Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, otherwise known as ALS and commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease or Motor Neurone Disease (MND), is a serious neuromuscular illness affecting approximately 30,000 people in the United States. There are about 5,000 new cases diagnosed each year.
Since 50 percent of all ALS patients die within 18 months after diagnosis and only 10 percent live longer than 10 years, ALS is considered to be an incurable fatal illness. However, there have been reports of several people outliving their diagnosis, halting the progression of the disease, and even reversing some of their symptoms.
I mentioned the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in a recent article highlighting the social guiding that came with all the “disease awareness” we've been involuntarily immersed in via the media in the last few weeks. ALS meaning Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrigs Disease, meaning in short, a progressive neurodegenerative disease. Those challenged during the campaign were compelled to dump a bucket of ice water on their heads while video recording and challenging three more people to do the same, or else pay $100 to ALS research for the cure.
Pictured: Steve Shackel, diagnosed 1994
As Dr. Scott Graves points out in “Why I'm Not Participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge,” it's been 60 years of funneling money into cancer research – with what results? According this the ALS Association, it “has received $62.5 million in donations compared to $2.4 million during the same time period last …
One can actually do something about heavy metal poisoning, whereas most people with ALS eventually succumb to disease progression and death. Dr. Cutler mentions that he personally knows at least one case where a patient was misdiagnosed with ALS when he in fact had heavy metal poisoning. The person was treated for metal toxicity, and regained his health.
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