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Happy Bones, Happy Life

Mar 17, 2020

“There is a lot more research out there about how the food we eat turns genes on and off and can shift genes, silence disease-promoting genes or rev up disease-promoting genes.”  - Dr. Terry Wahls

Dr. Terry Wahls is a clinical professor at the University of Iowa where she conducts clinical trials testing the efficacy of therapeutic lifestyle to treat multiple sclerosis-related symptoms. 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. In addition, she is the author of The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles and the New Revised and Expanded Edition.

In this fascinating interview, Dr. Wahls explains her diet and lifestyle approach to treating autoimmune conditions. She also gives great tips on things you can do to turn back the clock, reverse aging and increase longevity. Listen and learn the amazing insights and lessons from Dr. Wahls. 





  • 8:05 - Dr. Wahls’ research 
  • 11:55 - How the drugs you take for autoimmune diseases can decrease your bone density and what to do about it
  • 15:50 - Why supplements aren’t enough for maintaining bone density when treating an autoimmune condition
  • 16:24 - Benefits, dangers, and methods for the ketogenic diet and fasting
  • 19:38 - “We sadly have come to accept this accelerated aging with brain fog, dementia, worsening high blood pressure, worsening health outcomes, but the evidence is very clear we should be able to live and thrive to 100 pretty easily.” 
  • 23:18 - 3 things you can do right now to get your health on the right path
  • 27:54 - How to maintain your restored health when living with an autoimmune condition
  • 31:50 - “It is so much easier to maintain a diet and lifestyle when we can recognize the acute reduction of our symptoms or the acute worsening of symptoms when we deviate.” 
  • 38:20- Advice for people who are on drugs for their autoimmune conditions

DISCLAIMER – The information presented on this podcast should not be construed as medical advice. It is not intended to replace consultation with your physician or healthcare provider. The ideas shared on this podcast are the expressed opinions of the guests and do not always reflect those of Margie Bissinger and the Happy Bones, Happy Life program.