Lou Gehrig’s Disease
Lou Gehrig’s Disease is also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a neuromuscular disease which is characterized by progressive muscle weakness, resulting in paralysis.
In the United States, it is more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s, being named after Henry Louis “Lou” Gehrig, an American baseball player who played for the New York Yankees for 17 seasons in the 1920s and 1930s, until his career was cut short after developing ALS.
The disease attacks nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons, which control the movement on voluntary muscles, deteriorate and eventually die. When these motor neurons die, the brain can no longer initiate and control muscle movement because the muscles no longer receive the messages they need to function. As a result, they gradually weaken and deteriorate.
Approximately 14 cases of Lou Gehrig’s are diagnosed each day nationwide, and most of those who develop the disease are between 40 and 70 years of age.
The initial signs of Lou Gehrig’s or ALS can vary but they may include stiffness and increasing muscle weakness, especially in the hands and feet. Speech can eventually be affected, as is swallowing and breathing. The patient’s mind and senses remain unaffected. In around 25 per cent of cases, symptoms are described as bulbar onset, when speech may become slurred, nasal in character or quieter. Other symptoms may include a loss of tongue mobility. Over time, patients experience difficulty moving and/or tight or stiff muscles, as well as exaggerated reflexes, including an overactive gag reflex.
Around 15 to 45 per cent of patients experience pseudobulbar effect, also known as emotional liability, which consists of uncontrollable laughter, crying or smiling. To be diagnosed with ALS, patients must have both upper and lower motor neuron damage that cannot be attributed to other causes.
Where no family history of the disease is present – i.e., in around 95% of cases – there is no known cause for ALS. Potential causes for which there is inconclusive evidence includes head trauma, military service, and participation in contact sports. Many other potential causes, including chemical exposure, electromagnetic field exposure, occupation, physical trauma, and electric shock, have been investigated but without consistent findings.
There is a known hereditary factor in familial ALS (FALS), where the condition is known to run in families. Recently, a genetic abnormality known as a hexanucleotide repeat was found in a region called C9ORF72, which is associated with ALS combined with frontotemporal dementia ALS-FTD, and accounts for some 6% of cases of ALS among white Europeans.The high degree of mutations found in patients that appeared to have “sporadic” disease, i.e. without a family history, suggests that genetics may play a more significant role than previously thought and that environmental exposures may be less relevant.
A defect on chromosome 21 (coding for superoxide dismutase) is associated with approximately 20% of familial cases of ALS, or about 2% of ALS cases overall. This mutation is believed to be autosomal dominant, and has over a hundred different forms of mutation. The most common ALS-causing SOD1 mutation in North American patients is A4V, characterized by an exceptionally rapid progression from onset to death. The most common mutation found in Scandinavian countries, D90A, is more slowly progressive than typical ALS and patients with this form of the disease survive for an average of 11 years.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
- Eliminate Candida: Visit here for information on the Dr Jeff McCombs Candida Cleanse.
- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system.
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
- Try an Ennerhealth Botanicals cleanse: www.enerhealthbotanicals.com/cleanses.html?affId=145969
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water www.realwater.com , or you can buy a Kangen Unit.
- Take a bath as often as possible up to once a day with two litres of 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide.
A healthy diet is especially important if you have ALS. At some point, the disease may affect your ability to swallow food and liquid safely.
Eat More of These:
Aim for five servings a day of colorful fruits and vegetables in order to get the recommended daily amounts of potassium, folate and antioxidants. Make half your grains whole, with foods like brown rice, whole-wheat bread and oatmeal, to provide B vitamins, selenium and fiber. Three daily servings of low-fat dairy products, like milk, cheese and yogurt, give you the calcium and vitamin D your body needs. Consume a variety of lean protein sources, such as beans, eggs, meat, poultry, fish, soy, nuts and seeds, to provide iron, zinc and amino acids. Healthy fats include unsaturated oils like canola, olive and walnut oil.
Eat Less of These:
Reduce your daily sodium intake to less than 2,300 mg. If you are older that 51 years, or have kidney disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes, eat less than 1,500 mg of sodium a day. Saturated and trans fats increase your risk for clogged arteries and heart disease. Limit whole milk and fatty meats, and avoid processed foods that list partially hydrogenated oils on the nutrition facts panel. Decrease your intake of added sugars from ingredients like, dextrose, high fructose corn syrup and white sugar. Replace refined grains, such as white bread and pasta, with whole-wheat breads and pastas.
Modified Texture Diet:
ALS affects your swallowing muscles early in the course of the disease. You may need to use thickening agents in order to prevent aspiration of liquid into your lungs. Choose soft foods cut into small pieces that are easy to chew, such as bananas, moist meatballs or scrambled eggs. Avoid foods that have more than one consistency, such as thin soups with chunks of vegetables, or hot cereal with raisins. Instead, blend foods to one consistency using a blender or food processor. Moisten dry foods, like pancakes and biscuits, with syrup, juice, milk, broth or gravy.
You may need a feeding tube if you cannot safely eat enough food to meet your nutrition needs. Placing a feeding tube is a simple procedure if performed early in the disease. The tube will bypass the oral route of intake, allowing you to obtain important nutrients without chewing or swallowing. Commercially prepared, nutritionally complete liquid formulas provide carbohydrate, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals. You may continue to eat regular food while you have a feeding tube, although you should maintain consistent follow-up with your doctor, dietitian and speech therapist to ensure safe oral intake.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey. Check out www.grasslandbeef.com.
Antioxidants neutralize free radicals either by providing the extra electron needed to repair the molecule, or by breaking down the free radical molecule to render it harmless. According to the “Cochrane Database” reviewers, the antioxidant vitamins most frequently prescribed by doctors for ALS patients are vitamins C and E, as well as coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10. Although the antioxidant activity of these vitamins has not been proven to benefit ALS patients, vitamin E and CoQ10 have additional properties related to protecting motor neurons from damage that warrants further investigation.
Vitamin E: Vitamin E comes in two forms: tocopherols and tocotrienols. In a study published in the March 2001 issue of “Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Other Motor Neuron Disorders,” researchers supplemented 228 ALS patients with either 500 mg tocopherols or placebo twice daily for one year. While the tocopherols had no effect on survival, they did slow down the disease’s progression. In research published in the December 2004 issue of the “Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences,” scientists reported that tocotrienols can protect motor neurons in the brain from toxic damage.
Coenzyme Q10: In addition to being a powerful free radical scavenger, CoQ10 can reduce cellular membrane damage, DNA damage and lipid peroxidation caused by oxidative stress. This panoply of benefits prompted researchers reporting in the August 2009 issue of the “Annals of Neurology” to test the nutrient for possible drug benefits. For nine months, 110 patients were randomized to receive 1,800 mg of CoQ10, 2,700 mg of CoQ10, or placebo every day. While the researchers concluded that results did not warrant CoQ10’s use for drug therapy, it did slow progression of the disease in both CoQ10 groups.
Calcium and Magnesium help stabilize excess aluminum and mercury found in ALS sufferers. Creatine has been shown to increase strength in people with some neuromuscular disorders.
The following are also recommended:
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications, but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr. Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a local practitioner here
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a local practitioner here.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
In traditional ayurvedic medicine, Cyperus rotundus, a plant also known by the common name red nut sedge, is considered a central nervous system tonic. In the April 5, 2011, issue of “Brain Research Bulletin,” a team of researchers from Sri Ramachandra University in India reported that compounds in this herb might provide neuroprotective effects, particularly agents referred to as oligomeric flavonoids. The experiment, which utilized stroke-induced rats, showed that the administration of oligomeric flavonoids obtained from C. rotundus appreciably reduced neurological deficits and anxious behaviors by decreasing the activity of glutamate. This is significant because glutamate, a common neurotransmitter in the brain that invokes excitability, contributes to the loss of motor neurons. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, riluzole, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for ALS, works by preventing the release of glutamate.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
According to Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Traditional Medicine in Portland, Oregon, the goal of herbal therapy is to nourish the kidneys to strengthen the blood and improve circulation to atrophied muscles, especially those of the lower limbs. The traditional Chinese herbal formula recommended for this purpose is huqian wan, also known as hidden tiger pill. The remedy features tortoise shell and several botanicals, including peony, phellodendron, licorice and rehmannia, a plant more commonly known as Chinese foxglove. A similar herbal formula called yisui tang combines tortoise shell and deer antler gelatin with phellodendron, rehmannia, astragalus, licorice, peony, dipsacus and anemarrhena.
Accupuncture has also been found to be successful.
The nervous system is very complex, affecting every system in the body. But it is also very logical and responsive to the essential oils. The following are especially useful:
Frankincense: This powerful essential oil, a gift for kings throughout time, is proven to enter the cell with the image of the perfect blueprint and correct damage to the DNA. Thus, Frankincense helps the body to eliminate scars, wrinkles and other damage. A powerful anti-inflammatory oil, it has been used successfully to rid the body of cancers, dementia, genetic abnormalities, infections and more. It is especially valuable when working with the nervous system. A few drops under the tongue 2-3 times daily can make a difference with brain and nerve function, and overall health.
Lavender or the Serenity blend: Soothing and calming are important to helping heal nervous system challenges. When the nerves are frazzled, they don’t respond, kind of like an electrical wire that is damaged and shoots out random spurts of energy, or a damaged phone line that sounds crackly and loud. The nervous system sends out messages all throughout the body, and when it is damaged, the messages are not sent or received properly, and often include power surges. We all know what bad communications do to our lives. Apply Lavender or Serenity anywhere on the body, add them to bathwater or massage oil, or apply them directly to bedding before bedtime.
Bergamot: Protects the cells, reduces inflammation and more. There is some really fun science on Bergamot oil at www.PubMed.com, if you are interested in how it works. The recent study done on a group of rats in Italy shows that Bergamot stops the chemical binding which causes permanent brain injuries.
Melissa: One of the most powerful antiviral oils out there (remember that essential oils can enter the cells, which is where viruses hang out?), Melissa has been proven to eliminate viruses like the herpes virus, and we have used it many times to kill dangerous pathogens. It is also proven to be so effective in protecting the nervous system and lifting mood. A wonderful antidepressant, especially when added to Frankincense.
Lime: Any of the citrus oils are so helpful in restoring and maintaining health, but Lime is unique in its ability to protect nerve and nerve function. Add this one to your drinking water, and apply it to the brain stem or bottoms of the feet.
Patchouli: A recent study with Patchouli involved superoxide, a free-radical which is naturally-occurring in the human body. When superoxide was introduced to a dish full of nervous system cells, there was massive damage done to the cells. In another dish, when superoxide and Patchouli oil were introduced at the same time to nervous system cells, very little, if any, damage was done to the cells. The difference is very obvious. Dr. Hill’s recommendation for using Patchouli is to the little triangle on each side of the base of the skull to get the oil as close to the brain as possible for quickest absorption and protection. As much as most of us use our technology and cell phones today, we should all be using Patchouli.
Use 4 drops of essential oil per 25ml of carrier oil.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
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Herbal medicines that provide your body with neurological support are among the most important in treating ALS. In her book “Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth,” Sharol Tilgner, a naturopathic physician and noted herbalist, states that two herbs may be particularly effective in supporting and nourishing your nervous system:
St. John’s wort.
Other nerve tonics may include lavender, linden flower and motherwort. Herbal medicines are used as an adjunct therapy in the treatment of ALS.
Oats, or oat straw, is an herbal remedy that may effectively reduce the severity of your ALS-related symptoms. Oat straw, notes nutrition researcher Phyllis Balch, author of “Prescription for Nutritional Healing,” functions as a restorative nerve tonic and possesses antidepressant action. Oat straw may also be helpful in improving your sleep quality and reducing stress levels. Oat straw, an herbal medicine with sedative effects, may be beneficial in treating various addictive habits too.
Rikkunshito is a traditional Japanese kampo medicine given to stimulate the activity of a hormone found in the stomach called ghrelin as a remedy for gastrointestinal complaints, including poor appetite leading to age-induced anorexia. In the April 20, 2011, issue of “Experimental Neurology,” Eunjin Lim and colleagues reported that ghrelin appears to exert neuroprotective effects by preventing glutamate-induced cell death through the deactivation of an enzyme called glycogen synthase kinase-3β. Based on these observations, the study authors concluded that this herbal formula might be a viable treatment for ALS.
Methylcobalamin is a highly valuable breakthrough supplement that contains the vital ingredient vitamin B12. The body’s naturally occurring vitamin B12 plays an important role in the function of the brain, nervous system and the blood, by supporting these systems to maintain all-over health. Where as many B12 supplements give you cyanocobalamin, which requires the body to work to convert it to Methylcobalamin, this incredible health supplement gets straight to the most nourishing potential of B12, by giving you a direct dose of Methylcobalamin that is easily absorbed into the body. Taking a Methylcobalamin health supplement can be an easy and effective way to support a healthy lifestyle. Used as a compliment to a healthy diet and fitness regime, Methylcobalamin can inspire a holistic approach to your physical and mental wellbeing. Methylcobalamin may support a variety of functions of the body including: Maintenance of a good sleep regime, support for the neurological system, support for brain health and fitness.
Low Impact Aerobic – Performing low impact aerobic activity such as walking, swimming or biking after you are diagnosed may keep your muscles functioning longer. Your muscles that are unaffected by ALS will strengthen, you will improve cardiovascular health and you may ward off fatigue and depression.
Resistance Training – According to a study published by the American Academy of Neurology in June 2007, resistance training may help patients with early stage ALS. One group used moderate weight training exercises three times per week plus stretching for six months, while the other group used only stretching. In the end, the decrease in muscle function was 12 percent less in the strength training group, and the decline in quality of life was 16 percent slower.
Range of Motion – Stretching and range of motion exercises assisted by a physical therapist are important to keep an ALS patient’s muscles active. Passive range of motion refers to stretches and movements that are performed by the therapist with no help from the patient. Muscles in the legs and arms are routinely moved through a full range of motion to prevent spasticity and contracture, or shortening, of the muscles.
Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Healing the body meditation www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFh-Km4AXeE&feature=related
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Nutrient-dense diet and Lou Gehrig’s: www.naturalnews.com/038144_Lou_Gehrigs_disease_nutrition_diet.html
Aspartame and Lou Gehrig’s link: www.naturalnews.com/035555_Russell_Blaylock_interview_excitotoxins.html
Further Information (links and books)
Don’t Buy Too Many Green Bananas Living with ALS: (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) by Delores M. Warner
Conquering Lou Gehrig’s Disease: The ALS Diet by Hannah Yoseph and James B. Yoseph
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Andrea Butje | Aromahead firstname.lastname@example.org – Aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt email@example.com – Organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA firstname.lastname@example.org – Meditation, stress
Judith Hoad email@example.com – Herbalist.
Kath May firstname.lastname@example.org – Reiki, Tai Chi.
Lillian Bridges email@example.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika firstname.lastname@example.org – Aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic practitioner.