The cluster data from Guam on ALS shows the disease is linked to toxic cyanobacteria. Mounting other evidence links the disease to viral response. Additionally, there are links to fungal infections where they don't belong with ALS. Even Lyme disease has strong links with ALS.
Both the cyanobacteria and Lyme disease play out with the same kind progressive loss of motor function it leaves the question as to whether the high levels of viral and fungal infections found in ALS patients are also producing toxins that follow the same disease pathway. Additionally, it is known with ALS that the immune system appears to working overtime.
So, given these common links in ALS patients, it makes sense to fight back against this disease with an anti-pathogen approach, help the immune system that is working overtime to fight back. This is the approach my sister has taken to fighting ALS and in 4 weeks she noticed feeling at the back of her mouth and in 8 weeks she was able to clear food from the top of her mouth with her tongue for the first time in 8 months.
By the time ALS symptoms show up mitochondria and ATP production is damaged, so the first life extending move is to secure alternate energy through ketosis, which is oil metabolism. Coconut oil has medium chain triglycerides that are also anti-bacterial making them an idea source of alternate energy that also help to fight pathogens. Coconut oil sometimes requires time to adjust to consuming it. Start with just a teaspoon. If there is intestinal distress, wait until the next day to consume more, other wise have a teaspoon at each meal. It may only take 2-3 days to work up to 3-6 tablespoons per day, and it may take up to two weeks for the body to adjust.
Coconut oil is also good to rub into skin to help with muscle cramping and spasms and the MCT are also absorbed through the skin.
Processed and refined oils are inflammatory so they need to be avoided. Processed foods tend to be inflammatory, so they need to be avoided. Inflammation in the gut is linked to poor nutrient absorption and this is an extremely serious problem with ALS.
Glutamate is involved in the process that leads to neuron death. The body releases glutamate as a protective mechanism to keep neurons firing, however, food additives have increase the concentration of glutamate in the blood to the range to 20-50 times of what we evolved with. The blood brain barrier offers considerable protection in controlling all of this excess glutamate from reaching the brain, however, once the brain is diseased or injured, the blood brain barrier fails to regulate glutamate and over excitation of neurons is believed to be a mechanism in neuron death. Glutamate and other compounds that over excite neurons to the point of death are called excitotoxins. With ALS excitotoxins are about 100 times more damaging than when the blood brain barrier was doing its job. Excitotoxins are found in almost all store bought dressings and salad dressing, HP sauce, barbecue sauce, etc., low fat foods, and most processed foods. Excitotoxins need to be removed from the diet.
Anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal foods and herbs
Ginger is has anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties, but it is also anti-inflammatory, which is extremely good for the digestive track. ALS patients have huge problems with inflammation in the digestive track, which is related to poor absorption of nutrients. Have a piece of ginger the size of your thumb twice per day. It can go into a smoothie, or it can be grated and served with half of a fresh squeezed lemon in water.
Turmeric has anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It can be used as seasoning for vegetables or added to salad dressing or get the actual turmeric root and add some to a smoothie, but first time users be aware that it stains.
Garlic is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and rich in selenium, which is important for liver function. Garlic can be crushed into homemade salad dressing, with 1 tbs cold pressed olive oil, 1 tbs cold pressed flax seed oil and apple cider vinegar. Use herbs like parsley and rosemary to further up your food choices with healing properties. Healing properties are lost with cooking. It can also be mixed in hummus.
Other foods/herbs with healing properties to choose from:
- cilantro (extremely good for liver as well)
Magnesium is involved in thousands of processes in the body and a deficiency starts to show up with muscle cramping. The ReMag pico magnesium is absorbed the best.
Probiotics are essential at every meal. The gut if full of bacteria and you want to constantly encourage and protect the growth of good bacteria in your gut. The anti-microbe foods and herbs can also reduce the population of good microbes, so they need to be replaced and over crowd the bad microbes. Fermented foods contain large amounts of probiotics, but you can kill off bad pathogens too fast and they release toxins as they are killed off. Fermented foods can be added after a couple weeks of taking probiotics. Fermented foods include things like live culture sourkraut or kefir.
GABA has a calming effect in the brain and foods that are good precursors for GABA include cabbage, raw spinach, kale, parsley, beans, beets, carrots, brussels sprouts, and wild salmon. Eating precursor foods ensures a continuous supply of GABA.
There are many recommendations for vitamins, D3, C, E, B complex. There is also a very good write up on an approach to ALS that lists the "pile of pills." These need to be evaluated on an individual basis.
Eat According to the Wahls Protocol
Dr Terry Wahls was fully in a wheel chair for MS and she reversed her MS to become an active person again through the diet she developed by looking at the what the mitochondria need to work properly. With ALS the mitochondria are very broken, so the diet has the proper nutrition to fix the mitochondria.
- Consume 3-6 tablespoons of coconut oil per day. Avoid all processed oils.
- Remove MSG and hidden forms of MSG.
- Have thumb sized piece of ginger 2x per day.
- Have 750 mg of turmeric per day.
- Have garlic 1-3 cloves of garlic 2x per day.
- Take usnea 2x per day (liver precaution)
- Avoid sugars and processed foods.
- Take 500 mg Krill oil/day
- Take 500 mg of Magnesium 2x per day, or 1 tsp 2x day of ReMag
- Take probiotics with every meal
- GABA 250 mg 2x/day
- Take vitamins, 5000 IU vitamin D3
- 1000 mg Vitamin C
- 1000 mg Vitamin E
- Take B vitamins
- Watch "Minding your Mitochondria," for an overview of how to eat.
March 10, 2016: Urgent edit -- Avoid anything and everything fortified with iron.