I’ve been having difficulty with the information (advertising) contained in the emails I automatically receive because I purchased the book, The Wahls Protocol. I seriously wonder at the wisdom of advising people to eat corn chips as a vehicle for kale as does one of her recipes. I wanted to read the book, but I was now having serious reservations. I thought it might be prudent to begin with the table of contents where I found that there are actually three levels to her diet. Reviewing levels of diet left me unimpressed. Again, in my opinion, she’s trying to make it easy or convenient for people (eg actually allowing food items to make it “easier to socialize”), but those caveats could cost them success caused by inflammation due to the foods she’s allowing.
About this time, I found the Zamboni citation. Zamboni is the man who believes that chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) is a primary contributing factor in MS. Oh boy. Unfounded “science” used to reinforce eating sulfur-rich vegetables to support blood-vessel health. I’m all for supporting blood-vessel health whatever your current status may be, but why bother with the nod to Zamboni? Hello?
Later in the book she clearly states that she doesn’t advise undergoing Zamboni’s CCSVI surgical procedure because, “…I expect that if the underlying environmental factors are not addressed, the benefits will likely not be permanent.” This statement, however, did nothing to assure me that she recognized the scientific flaws in the hypothesis itself. It was clear I was now not going to believe anything she said. How can I when I don’t trust her judgment?
Traditional medicine tends to be one size fits all; you have this symptom, we give you this drug. She is selling her approach as not the same, but in essence it is. It doesn’t address the genetic differences of each person reading her book and following her diet. For instance, had I tried her approach, it would not have worked because of the specific genetic defects and allergies I possess. I would not have decreased my inflammation, fixed my leaky gut, or addressed fungal dysbiosis and the population of bad bacteria just to name a few items.
She’s trying to be a functional medicine MD in a book without all the data on each individual to cater to their specific needs. I seriously hope that changing their diets, even minimally, will help some of her readers. I’m pretty sure, however, that there will be some disappointed desperate people.
Bottom line: See a functional medicine MD. Find out what you’re allergic to and what causes inflammation. Find out the status of your gut health.