Terry Wahls, MD


Dr. Terry Wahls is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner and a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she conducts clinical trials. In 2018 she was awarded the Institute for Functional Medicine’s Linus Pauling Award for her contributions in research, clinical care, and patient advocacy. In addition, Dr. Wahls has secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which led her to use a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. Dr. Wahls restored her health using a diet and lifestyle program she designed specifically for her brain and now pedals her bike to work each day. She is the author of. The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine, The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles.(paperback), and the cookbook. The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life: The Revolutionary Modern Paleo Plan to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions.

The Wahls lab investigates observational studies of diet and interventional studies of diet and lifestyle on various health outcomes. In addition, the Wahls lab conducts interventional clinical trials of diet and lifestyle in the setting of multiple sclerosis. The diets that the Wahls lab has investigated include the modified Palaeolithic (Wahls), low saturated fat (Swank), ketogenic, and Dietary Guidelines for Americans diets. Learn more about her current clinical trials at