Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease or Motor Neurone Disease and is caused by the degeneration of nerves. The disorder is characterized by rapidly progressive weakness, muscle atrophy, spasticity, dysarthria, dysphagia, and respiratory compromise. Sensory function generally is spared, as is autonomic and oculomotor activity. ALS is progressive and fatal, with some patients dying of respiratory compromise and pneumonia after 2 to 3 years. In rapid cases some may die within a year from the onset of symptoms, whilst other individuals have a more milder progression and survive for many years.
Success Story ALS
Male Italian, 56 years old.
Arms and Leg muscles were very weak, the client felt tired easily, had muscle pain especially in the morning. For 3 - 4 years had to take frequent breaks when walking for any length of time. The symptoms were progressing despite treatment.
Diagnosed to have Progressive muscular atrophy and being treated symptomatically.
Functional Medicine Analysis and Diagnosis
Found imbalances in the basic metabolic functions in the blood and urine testing. In particular, the metabolism of fatty acids, protein and carbohydrates is was incomplete leaving metabolic by-products in the urine at very high levels.
- Found that metabolites of the energy producing systems were three times higher than normal due to dysfunction of the energy producing mitochondria found in each cell.
- The levels of dopamine were too low, which affects emotional control and the arrangement of thoughts.
- There were high levels of DNA and RNA damage.
The 4R Balancing Program
The patient was treated in a residential one-month program at Better Being Hospital.
Replaced the current diet with a sustained energy, high nutrient diet, and supplemented with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Limited the high energy foods with low nutrient values including those rich in simple carbohydrates and excessive fats.
Implemented a hyperbaric treatment program at 1.5 atmospheres, with 100% oxygen density 5 days per week. Hydrotherapy exercise sessions 5 days per week, and instituted a self relaxation exercise daily.
Intra-venous intense antioxidant therapy was initiated to stimulate healing and to limit the impact of the free radical damage and resulting damage to DNA. Specific amino acids were supplemented to stimulate Growth Hormone, which is responsible for repair of tissues.
Patient improved dramatically after 1 month of treatment. There was a demons trated improvement in walking, including up and down stairs without feeling exhaustion. The patient continues treatment at home, including consultations and monitoring by e-mail and through lab testing.