Episode 3: Optimize Your Brain Using the Wahls Protocol
An Interview with Dr. Terry Wahls, MD
About this Episode
In this podcast, you will learn about the world-renowned Wahls Protocol! You will gain an understanding of the Wahls diets and the importance as to why we need to keep inflammation and insulin levels in the body low. Dr. Wahls also shares some stress reduction tips and words of wisdom for those facing challenges.
Inflammation is the body’s response to illnesses including infections or injuries.
Acute Inflammation is one that starts rapidly and becomes severe in a short space of time. Signs and symptoms are normally only present for a few days but may persist for a few weeks in some cases.
Chronic inflammation refers to long-term inflammation and can last for several months and even years. It can result from: failure to eliminate whatever was causing an acute inflammation, an autoimmune disorder that attacks normal healthy tissue, mistaking it for a pathogen that causes disease or exposure to a low level of a particular irritant, such as an industrial chemical, over a long period
Microglia cells are responsible for immune surveillance within the CNS. They respond to noxious stimuli by releasing inflammatory mediators and mounting an effective inflammatory response
Beta-Amyloid is a sticky compound that accumulates in the brain, disrupting communication between brain cells and eventually killing them.
Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that allows your body to use sugar (glucose) from carbohydrates in the food that you eat for energy or to store glucose for future use. Insulin helps keeps your blood sugar level from getting too high (hyperglycemia) or too low (hypoglycemia).
Insulin Resistance is when cells in your muscles, body fat and liver start resisting or ignoring the signal that the hormone insulin is trying to send out. The hormone insulin helps control the amount of sugar (glucose) in the blood. With insulin resistance, the body’s cells don’t respond normally to insulin. Glucose can’t enter the cells as easily, so it builds up in the blood. This can eventually lead to type 2 diabetes and other chronic health conditions. Insulin resistance leads to rapid, premature aging and all its resultant diseases, including heart disease, stroke, dementia, and cancer. Weight loss/diet and exercise can help reverse insulin resistance.
Homocysteine is an amino acid. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. When proteins break down, elevated levels of amino acids like homocysteine may be found in the bloodstream. You can’t get homocysteine from your diet. It has to be made from the amino acid methionine, which is found in meat, fish, and dairy products. Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), B12 and folic acid are needed to make this reaction occur. Elevated homocysteine levels have been associated with heart attack, stroke, and blood clot formation, and perhaps the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in very few foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. It is also produced endogenously when ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike the skin and trigger vitamin D synthesis.
About Dr. Terry Wahls, MD
Dr. Terry Wahls is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner and a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she conducts clinical trials. In 2018 she was awarded the Institute for Functional Medicine’s Linus Pauling Award for her contributions in research, clinical care and patient advocacy. She is also a patient with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which confined her to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years.
Dr. Wahls restored her health using a diet and lifestyle program she designed specifically for her brain and now pedals her bike to work each day. She is the author of the bestselling book The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles. She also authored The Wahls Protocol: Cooking for Life
Dr. Walhs conducts clinical trials that test the effect of nutrition and lifestyle interventions to treat MS and other progressive health problems. She hosts a Wahls Protocol Seminar every summer where anyone can learn how to implement the Protocol with ease and success.
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