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Dr. Terry Wahls Protocol

27 May 2013 - 12:46 PM

Are any of you familiar with and/or trying the Wahls protocol? 


Dr. Wahls is an MD with MS that is treating herself through diet. Her story is incredible, and I think has great implications for Celiac Disease and other autoimmune disorders. Her TED talk is here: 


After limited recovery going gluten free, I went Paleo and started improving. I started the GAPS diet, and got even better, but not yet 100% Maybe 60% (fatigue, pain, brain fog). I started seeing a great D.O. and have added in limited potatoes and raw milk. I'm doing better... but I noticed when I don't eat enough greens, I don't feel as well. My DO has also greatly limited my daily sugars (no sweeteners, and only some fruits - mostly berries)


Enter Wahls protocol: Grain free (she's also dairy-free), mostly legume free (very similar to gaps), but her focus is on getting nutrients through diet. Each day, she advocates three cups of leafy greens, three cups of sulfur-rich vegetables, three cups of bright colored foods. In addition to that, grass fed meats, wild fish and healthy fats. She also advocates eating organ meats once per week and seaweed once per week. Of course, probiotics and ferments as well. She's on-board with many of the GAPS/Weston Price ideas. 


I'm experimenting with tweaking my diet to bring it to this level. I'm doing pretty well with the veggies and greens (although my low energy days are made worse when I don't have energy to make more!). When I eat this way for a few days in a row, I feel great. 

One thing I'm having trouble with is the organ meats. Grass-fed, organic is pricey and hard to find. Considering mail-order. I'm admittedly a bit scared by organ meats. Simply fear of the unknown, I know. I need to work that out. Also, I have trouble finding good fish that isn't $$$$. Fish in the store is notoriously mislabeled. Not going down that conversational road right now!


One thing she doesn't talk about is nuts. I'm currently cooking with (soaked, dehydrated) nuts... and some raw ones too - almonds and walnuts only, as well as sunflower and pumpkin. She also doesn't talk about eggs, but my DO wants me eating plenty of those, which I'm happy to do. 


I'll return and report as I can... meanwhile, have any of you tried this? Anyone interested in trying this?


For those of you that are super food science nerds like me (like I've become because of Celiac!), here is an expanded lecture by Dr. Wahls (complied on a paleo blog - scroll down) : http://paleozonenutr...-veggies-a-day/



Homeopathic Remedies.... Having Big Time Cognitive Dissonance

20 April 2013 - 10:22 PM

I haven't been on for a while, but I wanted to throw a topic out and hear your thoughts.


I am, in general, a rationalist. I believe in science and evidence - but I also know there are things we don't understand yet and I'm open to that. For example, I feel better after acupuncture. I don't know that it's for the same reasons my acupuncturist says it is... but it seems to work, so I go sometimes. I don't want to bring religion or politics in to the discussion, but lets just say I require supporting evidence. 


I have come to distrust most MDs. I've had terrible experience upon terrible experience with doctors who know less about my conditions (Celiac, complex migraine, others) than I do. I have been in the driver's seat with my doc, doing the research myself and asking for tests. It's been working, but I've hit a health plateau. 


After a year on the GAPS diet, I'm much better... but still no where near 100%. My condition has now been dubbed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I have debilitating fatigue, and neuro symptoms have increased. It does not appear to be MS or Lupus or Fibro (but lots of overlapping symptoms at this point). I've had MRIs, blood work, thyroid...all the tests that are recommended. Only abnormalities: low iron/ferratin (old problem) and *slightly* low on one of the white blood cell types. Vit D is "normal", but low for where I want it. 


One of my friends had an amazing experience healing with a Doctor of Osteopathy about an hour away. I got on the waiting list, and have now seen her 3 times. 


The good things: 


-She has re-aligned by body and cured 85% of the physical issues (pain, mobility) that I've been working with physical therapists and chiropractors for years

-She seems to really "get" the gut thing and has me on a slightly modified version of GAPS. Still grain-free, big on probiotics. I trust her nutrition and diet advice. It is aligned with what I've read and experienced. Although I get to eat a potato once in a while now. YAY.

-She has me on some natural supplements that have increased my energy slightly. 

-She seems very optimistic that I can recover 100%


The sketchy things that really make my eyes cross (and the reason for my post):


-She did live blood testing - which I found truly fascinating. I loved being able to see my cells and other *stuff* in my blood. However - quack watch and other sites say it's BS. She pointed to some groupings of cells that did NOT look like the lovely red blood cells or goofy white cells you see in pictures and told me I have "mycoplasma". I've spent some time researching that and have mixed feelings. 

-She used this other crazy machine (even she admitted it was crazy sounding)  - EAV testing. Also huge red flags/quackery on quack watch. BUT - the machine flipped out in two specific places and I don't have an answer for that. She let me play with it a little and answered the questions I hurled at her.

-She uses homeopathic remedies - I just started taking them. I DON'T BELIEVE they will work. But I'm taking them anyway (!!!) because: 1)  my friend got better under the care of this doc 2) no negative side effects that I know of (unlike most pharmaceuticals - I've had awful experiences) 3) I have no idea what the #*!! else to try. At this point, I'm ready to hike a volcano, burn effigies, witchcraft, voodoo, medicine man, pray to every god created...because I don't know what else to do! I've spent THOUSANDS of hours researching and trying to get healthy. I will not give up.


A note about these specific homeopathic remedies. They are low (?) dilutions - some have been diluted to only 1:100 or 1:1000 .... so it's not like the grain of salt in a swimming pool that some are.




-She also said she thinks I have Coxsackie virus (that is chronic/never cleared). When I first got sick pre-diagnosis, I had a nasty illness that hit me hard. I missed a month of work. It wouldn't surprise me if there was SOMETHING like that wrong with me (the way Lyme Disease or Epstein-Barr hits some). No one has been able to figure it out.


Thoughts? Anyone have any GOOD experiences with alternative/complementary medicine/doctors? I'm sure some of you will want to wave your BS flag - and that's fine, too... but I would love to hear if anyone has positive stories. 

Thanks for reading this far! =)

Going To A New Doctor Thursday

25 February 2013 - 11:52 PM

*Eh. I put this in the wrong place. Guess I forgot how to use the board. Should probably be in the "coping" section.*


I haven't been on the board for a long time...maybe a year. Looking for some support, I guess.


It's been four years since I was diagnosed, and I'm still not doing all that well. I've pretty much given up on my mainstream doctors...it's just frustrating every time I go. I've been on the GAPS diet for one year. It has helped, I've been able to do more, but I can still only work a few hours each day, and my body is still doing some whacky things. Mostly, it's the fatigue that gets me down. That, and I have some chronic pains that haven't gone away yet. Lots of other typical things you read about from us non-standard symptoms people. 


Anyway, I've made an appointment to see a D.O. ...out of pocket - she doesn't take insurance, and she's not cheap. They booked me SIX MONTHS ago. She really helped out a friend of mine, so I'm hoping for a similar experience. She's an hour away - not terrible, but will definitely take a chunk out of my day and energy to get there.


...I'm trying not to put all of my eggs in one basket, but in all honesty, I'm going to be distraught if she doesn't have any new ideas for me. 


I'm nervous, excited and my usual insomnia is even worse. I've had a support system here to help me, but circumstances have changed, and I'm feeling quite alone. There are people around... but you know how it is - you can only talk about your health so much. I am already the first to leave at social events, and I don't want to be Debbie Downer or be getting *that* kind of attention.


So, yeah. Wish me luck. Trying to keep my chin up no matter what.

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