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Dr Terry Wahls beat MS with ketogenic paleo diet

Dr. Terry Wahls is no longer confined to a wheelchair, thanks to a high-fat, low-carb ketogenic Paleo diet. (Photo: Terry Wahls)

Dr. Terry Wahls, a professor at the University of Iowa Medical School, successfully reversed her progressive multiple sclerosis with a low carb, high-fat ketogenic Paleo diet.

Wahls, a physician who was diagnosed with MS in 2000, developed her own personalized keto-Paleo diet called the Wahls Protocol, and has successfully managed her multiple sclerosis with her plan.

“I used what I had learned from the medical literature, functional medicine, and my knowledge of the Hunter-Gatherer diet to create my food plan,” Dr. Wahls wrote in her bestselling book, The Wahls Protocol.

Dr. Wahls said her multiple sclerosis improved dramatically  without drugs after she switched to a ketogenic Paleo diet.

“The results stunned my physician, my family, and me,” said Wahls. “Within a year, I was able to walk through the hospital without a cane and even complete an 18-mile bicycle tour.”


Physician Terry Wahls reversed her multiple sclerosis after adopting a low-carb, high-fat ketogenic Paleo diet. (Photos: Dr. Terry Wahls)

TV star Jack Osbourne recently revealed he is treating his multiple sclerosis with a ketogenic-style Paleo diet. Osbourne also credited the diet for his jaw-dropping 70-pound weight loss.

Similarly, singer Chad Vaccarino of the duo A Great Big World is treating his MS with a low-carb, high-fat keto Paleo diet inspired by Dr. Wahls, Celebrity Health Fitness reported.

“My symptoms went away completely,” Vaccarino told ABC. “I’m sharing my story in the hopes that it might inspire you the way Dr. Wahls’ story inspired me.”

Scientists: Ketogenic Diet Starves Cancer

The ketogenic diet has also been touted for stopping epilepsy-induced seizures, reversing diabetes and preventing Alzheimer’s disease. More recently, the keto diet has gained attention for its capacity to “starve” cancer.

Cancer researcher Dr. Dominic D’Agostino of the University of South Florida Medical School said we are only as healthy as our mitochondria, which are the power sources of all our cells, so if we keep our mitochondria healthy, we can stall the onset of age-related chronic diseases such as cancer.

D’Agostino’s research during the past five years indicates a ketogenic diet successfully manages advanced cancer.

This is because nearly all the healthy cells in our body have the metabolic flexibility to use fat, glucose and ketones to survive, but cancer cells lack this metabolic flexibility and require large amounts of glucose and cannot survive on ketones. By limiting carbohydrates you can reduce glucose (and insulin) and restrict the primary fuel for cancer cell growth.


Mice with metastatic cancer lived 103% longer with a combination of the ketogenic diet (KD), ketone supplements (KE) and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), compared to mice fed a standard diet (SD), according to Dominic D’Agostino’s research.

D’Agostino’s mentor, Dr. Thomas Seyfried, the author of Cancer as a Metabolic Disease, said the ketogenic diet beats chemotherapy for most cancers. This is because cancer is a metabolic — not a genetic — disease, according to Seyfried’s decades of research at Boston College.

Research shows the ketogenic diet effectively treats advanced cancer in mice. These same anti-cancer properties have also been observed in human cancer patients and reported in published studies.

There are numerous anecdotal studies of individuals treating their advanced cancer with the ketogenic diet.

Elaine Cantin discussed how she used the ketogenic diet to manage her son’s type I diabetes and her own aggressive breast cancer in her book, The Cantin Ketogenic Diet.


Professor Thomas Seyfried’s decades of research shows cancer is a metabolic disease.

“The cancer research community needs to change its view of cancer as a metabolic — not a genetic — disease in order to make meaningful progress,” said Travis Christofferson, author of Tripping Over the Truth: The Metabolic Theory of Cancer.

Today there are about a dozen studies that are investigating the use of the keto diet to manage all kinds of cancer. Those results will determine whether the medical community will adopt metabolic therapy to treat cancer in the future.

“The ketogenic diet is a single metabolic approach to a multitude of different diseases,” said Dr. Seyfried. “The standard of care has been an abysmal failure for cancer. The ketogenic diet may one day replace the standard of care for most cancers.”

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