What proof? The Autoimmune Protocol

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Bacteriophage therapy was discovered 11 years before antibiotics, in 1917.

After World War II, everyone (except a few entrenched Soviets) abandoned bacteriophage & focused exclusively on antibiotics until most hospitals on the planet were colonized with antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

In case you’re not following #superbug, the gist is that “the World Health Organization has warned of an emerging global health security threat, painting a post-apocalyptic image of a world sent back to the pre-antibiotic era, where a routine cut or infection could be deadly”, according to Kelly Crowe, medical sciences correspondent for the CBC.

Some people who have contracted superbugs in hospitals are travelling to Russia where (thanks to those recalcitrant Soviets), bacteriophage therapy is still available.

And it’s worked.phagestructure

At least anecdotally.

Turns out virtually all bacteria are vulnerable to infections by one or more viral bacteriophages. It’s just a matter of finding the right match.

Plus they’re cute. In a cyborg/war-of-the-worlds kind of way.

But until a course of treatment has been proven through a clinical trial, any and all anecdotal data, no matter how intriguing, are considered unreliable.

Clinical Trials

So, let’s say you have a gastroenterologist. Nice guy. Conscientious.

Friendly, relaxed bedside manner.

The kind of guy you can trust to scope your intestinal tract (from both ends).

Mention Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) in his presence & he closes up like a venus flytrap. Folds his arms across his chest, shrinks back against the wall & launches into a list of flaws in the SIBO research methodology.

And flawed methods=inconclusive results.

And inconclusive results mean that SIBO has not been proven to exist. So, therefore, it doesn’t.

Clinical drug trials costs $30-$50 million and are funded by pharmaceutical companies. When they think there is a reasonable chance of realizing a profit.

The Autoimmune Protocol

The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) is the antithesis of a drug, really.

Not only is there no way for a pharmaceutical company to make money from it, but if validated, the AIP would (by design) dismantle the pharmaceutical empire.

Take my husband. Six months into the AIP, he’s no longer taking methotrexate, dilaudid or tramadaol. Aside from 2-4 over the counter Tyleneol Arthritis a day, he’s taking no pharmaceuticals at all.

After just six months.

I could insulate a suburban house with the prescriptions he’s received for his primary health issues over the past 12 years. And then wallpaper it with the scrips he’s been issued for the horrendous side effects of all those drugs.

He’s off all of them.Methotrexate

Dr Terry Wahls is currency running clinical trials on all 3 levels of her Wahls Protocol and has established a foundation to fund her research. By necessity.

The 2nd most radical thing you could do to advance the health of humankind right now might be to send her a donation.

The 1st would be to work on healing yourself with food. Then share what you learn with the rest of us.

Because that’s what we’re doing here.

Learning & sharing with each other. Anecdotally.

Hacking this whole health thing.


  1. What if most diseases are caused by inflammation in the body, and inflammation can be significantly reduced through diet?
  2. What if cellular health is determined by food, & nutrient-dense food enables the body to heal itself, maybe even in the face of a #superbug apocalypse?

I read about Bacteriophage in an article by Lisan Jutras in the July/August 2014 edition of The Walrus. It inspired me to write this post.

15 thoughts on “What proof? The Autoimmune Protocol

  1. My wife does her research on bacteriophages. They are so cool! I kind of love them. Also her research has completely blown my mind when it comes microbiology. Crazy stuff is going on at all levels within us, and we just have no idea the extent of it all, nor the complex relationships that evolve.

    • I think I kind of love them, too! I’d be super interested to know more about your wife’s research. They are highly adaptive. This from http://phages.org/: “A time period of only a few days or weeks is needed to acquire new phages for resistant strains of bacteria, whereas it can take years to obtain new antibiotics. When resisting bacteria evolve, the assigned phages also evolve, so when super bacterium appears, an equivalent super phage fights it as long as the phage is derived from the same environment.”

  2. Fantastic post, Petra. Thanks for the introduction to bacteriophage.

    When I told my gastro’ I’d been off grains for 18 months at the beginning of the year, his first question was “is that sustainable?” – he’s a sceptic (which amazes me given his profession).

    • I’ve been thinking lately about the downside of education. If education enculturates us into a particular worldview without encouraging critical thinking & a desire for ongoing adaptation, then it can be extremely limiting. Many highly-educated, intelligent (& otherwise wonderful) people in the medical profession seem to be profoundly resistant to the AIP. Is that because accepting the validity of the AIP would destabilize the entire philosophy underpinning their medical training? Not sure. But I’m curious!

      • I’m not sure there’s enough room for a response in the ‘reply’ section! I think there’s the ‘early adopter’ factor to consider, there’s the ‘big pharma” influence factor, there’s the Western ‘treat your body like a machine and fix or remove the broken part’ philosophy (which is so very different to the Eastern ‘treat your body like a garden’ way of thinking). And then, there’s the arrogance factor that comes with specialising in the medical profession – the higher up the food chain you get, the less likely you are to listen to views that differ from yours… If you were here, or I there, we could get a coffee and talk about this for days…!

      • I’d love to get coffee (or a tea, because I’m going off coffee again) & talk about this in person! I’ve always wanted to go to Australia, so maybe we will one day…

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  4. Interesting, Petra. I’m now following your blog (at least, I hope so!) I have just started the Wahls diet, and in under a week, have noticed a number of improvements….

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