The cause of ALS disease is still unknown (as well as specific symptoms of ALS)
Also, there is no effective ALS cure but more and more people start to belevie in
natural herbal therapy in the treatment of ALS.
ALS is not a Death Sentence
Awareness Magazine May/June 2005
By Dr. ASK, Ph. D.
What is ALS?
ALS or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also known as Lou Gherig’s Disease) is a rapidly progressive motor neuron disease with an autoimmune component. An autoimmune component means the immune system has become hyperactive for various reasons and is attacking susceptible organs or systems in your body.
How ALS disease works
ALS specifically attacks motor neurons in the spinal cord and lower brain which transmit signals from the brain to various muscles throughout the body. Basically ALS kills motor neurons and the ability of the brain to control muscle movement is lost. So muscles deteriorate and stop working. There are different types of ALS: Sporadic, the most common form, and Genetic Inheritence (less than 10% of the cases and typically only among people in Guam and Territories of the Pacific). Traditional medicine claims there is no such a thing as ALS cure. Typically upon diagnosis most M.D.’s will tell the patient they have 2-5 years life expectancy. Very little funding and research has been put towards neurodegenerative diseases, which include alzeheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, parkinson’s and ALS. I cannot specifically say why, but most of these diseases are very debilitating and the patient has little time to become an activist or poster child for their disease.
I have treated many ALS patients. Most of them tell me horror stories of spending months or years trying to get diagnosed. ALS is very difficult to diagnosis and is typically done through a process of elimination. Once a patient is diagnosed, the doctor usually hands them pamphlets on how to die. This is because traditional medicine has no known treatment for ALS. The other interesting thing about ALS is that the symptoms do not necessarily manifest the same in any one patient. I had a patient that could not speak but road his bike 30 miles per day. Other patients cannot move but can speak clearly. Although I have never seen the disease manifest the same in any one patient there are certain patterns. These include: loss of motor function, muscle wasting, chronic fatigue, pain, anxiety, depression, difficulty swallowing and/or breathing.
Unfortunately ALS is becoming more common. ALS affects about 7 people out of 100,000. Most patients that develop ALS are between 40 and 70 years of age. ALS does strike men slightly more frequently than women. 90% of ALS cases have no genetic history of the illness. Although researchers are looking at environmental factors (heavy metals such as lead, mercury and aluminum are possible suspects) there are no known links.
I do not believe that ALS is a death sentence. People can survive these debilitating neurodegenerative diseases, including ALS. I have seen patients completely eliminate all of the debilitating symptoms associated with ALS under my care. It typically takes 7-10 days to notice the first level of results. If the patient is compliant, they are likely to recover from ALS. Naturopathy involves using the body’s inherent ability to heal itself. The Naturopath simply assists in the recovery by advising the patient on herbs, supplements, diet and lifestyle changes.
I use therapeutic doses of liquid herbal extracts in high dosages. Included in the protocol for ALS are other supplements and amino acids. Any alternative practitioner should be getting results fairly quickly (within 7-10 days). One of the most frustrating things is hearing patients talk about using various “alternative” treatments and getting absolutely no results. No one should tell you it takes weeks or months to get results. You should be noticing some difference in your symptoms in about a week. If not, you are not using the right approach. I have had many patients fully recover from ALS with no residual symptoms. With faith and compliance to the treatment, anyone can recover.
Dr. ASK, N.D., Ph.D., is a naturopath and a microbiologist. His office is in San Diego, California. He can be contacted for questions and appointments at (619)607-4211.