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.
The ALS Association continues to lead the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives. The ALS Awareness Campaign – Ice Bucket Challenge – to raise awareness for Lou Gehrig’s Disease has gained supporters worldwide and raised upwards of $80 Million, as reported by the association on Monday, August 25, 2014. We are proud to support ALS and encourage you to help fight ALS.