Dietary Approaches to Treating Multiple Sclerosis


In this session, Dr. Wahls will discuss the use of diet to treat Multiple Sclerosis (MS) related symptoms. She uses diet and lifestyle interventions based upon Functional Medicine and Ancestral Health principles to treat a wide variety of neurological, medical and psychiatric disorders. In addition, she conducts clinical trials using diet and lifestyle to treat multiple sclerosis.

Dr. Wahls has a personal connection to these interventions, having experienced 7 years of steady decline due to progressive MS, and even spent four years dependent upon a tilt recline wheelchair. Thanks to the power of functional medicine, diet and lifestyle interventions she restored her health and vitality, and now bikes to work. She will review her personal story, the scientific rationale for her treatment protocols, and provide updates from her clinical research into the use of diet and lifestyle to treat progressive and relapsing-remitting MS.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the mechanisms by which dietary factors may contribute to neuroinflammation, neurodegenerative disease, and potential worsening of MS related symptoms
  2. Learn specific food groups that can help stabilize and/or reverse neurological disease processes and MS related symptoms
  3. Identify an effective test that clinicians can use to monitor the microbiome
  4. Identify testing to guide supplementation strategies for MS patients

Keywords: Multiple Sclerosis food – diet and lifestyle – lifestyle interventions

Terry Wahls, MDTerry Wahls, MD

Dr. Terry Wahls is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she teaches internal medicine residents, sees patients in a traumatic brain injury clinic, and conducts clinical trials.

She is also a patient with a chronic progressive neurological disorder, secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which confined her to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. But thanks to the power of the Wahls Protocol™, which is based on functional medicine and the Paleo diet, Dr. Wahls restored her health and now pedals her bike five miles to work each day.

She is the author of Minding My Mitochondria: How I Overcame Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis and Got Out of My Wheelchair and teaches the public and medical community about the healing power of intensive nutrition.