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ALS: Everything You Need to Know and Why We Can't Let It Win

Updated: May 18, 2022

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects thousands of Americans a year.

It goes by many names, such as ALS, Motor Neuron Disease (MND), and Lou Gehrig’s disease. It attacks motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord needed to keep muscles moving, leading to muscle weakness, loss of movement, and eventual paralysis. There are an estimated 30,000 living with this devastating disease in the United States, and there is currently no cure. However, with awareness and dedication, we can fight back.

Continue reading to Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects thousands of Americans a year. below.

Symptoms of ALS

In most cases, ALS involves a gradual onset, and its initial symptoms can vary significantly from person to person. Symptoms of ALS can start in the muscles that control speech, swallowing, hands, arms, feet, or legs. For example, one person may have sudden difficulty grasping a pen or lifting their glass, while another individual might experience a change in vocal pitch while talking. The rate at which ALS progresses also varies from one person to the next. Not all people with ALS will necessarily experience the same symptoms or progression patterns. However, progressive muscle weakness and paralysis are seemingly experienced by everyone affected by ALS.

What Causes ALS

The exact cause of ALS is unknown, but research shows that 10% of cases are genetic, which involves a specific genetic mutation that is inherited and passed down from one generation to the next. The other 90% of cases are referred to as sporadic ALS, which means there is no known history of the disease in their family. Theories of these cases include mitochondrial dysfunction, glutamate toxicity, oxidative stress, immune system over-activity, and toxic exposures. Clinically, the two appear to be indistinguishable from one another.

Finding a Cure for ALS

There is no current cure for ALS, nor are there any treatments to stop the disease’s progression. ALS is incredibly complex and varies from person to person, making finding a cure much more difficult since effective treatments for each person living with the disease would differ from one to the next. Thankfully, numerous researchers and groups work each day to find effective treatments and a cure and are dedicated to learning more about ALS.

Living with ALS

While the mean survival time with ALS is three to five years, some people living with the disease live ten or more years. Because there is no cure for ALS, the current focus is to prolong survival by treating symptoms, offering supportive care, and improving quality of life.

Fight ALS with Saints to Sinners

The only way to find a cure and fight against ALS is to bring awareness and financial aid to the cause. That’s why we created the Saints to Sinners bike relay race. Twelve years ago, back in 2009, Saints to Sinners was created and dedicated to Ron Frandsen and his brave fight against ALS. While ALS eventually won that battle, we are determined to win the overall war against ALS. You can help bring awareness to ALS and raise money to fight this dreadful disease by registering to ride from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Las Vegas, Nevada, in the Saints to Sinners bike relay today.

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Laurah Quayle
Laurah Quayle
Jul 02, 2022

Hope this is allowed on here if not I understand. Around age 60 I noticed that my handwriting was getting smaller and I was writing faster. I also noticed twitches on my right hand. The doctor went over my different symptoms and he suspected I'd either had a small stroke or the beginnings of Parkinson’s. After finding a neurologist and some testing I was diagnosed with Early stages of Lou Gehrig’s disease. That was 2 years ago. I took Radicava four times a day to control my symptoms, which include drooling, muscle weakness, gait problems, swallowing difficulties, and my while body feeling faint, A year ago, I began to do a lot of research and came across Health Herbs Clinic…


Henry Carlos
Henry Carlos
Jun 21, 2022

I was diagnosed in March 2017 but was running around from doctor to doctor before I finally get a result that I was free from MND ALS. Mine started on top and progressed to the bottom I could walk very little but needed assistance as I have no balance. It is sad all the time that we thought this disease has no cure with all the technology we have while there are some formulas there that can relieve all symptoms and get rid of this of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). I’m passing this info to anyone at there because www multivitamincare org has the right cure and caregiver for this disease ….I took various supplements, medicine prescribed by a neurologist…


thato amelia
thato amelia
Mar 11, 2022

My first symptoms of ALS occurred in 2014, but was diagnosed in 2016. I had severe symptoms ranging from shortness of breath, balance problems, couldn't walk without a walker or a power chair, i had difficulty swallowing and fatigue. I was given medications which helped but only for a short burst of time, then I decided to try alternative measures and began on ALS Formula treatment from Tree of Life Health clinic. It has made a tremendous difference for me (Visit w w w. treeoflifeherbalclinic .com ). I had improved walking balance, increased appetite, muscle strength, improved eyesight and others. ]

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