By Nancy Smorch
Someone very close to me was just diagnosed with MS (Multiple Sclerosis).
In an effort to research options for her to give her hope, I came across Dr. Terry Wahls and her TEDx Talk. In 2000 Dr. Wahls was diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS. By 2003 it had transitioned to secondary progressive MS. By 2007 Dr. Wahls spent most of her time in a reclining anti-gravity chair. It was then that she discovered Functional Medicine, which directed her research to nutrition. She redesigned her diet to accommodate the food and nutrients necessary for her brain and mitochondrial health. This particular diet was basically the Paleo Diet.
By 2008 she was not only walking again, but completed an 18 mile bike tour.
I share this video with you because, for those of you curious, she does a really good job of explaining some really important functions in the body (brain and mitochondria) which are relevant not only in her case with MS, but in so many other ailments our population is experiencing. She also does a great job of explaining the importance of eating the right kinds of food in terms of our health.
For me, it meant (even if I don’t have MS), I certainly want to support my brain - especially as I get older.
This means eating lots of sulfur-rich vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, onions, mushrooms, and garlic, to name a few. It also means eating a lot of fruits and vegetables of various colors for antioxidants. It also means eating foods higher in iodine and selenium, like seaweed. The omega-3 fatty acids are extremely important for the brain and grass-fed hormone- and antibiotic-free meat is important as well. The only food on her program I have a hard time with is the animal organ meat - I don’t have it in me to try that one yet.
Anyway, Dr. Wahls continues to hold clinical trials for researching the effects of the “Hunter-Gatherer” way of eating, and is publishing the positive results on health she is discovering.
Regardless of whether or not you feel this is the way for you to eat (everyone’s body is different), you can’t help but agree on moving away from processed foods and returning to whole, nutrient-dense foods.
It’s great that there is so much more information and research being performed today showing the connection between the food we eat and health. We’re moving in the right direction!
Check out more about Dr. Wahls and her findings on MS at her website.