For your information on Dr. Wahls research is this research update from Dr. Wahls letter to her mailing list:
2017 has been a tremendous year for our research team, and we are looking forward to the progress that 2018 will bring.
In this last year, seventeen out of forty-one enrolled participants in our clinical trial, Dietary Approaches to Treating MS Related Fatigue, completed the full study. This current study is funded by a $1 million grant from the National MS Society to compare the effectiveness of a low-saturated fat diet (Swank) and the modified Paleolithic diet (Wahls Elimination) at reducing the severity of MS-related fatigue. From the clinical trial participants, we have been able to collect microbiome samples and extract the DNA. We plan to study the bacteria diversity within this next year. Learn more here.
In 2018 we look forward to publishing the Protocol Paper. This publication will focus on the dietary aspects, and provides a precise scientific description of the Wahls Elimination diet. Additionally, projected for publication in the New Year will be the Wahls vs. Swank Menu Analysis. The team has been studying the nutritional adequacy of both diets in their “ideal” state within the recommended daily allowance (not how they may be consumed in real life) using statistical analysis and standard research protocol to compare the nutrient intake of the two diets. Learn more here.
For the future, we look to expand our research with our inter-disciplinary team at the University of Iowa and add an advanced vision study for MS patients. We also hope to study the Wahls Elimination diet vs. usual care for newly diagnosed (pre-medication) MS patients. Lastly, we look forward to expanding our research to conduct a safety study of dietary approaches in treating ALS related symptoms. Learn more here.
Thank you to all that have believed and invested in our work—it is because of your generosity that we are able to explore this ground-breaking research. I wish for you strength of mind, body and heart in the New Year!
Dr. Terry Wahls
If you are interested making a donation to The Wahls Reaserch Fund, go to https://terrywahls.com/about/the-wahls-research-fund/ for more information.