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Suffering from Autoimmune Conditions? The Wahl's Protocol May be The Answer.

Nutrition plays a vital role in boosting our health. And if you live with multiple sclerosis (MS), you know all too well how critical diet is in managing the symptoms that come with this autoimmune disease.

There are many people who live with painful symptoms associated with autoimmune conditions like multiple sclerosis. When Dr. Wahls saw that her treatment plans weren't working, she took matters into her own hands and developed Wahls Protocol.

What is the story behind the Wahls Protocol?

After being restricted to a tilt/recline wheelchair, former athlete Dr. Terry Wahls realized that her current MS treatment plan was not working. Her disease was rapidly progressing while her quality of life was greatly diminishing.

Dr. Wahls knew that she was on the path to becoming bedridden.

Immersing herself in research, Dr. Wahls developed a holistic protocol for autoimmune conditions. She relinquished her wheelchair confinement and eliminated medications one year after strictly following her protocol; then she completed an 18-mile bicycle tour.

Today Dr. Wahls is thriving due to her continual dietary and lifestyle changes.

What Is the Wahls Protocol?

The diet is a version of the Paleolithic (Paleo) diet. That's based on the idea that humans should eat more like our ancient ancestors and avoid the foods we started eating in the past several hundred years, like wheat and processed foods.

On the Wahls Protocol, you eat lots of:

  • Meat and fish

  • Vegetables, especially green, leafy ones

  • Brightly colored fruit, like berries

  • Fat from animal and plant sources, especially omega-3 fatty acids

But you don't eat:

  • Dairy products and eggs

  • Grains (including wheat, rice, and oatmeal)

  • Legumes (beans and lentils)

  • Nightshade vegetables, which include tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, and peppers

  • Sugar


Find a Certified Provider

Dr. Mel Schottenstein studied directly under Dr. Terry Wahls and is the only physician certified as a Wahls Health Practitioner in Arizona!

Schedule an appointment via telemedicine or in-person:


In the initial visit, I will discuss a personalized holistic approach to your autoimmune condition, including diet, lifestyle, supplementation, detox and more. Having chronic health concerns since childhood, I understand, both personally and professionally, that a personalized protocol is essential. Through diligent lifestyle changes that include diet, exercise, sleep, and relaxation, I personally eliminated all pharmaceutical agents, some that I had taken for over 20 years, from my daily routine. My experience with chronic illness is a valuable asset in helping my patients gain control of their health and wellness.

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