While Dr. Terry Wahls wrote The Wahls Protocol – How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine as a way of offering up her experience with a dietary and lifestyle change as it related to her own journey with multiple sclerosis, this valuable book provides fundamentally important information for each and every one of us. Dr. Wahls describes how a dietary and lifestyle program aimed at enhancing mitochondrial function proved so valuable to her in her recovery from MS. But it’s important to keep in mind that deficiencies in mitochondrial function underlie all of the major chronic debilitating conditions that plague modern society including coronary artery disease, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s.
Mitochondria are the small intracellular particles that allow cells to utilize fuel to produce energy. But beyond this function, current scientific research has revealed that the mitochondria actually engage in a much deeper level of involvement in cellular health. We now understand that the mitochondria actually regulate the expression of the human genome. In particular, the mitochondria control genetic pathways that determine whether or not a cell will live or die. This new understanding of mitochondrial function brings a well-deserved level of respect for all of the lifestyle choices that influence mitochondrial health and function. And it is this thesis that serves of the cornerstone of this important book.