“Icing” your head with a freezing bucket of ice might be good for raising awareness of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), perhaps better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, however, virtually all of the money being raised flows into questionable research.
The problem with this sort of research is that rarely does it ever focus on the etiology of the disease. Instead, the research involves ‘treatments’ that only serve to forestall the progression of the disease, as opposed to stopping it cold in its tracks.
So, what do we already know about ALS?
At the very least, we should consider what causes it. Believe it or not, some of the causes have been identified. Always remember that the media is a voice of industry… they never look for causes, and convey an attitude of fear, mystery, and despair. Unfortunately, that’s what drives ratings and, even worse, the majority of corporate media sponsorship comes from pharmaceutical industries. Naturally, this creates a conflict of interest in how actual news is reported.
The Elephant in the Room for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Mercury and ALS
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a type of motor neuron disease. Incidentally, elevated levels of inorganic mercury are found in these patients versus unaffected people. 
Another big one is aluminum which, like mercury, is also linked to ALS. Furthermore, when you combine mercury with aluminum, toxicity increases 100-fold! In adults, aluminum exposure can lead to neurological deficits resembling Alzheimer’s disease, and has been linked to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and to the Guamanian variant, ALS-PDC. Similar outcomes have been found in animal models. Additionally, injection of aluminum hydroxide adjuvants in an attempt to model Gulf War syndrome and associated neurological deficits leads to an ALS phenotype in young male mice. 
Do you have porcelain fillings? If so, you may be unpleasantly surprised to learn that they are made up of aluminum oxide!
What can someone with ALS do right now to protect themselves?
One way to assist in detoxifying heavy metals is to ingest either of the following forms of Lithium:
1) Lithium Orotate
2) Lithium Aspartate
However, you do NOT want to take the prescription form, known as Lithium Carbonate. Lithium Carbonate can be more harmful because it’s not very bio-available, and as a result, can be toxic.
Lithium Orotate (in low doses) is a neuroprotective (good for brain health) agent and a candidate drug for disease-modification in certain neurodegenerative disorders such as: Alzheimer’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and Parkinson’s Disease.
The neuroprotective effects of lithium rely on the fact that it modulates several homeostatic mechanisms involved in neurotrophic response, autophagy, oxidative stress, inflammation, and mitochondrial function.
The broad range of intracellular responses may be secondary to two key effects… the inhibition of glycogen synthase kinase-3 beta (GSK-3β) and inositol monophosphatase by lithium.
In plain English, Lithium Orotate can essentially halt the progression of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) by way of a process known as autophagy. Autophagy is defined as a process of cleaning up misfolded proteins that shouldn’t be present in the brain. 
As a point of fact, herbal supplements such as Curcumin and Trans-resveratrol can help modulate the type of inflammation involved in motor neuron degenerative diseases such as ALS. For further information on the benefits of using Curcumin and Resveratrol to battle neuron degenerative diseases, I encourage you to check out the following article:
Curcumin and Resveratrol as Anti-Alzheimer Agents
The following video demonstrates long-term survivors of ALS.
While increasing awareness of any disease is a fantastic concept, blind donations to pharmaceutical corporations is never a good idea. Increasing awareness through knowledge sharing with your friends and family is always the best course of action.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is linked to elevated levels of inorganic mercury and aluminum in the body. Therefore, a healthy diet free of these metals that also encourages detoxification of aluminum and mercury is a great way to assist in both prevention and reduction of the effects of ALS.
- Heavy metals play a huge role in many neurodegenerative disorders and diseases, and a steady detox protocol to keep mercury, aluminum, and other heavy metals low in our bodies is a great way to prevent disease. Humifulvate is a fantastic natural herbal chelator of heavy metals, as is EDTA (when administered by a qualified practitioner). Additionally, Ortho Nutrition Thyroid Boost can assist in the removal of toxic heavy metals, while also doubling as a fantastic supplement for thyroid health.
- Both Lithium Orotate and Lithium Aspartate are excellent neuroprotective agents that can assist in halting the progression of neurodegenerative disorders such as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). A great article by Dr. Jonathan Wright that further elaborates on the benefits of Lithium supplementation can be found at the following link:
Lithium–The Misunderstood Mineral (Part 1).
Curcumin and Trans-Resveratrol (preferably of 98-99% purity) both act as fantastic neuroprotective agents, preventing inflammation in the brain that can lead to neurodegenerative disorders. While these supplements are easily purchased on their own, they seem to work even better when taken synergistically with one another. One such supplement that combines the two ingredients (along with the anti-cancer benefits of sulforaphane) that I personally recommend is Ortho Nutrition Antioxidant Boost.
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