Health and Wellness

The Roots of Health

Meredith Rhodes Carson

The Roots of Health – An Epidemic of Health with Dr. Terry Wahls

This week we hear Part 2 of Meredith’s interview with Dr. Terry Wahls (if you’ve landed here and haven’t heard Part 1, click here to hear that first).

Last week, we heard Dr. Wahls’ personal story – of reversing the symptoms of her Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis using food as medicine. It is clear to her that the food component of her recovery has had the biggest impact on her overall health. This week, we dig a little deeper.

In Part 2, Meredith and Dr. Terry Wahls discuss a bit about detoxification (and what foods are important for ensuring that the Phase 1 & Phase 2 detoxification pathways in your body are in working order), about how to stimulate digestive enzymes – an important first step in accessing the nutrients in your food, the promise of understanding and manipulating the human microbiome as it relates to Multiple Sclerosis patients, and about food sensitivities, elimination diets, and ketogenic diets (where carbohydrates are severely reduced, proteins are moderated, and healthy fats make up the bulk of ones diet). Ketogenic diets are likely part of our ancestral history. As we moved away from the equator, fruits, veggies, grains, and beans (main sources of carbohydrates) would have been largely unavailable during the winter months.

Scientists and physicians require more than just anecdotal evidence (one person’s story – that may not be scientifically reproducible) to move forward with healing protocols for the general population. Dr. Wahls is addressing this concern through clinical trials on MS patients. We chat about some of this exciting work and offer ideas about how you can make a difference by supporting this research, by purchasing her book and becoming a beacon of heath, by direct donations to the Wahls Foundation, or by setting up a link to donate to the Wahls Foundation through the Amazon Smiles program.

Dr. Terry Wahls inspires millions of people to re-evaluate their relationship with food. She aims to spread an epidemic of health.

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