Dr. Terry Wahls – Minding Your Mitochondria
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[Dr. Terry Wahls – Minding Your Mitochondria]
[Terry Wahls, MD] Source: LYBIO.net
So I loved doing Tae Kwon Do and was once a national champion. But a lot has changed since then, I went off to medical school, I became a physician, had a son, and then a daughter. And I developed a chronic, progressive disease for which there is no cure.
In 2000, when I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, I turned to the best MS center I could find: the Cleveland Clinic.
I saw the best doctors, received the best care possible, taking the latest newest drugs.
By 2003, my disease had transitioned to secondary progressive MS.
I took the recommended chemotherapy, I got the tilt recline wheelchair the one with the motor I could drive around. I took Tysabri and then Cellcept, but I continued to become more severely disabled. My disease had transitioned, I was afraid I was going to become bedridden, I turned to reading the latest research using PubMed dot gov. I knew that brains afflicted with MS over time shrank. I therefore went to every night reading the latest medical research about the diseases in which brains shrink, these diseases were Huntingtonâ€™s, Parkinsonâ€™s and Alzheimerâ€™s. I saw that in all three conditions, the mitochondria do not work very well, leading to shrinking brains, with more searching I found studies in which mouse brains and their their mitochondria had been protected using fish oil, cretin and coenzyme Q.
I translated those mouse-sized doses to human-sized ones and began my first round of self-experimentation. The rapidity of my decline slowed and I was very grateful, but I was still declining. Next, I discovered the Institute for Functional Medicine, and through their continuing medical education course, Neuroprotection: A Functional Medicine Approach to Common and Uncommon Neurological Syndromes, I learned more about brain cell biology and what I could do to protect mine. This is some of what I learned.
We have a billion cells in our brains with 10 trillion connections between our brain cells. All that connective wiring in our brain must be insulated
with something called myelin and Multiple sclerosis damages myelin.
In order to make robust myelin, your brains need B vitamins, in particular vitamin B1- which is thiamine, B9 â€“ which is folate, and B12 â€“ which is cobolamin. We also need omega-3 fatty acids and iodine.
This is a synapse, those beautiful golden drops are the neurotransmitters, for your brain to make neurotransmitters it needs sulfur and vitimin B6
which is pyridoxine.
These are mitochondria. They are so beautiful and they are so critical to our lives because it is the tiny mitochondria in each of our cells that will manage the energy supply for that cell.
Without your mitochondria, your would be no larger than bacteria.
In medical school I had to memorize countless reactions involving mitochondria, but I never learned compounds my cells can manufacture and which I need to consume in order for those reactions to happen properly. I now know that I need a lot of B Vitamins, Sulfur and antioxidants for my mitochondria to thrive.
So I added B Vitamins, Sulfur and antioxidants to my daily regimen. LYBIO.net
And then it occurred to me, that I should get my long list of nutrients from food, that if I did that I would probably get hundreds and maybe thousands of other compounds that science had yet to name and identify that would be helpful to my brain and my mitochondria.
But I didn’t know where they were in the food supply and neither did the medical texts or the food science texts with whom I consulted. but the Internet did, and so – that’ really very helpful!
So using it, I was able to design a food plan specifically for my brain cell and my mitochondria.
And now before I tell you what that food plan is, we are gonna check in to see what Americans are eating?
I’m gonna start with you guys. Umm so I want you to think back in the last 24 hours and add up all of the fruits and vegetables that you have eaten. Don’t include potatoes or corn because those are starches.
Now if you can cover a dinner plate heved high, raise your hand – come on – dont’ be shy – raise your hands.
Ok, if you can cover two dinner plates, eep your hand up?
Anyone can, have eaten, 3 dinner plates?
Look around see how few hands are up! Ok! Now we’re going to check with another family.
This is from Hungry Planet, by Peter Menzel and shows what this American Family will eat in the coming week. LYBIO.net
Look closely you will see a lot of processed foods and boxes, jars, and other containers. This is how most Americans eat. And this is how most societies eat as they become more affluent. And it’s likely why a society become more affluent their health declines.
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