Health and Wellness

The Roots of Health

Meredith Rhodes Carson

The Roots of Health – Food is Medicine with Dr. Terry Wahls

To many, food is simply calories. It’s a necessary part of life that prevents us from being hungry and gives us energy. We define food as whatever happens to be for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Food is just what we eat – with little awareness about how it interacts with our bodies.

Meredith’s guest today is living proof that food is information for your body. That food provides the building blocks for the chemistry of life.  That food can either be your medicine, or your poison.

Dr. Terry Wahls inspires millions (watch her Ted Talk) of people to re-evaluate their relationship with food. She 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 secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which confined her to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years.  Dr. Wahls restored her health using diet and lifestyle. She now pedals her bike to work each day.

She is the author of The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine and teaches the public and medical community about the healing power of intensive nutrition.

You can learn more about her work from her website: She is conducting clinical trials testing the effect of nutrition and lifestyle interventions to treat MS.  She is also committed to teaching the public and medical community about the healing power of the Paleo diet and therapeutic lifestyle changes to restore health and vitality to our citizens.  You can follow her on Facebook, on twitter at @TerryWahls. You can learn more about her research or purchase her book at

This is Part 1 of 2 of Meredith’s interview with Dr. Wahls. Tune in next week to learn more about exciting clinical research that Dr. Wahls is conducting and what you can do to help her spread an epidemic of health.