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Can you use the Dr Terry Wahls Diet for Chronic Pain?

Posted by @johnbishop, Sep 28, 2016

I have SFPN and the Wahls Protocol Diet book started my journey to see if it would help me. I have only had numbness and tingling in my legs and feet – never had the pain others have. I think I fall in the 30% bracket of people with PN. I have been following her basic diet since late March but to be honest do have my days when I let my wants exceed my needs. I do feel better and use the morning breakfast green smoothie to get in some of my fruit mixed with kale, spinach and other leafy things I don’t normally eat. It has also helped me lose weight – from 260 to 235 but I still have about 20lbs more to go. I do know of others that have used the paleo diet and the ketogenic diet that report helping with the neuropathy pain.

http://paindatabase.com/wahls-diet/

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Looks like a variation on gluten free.

Here’s a study on a very small uncontrolled pilot study using it for MS in the J Altern Complement Med. 2014 May 1; 20(5): 347–355.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4011484/

“Conclusions: In this small, uncontrolled pilot study, there was a significant improvement in fatigue in those who completed the study. Given the small sample size and completer rate, further evaluation of this multimodal therapy is warranted.”

I don’t know, I hesitant to advocate for the Wahls diet where the one who studied it is Wahls.

“Disclosure Statement

Dr. Terry Wahls has equity interest in the following companies: Dr. Terry Wahls LLC; TZ Press LLC; Xcellerator LLC; RDT LLC; and the website http://www.terrywahls.com. She also owns the copyright to the book Minding My Mitochondria, 2nd Edition and has an application pending for trademark for the Wahls Protocol™, and a patent pending for a therapeutic electrode garment. Dr. Wahls has conflict of interest management plans in place with both the University of Iowa and the Veterans Affairs Iowa City Healthcare System.”

Stop eating milk, eggs, and foods with gluten and you’re pretty much there.

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