The Wahls Protocol

Good teachers inspire you; great teachers show you how to inspire yourself every day of your life. They don’t show you their magic. They show you how to make magic of your own.  Alfred Doblin

I will never regret giving myself the time to think about my body, my family, and my life before starting an MS medication. There was A LOT of pressure from my doctors and the drug companies to get on a medication immediately. But, somehow, when my beautiful little sister sent me a link to Terry Wahls’ TEDx Talk (click here to watch!), it gave me the strength to stand up for myself and say, ‘Give me a minute’. I learned about what was actually happening to my body. I learned about what I could actually do naturally to help my body heal itself first. I had no set intention on definitely starting medication or definitely not starting medication. My only thought in the beginning was to see how much I could heal naturally at first.

I don’t want to put myself in a box and be forced to live there.

Two years later, I continue to use food, sleep, stress management, exercise, and relaxation to live my life in a healthy and happy way. Will I need meds some day? Maybe. Am I completely opposed? No. I don’t want to put myself in a box and be forced to live there. Giving myself the freedom to do what I need each day, gives me the freedom to uniquely care for each little problem that will arise.

I don’t have the records to prove that food and self care have healed my MS. My eye issues are gone. My energy level (or as much energy as you can have after chasing a 3 and 4 year old all day) is optimal. I am strong. And most importantly, I feel confident in what I am choosing to do for my health every day.

Terry Wahls has forever changed my life and encouraged me to live my life the way I think I should. I am forever grateful for her courage to share her story and for her incredible dedication to wonder and question and simply have hope.

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