Learn how to repair your cells.
Learn how to restore your health.
Do you suffer from multiple sclerosis, autoimmune disorders, neurological problems, mental health problems, or other chronic health problems?
Do you have chronic pain, fatigue or brain fog?
The Wahls Protocol® Seminar & Retreat is a live 3-day event with Dr. Terry Wahls and select health and science experts that will help you reclaim your health.
You will experience transformative lectures. You will meet a healing community. You will have to the tools to gain control of your health.
Hear from Dr. Wahls and other health experts where you will learn...
How a lifetime of food and environmental exposures led to the poor health you have.
How the health of your cells determines the health of your body and that you cannot become well until your cells are well.
The root cause of why your cells started to malfunction,
leading to your illness.
What specific steps you can take to address
the specific root causes of your poor health.
How to properly feed and nourish your cells so that they can
repair and rebuild a healthier you!
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.
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.
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.
Resiliency and Vitality
There is increased awareness that the mental, emotional, and spiritual components of a patient’s life are major determinants of the quality of life, health outcomes, and economic outcomes for that individual and their family. Unfortunately, many people have been taught by their medical team or others in their life that there is nothing they can do about the challenges they face. However, there are many individuals with “grit” who have achieved the impossible, overcoming critical hardships, severe health challenges, or disability. It is possible to improve one’s grit and have much greater resilience in the face of major health or other life challenges.
Today we have a deeper understanding of how the health of your parents and grandparents influences your health today. This lecture will help attendees complete their health timeline, starting with the health of their parents before they were conceived. Attendees will be guided through documenting their major health factors, including personal exposures that may have contributed to their unique birth and early childhood stress, disruptions of the microbiome, toxin exposures, stress, trauma, mitochondrial strain, hormonal imbalance, and genetic risk factors. The insights gained from completing this timeline as a group can provide significant insight into the diet, lifestyle, and environmental factors that may play a significant role in the current health challenges each attendee faces.
Creating Resiliency, Part 2 and Basic Detox (Essentials Track)
This a continuation of the Resiliency and Vitality lecture. It presents additional strategies for improving grit and resilience in the face of severe challenges and explores how to detox. Exposures to heavy metals, pesticides, insecticides, plastics, and solvents are associated with higher rates of mental health problems, neurological problems, autoimmune problems, and cancers. In this lecture, attendees will be guided through strategies to reduce exposure and improve the body’s ability to process and safely excrete more of these compounds.
Creating Resiliency, Part 3
This is a continuation of the Resilience and Vitality lecture. In this lecture, participants are guided through the creation of a specific plan to address their diet, lifestyle, and environmental exposures. It also includes a discussion of how to assess when further evaluation or referrals are required.
Diet Plans (Essentials track), Elimination Diet, and Question and Answer (Essentials track)
The Wahls™ Diet plans are designed to improve nutrient density, reduce inflammation, and provide nutrients needed by mitochondria and brain cells to function optimally. The introductory Wahls™ Diet, Wahls Paleo™, and Wahls Paleo Plus™ (the ketogenic diet) are all reviewed. There will also be guidance for vegetarians and vegans who wish to follow the Wahls™ diet plans and those who need an elimination diet.
Research Update, Parts 1 and 2
This reviews the research on food-based dietary research in the setting of autoimmunity and the latest from Dr. Wahls’ research lab. The second lecture discusses traumatic brain injury and neurodegeneration.
MS Research Update (Advanced)
This reviews the latest research on non-pharmacologic approaches to managing MS-related fatigue and pain, vitamin D, brain volume changes in the setting of MS (and how to reduce brain volume loss), and how to improve the brain’s ability to repair myelin.
She has more than 20 years of diverse, well-rounded experience in the fields of nutrition and functional medicine, including clinical practice, research, product formulation, writing, and education. Her doctoral (Ph.D.) research focused on essential fatty acid absorption and metabolism, and her Master of Science degree (M.S.) allowed her to explore the health benefits of the colorful, plant-based carotenoids. She has authored six books on health and wellness and over fifteen scientific publications. Currently, she is Faculty for the Institute for Functional Medicine and the University of Western States. She has developed an online certification program for health professionals so that they can apply the color-coded 7 Systems of Full-Spectrum Health in their practice. Her lectures are heard by patients and practitioners throughout the world. Dr. Minich’s passion is teaching a whole-self approach to nourishment and bridging the gaps between science, spirituality, and art in medicine.
Visit her website at deannaminich.com
Food is medicine. Food is also connection — to one’s entire life, including emotions, mood, and mind. It has been described that food choices drive mood, and mood shifts may alter food selections. In this presentation, learn about the cutting-edge published science that supports the interrelationship between food and mood, and how to apply these findings in everyday life through creative, evidence-based techniques. Attendees will gather insights about the role of nutrition in mental health, how stress and emotions mediate one’s relationship with food, and, finally, a definition of emotional eating and strategies to overcome challenges in this area.
Dr. Philip Blair, MD, (Colonel USArmy retired) is a Family Physician and consultant in disease management in the Northwest. He graduated from West Point in 1972, attended the University of Miami School of Medicine, trained as an Army Family Physician and served as a combat physician in the 1st Gulf War. After medical assignments in three continents and 29 years in uniform he retired from the Army and has been consulting on complex disease management since 2000. Since 2014 Dr. Blair has been studying, treating, and lecturing about the human body’s natural endocannabinoid system (ECS). ECS disorders appear to be the root cause of many chronic medical problems and inflammation. His goal is to restore health and performance by enhancing the ECS using diet, exercise, appropriate medications and non-psychoactive therapies. He is clinical advisor for Elixinol, LLC, and Pro Health Advisor, Inc. [143w]
Links: Inflammation, immune regulation with CBD. https://youtu.be/yVhahfPWUhE
Chronic pain: https://youtu.be/sq21kLo0qHo
Autoimmune conditions show evidence of imbalances in the little known or understood endocannabinoid system (ECS). This master regulator of neurotransmission, metabolism and hormone systems is regarded as the “gate keeper” for immune function with the express purpose of maintaining a balance between acute activation and self recognition. Dysregulation of the ECS is closely correlated in almost all autoimmune conditions with multiple sclerosis being the best studied to date. ECS targets using phytocannabinoids have been partially successful with Sativex for spastic symptoms. Cannabidiol, a component of Sativex, has immuno-modulating effects independent of THC but without psychoactive effects. Cannabidiol (CBD) has pleiotrophic effects on immune cell types in all organ systems from the epidermis to the glia of the brain. In preclinical studies CBD has been shown to modulate cytokines, immune cell type, migration and populations, vascular changes and pain. Despite this breadth of action no toxicity, significant adverse effects or immune compromise have been identified. Furthermore, CBD appears to have immediate restorative effects for anxiety, mood, and sleep. This presentation will review the evidence, products and dosing recommendations for CBD for autoimmune disorders in conjunction with other lifestyle and dietary changes.
Ken Sharlin, M.D., M.P.H., IFMCP, is a board-certified neurologist, consultant, functional medicine practitioner, author, and speaker. His medical degrees are from Emory University and functional medicine certification through The Institute for Functional Medicine. He is the author of the #1 best-seller The Healthy Brain Toolbox: Neurologist-Proven Strategies to Improve Memory Loss and Protect Your Aging Brain. A 3-time Ironman Triathlon finisher, Dr. Sharlin made his story of personal transformation the launching point of his career when he shifted gears to a holistic, lifestyle-medicine-oriented approach. He practices general neurology and directs his functional medicine program, Brain Tune Up!, in Ozark, MO.
Visit his website at http://functionalmedicine.doctor
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.
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.
I started my career as every other new dentist did. I was writing prescriptions for fluoride, I was placing mercury silver fillings, I was treating oral disease using pesticides we call oral hygiene products. I knew nothing of nutrition or the implications of oral disease on our health. I will explain how there were certain things that happen early in my career that challenged my thinking and what I was taught. I now look at dentistry in a whole different light or through different lens, perhaps a functional perspective. I now search for the root cause of disease and understand the use of a slash and burn philosophy is incorrect. I am no longer using pesticides to treat disease. I now understand that there are over 700 species of bacteria in our mouth that need to live in a symbiotic relationship beneficial with us. That those bacteria in our mouth and our gut protect, feed us, and even control our cognition. Please join me for an informative talk as well as an interactive conversation on oral health and systemic disease.
Visit his website at www.justaripple.com
Dr. Ingels is a respected leader in natural medicine with more than 28 years experience in the healthcare field. He is Board certified in Integrated Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. 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.
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. 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 show you how using therapies that work with your body instead of against it can help stimulate better healing.
Madiha Saeed, MD is a practicing board-certified family physician in Naperville and a traditionally published author of a best-selling book The Holistic Rx: Your Guide to Healing Chronic Inflammation and Disease. Madiha Saeed, MD is Holistic Mom, MD on social media is the director of education of Documenting Hope (a national organization dedicated to healing chronic disease in children) and speaks internationally igniting the world with my energy and passion to ignite a healing revolution! She has been the keynote speaker for an audience of 12,000 in Dec 2018. She has appeared in numerous prestigious holistic online summits, radio, newspaper, and even has been on international Emmy winning medical talk shows.
Chronic Inflammation is the root of most chronic disease including multiple sclerosis. To be truly effective at managing/overcoming multiple sclerosis, addressing chronic inflammation and its processes at every level is key. Chronic inflammations burns in the body, gradually destroying it the way a fire destroys a building. Unless you put out the fire, you simply allow the body to smolder, comprising there body further. Dr. Saeed will provide the tools you’ll need to get you back in the driver seat of their own health, despite the number of conditions and time constraints. Let’s stop running and finally learn to put the fire out, helping to bring the body back into balance.
Dr. Will Schlinsog is a board certified Doctor of Chiropractic in Wisconsin and California. He completed his Pre-Chiropractic education at the University of Wisconsin and went on to attain his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Logan College of Chiropractic now known as Logan University in Chesterfield, MO. He has been in practice for thirty-two years and currently maintains a private practice in Marshfield Wisconsin.
He has had additional training in disability evaluations, functional nutrition, applied kinesiology, and functional neurology. He serves as the CFO of Walkabout Health Products and as a consultant to all of Walkabout’s emu oil users. Dr. Will conducts educational and informational podcasts regarding the clinical studies and trials performed primarily in his private practice.
Dr. Will is starting a campaign to get his patients connected to local Organic Farmers. He can be found at walkabouthealthproducts.com. Dr. Will is married to Elizabeth and shares two grown children with her.
Visit his website at https://walkabouthealthproducts.com/
Keirstan Capurso is 16 years old and a sophomore at Roswell High School in Georgia. She is going on her 14th year of being on a specialized diet, that has included a gluten and dairy free diet and now a Wahls Paleo diet. When she was an infant and toddler, she was very sick with many autoimmune issues that seriously affected her health and development. Once she was started on a gluten and dairy free diet at age 2, her very serious medical issues resolved. She is now a healthy and thriving teenager. Though eating “healthy” is not easy, Keirstan has taken her eating restrictions in stride, firmly believing that her ongoing diet keeps her immune system quiet and allows her to live a normal, happy and healthy life.
Keirstan loves musical theater and has already performed in 20 on-stage productions. She also had the leading role in a short movie called “A Memory Jar”. Though the work is hard, Keirstan enjoys everything about high school. She is the student council secretary for the sophomore class and president of the Roswell United club. She also loves spending time with her friends and family.
Choose from Beginner and Advanced tracks
This is the 6th 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™.
If you are coming for the first time, we recommend the Wahls Protocol® Essentials Track.
If you are a returning attendee, we recommend the Wahls Protocol® Advanced Track.
These specialized tracks will offer information specific to where you are in your journey back to health and vitality.
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®.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Speakers and schedule are subject to change without notice.
Details coming soon.
Wahls Protocol Health Professional Workshop
The Health Professional Workshop is designed specifically for health, wellness and medical professionals who would like to become Wahls Protocol® Certified Health Professionals.
This workshop builds on the seminar content of the previous 2 and a half days. It includes a discussion of electrical stimulation of muscles, low-level laser therapy, and using the protocol to address neurodegeneration, including Parkinson’s and early cognitive decline.
Case-based learning will teach you how to implement the concepts taught during the Seminar and Retreat in your clinical practice.
In addition, you will have access to additional clinical lectures on nutritional diagnosis, health coaching, and more that Dr. Wahls has given around the world.
What is covered in the workshop?
Using electric therapies, electrical stimulation of muscles and low level lasers
Reversing cognitive decline
Advanced treatment strategies
Many layperson attendees come to the Health Professional Workshop every year.
We invite you to consider attending the Health Professional Workshop to round out your experience if your answer is yes to any of these questions:
Don’t miss the Welcome Wednesday Reception. Hear stories from other Wahls Warriors, connect with old friends, meet new ones and gear up for a life-changing weekend. Refreshments are provided.
Wednesday, July 24: 6:00-8:00pm
All meals provided are Wahls Compliant. There are no substitutions or special requests. We source local, organic, and sustainable where possible.
Details coming soon.
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Wednesday, July 23: 4:00-8:00 pm, Thursday, July 24th: 7:00-8:00 am
Welcome Wednesday Reception: July 23, 6:00-8:00 pm
The Seminar & Retreat has reserved a block of rooms at a discounted rate.
Book your room through this link: The Marriot Hotel, Cedar Rapids, IA
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.
The 2019 Wahls Protocol® Seminar & Retreat is scheduled for July 24-27 , 2018 at The Marriot Hotel in Cedar Rapids, IA.
The optional 2019 Wahls Protocol® Health Professional Workshop is scheduled for July 27th, 2019 at from 2-6pm at The Marriot Hotel in Cedar Rapids, IA. In previous years, we added on an extra day to the seminar, but this year we are offering this optional workshop and the Certification Exam* after the seminar on the third day to accommodate tight travel.
*The Wahls Protocol® Health Professional Certification will begin at 6 pm. The general public will be asked to leave and the exam will take place until 7:30 pm. To learn more about applying to become a Wahls Protocol® Certified Health Professional click this link.
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.
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.
We are still locking in our speakers and seminar topics for the 2018 seminar. While a tentative schedule can be found here, it times and topics are subject to change. Your flexibility and understanding are appreciated.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Join Dr. Terry Wahls, her wife Jackie, and fellow Wahls Warriors with their families, medical professionals, and holistic-minded health practitioners.
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.
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.
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.
The hotel will have Wahls Compliant menu options, there are grocery stores near by including New Pioneer Co-op and a Natural Food Store.
We are always looking to connect with companies driven to promote health and wellness. Please contact our sponsorship manager here for more information.
Call for speakers: Submit your lecture topic
The Wahls Protocol® Seminar Planning Committee is presently evaluating potential topics and speakers. We expect over 300 attendees. This group will be a mix of people living with multiple sclerosis and autoimmune diseases (70%) as well as health professionals seeking a Wahls Health Professional Certification (30%). If you have a lecture you want considered for next year's event, submit your email below to learn how to submit your topic.
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