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Why I Eat The Way I Do, Part 2

I haven’t done a Fight Back Friday post in a month, and for that I apologize.  Sometimes life just gets in the way of this little obsession I call a blog.  But enough of that – today I have a subject worthy of this particular blog carnival.  An important subject.

Several days ago, I posted a video to my personal Facebook page, and I’m not the only one – I understand it has gone viral.  It was of an extraordinary young man from Iowa arguing in a court for same-sex marriage; this young man’s name is Zach Wahls and he is the son of a lesbian couple.  What does this have to do with why I eat the way I do?  In the course of this three-minute speech, Zach mentions in passing that his birth mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2000.  What Zach does not mention is that his mother is Dr. Terry Wahls, a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa – who claims to have cured her progressive MS with diet.

A diet very similar to mine.

Okay, without the grain-free banana bread I’m going bake for our holiday party tomorrow. But I digress.

I apologize to my paleo readers, who have probably seen this video since both Melissa McEwen and Richard Nikoley have already posted it.  However, it’s my non-paleo readers who will benefit most from watching this video.  Dr. Wahls is not the compelling speaker her son is, but what she has to say is very, very important; the speech runs for 17 minutes, but it seems to be much shorter.  If you do nothing else today, watch – and listen and understand – what Dr. Wahls has to say.

You never know…it could save your life.

Posted in participation of Food Renegade’s Fight Back Friday


10 comments

Kristi says:

OMG! I don’t think I would have found this video if it weren’t for the fact that I’ve begun following your blog every single day. This is the kind of information with which we can truly make a difference. Thank you so much for providing the link. I was completely captivated and agree that it seemed to be much less than 17 minutes. This woman needs to write a book. Once again, thank you for sharing. In your own way I am seeing you as also being a canary in the coal mine.

Wow. Just wow.
And so true.

chuck says:

i tried to get this video to people I know with MS. they didn’t respond. i am speculating that they are sick of me sending them a solution they feel is too hard to do. oh well, you can lead a horse to water…..

Monica R. says:

My mother passed away from MS about 5 years ago. I started eating a hunter/gatherer diet about 2 years ago. Sometimes, the bad timing just kills me.

Sara says:

Thanks Jan. I love it when someone like this wants to share their experiences and help the world!

Be says:

What an inspiring story! Her drive to find a solution and willingness to look beyond conventional medical knowledge to understand what should logically work is in itself a great story. From a wheel chair bound state of deterioration to an 18 mile marathon in 6 months because she changed her diet! WOW! Just WOW!

Of course, its nice to see that another Doctor endorses eating real food is validation of the health benefits of eating “Jan Food” – other than the fact that it always is so dang tasty!

I encourage all to invest 17 minutes listening to her. I so wish I knew this long ago – there are several people that might still be with us.

Thanks Jan, that’s a really good reminder for all of us…because its so easy to be tempted by starchy/carby foods, even when you think you’re eating healthy :)

Eileen says:

This is incredible. LOVE..LOVE..

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