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Wahls Protocol: Cooking for Life

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A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles with Terry Wahls, MD, author of the Wahls Protocol on The Nutrition Heretic Last autumn Terry Wahls, MD was on the show talking about The Wahls Protocol, A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles (if you missed this episode, you can catch it here).  This year Terry's follow-up book was published, Wahls Protocol: Cooking for Life, which is a Paleo cookbook that focuses on putting the spotlight on the role of food in healing.  We caught up with Dr. Wahls in a Facebook Live interview, watch or listen in and discover what makes this cookbook standout from the rest.

Terry L. Wahls, M.D. is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City and the Director of the Therapeutic Lifestyle Clinic at the Iowa City Veteran Affairs Health Care System where she treats veterans with autoimmune, neurological, and medical problems using diet and lifestyle interventions. In addition she is a clinical researcher, studying the use of diet and lifestyle interventions in autoimmune and other chronic disease states.  You can follow Dr. Wahls through her website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and G+.

Highlights from today's Facebook Live:

00:41~ Terry Wahls' story recapped.

04:28 ~ Why a new protocol was designed rather than choosing from one of the many diets already available.

07:19 ~ The 4 Protocol levels and where they are appropriate for each individual.

11:41 ~ An impressive selection of smoothie recipes.

14:06 ~ Chocolate on the menu instead of carob!

15:49 ~ Malleable recipes and templates.

17:21 ~ Getting children involved in meals and life conversations.

20:12 ~ The complete lifestyle plan includes body care, dental hygiene, household cleaning, and pet care.

21:03 ~ The Wahls Protocol is adaptable from vegan to meat-eaters.

Other links mentioned in this interview:

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Guest Heretic Ken Morehead, Doctor of Chinese Medicine and Acupunturist at Oriental Health Solutions

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Guest Heretic Ken Morehead, Doctor of Chinese Medicine and Acupunturist at Oriental Health Solutions on The Nutrition Heretic podcast

Ken Morehead is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncturist who has a lot to say about our relationship with food. In today’s episode of the podcast, we discuss Dr. Morehead’s evolution from vegan to embracing a wide variety of whole foods including animal fats and meat.

We’ll also go into ancient and current applications of Chinese medicine and how the doctor has successfully treated breast disorders ranging from mastitis to breast cancer.

Ken Morehead, founding partner of Oriental Health Solutions, LLC, is a licensed acupuncturist in Durham, NC, licensed as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine in New Mexico, is nationally board certified as an Acupuncture Orthopedist and is one of the first acupuncturists credentialed at Duke Integrative Medicine. He is the past secretary and chairman of the NC State Acupuncture Licensing Board and an advisory board member of the Weston Price Foundation in Washington, D.C. A former member of the New Mexico licensing examination board, Mr. Morehead has lectured in New Mexico, Texas, North Carolina and Washington D.C. He is a certified GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) practitioner.

Mr. Morehead specializes in musculo-skeletal disorders and assists with cancer therapies and kidney disorders.

 

Highlights from today's episode:

05:31 ~ Are the American texts written about Chinese medicine reliable?

07:54 ~ Not taking a strict diet too seriously unless medically necessary.

12:06 ~ How frequently your diet should change?

16:00 ~ The value and harm caused by strict diets from the Chinese perspective

24:36 ~ Is Oriental Medicine still relevant today in the face of so many pesticides and chemicals?

27:51 ~ How has Chinese medicine had to change over the years?

36:02 ~ Common misconceptions about Traditional Chinese Medicine.

39:00 ~ Understanding the different manifestations of yin and yang.

41:54 ~ Why the four body types matter.

55:00 ~ Dr. Morehead’s success using needles for breast disorders.

58:07 ~ Why some of the best research is done outside of the US and why American medicine may be falling behind.

1:04:08 ~ How to find help from Oriental Health Solutions.

Other Links In This Episode:

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A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles with Terry Wahls, MD, author of the Wahls Protocol

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A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles with Terry Wahls, MD, author of the Wahls Protocol on The Nutrition Heretic Autoimmune disease is on the rise, but conventional doctors have little more than drugs to offer and in some cases those drugs appear to accelerate the rate of disease progression. Dr. Terry Wahls spent about 20 years slowly watching her health decline until finally she got the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.

Only 3 years after beginning standard therapy she ended up in a wheelchair where she remained for 4 years until she began studying Functional Medicine and using supplements while developing her paleo inspired nutritional protocol, The Wahls Protocol. That’s why I invited Dr. Wahls to be our guest heretic so she can explain how she got out of her wheelchair and went back to work.

Terry L. Wahls, M.D. is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City and the Director of the Therapeutic Lifestyle Clinic at the Iowa City Veteran Affairs Health Care System where she treats veterans with autoimmune, neurological, and medical problems using diet and lifestyle interventions. In addition she is a clinical researcher, studying the use of diet and lifestyle interventions in autoimmune and other chronic disease states.  You can follow Dr. Wahls through her website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and G+.

Find out more about the $1M research study mentioned in this episode.

See if you're a fit for the study: Click here for the survey and use code JMJPYEJHP

 
 

Highlights from today's episode:

7:49 ~ The first signs that something was going wrong.

10:29 ~ Options offered by the conventional medical industry.

14:24 ~ How supplements and functional medicine changed the way she thinks about health and her patients.

15:57 ~ Differences between the Paleo diet and the Wahls Protocol.

21:00 ~ Trouble with common diets.

26:48 ~ What Functional Medicine is and would Dr. Wahls have entertained it if she hadn't been forced to from her own experience?

30:11 ~ The blessing within disease.

35:56 ~ New hope with e-Stim therapy.

39:46 ~ "You don't have to wait until all the proof comes in and is vetted by the medical community"

45:04 ~  How you can participate in the $1M funded study of the Wahls Protocol.

Now that you're curious to learn more about the Wahls Protocol and how to put it into action, here are two of Dr. Wahls books for you to learn more:

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Modern Eating Disorders Part Three: Beware the Evil Grains... Really?

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In the previous installation of Modern Eating Disorders, we looked at how some people have become obsessed with the idea of clean food. Clean food being defined as any food that doesn’t come from an animal.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, many people are equally passionate about banning all grains as well as most dairy from the human diet. Enter the paleo diet.

Simply put, the paleo diet is characterized by striving to recreate the diet of our prehistoric ancestors. Meats (including fish and seafood), eggs, mostly non-starchy vegetables (depending on who you ask), nuts, seeds and berries are the stars of this menu. But grains are out and while some will permit goat milk products, cow’s milk is completely out.

In my experience, most people moving toward the paleo diet are 1) former vegans who failed miserably and became exceedingly allergic to grains as a result of relying too heavily on them or 2) fitness enthusiasts, who find that leaning towards more whole protein to the exclusion of grains and dairy have a positive effect on their results. The latter, unfortunately, often confuses this diet with conventional weight loss schemes and end up endorsing ultra-low fat versions of meat and eggs as they would never be found in nature.

While I do believe that the paleo diet has many virtues for health (I had to dive into a version of it, while recovering from illness — although at the time it didn’t have a name), for many adherents it unfortunately has taken on cult status. Paleo advocates rarely say “I don’t tolerate grains or milk.” They say “Everybody should avoid grains! We were never designed to eat them! People shouldn’t drink milk after weaning.”

The milk bias is clearly a holdover from the vegan agenda — a misunderstanding of the role of milk in the human diet as well as in the diet of other animals. Unbeknownst to most people, many mammals enjoy drinking the milk of other animals. Just ask any milk farmer and they will tell you that everybody tries to get in the barn during milking time.

As for grains, most people miss the importance that grains have played in the evolution of man. When woman (most likely) began planting and harvesting grain, it served as a form of sustaining energy from other sources (namely meat and fat) as well as a way of having something on hand to eat through months were other foods were scarce. What has changed is the way in which we eat grains today. First and foremost, in the modern era, grains bear very little resemblance to their forebears. With seed companies selectively breeding grains to influence certain traits, and hundreds of pesticides being sprayed on crops, it’s no wonder that our bodies have come to view grains as an enemy! For example, the return to ancient grains such as spelt, kamut and einkorn has been quite an eye-opener for many people who believed they were gluten intolerant (gluten being the main protein in wheat, rye, and barley). While spelt, kamut and einkorn also contain gluten, many “gluten intolerant” people are able to digest them without any ill effects.

Similarly, many people switching from conventionally produced puss and blood filled ultra-pasteurized milk available on most supermarket shelves to raw cow’s milk have found that all the health problems they associated with dairy completely disappeared.

Another change we have seen with grains over the past several decades is the way in which we prepare them. It is little secret that heavily refined, enriched white flour can wreak havoc on our bodies, but the sudden switch to whole grains is not necessarily the answer.

When I began doing research on grain cooking, I began collecting old cookbooks because they are the least influenced by popular dogma. What I found was quite curious. Old cookbooks, even those going back to the time of the American Revolution, used white flour! But in a few books where whole grains were used, they were soaked overnight before cooking.

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Indeed, after talking to many people in the 70 and older age group about their digestive problems and making the suggestion to soak their grains. They often reply “You mean like in the old days?”

Now, I’m not saying all this so much in defense of grains, but because of the imbalances that can be caused by avoiding grains. Many people following the paleo diet begin to eat copious amounts of nuts and seeds as well as thyroid suppressing green vegetables like kale, cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli. Cauliflower, kale, nuts and seeds appear in very many recipes meant to replace some bread product. Nuts are also used as a replacement for dairy products. Eating so much of these foods over several months is likely to backfire on those doing it for health reasons.

The bottom line here is that by trying to break out of the box of political correctness, many are finding themselves right back in the same box all over again. Vilifying grains and dairy sets up a scenario where we fall prone to throwing all common sense out the window. Remember that just because something doesn’t work for you now, it does not mean that it does not work for others. If grains and dairy were so bad for humans, then we would not have survived the past 10,000 years. Consuming such incompatible foods would create too many birth defects and diseases within just 2-3 generations for the species to survive.

So why don’t we try to gain a little perspective and not look at the food of our ancestors as bad and harmful, but strive to recreate the ideal conditions that enabled them to thrive on these foods? We have so much awesome technology available at this point in our development. Let’s use it to fuel enjoyment of food, not fear of it.


About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.