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.
Additionally, ALS patients appear deficient in essential amino acids from the shikimate pathway, including tryptophan, tyrosine and phenylalanine and methionine production is also compromised. Without sufficient nutrients from this pathway, serotonin, melatonin, melanin, epinephrine, dopamine, thyroid hormone, folate, coenzyme Q10, vitamin K and vitamin E production are compromised.
So, given these common links in ALS patients, it makes sense to fight back against this disease with an anti-pathogen, nutritionally enhancement approach to help the immune system that is working overtime to fight back.
Glyphosate chelates out essential minerals your liver requires to help your body eliminate toxins. It also harms the gut microbiota and GMO foods are deficient in the same amino acids as ALS patients so everything about glyphosate and GMO foods amplifies known nutritional deficiencies in ALS patients. Glyphosate soils have the same kind of reduced microbiome diversity as is seen in the guts of ALS patients. Many ALS patients have gut issues that precede their ALS diagnosis and supplementation with glycine is often recommended to help with leaky gut, however, glyphosate may substitute in for glycine and compound health issues.
For more information on the hazards of GMO search "glyphosate pathways to modern disease."
Alternative energy - Coconut oil
By the time ALS symptoms show up mitochondria and ATP production is damaged. An ALS mouse model study found that at 65 days the mice had a 23% reduction of phosphofructokinase, and 89% reduction by 105 days. This enzyme is needed for glycolysis, which provides energy to the muscles. Additionally, the mechanism the body is using to cope causes increased oxidative stress which is harmful. 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.
Coconut oil also has stearic acid which helps with mitochondrial signaling.
Do a search on coconut oil fat bombs for ideas on how to eat coconut oil.
Rebuild cellular membranes - Phospholipids
The mitochondria in the liver of ALS patients have been found to have disrupted cell membranes and oversized mitochondria and Dr Garth Nicholson promotes lipid replacement therapy to help the mitochondria. NTFactor is the propitiatory blend that he mentions in his talks that people can access without a prescription.
Naturals sources of phospholipids are raw organic egg yolks, organic liver and organic soy lecithin. Kim Cherry, of ALSwinners, supplemented with 100 mg of Phosphatidylserine twice per day. Phosphatidylserine is believe to promote rapid dead cell removal in smooth muscles.
Reduce inflammation - Balance Omega 6:3 Ratio
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.
Eliminating these oils goes a long way towards balancing your omega 6:3 ratio. Mixing equal amounts of olive oil with flax seed oil keeps these oils relatively balanced. Krill oil is a good omega 3 supplement and Odo's 3-6-9 oil is balanced with other beneficial components.
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, some which can be consumed via herbal teas:
- cilantro (extremely good for liver as well)
- licorice root
- wild cherry bark
- dandelion root and greens
- green tea
- aloe vera
Quinine is anti-malaria and is in tonic water. Sevia tonic water has 27-29 mg of quinine and is sweetened with stevia. Some people report this helps with muscle cramps.
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. An ALS mouse study found a leaky gut and a microbiome shift by 60 days old. You want to constantly encourage and protect the growth of good bacteria in your gut against this harmful change. 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 sauerkraut 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 on ALStdi 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.
- Ensure adequate phospolipids in the diet and/or supplement.
- Have thumb sized piece of ginger 2x per day.
- Have 750 mg of turmeric per day.
- Eat whole bulbs of garlic.
- Take usnea 2x per day (liver precaution)
- Avoid sugars and processed foods.
- Take 500 mg Krill oil/day or Udo's 3-6-9 oil
- Take 300-500 mg of Magnesium (not oxide) 2x per day, or 1 tsp 2x day of ReMag
- Take probiotics with every meal, rotate strains but try for lactobacillus rhamnosus inclusion
- GABA 250 mg 2x/day
- 2000 IU vitamin D3
- 1000 mg Vitamin C
- 400 IU Vitamin E mixed tocopherols 1x/day, 500 mg mixed tocotrienols 2x/day, all different times
- Take B vitamins
- Watch "Minding your Mitochondria," for an overview of how to eat.