Terry Wahls, M.D.

Terry Wahls, M.D.

Professor Of Medicine & Best-Selling Author

Dr. Terry Wahls is a professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she conducts clinical research on the use of diet and lifestyle to treat brain-related problems. She has also worked at the VA for many years in the traumatic brain injury clinic and was the director of the therapeutic lifestyle clinic. In both clinics, she focused on using diet and lifestyle to treat traumatic brain injury and neurological and neurodegenerative disorders. Time and time again she saw people experience marked reduction in pain, improved mood, and better thinking.

She also saw that in her own life. She has progressive MS and for seven years, she declined steadily, and though she took the newest drugs, including very potent biologic drugs, she ended up in a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. When she started studying the latest brain science and designed a diet and lifestyle program specifically to support my brain cells, her decline slowed, then stopped, then she recovered. She now bike five miles to work. She uses these principles to help others with a wide variety of brain-related symptoms end their decline and suffering and restore their lives.

If you want to learn more about the protocols she used in her recovery, clinics, and research, visit her site. Pick up her book, The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles, and the companion cookbook, The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life. If you want to dive even more deeply into what she does to help people reverse their decline and get their lives back, come to the Wahls Protocol® Seminar that I conduct each August.

Practices and Articles


What's your wellness philosophy?

I teach people how a lifetime of diet choices, lifestyle choices, and environmental exposures create the health that we have or do not have. I inspire them to create hope and curiosity, to believe that they have far more power and can create a healthier lives for themselves and their families.

What brought you into wellness?

I became severely disabled due to progressive MS, so disabled that it was a struggle to sit up. I was exhausted by 10 a.m. and could walk 10 feet using two walking sticks—all despite using the newest drugs, seeing the best MS doctors in the country. I studied the basic science and would begin experimenting upon myself and would in due time, create a diet and lifestyle program that restored my health. I now bike to work 5 miles each way. I have changed my clinical practice and the focus of my research. I have made it my mission to teach the public, my clinical colleagues and conduct the research into how diet and lifestyle choices create health, reduce symptoms and improve the quality of our lives.

What renews you?

Creating an epidemic of health is my mission, but it requires a community to be effective. It takes all of us, telling our stories, teaching one another, inspiring each other, learning from another to create a healthier future.