Minding Your Mitochondria: Dr. Terry Wahls Cured Her Worsening Multiple Sclerosis with Diet

December 24th, 2011

This is one of the most astonishing videos that I have ever seen. Please consider sharing this through your networks.

Via: TEDxTalks / YouTube:

Dr. Terry Wahls learned how to properly fuel her body. Using the lessons she learned at the subcellular level, she used diet to cure her MS and get out of her wheelchair.


Minding My Mitochondria 2nd Edition: How I Overcame Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Got Out of My Wheelchair by Terry L. Wahls

Clinical Trial: Nutrition, Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) and Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (SPMS)

Cryptogon Reader’s Family Member Has Multiple Sclerosis

9 Responses to “Minding Your Mitochondria: Dr. Terry Wahls Cured Her Worsening Multiple Sclerosis with Diet”

  1. mangrove Says:

    Incredible — thank you so much, Kevin. I’m forwarding this to my neighbor who was recently diagnosed with MS.

    This would be a great New Year’s resolution for all of us, actually — to start minding our mitochondria!

  2. Douglas Says:

    Thanks Kevin!Just ordered the book. We are in week 2 of the hunter/gather style diet. We will add Dr. Terry L Wahls knowledge of diet and MS to our repertoire. Literature and research in regards to diet and the reduction of MS symptoms have been known for decades, however pharmaceutical companies are not advertising or promoting diet because it cuts into their profits.

  3. Kevin Says:

    Guys, please let me know how this works out for your people.

  4. quintanus Says:

    With this and other diseases that biostatisticians have a challenging figuring out (autism, arthritis etc) it is interesting to survey reports where people success due to diet changes. There is no doubt that it is real most of the time, but how can we reconcile, for example, some reporting success for their heart condition with the vegetarian low-fat ornish diet, while others improve with a paleodiet. For MS, it looks like some people report a dozen diet changes including cutting out red meat, dairy, yeast, wheat and so forth (where you might even risk inadequate vitamin B12 when you already suffer a neurological condition).
    I suspect it can be reconciled with an underlying mechanism of interacting or sequential factors (need to have a certain gene, or low sunlight can trigger but not cure it), and things that should be in an optimal level (heart patients have high iron levels, and are helped by reducing intake).

  5. erth2karin Says:

    I found this video on the Mercola site yesterday, but didn’t get around to suggesting it to Cryptogon until too late… :/

    I’ve had MS since about 1990 – almost unnoticeable for the first 10 years, then easily managed with daily subcutaneous shots until about a year ago, when things started to deteriorate. Then my neuro recommended Tysabri, which is kindasorta safe until youve been on it over 2 years, at which point the warnings on the box about deadly or completely disabling encephalopathy start screaming at you.
    I’ve been on the “mad cow therapy” for a year now (still within the statistical safety window), and am looking forward to the Paleo diet helping me improve to the point where I don’t have to hope They come up with something better before I have to choose between no meds and meds that could eat my brain.

    I know cavemen didn’t have to read the warnings & side effects pamphlet before they ate their roots and berries, so this sounds like a definite improvement. I’m really gonna miss cookies though.

  6. zeke Says:


    I’m not an expert on MS, nor have I read the articles you are referencing, but the dietary changes you mention all seem to involve reducing or eliminating modern processed foodstuffs, which all contain an ever-changing cocktail of preservatives, flavor-enhancers and artificial colors.

    Not that I think these health problems necessarily have a single cause. But our diet today contains a LOT of things that it didn’t contain even 100 years ago.

    Industrial man has not yet evolved industrial belly.

    My own doctor is trying to tell me I have early signs of osteoarthritis in my hip, but will not begin to entertain the idea that there could be a cause besides wear and tear, so I’m trying to do the research on my own. It’s slow and very frustrating to weed through all the misinformation and self-promoting hokum on the web about medical issues.


  7. pookie Says:

    for Zeke:


  8. alvinroast Says:

    Thanks pookie. That was helpful to me as well.

  9. zeke Says:

    Thanks pookie,

    I’m reading away.

    I’m not even sure the root cause is natural wear and tear, but getting anywhere else with my health care provider is difficult.

    At this point, doing my best to provide support for my cartilage-building process is better than doing nothing, while I work on figuring out what’s going on.


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