Minding Your Mitochondria – Dr. Terry Wahls

Terry Wahls, M.D. is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. She teaches internal medicine residents in their primary care clinics. She is also involved in clinical research and has published over 60 peer-reviewed scientific abstracts, posters and papers.

In 2003, she was diagnosed with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis and soon became dependent on a tilt-recline wheelchair.

In the video below, she discusses how she overcame the disease through a complete dietary overhaul. The speech is quite interesting and certainly worth a look…


“It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.” – W. Edwards Deming

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  1. Ross,

    I truly got goosebumps watching this! We all really DO have a choice. It is important to spread word about a revolution i Dieting and finally turn the direction we’re heading into as the Western World. Thx for sharing.
    Sven, Italy

  2. This is very interesting indeed. I feel compelled to take a copy of that video and copy it to DVD and present it to a few people I know.

    I personally *know* I do not eat enough fruit/vegetables. I will try to do a lot better in this area now — at least as much as my wealth permits.

  3. Thank you for posting this!

    I thought that I had a pretty good diet. I now realize that there is always room for improvement. I’m going to rework my diet this weekend according to all of this.

  4. Thank you so much for posting this TED talk. While I’m a well conditioned athlete, I have a great friend suffering from Chronic Fatigue. The video lets me know where I’m falling short, and for him this stands to be a path to healing. Keep up the fantastic work curating really great content for you audience.

  5. I respect her because she beat the disease but i can’t imagine eating low carb because i tried it for a period but it’s just shocked my blood pressure and i was like a zombie.

    Anyway i’m just happy that there are cancer survivors who eat whole food carbs. People like Jack LaLanne, Clarence Bass, Bill pearl etc.

    The most important is i think eating natural.

  6. This woman is a marvel and an inspiration. Do not eat anything that comes out of a box or a bag! Ross, thank you for your insights and knowledge. Please keep up the paleo posts.

  7. I’ve watched this video now three times and I find it very impressive. I first saw it on Mark’s Daily Apple. It is a low carb Paleo but that can be easily modify. For someone who is atheletic and depending on how your body handles carbs, I would just add what you need for more carbs with a variety of squash, sweet potatoes and yams. That’s probably the easiest what of increasing the carbs and still getting the benefits. And on the most part, I don’t think this has to be difficult to do. Most of the those vegetables can be cooked together with the meat in a slow cooker. I plan on implementing this into my diet more so. I think the hardest thing is figuring out how to bring the greens into this if I want to slow cook everything together.

  8. Yo,

    Cut to the chase!

    What food do we need? Itemize it! Give a list! Far too much BS for the “little person” to understand! Eat this! Don’t eat that! Videos are OK, but most people forget the contents after! A printout of the content would help far more people!


    1. I don’t think it is too much to ask for someone to watch a video and take notes if they truly value their health. Are we all too busy to watch 17 minutes of quality information? Many who claim to be too busy will then find time to watch plenty of 30 or 60 minute reality TV shows at night.

  9. This video lit a fire under my….well, you know. I’ve been striving to get over my last big nutritional hurdle, Pasta, potatoes, bread and sugar, for a while now. This video did the trick. I don’t even look at food the same way any more. I was known as the health nut at work before. Now they think I must eat tree bark for diner! I Iove the fact that this is good brain food to fight off future disease but I’m reaping huge rewards in my energy and post work out recovery. Thanks so much for this video and your entire website. I mention this site all the time to people.

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