Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a rare progressive neuro-degenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. This degeneration eventually leads to cell death, making it impossible for the brain to initiate and control muscle movement. As the disease advances to its later stages, it results in total paralysis. The cause of this nerve degeneration is thought to be poor nourishment of muscles. In this article we will look at how to properly nourish muscles and delay, if not reverse, the progression of this disease.
Natural Treatments for ALS
August 16, 2011 by Luella May
When muscles do not receive the nourishment they need, they waste away. As muscles degenerate, scarring or hardening of the spinal cord disables the nerve cells that signal and control the muscles.
In addition to malnourished muscles, other factors thought to contribute to ALS include environmental toxins, including aluminum, mercury, and lead.
Early symptoms of ALS include muscle weakness and difficulty in swallowing or breathing. As the illness progresses, it becomes increasingly more difficult to walk, use arms and hands, speak, eat, swallow, and breathe. However, ALS doesn’t usually affect the mind. Even in its advanced stages, people with ALS do not lose cognitive function (memory and the ability to think and reason). Their ability to see, hear, smell and touch also remains in tact.
Although, a diagnosis of ALS can be devastating, there are constructive steps that a person can take in order to treat this disease.
* Physical therapy can help keep muscles strong.
* Speech therapy can help retain the ability to talk.
* Joining a support group or seeking counseling can help deal with the emotional aspects of this disease.
Supplements that may be beneficial when treating ALS are:
* Vitamin C, which supports many bodily functions. Besides strengthening the immune system, it strengthens deteriorating connective tissue. Vitamin C is also instrumental in detoxifying the body.
* It is essential to supplement with calcium and magnesium. Calcium and magnesium help stabilize aluminum and mercury, excessive amounts of which have been found in people with ALS. Additionally, ALS sufferers have been found to have low calcium and magnesium levels.
* B-Complex Vitamins and Vitamin E play an important role in muscle and nerve function.
* Creatine has shown to be effective in increasing strength in those suffering from neuromuscular disorders.
* Acupuncture is thought to benefit nervous system function.
* Herbs that counteract sclerosis are: Cayenne, Ginger, Cinnamon, Periwinkle, Butcher’s Broom, Manjistha, Chaparral, Goldenseal Root, and Comfrey Root.
* Herbs that repair the nerves are: Kava Kava, Valerian Root, Cinnamon, Chamomile, Blue Vervain, and Passionflower.
* Liver Cleanse cleans and detoxifies the liver.
* Colloidal Gold has a positive effect on the brain and nervous system.
Lastly, it is thought that people with ALS have too much acid in their system, often due to a poor diet. It is, therefore, recommended that they follow an alkaline diet. This would necessitate eating a mostly raw diet consisting of fruits and vegetables, preferably organic. Refined grains, starches, and unhealthy oils should be eliminated, along with processed foods, junk foods, and fast foods.