The High Cost of Today’s Drug Therapy, Part 2: How I Saved My Health and My Money
Autoimmunity is a condition where the body’s immune cells are confused and attack healthy and undamaged parts of the body, leading to problems like inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, asthma, or multiple sclerosis, depending on which cells are confused. Most specialists rely on immune suppression to stop these unnecessary attacks.
But drugs alone provide only a short-term treatment for this problem. The more effective route is to look at the root cause of why we develop autoimmunity and address that, instead of relying on expensive drugs that suppress our immune cells.
I have an autoimmune condition — secondary progressive multiple sclerosis — that put me in a tilt-recline wheelchair within three years of diagnosis. I saw the best doctors at multiple MS centers around the country. I took the newest drugs, including Tysabri, but continued to steadily decline for 7 years.
As I was getting worse, I started studying the basic science research and began experimenting on myself. I discovered the research on epigenetics, how diet and lifestyle can switch genes on and off. I learned more about meditation, exercise, electrical stimulation of muscles, and a lot more about nutrition and the microbiome. I discovered the Institute of Functional Medicine and began taking their courses on treating the root cause of poor health.
In 2007 I was too weak to sit in a regular chair. I could walk 20 yards slowly with two walking sticks. I suffered from neuropathic pain, profound fatigue, and brain fog. That is when I created a diet and lifestyle program designed specifically for my brain. And then everything changed. My life was transformed.
Within 6 months my pain was gone, my brain fog was gone, and my energy restored. Within 12 months I was walking easily without a cane and got back on my bicycle (after being unable to bike for the prior six years). I even completed an 18-mile bike ride with my family.
My understanding of disease and health was transformed. I changed how I practiced medicine, focusing on using diet and lifestyle changes to treat autoimmune, neurologic, and psychiatric disorders with remarkable success. I conduct clinical trials, testing my protocol in others with progressive MS, with remarkably positive results. Our therapeutic lifestyle clinic treats people with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, asthma, fibromyalgia, neuropathies, diabetes, chronic pain, traumatic brain injury, mood disorder, fatigue, brain fog, and memory loss, and no matter the disease, most of my patients find relief with these interventions.
Within weeks of making changes to their diet and lifestyle, our patients report less pain, better memory, and more energy. Are you willing to try these changes for a month to see what they can do for you? Or do you want to stay with the drugs, which bring in billions of dollars each year to drug companies around the globe without long-term relief to the patients taking them?
The most powerful tool you have is changing what you eat.
Remove the foods that harm you and eat more of the foods that heal you. I wrote two books to help you achieve that goal, and the companion cookbook, The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life. These books will give you the tools to revamp your relationship with food. You will understand exactly how the protocol can enrich your health and nourish your cells and most importantly how to cook delicious meals in less than 30 minutes that you and your family will love. Order the book now using this link and then go here to access some free gifts that will help you start your journey back to health immediately.
If you want to learn even more about the diet and lifestyle approaches I use to treat autoimmune, neurological, psychiatric, and other health conditions and the clinical trials I conduct, visit www.terrywahls.com. If you want to dive deeply into the protocol, consider attending the Wahls Protocol Seminar that I teach every August. Space is limited for the seminar so if you wish to join us, register now!