A Natural Approach To Health
Living With ALS
I had a question the other day about ALS.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is a disease where certain nerve cells in your brain and spinal cord slowly die.
These nerve cells (called motor neurons) control the muscles that allow you to move the parts of your body.
ALS is also called Lou Gehrig’s disease.
People who have ALS gradually become more disabled.
How quickly the disease gets worse is different for everyone.
Some people live with ALS for several years.
But over time, ALS makes it hard to walk, speak, eat, swallow, and breathe.
These problems can lead to injury, illness, and eventually death.
In most cases, death will occur within 3-5 years after symptoms begin, although some people live for many years, even decades.
ALS is rare.
Each year, only 1-2 people out of 100,000 get ALS.
Men get ALS slightly more often than women.
ALS can occur at any age, but it most often starts in middle-aged and older adults.
Researchers don’t know what causes ALS.
In about 1 case out of 10, it runs in families.
The first sign of ALS is often weakness in one leg, one hand, the face, or the tongue.
The weakness slowly spreads to both arms and both legs.
This happens because as your motor neurons slowly die, they stop sending signals to your muscles.
So the muscles don’t have anything telling them to move.
Over time, with no signals from the motor neurons telling your muscles to move, your muscles get weaker and smaller.
Over time, ALS also causes:
>Trouble using your hands and fingers to do tasks.
>Problems with speaking, swallowing, eating, walking, and breathing.
>Problems with memory, thinking, and changes in personality. But these are not common.
ALS doesn’t cause numbness, tingling, or loss of feeling.
Respiratory problems and problems with swallowing and getting enough food are the most common serious complication of ALS.
As the muscles in your throat and chest weaken, swallowing, coughing, and breathing problems tend to get worse.
Pneumonia, pulmonary embolism, lung failure, and heart failure are the most common causes of death.
There’s no cure for ALS, but treatment can help you stay strong and independent for as long as possible.
To deal with ALS it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Review my post on keeping clean on the inside.
*Breathe easier; purify indoor air.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Consume a 50% raw food diet: lots of fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible). Include fresh juicing.
*Consider liver and colon cleanses.
*Increase exercise, deep breathing, relaxation, stress management and energy techniques.
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect to nature, adequate rest.
*Deal with any underlying emotional issues.
*Consider skin brushing, Epsom salt baths, hydrotherapy or add baking soda to bath water.
*Ensure regular (2 per day) bowel movements.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds.
*Investigate and eliminate “hidden” allergies/sensitivities.
*Decrease or eliminate any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, and deep-fried foods.
*Decrease or eliminate sugar-laden foods, white flour products, simple carbs.
*Decrease or eliminate processed, instant, chemical-laden, “lifeless” foods.
*Decrease or eliminate smoking, alcohol, coffee, soda pop, processed juices.
*Become educated about all possible side effects and detrimental influences of any medications or treatment procedures you are taking or considering.
*Research and address underlying Candida issues.
*Avoid MSG and artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
*Explore dental amalgam toxicity.