The Wahls Protocol Seminar

The Marriott Hotel, Cedar Rapids, IA
Essentials & Advanced Tracks: July 30–August 1, 2020
Health Professional Certification Track: July 30–August 2, 2020

Hands-on Learning.
A Healing Community.
Control Of Your Health.

The Wahls Protocol Seminar & Retreat | Cedar Rapids, Iowa | July 31–August 1, 2020
Health Professional Training | July 31–August 2, 2020

Have you been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disorder, neurological problems, mental health problems, or other chronic health problems?
Do you have chronic pain, fatigue or brain fog?

The Wahls Protocol® Seminar, which I host as a retreat is a three-day immersion where hundreds of people living with MS, brain fog, chronic pain, or other autoimmune disorders gather together. Join me and other Wahls Warriors™ as we spend three full days celebrating each other, and learning from some of the most forward-thinking (and eating) integrative medical professionals in the industry.

Experience a Hands-On Approach to Health

You'll hear transformative lectures
that will teach you:

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How a lifetime of food and environmental exposures led to the poor health you have.

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How the health of your cells determines the health of your body and that you cannot become well until your cells are well.

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The root cause of why your cells started to malfunction,
leading to your illness.

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What specific steps you can take to address
the specific root causes of your poor health.

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How to properly feed and nourish your cells so that they can
repair and rebuild a healthier you!

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How to grow your inner motivation so that you are willing to
make the needed diet and lifestyle changes to get your cells healthy once again.

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Topics for the 2020 event:

Topics for the Wahls Protocol Seminar 2020

*Times, speakers, and topics are subject to change.

Featured Health & Wellness Experts:

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Dr. Terry Wahls

Biography

Dr. Terry Wahls is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner and a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she conducts clinical trials.  In 2018 she was awarded the Institute for Functional Medicine’s Linus Pauling Award for her contributions in research, clinical care and patient advocacy. 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: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles, Learn more about her MS clinical trials by reaching out to her team: MSDietStudy@healthcare.uiowa.edu.

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Dr. Rachel Fresco

Biography

Dr. Rachel Fresco is founder and CEO of Bio-Botanical Research, located adjacent to Silicon Valley on the Monterey Bay. Her company has been delivering innovative botanical formulas to health care professionals since 1989. These cutting-edge formulations are utilized as key support in the most challenging clinical presentations. Her focus in product development has been addressing concerns relating to GI health, Lyme disease, Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as oral care and systemic infections. The flagship formula Biocidin®. is recommended by noted authors, clinics and laboratories worldwide. University-based research and published studies on her formulas include Borreliosis, pathogenic biofilms, and immune response in elite athletes. Other ongoing clinical trials include SIBO, H. pylori, periodontal disease, mycotoxins and other topics.

Dr. Fresco lectures at medical conferences both in the US and internationally, in addition to appearing on many podcasts and online summits relating to health and wellness. She “walks the talk” empowering and inspiring others to lead healthy and organic lifestyles, and modeling a new paradigm of corporate culture.

Bio-Botanical Research
18 Hangar Way, Ste. A, Watsonville, CA, 95076
Email drfresco@biocidin.com Ph 831.786.9711

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Garrett Salpeter

Biography

Dr. Rachel Fresco is founder and CEO of Bio-Botanical Research, located adjacent to Silicon Valley on the Monterey Bay. Her company has been delivering innovative botanical formulas to health care professionals since 1989. These cutting-edge formulations are utilized as key support in the most challenging clinical presentations. Her focus in product development has been addressing concerns relating to GI health, Lyme disease, Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as oral care and systemic infections. The flagship formula Biocidin®. is recommended by noted authors, clinics and laboratories worldwide. University-based research and published studies on her formulas include Borreliosis, pathogenic biofilms, and immune response in elite athletes. Other ongoing clinical trials include SIBO, H. pylori, periodontal disease, mycotoxins and other topics.

Known as “The Health Engineer,” Garrett has taken his education in Physics (BS) and Engineering (MSE) and applied it into a system for making the human body better. His journey started when he picked up ice hockey as a boy. It was a game he loved, but for which he had little natural aptitude. After several years “skating by,” he decided to delve deeply into the world of strength and conditioning to try to give himself a chance to play at a higher level. Unfortunately, what was popular at the time did not work for him — and he kept searching. 

​In dealing with some injury problems, he learned about the paramount importance of the nervous system, and saw the connections to how the same neurological principles could be applied to fitness. The neurological approach worked, and he never looked back. He became determined to learn as much as possible about how to affect the nervous system. To that end, he spent hundreds of hours in self-study, mentored under several leading-edge practitioners, tested many of his theories on himself and others, and even went back to school for a Ph.D. program in Neuroscience (from which he took a leave of absence to launch the Neubie device). 

​In 2009, he opened his first facility in Austin, TX to start sharing these methods with his community. This has grown into what we now know as NeuFit, which combines an advanced understanding of physiology with the best practices from diverse training and therapeutic practices, and constantly pushes these processes by using technology to accelerate them further. Since that first day, he has worked with people of all ages and in almost all situations, including athletes from MLB, the NFL, the NHL, the NBA, UFC, Olympics, NCAA, and more, helping them get out of pain, improve performance, sometimes avoid surgeries, and live life at a higher level. 

​​He lives in Austin, Texas and is ecstatically in love with his wife, Briana, and their two daughters, Gwenny and Gemma.

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Ken Sharlin, M.D., M.P.H., IFMCP

Biography

Ken Sharlin, M.D., M.P.H., IFMCP, is a board-certified neurologist and functional medicine practitioner.  He received his medical degrees from Emory University, and functional medicine education through The Institute for Functional Medicine.  He was the first physician to be recognized as a Wahls Protocol Certified Health Professional.  In addition, Dr. Sharlin has trained in the Bredesen Protocol for Reversal of Cognitive Decline (ReCODE) in Alzheimer’s disease.  He practices general neurology, conducts clinical research in multiple sclerosis, and directs his functional medicine program, Brain Tune Up!, through his clinic, Sharlin Health and Neurology, located in Ozark, MO.

When Can I Stop My Medication? And How The Wahls Protocol Can Get You There.

When Can I Stop My Medication?  And How The Wahls Protocol Can Get You There.  

A podium presentation followed by panel discussion with Dr. Ken Sharlin and Dr. Terry Wahls

The first time the words, “You have multiple sclerosis” is heard by anyone must be devastating news.  Perhaps second to hearing the diagnosis is the difficult to accept idea that conventional treatment means a life sentence of medications that are costly and can have serious, life-threatening, side effects.  Until recently, there has not been an examination of when disease-modifying therapy can be stopped. Our presentation will explore the latest information on this subject, including a discussion of how The Wahls Protocol offers a strategy to MS sufferers to take control, and increase the likelihood that they can stop their medication.

Reversal of Cognitive Decline

Presentation Abstract: Dr. Sharlin harnesses the latest discoveries in neuroscience and applies them, using a functional medicine framework, to create a practical and actionable plan for the reversal of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline. The presentation draws from his clinic-based protocol, Brain Tune Up!, which resulted in a recently published article in The Journal of Alzheimer’s and Parkinsonism entitled Reversal of Cognitive Decline: 100 Patients. Built around the story of one of Dr. Sharlin’s patients the presentation is a hero’s journey into the workings of the brain. It integrates the individual pieces of the puzzle into a holistic view of how the brain works (or doesn’t), makes the complex understandable, and provides the tools needed to overcome the challenges faced by those suffering from cognitive decline. Finally, Dr. Sharlin takes the audience through the transformation of his patient, and others, in their remarkable recovery from this devastating disease.

Bredesen DE, Sharlin KS, Jenkins D, et al. Reversal of Cognitive Decline: 100 Patients. J Alzheimer’s Dis Parkinsonism 2018. 8(5):450.doi 10.4172/2161-0460.1000450.

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Tyler Titcomb, RD, PhD

Biography

Tyler J Titcomb is a postdoctoral research scholar at the University of Iowa under the direction of Dr. Terry Wahls. He is a registered dietitian and has a PhD in nutritional sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After an 8-inch growth spurt in 4 months when Tyler was 12 years old, he became extremely injury plagued. His teenage years were full of sports injuries which led Tyler to his family chiropractor who coached him on how to improve his diet to prevent more of these injuries. Turns out these radical things called vegetables were just what Tyler needed, and he has been injury free and hooked on nutrition ever since. 

Prior to joining Dr. Wahls’ research team, Tyler conducted research on the relationship between dietary heavy metal toxins and urinary tract cancer at the University of North Dakota and carotenoid absorption and metabolism from selectively bred, biofortified crops including corn and carrots at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, as a side project in graduate school, Tyler conducted studies assessing dietary intake of B-vitamins in low-income countries and published a large narrative review on the topic.

Tyler’s passion is to research therapeutic diet and lifestyle interventions for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, which led him to apply for the postdoc position to work with Dr. Wahls. The Wahls Diet is rich in carotenoids (think colors) allowing Tyler to not only follow his dreams in researching the effect of diet on neurodegenerative disease but also to bring the expertise he gained from his PhD training to the Wahls research team. There are several mechanisms as to how carotenoids could benefit MS, but currently there is nearly zero research on the relationship. Tyler plans to change this.

Lectures

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Darin Ingels, ND, FAAEM

Biography

Dr. Ingels is a respected leader in natural medicine with more than 28 years experience in the healthcare field. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs. His practice focuses on finding root causes of illness for children and adults with complex medical illnesses.

Dr. Ingels has been published extensively and is the author of “The Lyme Solution: A 5-Part Plan to Fight the Inflammatory Autoimmune Response and Beat Lyme Disease”, a comprehensive natural approach to treating Lyme disease. He has also been a Lyme and MS patient and has been able to reverse and control his symptoms using natural methods. Dr. Ingels specializes in Lyme disease, autism and chronic immune dysfunction. He uses diet, nutrients, herbs, homeopathy and immunotherapy to help his patients achieve better health.

Overcoming Lyme Disease, Mold Toxicity And Other Infections That Cause Autoimmune Disease

Lyme disease is the fastest growing infectious disease in the world, with more than 300,000 new cases in the United States each year. Lyme and other infectious diseases are often underlying causes of autoimmune disease and commonly get misdiagnosed as other illnesses, including MS, ALS, lupus and other autoimmune conditions. Additionally, mold exposure and mycotoxicity have also been linked with causing various autoimmune disorders and is often overlooked by most healthcare providers. In this talk, Dr. Ingels will discuss how identifying underlying infection can help direct treatment of autoimmune disease and get to the root cause of the problem. He will share his personal and professional experience of overcoming Lyme disease using natural methods, such as dietary modifications, supporting gut health, herbal therapy, detoxification strategies, lifestyle management and other novel therapies to modulate the immune system. Dr. Ingels will also discuss how to identify mold in your environment and strategies to reduce your exposure and body burden of mycotoxins, using therapies that work with your body instead of against it can help stimulate better healing.

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Alan Christianson, NMD

Biography

Dr. Alan Christianson is a Naturopathic Endocrinologist who focuses on Thyroid function, specifically Hashimoto’s, Hypothyroidism, and Graves’ disease.

He has been actively practicing in Scottsdale since 1996 and is the founding physician behind Integrative Health. He is a NY Times bestselling author whose books include The Metabolism Reset Diet, The Adrenal Reset Diet, and the Complete Idiots Guide to Thyroid Disease. 

Dr. Christianson regularly appears on national media like Dr. Oz, The Doctors, and The Today Show. He is the founding president behind the Endocrine Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

Managing both MS and Thyroid Disease

How to use a Wahl’s Program friendly approach to improve your own thyroid function and reverse chronic thyroid symptoms. 

Those with MS have a higher risk of all types of spontaneously developing autoimmune thyroid disease including both Grave’s Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Biological and immunosuppressant medications for treating MS also raise the risk of triggering autoimmune thyroid disease.

This presentation will teach the listeners how to work within Wahls’ Protocol Guidelines to improve thyroid function. They will learn how to achieve the narrow target of optimal iodine, how to select foods to improve immunotolerance through better T regulatory cell function, and what are the most commonly undiagnosed comorbidities experienced by those with thyroid disease.

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Dian Ginsberg M.D., F.A.C.O.G

Biography

Medical Director -The Ginstitute of Functional Medicine
Board Certified in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine
Advanced Fellowship Metabolic Medical Institute
Advisory Board Member for Functional Medicine University

Dr. Ginsberg completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Bowman-Gray School of Medicine in North Carolina before Houston’s sunny climate brought her to Texas. Dr. Ginsberg has years of experience providing comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology treatment. As her career advanced, she developed a special interest in functional medicine and the manner in which it bridges the gap of a patient’s illness while minimizing severe symptoms and optimizing health.  This passion now encompasses special focus on the understanding of genetics and methylation, optimal hormone balance and overall healthy aging. Being a black belt in Tae Kwan Do and an accomplished marathon runner and triathlete has led her to explore the latest medical advances in wellness for athletes along with anti-aging therapies for both men and women. She is motivated to continue her research in nutritional therapies for many reasons, most significantly for the benefits it has brought to her sons with specific learning needs.

Dr. Ginsberg lectures for Functional Medicine University on the topic of PCOS, its natural reversal, and pathways to fertility. She is the author of The PCOS Environmental Roadmap. Rectangularization of aging is her personal passion, and she is faculty at the American Academy of Anti-Aging where she has lectured about bio-identical hormone replacment, methylation and telomeres (DNA caps) and how instrumental their preservation is for ongoing health. She is now actively involved in a ground breaking infusion study looking at Young Fresh Frozen Plasma and the effect it has on helping reverse symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease.  She is lecturing and educating all over the country on the amazing results of this study and how it can help neurodegenerative diseases

Bio-Identical Hormones, the Microbiome and Neurodegenerative Disease Connections and Clinical Applications for Treatment

Research now on a regular basis is indicating that dysregulation of circulating estrogens observed in peri and post-menopausal women can adversely impact brain cognition. It extends into testosterone levels for both men and women. This age range begins as early as 35 years old.  One of the principal regulators of circulating estrogens is the gut microbiome. The gut microbiota regulates estrogens (estriol, estradiol and estrone). 

When this process is impaired through dysbiosis of gut microbiota, characterized by lower microbial diversity, the circulating estrogens and other hormones may contribute to the development of conditions including the neurodegenerative diseases.

Promising therapeutic interventions including modulation of the microbiome composition, reestablishing hormone balance and subsequently modulating the immune system will have a significant impact on these disease states.

 

This talk will highlight promising interventions in the field, such as bio-identical hormone replacement, dietary therapeutics, utilization of clinical testing such as salivary and urine hormones as well as DNA stool testing and how to apply them clinically. It will further discuss areas that provide exciting unexplored topics of study.

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Dr. Heidi Hanna

Biography

Dr. Heidi Hanna is the Chief Energy Officer of Synergy Brain Fitness, a company providing brain-based health and performance programs to individuals and organizations, a Founding Partner of the Academy for Brain Health and Performance and a Fellow and Advisory Board Member for the American Institute of Stress. She is a NY Times bestselling author of several books, including The Sharp Solution, Stressaholic, and Recharge.  Heidi has been featured at many global conferences including the Fortune Magazine Most Powerful Women in Business Summit, ESPN Leadership Summit and the Million Dollar Round Table.  Her clients have included Google, Starbucks, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, and WD40 as well as the PGA Tour and the National Football League. Heidi is also a Certified Humor Professional with the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor although she won’t admit she’s funny. 

Recharge Your Brain to Master Stress for Good

Based on the latest neuroscience of stress, mindfulness and motivation, Dr. Hanna uncovers research-driven guiding principles and a simple framework for optimizing brain health and fitness. Through interactive discussions around best-practices, participants will create a personal Recharge Tool-kit with specific strategies for their daily routine and group/team rituals to best support relationships at home and work.

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Dr. Marisol Teijeiro, BA, ND

Biography

Dr. Marisol Teijeiro ND, BA is an author, speaker, and director of Sanas Health Practice in Ontario, Canada. She is also the inventor of the Queen of the Thrones™ Castor Oil Pack and castor oil products.  She is certified in Environmental Medicine and Homotoxicology. As an alumni of CCNM, she instituted and teaches a six hour course on castor oil and castor oil packs. She has spoken internationally at the Environmental Health Symposium, the International Colon Hydrotherapy Association, the International Congress of Naturopathic Medicine and shared the stage with greats like Joseph Pizzorno and Walter Crinnion. Her passion and area of expertise is teaching people how to have incredible digestion and the best bowel movements.   Her mission is to create awareness about stools and a new SANAS standardized stool scale that would encompass all the clinical gems she has learned for personal, experience, research and practice on the ideal bowel movement.

Stools and what they say about you & the herbal tools that help them become regular - The Drugs that Don’t allow you to go to the Bathroom

Dr. Marisol Teijeiro ND, BA is an author, speaker, and director of Sanas Health Practice in Ontario, Canada. She is also the inventor of the Queen of the Thrones™ Castor Oil Pack and castor oil products.  She is certified in Environmental Medicine and Homotoxicology. As an alumni of CCNM, she instituted and teaches a six hour course on castor oil and castor oil packs. She has spoken internationally at the Environmental Health Symposium, the International Colon Hydrotherapy Association, the International Congress of Naturopathic Medicine and shared the stage with greats like Joseph Pizzorno and Walter Crinnion. Her passion and area of expertise is teaching people how to have incredible digestion and the best bowel movements.   Her mission is to create awareness about stools and a new SANAS standardized stool scale that would encompass all the clinical gems she has learned for personal, experience, research and practice on the ideal bowel movement.

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Mishelle Paullus, ARNP

Biography

My career started by volunteering at an AIDS hospice in Minneapolis in the early 90s, at the time I was selling computers, but a few weeks into my volunteer work I realized I was supposed to be a nurse.  I earned my RN, moved to Iowa, and began working at UIHC. I then earned my ARNP in 2007 and accepted a position in Neurology, working with MS patients, the true love of my life. My approach has always been integrative, because when constructing a treatment plan, the best outcomes are always achieved when the whole person is taken into consideration.

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Natasha Azrak, Nutr., R.D., IFMCP

Biography

Natasha Azrak is the first and only nutritionist certified by the Institute for Functional Medicine in Canada and the only French-speaking in the world. She is also a Wahls Protocol® Health Professional.

She’s recognized for her passion and curiosity, which is demonstrated by the number and diversity of trainings she has undertaken. She has a true passion for science and is always up-to-date with the latest natural health research. She was in charge of selecting 300 scientific studies for Dr. Brouillard’s bestselling francophone book La santé repensée (Rethinking Health). She also collaborated on his second bestselling book on pain, writing the nutrition chapter.

Throughout the years, Natasha’s expertise has been shared in the media, including many magazines and blogs, through nutrition capsules at Global News, and in the French documentary Les Persévérants on RDI. She’s been a consultant and keynote speaker at conferences for companies like L’Oréal, Vichy, Pfizer, the National Bank, and other major companies in Quebec.

Her rigor for science made her the best candidate to teach preventative nutrition at the University of Montreal and allow the movement of natural health to get into universities, teaching to health practitioners, including doctors.

Having a hard time tolerating 3 cups of sulfur per day? Causes, treatment approaches & a MS case study.

Have you loved Dr Wahls’ books and videos and are trying hard to apply all the great recommendations but having a difficulty with the 3 cups of sulfur? We will explore one of the main reasons why you could not only not tolerate sulfur containing foods but why you might sometimes feel like you look 3 months pregnant, have foul smell gas or a bad breath even if you have perfect dental hygiene. We will also dive deep into the three different approaches that have scientific evidence to resolve the problem. We will then finish with a Multiple Sclerosis case study.

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Tom Moorcroft, DO

Biography

Dr. Tom treats some of the sickest, most sensitive patients suffering from chronic Lyme disease, tick-borne co-infections, mold illness and children with infection-induced autoimmune encephalitis (PANDAS/PANS). He focuses on optimizing the body’s self-healing systems in order to achieve optimal health with simple, natural interventions; utilizing more conventional approaches when needed. Each individual is a unique unity of body, mind and spirit. Successful treatment strategies are patient-centered and address all three levels. The true source of radiant health is within each of us. Dr. Tom’s goal is to empower each of his patients to get in touch with their inner source of health so they can experience optimal health.

Tick-borne Co-Infections, Toxin-Induced Autoimmune Encephalitis

Abrupt behavioral and cognitive changes are becoming more and more common in children (and adults). One of the better known causes is Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS). Children often experience abrupt behavioral and personality changes or food restriction along with a host of neuropsychiatric symptoms, such as OCD, rage, depression, anxiety, regression in school performance, and sensory or motor abnormalities.  The term Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndromes (PANS) was coined to be inclusive of most other toxic/infectious causes of acute behavioral changes. Often overlooked causes include tick-borne infections and mold exposures. In the case of tick-borne infections, these may cause PANS like symptoms without triggering an autoimmune reaction, however the most common situation is the infection triggers autoimmunity and inflammation. In children the changes tend to be neuropsychiatric as described; in adult the changes tend to be more depression, anxiety and cognitive changes, rather than abrupt onsete of something such as OCD or rage. Treatment requires identification of the underlying cause, addressing the autoimmune reaction and decreasing the subsequent inflammation in order for the patient to fully heal. Functional approaches to diagnosis and treatment are critical, including the potential use of conventional medications, herbal antimicrobials and detoxification supports, and nutritional/dietary/lifestyle modifications.

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Shelley Gawith, NTP

Biography

Up until having my own health scare in 2014 I was a Chartered Accountant working at a large investment bank in Australia. My health scare lead me down a new career path. I was told by countless medical practitioners that I was going to die. I spent the next two years in bed, not doing much but being determined that food and nutrition was going to be my way to healing. This was what lead me to discover the Nutritional Therapy Association. 
I am now Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), and a Certified Gluten Practitioner.

I am  a Certified Restorative Wellness Practitioner, enabling me to specialise in functional laboratory testing to further enhance my functional testing skills. 

I now have my own successful practice in Wellington’s CBD, where I combine all of my training, knowledge and first hand experience to assist my clients to get to the underlying root causes of their health symptoms.  I work with many corporate clients to transform their health, so they too, can live life to their full potential. I also support client’s with chronic illnesses in order to turn their lives around and help them reclaim their own health once again. As a result, I see clients in person and worldwide via Skype depending on their needs. I now have a clinic where I manager other practitioners, we do a range of alternative therapies and I also have an online course, where i teach people to eat right for their bodies. I have now worked with thousand of clients. 

Health Practitioner Workshop-Amplify Your Business Success
  • Marketing- niche your market, have a clear goal and vision. Grow your list, grow your following.
  • Systems and structure- Essential to having a successful business. Connections- relationships our foundational to building a successful business. What are your strengths?
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Ashutosh Mangalam, PhD

Biography

The major goal of my research is to develop better treatment options to cure multiple sclerosis (MS). To achieve this goal, my research program focuses on three major interconnected themes: i) to understand the role of gut microbiome and metabolome in the etiopathogenesis of MS; ii) test therapeutic efficacy of human gut derived bacteria as drug (BRUG) in animal models of MS; and iii) utilize transgenic mice expressing MS susceptible and resistant HLA class II molecules (HLA transgenic mice) to understand the mechanisms of disease pathogenesis.

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Dr. Shelly Sethi, DO

Biography

Dr. Shelly Sethi is a double board-certified family physician who provides integrative and functional medicine to people who are looking for clarity and root-cause resolution of their chronic health issues and to people who want to optimize their body and brain to live to their full potential. She provides a step-by-step system that is customized for your unique health condition with a focus on nutrition science,  sleep physiology, stress management, exercise physiology, connection to community and mind-body practices. Her program reverse engineers your health goals by understanding your genetic potential and focuses on recovery from stress exposure. This results in more energy, a clear mind, and an optimized body and spirit which improves your relationships, impact, and lifestyle.

She is the Founder of Dr. Shelly Sethi Personalized Medicine and a national speaker in the field of Integrative Medicine.  Additionally, she is the best selling author of “Built to Thrive. Overcome Chronic Illness, Fatigue and Hormonal Imbalance and Get Your Energy and Vitality Back Without Medication or Surgery.”  She teaches culinary medicine and mind-body seminars in Austin and has been a practitioner and teacher of meditation for over twenty years.

The Autoimmunity Mind-Body Connection

The NIH reports that more than 23 million adults suffer from auto-immune disease and that many of these adults experience pain, inflammation, anxiety and depression. Additionally, people who were diagnosed with a stress-related illness were more likely to be diagnosed with multiple autoimmune diseases, and if younger, had a higher rate of autoimmune disease.  Mind-body interventions have long been known to help reduce stress-related illnesses. Additionally, meditation has been studied as an effective approach for pain relief, and is an intervention for both anxiety and depression. However, only 8% of adults in the US practice or have practiced a daily breathwork or meditation practice and as few as 3% of doctors actually talk to patients about how to reduce stress.  In this talk, we will review how: 

  • Mindfulness meditation as well as other forms of mind-body practices can improve self-reported measures of disease symptomatology, and the biological mechanisms underlying human aging and disease. 
  • Meditation has direct effects on immune system parameters.
  • Meditation has a positive effect on depressive and anxiety symptoms, with secondary outcomes of change in psychological distress, well-being, and disease activity such as fatigue and joint pain.  
  • To get started with a meditation and breathwork practice.
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Andrea Sprague, Health Supportive Chef & F-NTP

Biography

Andrea is a Health Supportive Chef & Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. She helps clients learn to love food again after food allergies or a healing crisis causes them to radically change their diets.  

With over a decade in the culinary business, Andrea first went to culinary school to learn to cook for herself after a food allergy diagnosis. In culinary school, she discovered not just her love of cooking, but a new way to feed herself that completely eliminated the symptoms of the food allergy that had plagued her for years.

Through her own health journey, she discovered the immense healing power food can have and dedicated her life to helping others heal in the same way. She utilizes healing diets like the Wahls Protocol to create nutrient dense menu plans that are also delicious and satisfying. Andrea is a certified Wahls Health Practitioner. 

Andrea’s mission is to help people live their best life, focusing on the role nutrition plays in their overall wellbeing.  She is masterful at helping people implement dietary changes that stick. She has a series of online courses focused on allergy free cooking that are designed for both the home cook and professional chefs.

5 Chef Tips to Implement the Wahls Diet and Stick to it

Adopting the Wahls Protocol involves huge dietary changes for most people. Many of them haven’t been exposed to gluten free or dairy free and egg free cooking. This will be an overview of the starting points for how to adjust to this way of eating and adjusting their traditional recipes to allergy free.

Includes concepts of:

Batch Cooking

  • Getting to know names for gluten and dairy
  • Replacements and Ingredient Swaps
  • Pantry Clean Out
  • Eating Out
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Kerry Gundlach, MS, RD, LD

Biography

Kerry is a Registered Dietitian with over 200 hours of training in integrative and functional nutrition.  She works at the Iowa City Veterans Health Administration (VHA) in a lifestyle medicine clinic started by Dr. Terry Wahls in 2012. The clinic incorporates intensive lifestyle strategies including nutrition, movement, stress resilience, and sleep quality in an educational group setting. The nutrition therapy applies a modified elimination diet incorporating principles of anti-inflammatory eating and the Wahls Protocol.  In addition to lifestyle therapy, the clinic applies the VHAs Whole Health model of patient-centered care. Whole Health empowers veterans to explore what brings them a sense of purpose and joy and to use self-care skills to prevent and treat disease. Kerry helps veterans experience how nourishing nutrition can result in better health and life. She leads group nutrition education classes on a variety of topics, holds workshops on mindful meal planning, and instructs whole foods cooking classes.  She is a member of the VHAs National Functional Nutrition Committee working to expand integrative and functional nutrition care to veterans across the country and presents for the VHA at a national level. In her spare time, Kerry enjoys exploring the outdoors, trail running, cooking, and practicing yoga.

My Nourishing Kitchen: Balancing Body Systems, and Budget, through Whole Foods Nutrition

Circling around the Functional Medicine matrix, we’ll explore healing foods that encourage systems balance and won’t break the budget.

  • Based off IFM’s Functional Medicine Matrix, participants will be able to list 2-3 low cost foods that support equilibrium in each key area of IFMs physiological and functional clinical imbalances (assimilation, structural integrity, communication, transport, biotransformation and elimination, energy, and defense and repair).
  • Participants will be able to list ways to incorporate these foods into their meals and snacks. 
  • Participants will create a 3-5 day meal plan blending these balancing foods into their diet.

Hear from past attendees:

Featured Article: "Wahls Seminar Provides Different Perspectives on Managing MS: A Nutritionist’s View",
by Alana Kessler MS RD (www.bewellbyak.com) on Multiple Sclerosis News Today Blog

“To say these few days were inspiring would be an understatement. From the cutting-edge content to the precise scheduling, every day was packed with a Michelin star-quality menu of the latest scientific research, interactive community building, mindful exercise, and opportunities to learn and explore new and creative strategies to heal and uplevel the functionality of the body, mind, and spirit.”

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Visit Alana’s website www.bewellbyak.com

  • I wasn’t sure what to expect coming to the seminar for the first time. At most I thought I would gain an immense amount of knowledge and useful resources to keep me on track. What I gained was SO much more! The community of warriors, and immediate connections have been such indescribable gifts 🧡. I slept most of the day yesterday - back to work today and I am more motivated than I ever have been to make my health a priority. I’m missing you all, already!

    Patti L. 2019 Attendee
  • What a great seminar and retreat (as an alumni I think the retreat part was even more golden this year). I had a 3 hour layover at the Denver Airport and am now on my way to Vancouver, BC. During that time I worked on a goals list of things I want to add/tweak/increase to further my healing. The trip always makes me feel so motivated to do more. Now to get my butt in motion and DO more!

    Cindy H 2019 Attendee
  • I just ordered a salad from the hotel. The manager says, "I don't have any more Wahls certified meals." I tell him that's ok, I'll try to make my own. He comes back, and says "I'm out of salmon but have chicken. How does that need to be prepared?" "I want you to kick MS' ass!"

    I was almost in tears. It was so kind and the perfect thing to hear at the perfect moment.
    Cecy 2019 Attendee
  • I cried when I told my husband about the seminar. It suddenly became so overwhelming. The connection that we experienced was so very beautiful and powerful. I'm just sitting here feeling profoundly thankful that I got to be a part of such an amazing group of people. Thank you, everyone! I'm holding you all in my heart this morning!

    Sherilyn 2019 Attendee
  • The Wahls Protocol Seminar was great, and the "After Seminar-Seminar" was pretty great too! It's all about community, and the community that has developed and continues to grow around the Wahls Protocol is truly amazing. Together, we can accomplish anything, and nobody gets left behind. We're all in.

    Seminar Attendee 2019
  • I love it when something completely unexpected happens, those unplanned moments when everything is exactly as it should be, and I'm able to be in the moment, and feel true bliss. If somebody told me last week that I would be singing and dancing in public - and enjoying it, I would have thought he was nuts. But what the heck, when the river is flowing only a real nut tries to swim upstream.

    Seminar Attendee 2019
  • I’m speechless. I has been a really memorable week, not only food and protocol, it’s been all about life changing posibilites and purpose minded life projects. And in top of it, marvelous people to bond with. “ ... if you’ve gotten where you are not being 100%, imagine what you can be and do being your 100%” Thanks Dr Wahls for your kindness and selfishness less to welcome me/us in your tribe, in working for more knowledge and supporting each other in this life healing/enjoyment process.

    Ana 2019

Choose from Beginner & Advanced Tracks

This is the 7th year of the Wahls Protocol® Seminar.
Numerous attendees return year after year to learn about the latest research and to reconnect with their fellow Wahls Warriors™.

These specialized tracks will offer information specific to where you are in your journey back to health and vitality.

Wahls Protocol® Essentials Track

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New to the Wahls Protocol®?

We urge first-year attendees to choose the introductory track, which offers a detailed look at the various Wahls® Diet plans and how to implement them successfully, growing your internal motivation to adopt the Wahls Protocol®, and the skills you and your family need to sustain your commitment to the Wahls Protocol®.

Wahls Protocol® Advanced Track

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Next level knowlege.

If you have been to the seminar before, we suggest you choose the Advanced Track. This includes more information on the critical roles of hormones in autoimmunity and neurodegeneration. You will also learn about the latest research in autoimmune disorders and the microbiome.

Download the at-a-glance event guide:

Download the event guide and sign up for updates as the team adds to the evolving schedule of speakers, lectures and events.

What do you have to gain?

  • I made friends with attendees, presenters and myself. This was a life changing conference attended by some of the smartest most engaging people I've ever met. The lessons learned will be with me for a lifetime and with strict adherence I strongly suspect I too will recover from this chronic condition that has permanently disabled so many.

    Joseph A. 2017 Attendee
  • This Wahls Warrior princess (using the bright red walker) at the seminar thanks ALL of you for restoring my hope!! I have NEVER been in a crowd of such empowered, like-minded people determined to NOT be victims of their disease since I was diagnosed in 2004! Again, THANK YOU and I wish for you nothing but great health and much happiness.

    Shawn K. 2017 Seminar Attendee
  • Every day of the conference I laughed, I spent time in deep thought, and I was moved to tears of joy and happiness. Each day was a full day - a heck of a day. It was five days that were incredibly special in my life that I will remember forever.

    Kim S. 2017 Seminar Attendee
  • just want to say I am so happy I was able to attend this seminar❤️ Listening to Dr Wahls share her story and journey I person was so inspiring and connecting with like-minded people was priceless✨ I have left feeling inspired, motivated and grateful for the new found friendships I have made.  Thank you for all involved working on this event - everyone was so welcoming. It was such a great conference hearing all the speakers and connecting with some amazing like minded individuals!  I felt really inspired and motivated - the community you all created was such a positive experience.  

    2018 Seminar Guest
  • Now, we can't stop thinking about next year, so we can do it again! Back to the real world, it was a truly memorable experience. We learned about the biome, and nutrition. We heard about the latest research and therapy. We found out about hormones, how to move like an animal and the importance of mindfulness. But I learned something that was much more important. After the seminar, when everything had quieted down, and the conference rooms that had been home to so much energy had emptied, I found what we had travelled so far for. Human connection. Everything we need is right in front of us; it is up to us to accept what is so graciously offered. Friendship exists for those who seek it, and take a chance by giving a little of themselves in the spirit of conversation and listening as others do the same. We had no idea what awaited in Cedar Rapids, but I do believe we found exactly what we needed.  

    2018 Seminar Guest
  • I wasn’t sure what to expect coming to the seminar for the first time. At most I thought I would gain an immense amount of knowledge and useful resources to keep me on track. What I gained was SO much more! The community of warriors, and immediate connections have been such indescribable gifts 🧡. I slept most of the day yesterday - back to work today and I am more motivated than I ever have been to make my health a priority. I’m missing you all, already!

    Patti L. 2019 Attendee
  • What a great seminar and retreat (as an alumni I think the retreat part was even more golden this year). I had a 3 hour layover at the Denver Airport and am now on my way to Vancouver, BC. During that time I worked on a goals list of things I want to add/tweak/increase to further my healing. The trip always makes me feel so motivated to do more. Now to get my butt in motion and DO more!

    Cindy H 2019 Attendee
  • I just ordered a salad from the hotel. The manager says, "I don't have any more Wahls certified meals." I tell him that's ok, I'll try to make my own. He comes back, and says "I'm out of salmon but have chicken. How does that need to be prepared?" "I want you to kick MS' ass!"

    I was almost in tears. It was so kind and the perfect thing to hear at the perfect moment.
    Cecy 2019 Attendee
  • I cried when I told my husband about the seminar. It suddenly became so overwhelming. The connection that we experienced was so very beautiful and powerful. I'm just sitting here feeling profoundly thankful that I got to be a part of such an amazing group of people. Thank you, everyone! I'm holding you all in my heart this morning!

    Sherilyn 2019 Attendee
  • The Wahls Protocol Seminar was great, and the "After Seminar-Seminar" was pretty great too! It's all about community, and the community that has developed and continues to grow around the Wahls Protocol is truly amazing. Together, we can accomplish anything, and nobody gets left behind. We're all in.

    Seminar Attendee 2019

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Early Bird Pricing: Rates Increase 12/31/19

Event Information

Essentials & Advanced Tracks | July 30–August 1, 2020
Health Professional Certification Track | July 30–August 2, 2020

  • Wahls Essentials
    Featured
    $997/ $1897until 12/31/19
    • July 30–August 1, 2020
    • Event starts on Thursday, July 30 at 6:00 pm (this is different from previous years)
    • Ends Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm
    • Access to 3-Day Seminar
    • For New Attendees
    • Includes Wahls Protocol® compliant meals during the event
  • Wahls Advanced Track
    Featured
    $997/ $1897until 12/31/19
    • July 30–August 1, 2020
    • Event starts on Thursday, July 30 at 6:00 pm (this is different from previous years)
    • Ends Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm
    • Access to 3-Day Seminar
    • For returning attendees
    • Includes Wahls Protocol® compliant meals during the event
  • Health Professional Certification
    $2297/ $2999until 12/31/19
    • July 30–August 2, 2020 (extra full day added)
    • August 2 is a full day only for health professionals taking the exam (8:00am–5:00pm)
    • Join us for the optional social hour 5:00pm–7:00pm on Sunday after the workshop
    • For eligible health professionals
    • Must apply and be accepted into the track to take the exam
    • Must take the Essentials track
    • Learn more at terrywahls.com/certification

Travel & Hotel Information

Registration:
Thursday July 30, 2020 @ 2:00 pm. The first lectures begin at 6:00 pm on Thursday

The Seminar & Retreat will have reserved a block of rooms at a discounted rate.
Book your room through this link, click here.

The hotel is located at 1200 Collins Rd NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

The Eastern Iowa Regional Airport is the local airport (Airport code CID)
Both the hotel and the airport can arrange travel shuttles for convenient transport.

If you need further assistance with your travel arrangements,
please contact Annette Reed at Hawkeye World Travel (319) 351-0300.

Event FAQ's

Am I able to get a refund if I cannot attend?

While we understand that life happens and the unexpected can occur, we stress that your ticket is purchasing the incredibly valuable information that the Seminar provides. If something comes up, please alert customerservice@terrywahls.com and we will give you digital access to the content from the seminar. There are no refunds with no exceptions. Please read the terms and conditions  before making your purchase.

When should I plan to arrive and leave?

  • Plan to arrive Thursday, July 30th and register by 5:30 pm
  • The first lecture begins on Thursday, July 30th at 6:00 pm — this is different from previous years.
  • Saturday, August 1 the seminar will end by 5 pm
  • Health Professionals taking the certification track: Event will end at 5:00 pm on Sunday

How do I book my hotel room?

We will have a block of rooms reserved for Wahls Seminar participants at the Marriott. For ease and convenience, we suggest you stay at The Marriott.

Book your room now, click here.

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.

Will I be able to stay Wahls Protocol® Compliant?

The event will serve Wahls Protocol® Compliant meals during the conference. We will post a menu as soon as its available. There are no substitions or customizations for the meals, we do make them flexible for vegetarian and kosher attendees. There are also grocery stores near by including New Pioneer Co-op and a Natural Food Store.

When can I find the schedule for the 2020 Wahls Protocol® Seminar & Retreat?

We are still locking in our speakers and seminar topics for the 2020 seminar. We will post the schedule as soon as its available.

Is there a Facebook group for 2020 Wahls Protocol® Seminar & Retreat?

Yes, the Facebook group is exclusively for new attendees and alumni. This is a closed group, if your request isn’t accepted to join the group, please message customerserivce@terrywahls.com

How do I get there?

The hotel is located in the northern part of Cedar Rapids, about a 20 minute drive north of the Cedar Rapids airport, and just a few miles off of interstate 380. If you’re flying in, we suggest either taking the complimentary hotel shuttle, hiring a taxi (estimated at $42 each way), or renting a car if you’d like to do some sightseeing on your own! The Marriott offers complimentary parking for guests if you bring a car. To reserve the complimentary Marriott  shuttle pick up for your stay, you must book it in advance: Marriott Shuttle Phone: 1-319-393-6600 If you do choose to rent a car from the Eastern Iowa/Cedar Rapids airport, a full listing of car rental agencies can be found by clicking here.

What should I wear?

The Marriott hotel ballroom can sometimes be chilly, so we suggest you dress in layers during the day sessions. August in Iowa is pretty hot and humid, so if you go outside, you might want to consider bringing a cooling vest or head wrap if you are heat-sensitive. For those with sensitivity to light, we suggest bringing sunglasses with you that you can wear inside during the day-sessions, as the meeting room lights can be bright.

My company would like to become a Wahls Protocol® Seminar & Retreat sponsor.

We are always looking to connect with companies driven to promote health and wellness. Please contact our sponsorship manager here for more information.

Event Sponsors

Seminar sponsor, Pique Tea
BodyBio Supplements

Terms & 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 2020, 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 2020 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 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 2020.See terms and conditions.

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