Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) Excerpt
I received a letter from a woman who has been diagnosed with ALS (amyolateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), wondering whether eating Paleo would slow the progress or reverse the progression of the disease. She has limited income and is concerned about the cost of changing her diet if it would not help her condition.
For background information, ALS is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the progressive loss of motor neurons in the spinal cord, brainstem and motor cortex. Clinical features include limb weakness with muscle atrophy and a progressive involvement of respiratory muscles leading to death within 3-5 years after the onset.
The precise mechanism underlying the characteristic selective degeneration and death of motor neurons remains a mystery. Read more…