Lou Gehrig was living the dream playing the game he was most passionate about when things suddenly turned bleak. Gehrig was breaking Major League Baseball records as a New York Yankee when he was afflicted with a disease that would later be named after him. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease is a rare medical condition that affects the central nerve cells found in the brain and along the spine. The nerve cells degenerate leading to death of the cells themselves. When this occurs, muscle movement is affected and later on, as the disease progresses, the body is paralyzed. In Gehrig’s case, as well as with many others after him, the disease eventually led to his demise. Scientists believe the reason behind ALS is a lack of nutrients or improper nourishment received by the muscles. Toxins in the environment such as pesticides, lead and mercury are also believed to have a hand behind ALS.
The symptoms of Lou Gehrig’s disease, as complicated as it seems, can be treated naturally and it doesn’t take a bucket filled with ice cold water to do so (though the stunt is paving the way for more people to become aware of the disease). However, it is widely accepted that ALS is an irreversible disease. These natural remedies may help slow down the worsening of the symptoms and provide relief.
Since ALS is caused by a lack of nutrients. Loading up on vitamins will do well to treat and prevent the disease. Vitamin B is needed to enhance the body’s level of energy while also allowing the nerves and muscles to function properly. Vitamin C helps in increasing the body’s immunity and aids in detoxification while also strengthening the body’s connective tissues. Vitamin E is essential for proper nerve and muscle function, as well. Calcium and magnesium almost always go hand in hand. The consumption of the correct ratio (1:2) of these two minerals is an effective way to fight off the effects of excessive mercury and aluminum in the body.
Herbal medicine may also be employed to fight off ALS. Herbs that are used to treat sclerosis may also work for ALS sufferers. Such herbs include butcher’s broom, cayenne, cinnamon, ginger, and periwinkle. Cinnamon also functions as a nerve repairman. To flush out the toxins, the best herbs to take are dandelion root, milk thistle and turmeric. Other herbs that repairs and strengthens the nerves are blue vervain, chamomile, lady’s slipper, passion flower, and valerian root.
The ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture is another alternative and natural way to remedy ALS. Special needles are poked in specific areas on the body to treat specific medical issues. With ALS, acupuncture is done to improve the nervous system by enhancing microcirculation to the spine. You may need to go to an expert practitioner of this practice or to hire one to perform the procedure in your home.
Therapy is almost always needed once you are stricken with this disease. A physical therapist will guide you through different physical activities that will help you maintain some control over your muscles particularly those that helps you walk and move around. These exercises will also help alleviate any pain you might feel. An occupational therapist, meanwhile, focuses on your motor skills including hand and arm movements. The ability to talk may also be affected by ALS which makes a speech therapist another necessity.