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 Wahls Protocol™, based on her research into functional medicine and the Paleo diet, Dr. Wahls made a major recovery 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.
In episode #27 of Smart Drug Smarts, Dr. Wahls discusses her personal story of recovery from multiple sclerosis, her new book The Wahls Protocol, and the day-to-day choices that can extend your life, maximize your health and fend off the most common degenerative neurological diseases.
This Week In Neuroscience: New Study Isolates and Reverses Some Aging (In Mice)!
A recent multi-institutional study into a (note: not the) cause of aging has a revealed a specific cellular failure that may be reversible. According to the study, as communication between the mitochondria and nucleus degrades throughout the lifecycle of a cell, the overall health of the cell deteriorates as well – as does the health and function of the organs of the animal in question (in this case, mice). Essentially, this is a root cause of what we mean by “getting old.” The vitality of the cells deteriorates over time, until they simply fail.
Researchers found that by increasing a naturally-occurring molecular component (NAD) that facilitates communication within the cell, cellular function can be restored almost immediately, essentially reversing the cellular aging process – if the NAD levels are replenished early enough. Muscle tissue samples taken from two-year-old lab mice resembled that of six-month-old mice after only one week of NAD therapy. Further long-term studies are planned to see if other mitochondrial disorders can be reversed, including diabetes.
At first glance, this seems to be a rather incredible discovery, and we’ll keep you posted as this develops.
What You’ll Learn
- How diet and lifestyle choices can reverse chronic disease
- How the need for coffee and energy drinks is an indicator of imbalance and declining health
- The importance of a nutrient-rich, clean-protein diet for overall health and longevity
Key Terms Mentioned
- Dr. Terry Wahls
- The Wahls Foundation
- Dr. Wahls’ Blog
- Dr. Wahls’ Webinar: The Incredible Importance of Vitamin D & Minerals
- Dr. Wahls’ Webinar: Friend or Foe? Who or what is living in your gut?
- Dr. Wahls’ Webinar: It’s Time for a Nutritional Intervention
Dr. Terry Wahls & Leanne Ely
- The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine
- Increasing Self Control by Taking a Look in the Mirror