She is board certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. She is licensed to practice medicine in the state of Iowa.
"Interpreting Your 23andme.com Results: The Basics."
With the price of genetic testing dropping quickly, more people are getting their DNA sequenced. There are millions of different variations of the enzymes that are genes code for, making it extremely difficult for the average person, or their primary care physician, to know what to do with results of genetic testing. This lecture will review how you can use your genetic information from 23andme to target which supplements and lifestyle interventions to add to add to your healing program. You will Learn to interpret basic information about your methylation and detoxification status using the information provided by the GeneticGenie.com and your 23andme.com test results.
Karyn Berlin, MSW, LISW
Independent social worker
Karyn Berlin is a licensed independent social worker. She has worked for more than 20 years with veterans diagnosed with cancer and with other life changing diagnoses.
Resilience. Developing your skill set
Description. Resilience, the ability to recover from difficulties, is an important component in living with multiple sclerosis. In this session, we will review what works in developing resilience, explore ideas, try some techniques and identify specific pathways to building resilience.
Dr. Joe Tatta
DPT, Board Certified Nutrition Specialist and Functional Medicine Practitioner
Dr. Joe Tatta is a doctor of physical therapy, board certified nutrition specialist and functional medicine practitioner who specializes in treating persistent pain and lifestyle-related musculoskeletal, metabolic and autoimmune health issues. His mission is to create a new paradigm around treating persistent pain and reverse our global pain epidemic. He is the creator of the Healing Pain Online Summit and The Healing Pain Podcast designed to broaden the conversation around natural strategies toward solving persistent pain. Dr. Tatta is the author of the soon to be released book Heal Your Pain Now; A Revolutionary Program to Reset Your Brain and Body for a Pain-Free Life by Da Capo Press. He is currently in private practice in New York City, New York and also provides Online Health Consulting to help people achieve their optimal level of vitality and freedom from chronic disease. Learn more by visiting www.drjoetatta.com.
Changing the Paradigm About Pain
The brain changes with chronic pain but because of neuroplasticity these maladaptive changes can be reversed to decrease and often eliminate pain.
Chronic pain has a major impact on quality of life and can be very challenging for patients, their families and their physicians. The brain and spinal cord begin to change in response to chronic pain which can amplify pain, making the pain more severe and more difficult to quiet. In this lecture you were learn how the brain remodels itself, also known as“neuroplasticity”, in harmful ways that amplify pain. You will also learn how you can facilitate remodeling of the brain and spinal cord in helpful ways. Remodeling of the brain and spinal cord through neuroplasticity to can be used in very specific ways to reduce and often eliminate pain.
Cellist, MS Warrior
Bob Cafaro has been a cellist with the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1985. In early 1999, Bob was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Six months later he was nearly blind, unable to use his hands, and he was told he would be on permanent disability. Refusing to accept his prognosis, Bob set out to return to work. He did not give up, and would in fact find a way to restore his vision, restore his strength and thriving as a professional cellist. Today he is in perfect health and shows no signs of MS.
"When the Music Stopped"
Cellist Bob Cafaro was nearly blind, unable to walk and unable to use his hands Bob tells his story of how he reversed his severe disability due to multiple sclerosis using diet and lifestyle changes. Building on the Hero’s journey, Bob Cafaro will talk about some of the heroes that inspired him to achieve what his physicians had told him was impossible so that you can visualize your healing journey more effectively.
Physical Therapist & Tai Chi Instructor
Lori Enloe has been a physical therapist since 1989 and tai chi instructor since 2000. She works at the Iowa City VA where she develops customized exercise programs with veterans for weight loss, teaches tai chi and trains VA staff to teach tai chi. Outside the VA, she offers private and group tai chi classes, Tai Chi Fundamentals® teacher training and seminars about the benefits of tai chi and meditative movement. Lori uses tai chi daily for its spiritual, mental and physical health benefits
Tai Chi, is an ancient Chinese mind-body exercise which integrates training in breathing, posture, and slow fluid movements with cognitive skills including intention and imagery. Research shows practicing Tai Chi reduces pain and stress and improves posture, breath awareness, endurance, balance, mood, immune function, and cognitive function. The Tai Chi Fundamentals® Adapted program taught at this seminar is designed to make tai chi accessible to all ages and abilities through seated, walker and side support practices.
Author & MC
Eve (Adamson) Minkler is a nine-time New York Times bestselling ghostwriter/book collaborator who has written or collaborated on over 100 books published by mainstream publishers, including The Wahls Protocol and The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life, with Dr. Terry Wahls. Eve is also an avid cook, foodie, traveler, and jazz singer.
Are you a Health Practitioner?
Interested in the Wahls Protocol Certification?
As a practitioner, you are probably intrigued by the protocol and interested in how you can utilize it in your own practice. I encourage you to attend the 3-Day Seminar as well as the 4th day professional workshop on Aug 6th
This workshop has been designed specifically for health and medical professionals. While the workshop is open to the public, the material presented has been developed for an advanced, scientifically literate, and highly technical audience. Please click here for more information, including agenda and topics.
NOTE: Pricing for Certification and Examination are not included in the cost of the Wahls Protocol® Health Professional Workshop.
Wahls Protocol® Certification:
In 2016, we launched the “Teaching the Wahls Protocol® certification. This certification program is available exclusively to certified health and wellness coaches, nutrition professionals, and licensed medical professionals. More details on this program are available here.
If you wish to receive certification in 2017,
you must attend this Health Professional Workshop.
What Previous Health Practitioner Attendees have to say
Add another day to your experience and learn at a deeper level
Many of our non-clinician attendees last year wished that they had also attended the Health Professional Workshop. If any of the following statements ring true for you, you should join us the Health Professional Workshop:
Dr. Wahls and her Hero’s Journey
Dr. Wahls is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and conducts clinical research with a deep background in peer-reviewed published papers. This is her timeline to health.
She began having her first MS related symptoms, episodes of facial pain.
Pain episodes became more frequent
and more resistant to treatment.
She transitioned to secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. She underwent chemotherapy to slow the disease and began using a tilt-recline wheelchair.
Her torso was so weak she could
not sit in a regular chair. She also
started experiencing brain fog.
Dr. Wahls created the Wahls Protocol®, which gave her the nutrients she needed from foods rather than supplements.
She was able to walk without a cane and even complete an 18-mile bicycle tour.
She began her first clinical trial,
testing her protocol in
others with progressive MS.
She had her first episode of dim vision and heat intolerance.
She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
She extensively researched nutrients important to brain health and started taking them as supplements. The steepness of decline
in her health slowed, but she was still declining.
Dr. Wahls discovered The Institute for Functional Medicine, an organization devoted to leveraging the latest scientific discoveries to better care for those with chronic diseases. Based on their research, she added to her list of vitamins and supplements. She learned about neuromuscular electrical stimulation and added that to her routine.
Her brain fog resolved.
Her heat intolerance was resolved and she was able to enjoy a daily sauna again
She was able to jog again.
The first Wahls Protocol® Seminar is held.
Are You Ready to Take YOUR Hero’s Journey!
Reserve Your Space NOW
Limited Space Available
3-Day Seminar Only
Reg $1897 Sale $1297
3-Day Seminar + Health Professional Workshop
Reg $2597 Sale $1994
Aug 6, exam after workshop
*Note you must also register for the 3-Day Seminar and Health Workshop
Frequently asked questions
Join Dr. Terry Wahls, her partner Jackie, and fellow Wahls Warriors with their families, medical professionals, and holistic-minded health practitioners this August 3, 4, & 5 for the Wahls Protocol Seminar 2017 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa!
- On Wednesday, August 2, attendees with start arrive around noon.
Plan to check in at 6 with an evening meet and greet activity at 7.
- Saturday, the seminar will end by 3 pm.
- Sunday, the Health Professional Workshop will end by 1 pm.
Three days of in-depth discovery on the role that nutrition plays in our wellness and recovery, the most updated research from Dr. Wahls’ clinical trials, a chance to create your own personalized functional medicine worksheet, the fun of experiencing new wellness and stress-reduction methods like tai chi and meditation, and the chance to meet and connect with fellow Wahls Warriors from around the world.
We have a block of rooms reserved for Wahls Seminar participants at the Marriott. For ease and convenience, we suggest you stay at The Marriott, but encourage you reserve your rooms as soon as possible as they do book up quickly! Use this link to book with the group: http://cwp.marriott.com/cidmc/
If you’d like to have a room closer to the elevator or a wheelchair-accessible room, please directly call the hotel to arrange that. Please be aware here is a very limited amount of handicap-accessible rooms.
You also call the reservation hotline at 1-800-396-2153. You will need to inform the reservation agent they are with the Wahls Protocol Seminar to receive discounted rates.
If you have any problems making reservations please contact Annette Reed at 319-321-0842.
This is an intimate event for three solid days—and Dr. Wahls will be leading conversations and teaching you the fundamentals of functional medicine and the basics surrounding your nutrition and health each day!
While Dr. Wahls doesn’t see Wahls Warriors patients privately, give medical advice or consultations, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work directly with Dr. Wahls to get yourself on the right path to wellness. We’re thrilled to meet you!
The hotel will have Wahls Compliant menu options, there are grocery stores near by including New Pioneer Co-op and a Natural Food Store.
Terms and Conditions
- I am ready to register RIGHT NOW before the limited seats are filled!
- Payment: All payments are non-refundable. Full payment is required to confirm your registration. The event is limited in size and will fill quickly. Registrations are on a first come, first serve basis. Your registration is not confirmed and payment is not deemed made until full payment is received and you receive a confirmation invoice. Terry Wahls LLC., reserves the right to place you on a waiting list should the space be unavailable when payment is submitted. Payment will only be refunded if the space is sold out.
- Payment is accepted by, Visa, MasterCard, Discover/Novus, American Express, and PayPal.
- Cancellation by Attendee. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN. In the event of cancellation, Attendee will be given access to the pre-recorded Wahls Seminar and materials from the seminar. Attendee is solely responsible for a cancellation of hotel, airline, and/or car rental reservations. Wahls is not responsible for any consequential or other losses resulting from Attendee’s cancellation of the Seminar.
- Cancellation by Wahls. In the unlikely event of Wahls’ cancellation, if specific speakers are cancelled, the seminar will be continued with alternative speakers and prerecorded material as needed to conduct the live event. Alternatively, if the entire live seminar is cancelled, Attendee will be provided access to a pre-recorded version of the specific Wahls Seminar. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN. Wahls is not responsible for any consequential or other losses resulting from Wahls cancellation of the Seminar.
- Terry Wahls, LLC, reserves the right to cancel or reschedule for any reason, including insufficient demand or force majeure. If the event is canceled, Terry Wahls, LLC’s only responsibility will be to provide access to the pre-recorded seminar lectures, seminar lectures and seminar materials via the seminar membership site. Terry Wahls LLC., cannot assume responsibility for any additional costs or any fees relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of air tickets or other travel arrangements.
By purchasing a registration to The Wahls Protocol Seminar 2017, this constitutes as acknowledgement and acceptance on behalf of myself (and the individual(s) for whom I’ve purchased a registration) to the following:
(A) Any and all audio-visual video, film, or photographic recording of The Wahls Protocol Seminar 2016 for future marketing and publicity use by Dr. Terry Wahls and The Wahls Foundation.
(B) I consent to the recording of me, my voice, and my likeness, and grant The Wahls Foundation and Dr. Terry Wahls the rights to reproduce, display, distribute, create derivative works from, and otherwise use any photos or footage, whole or in part, for potential promotional and marketing materials related to Dr. Wahls, without any compensation whatsoever.
(C) I further understand and agree that Dr. Terry Wahls and The Wahls Foundation is under no obligation to capture photos or footage of me, or to make use of any photos or footage if they are created at The Wahls Protocol Seminar 2017.
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