Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

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Background

Also called Lou Gehrig's Disease, ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Symptoms include muscle weakness, especially involving the arms and legs, speech, swallowing or breathing.

The cause is unknown, but because of the severity of the illness, I am more likely to recommend going after possible underlying viral infections or toxins.

Unlike some medical conditions, the medical establishment approach to ALS is reasonable, and the people involved in both research and academics are often excellent. Some very promising research areas are being explored.

Therapies & Advice

Consider hidden infections

Consider an IgG and IgM blood test for HHV6 by IFA, and a CMV IgG and IgM (do both at Quest labs). If either IgM is positive, or the IgG for HHV6 virus is 1:640 or higher, or the CMV IgG is 4 or more, consider a 6 month therapeutic trial of the antiviral Valcyte.

Doxycycline antibiotics were harmful in one ALS study, but another promising study is looking at the antibiotic ceftriaxone (for its nerve protecting effects).

Detoxification

See a holistic M.D. to look for heavy metal toxicity and consider EDTA chelation.

Recommended Supplements

1) Multi-nutrient powder

Take a good multi-nutrient powder to decrease spasticity, improve energy, and protect brain function. The Energy Revitalization System can include the magnesium (to decrease muscle and bladder spasticity), as well as glutamine, glycine and NAC to raise glutathione.

2) Lithium

Lithium 10 mg 1-2x day for its brain protective properties (found online and in some health food stores). Prescription lithium carbonate 300 mg has 30 mg of lithium a tab (so take 1/3 of a tab 1-2x day).

Other Therapies & Advice

Find a health practitioner

Your neurologist will be able to guide you on standard care. For a holistic physician near you, visit the American Board of Holistic Medicine. Then do a phone consultation with Dr. David Perlmutter of BrainRecovery.com (see below) who can guide your holistic physician.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Teitelbaum

Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. is a board certified internist and author of the popular free iPhone application “Cures A-Z,” which was ranked in the top 10 of all health/wellness downloads on iTunes. Dr. Teitelbaum is the author of the perennial bestseller From Fatigued to Fantastic! (Avery Penguin), which has sold over half a million copies; Pain Free 1-2-3 (McGraw-Hill); Three Steps to Happiness--Healing Through Joy (Deva Press); the Beat Sugar Addiction Now! series (Fair Winds Press);  Real Cause, Real Cure—The 9 root causes of the most common health problems and how to solve them (Rodale Press); The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution (Penguin/Avery);and his latest, The Complete Guide to Beating Sugar Addiction (Fair Winds Press, 2015).