Interview with Dr. Terry Wahls
August 10, 2022
Dr. Wahls, thank you for joining us today. How did you and the folks at Foogal meet?
We have mutual friends and colleagues, and after meeting, we immediately recognized an opportunity to work together to further assist our patients –those in our clinical trial and those in my personal practice.
Let’s begin with the clinical trial. It’s very exciting that you are recruiting participants for your current trial. Congratulations! Your protocols are on the app that Foogal developed for you –EDQMS, so participants can now easily track their nutrients—sulfur rich, deeply colored, leafy greens, fermented foods, protein, and more. How did they track all these aspects of your protocol previously? They must be thrilled that it is so much easier now. And, of course, there are so many delicious recipes! This must be a game changer for them.
Yes, it is a game changer. Many people either never learned any culinary and cooking skills, how to meal plan and shop or they have forgotten those skills. This is an easy way to learn how to meal plan. How to shop. How to create delicious meals that the whole family will love. We are thrilled that we are able to include this resource in our current clinical trial Efficacy of Diet on Quality of Life in Multiple Sclerosis. We are comparing a modified Paleolithic Elimination diet and a time-restricted olive oil ketogenic diet to a usual diet with educational resources to improve the quality of their diets. It is a tremendous resource for our study participants.
Foogal has also developed an app for your personal practice as well The Wahls Diet App. It can be used for your patients, caregivers, and health professionals. How do you see the Wahls Diet App helping all these groups?
For patients, just like in the clinical trial, the nutrients are tracked, and recipes are health-supporting and delicious. We have had people asking my team to develop a recipe and meal planning application for years. I did not have the resources to build such an application. I was definitely intrigued when I met Todd and discussed the possibility of creating a meal planning and recipe app. This is definitely a terrific tool for anyone with an autoimmune condition who wants to use food as part of their wellness plan and as an adjunct to their treatment plan. This is a terrific tool for people with multiple sclerosis or any autoimmune condition who want to use better nutrition as part of their wellness plan, as part of the overall treatment of their disease. Food matters. It can either help our bodies and cells function more optimally if you have all the vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins, and phytonutrients that you need for cellular function. Or if you lack key nutrients and are filled with added sugars instead of nourishing food – what you are eating can be leading to more disease. The Wahls™ Diet App can help you plan your family’s meals to make sure your food choices are supporting your healing journey.
Ideally, more health professionals who are caring for autoimmune patients or long COVID will recommend their patients pick up the Wahls™ Diet App.
This App is a terrific tool for people who are struggling with persisting symptoms after COVID and want to be sure their diet is as nourishing and as supportive as possible. Long COVID is a problem with excessive inflammation. Improving diet quality should be considered an adjunct to support people with persisting symptoms.
Also, we see many people who have ongoing fatigue, brain fog, and pain but often do not have a diagnosis. They are frustrated that their medical team is not giving them direction about what they could do to reduce symptoms. For people in those circumstances, I focus on supporting better nutrition and self-care. This begins with improving the diet. Having more nutritious meals. The Wahls™ Diet App is an excellent tool for learning how to easily prepare delicious meals that provide more building blocks for what the cells need for optimal health. Let’s create an epidemic of health through better eating. Pick up the Wahls™ Diet App to support doing better eating more easily.