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Minding Your Mitochondria by Dr. Terry Wahls (Full Transcript)

Dr Terry Wahls at TEDxIowaCity

Dr. Terry Wahls speaks on Minding Your Mitochondria at TEDxIowaCity conference

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So, I love doing Taekwondo and was once a national champion. But a lot has changed since then. I went off to medical school, became a physician. I had a son, and then a daughter. And I developed a chronic 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 very best doctors, received the best care possible, taking the latest newest drugs.

Still by 2003, my disease had transitioned to secondary progressive MS. I took the recommended chemotherapy. I got the tilt-recline wheelchair. I had one with a motor I could drive around.

I took TYSABRI. And then CellCept but continued to become more severely disabled. My disease had transitioned. I was afraid that I was going to become bedridden.

I turned to reading the latest research using podmed.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 shrank. These diseases were Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

I saw that in all three conditions, the mitochondria do not work well, leading to shrinking brains. With more searching, I found studies in which mouse brains and their mitochondria had been protected. Using fish oil, creatine and co-enzyme Q.

I translated those mouse sized doses into 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.

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