Last night, I read an article from Dr Terry Wahls, one of the doctors I credit for achieving health and remission of my AID*.
When mentioning how the way I choose to live my life (in terms of diet & lifestyle) has allowed me to put the AID I suffer from into remission, I am always quite reserved and I certainly don't force my opinion on people about this (which is very unlike me!). The reason is that I'm nervous. I'm nervous to be challenged, to be told that it doesn't work, that it's too hard, and many other things and I'd rather not waste my energy trying to convince people who might take years if not decades that we've been conned by big pharm / big agro / big food.
Yet last night, in this article, Dr Wahls mentioned how she was banned from speaking by the US National MS Society, because she was providing false hope to MS patients. Yet, 7 years on (able to walk, after being wheelchair bound for years), she is a celebrated hero. Not only she put the MS she suffers from into remission, but she's helped thousands achieve the same feat. She's received several research grants to undertake large scale medical trials.
So no, this wasn't a fluke, this is real. Diet and lifestyle can put MS and other AIDs into remission (not cure - you can't turn off autoimmunity), Dr Wahls is the proof, I am the proof and so are thousands of other followers of AIP / Wahls Protocol. Actually diet and lifestyle are the solutions to most if not all chronic diseases we are all slowly dying of.
It doesn't mean it is easy. It requires dedication and some would say sacrifice - though I definitely don't see it this way. Would you rather live a healthy pain free life full of energy or have a glass of wine and a piece of cheese?
So expect to hear more from me on this. No more softy softy approach, I will shout loud and clear, diet and lifestyle can save you from a life of ill-health, pain and quite frankly misery!!
Oh and earlier this month, Dr Wahls received an award from the Institute of Functional Medicine, the accepted authority in functional medicine training and practice. The 2018 Linus Pauling Award was presented to her for her work as a physician, researcher, teacher, and patient advocate
*AID: Auto-Immune Disease
IIN qualified health coach, foodie, mum of 2, wife of 1, ex corporate advertising executive, RA warrior