I am Dr. Terry Wahls--a physician who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, spent four years in a wheelchair, healed myself using food as medicine and am grateful to have my life back. AMA
Hello Reddit! My name is Terry Wahls, and I'm a professor of medicine at the University of Iowa and a practicing physician at the Iowa City Veteran's Affairs Hospital. In 2000, I was diagnosed with relapse remitting multiple sclerosis, and in 2003 I transitioned into progressive multiple sclerosis. I spent nearly four years in a wheelchair, getting worse and worse. In 2007, I crafted a series of dietary and lifestyle interventions based off my medical research and began a long, steady journey to recovery. Six months later, I was riding my bike for the first time in nearly a decade.
In 2010, I began a study at the University of Iowa testing my interventions in others with progressive MS. You can read about my research here. The results have been incredibly positive, but a lot more research is underway.
In 2011, I spoke at the TEDx conference in Iowa City, and a video of that talk received more than 1.5 million views (not quite as many as my son's speech to the Iowa legislature, but still impressive!) and ignited a conversation about the use of food as medicine.
Yesterday, a book documenting my recovery and the protocol I used to heal (but not cure) myself, was released. If you'd like, you can purchase a signed copy here: http://terrywahls.com/about-the-wahls-protocol/
It has been an incredible, beautiful journey and for me, it's only getting started. I'm looking forward to your questions!
UPDATE: I had a great time answering your questions. I have to head at the moment, but thank you all so much, even those who had some pointed questions for me. I may be able to come back through and answer some more questions later. Thanks again.