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Terry Wahls, MD
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WHAT MAKES THIS DIFFERENT?—THE WAHLS BEHAVIOR CHANGE MODEL™
Through Dr. Wahls’ research at the University of Iowa, she leads a team that conducts clinical research trials to test the impact of diet and lifestyle behavior changes on patient health. No other author in the health and wellness space conducts clinical research, publishes in peer-reviewed scientific journals or is building the scientific research that will change the standard of care on autoimmune and neurological patients. The traditional behavior change model we have been taught isn’t working. The Wahls Behavior Change™ Model is a 15 step process that practitioners can use to support their patients successfully adopt therapeutic diet and lifestyle choices. The Wahls Behavior Change™ model is based on her clinical research, science of behavior change, addiction medicine and her experience with the veteran patients in the Therapeutic Lifestyle Clinic. Practitioners who utilize the Wahls Behavior Change™ model have another effective tool to empower their patients and staff to improve clinical outcomes and more satisfying clinical practices.
Reed Davis, HHP, FDN-P, CMTA, CNT
Welcome back, everybody. Another very exciting guest, Terry Wahls, M.D. Wahls is with us today. And I know Terry personally, like I know most of our guests and leaders in the field. And as we try to establish and raise the, just kind of elevate the profession of health coaching, I think Terry is a great person for us all to talk to because Terry Wahls, M.D. has stepped out of the box. You know, she has faced some personal challenges that were very, very challenging. And in order to recover her own health, she had to go outside of her own training and things like that. So, I think it’s a fascinating story. And I want to say too, that Terry is an Institute for Functional Medicine, certified practitioner and a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa. That’s a state in the middle somewhere and she conducts a lot of clinical trials there.
Now, just a few years ago, she was awarded the Institute for Functional Medicine’s Linus Pauling award. Linus Pauling’s the top award you can get. And that was for her contributions in research, and clinical care, and patient advocacy. So, in her heart, you know, Terry has a lot of love for the idea of health coaching, the things you need to do besides write prescriptions, to get yourself better, you know, and to get their patients better. And so, this is really interesting. Terry Wahls, M.D. was also a patient with her own secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. Now we know that can be quite devastating. This was so hard on Terry. It put her in a reclining wheelchair for four years.
So, that was years ago, but Dr. Wahls restored her health using diet, lifestyle, and the things that we’re very familiar with. She designed her own specifically just for her brain. And now guess what? She’s peddling her bike to work every day. So, well every day she works, I hope it will work every day, Terry. And you can tell us about that, but she’s also the author of, and I hope you’re familiar with, The Wahls Protocol. That’s a radical new way to treat all chronic autoimmune conditions using basically paleo principles. Now, you can learn more about her clinical trials and all these sorts of things. We’re going to put all of that into the show notes. We’ll put every way to get in touch with Terry. And right now we’re just going to say hi Terry, and ask you to talk about yourself. Tell us your remarkable journey and thanks again for being here.