I’ve heard much about ice bucket fundraisers for ALS. More power to all who are doing it, especially with donations to work for ALS, Alz, MS and other chronic degenerative conditions. May each of us give toward these efforts until it feels good. I personally would wish to be certain that the organizations are legitimate and the funds go toward relieving the pain and suffering of those afflicted. I am not quite so certain how I feel about the donations going toward research. I’m reminded of the remark by a practical “someone” that if he were to wait until the electrician hired to wire his home, understood “electricity” perfectly, his place would still be being lit by candles and warmed by a coal stove. Sometimes you need more research on fundamentals, sometimes you don’t. (BTW: We understand enough about electricity to wire your home, but on a quantum mechanical level, there may be much left to learn about electricity!)
NOW, on ALS: If I or a family member had symptoms of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), what would I do? Western Medicine has some treatments for the symptoms, but what do we know about the fundamental root causes of ALS? I’m no expert, so in such cases I go to Pubmed.com, type in ALS, plus something I suspect of being a ‘trigger” for the condition. One of my favorites has become “ALS oxidative stress”, since this “internal rusting” of body parts that has the label “oxidative stress” seems to appear so often in reviews of chronic disease. Here’s one paper by Pollari, Goldstein and fellow scientists published in May 2014 Front Cell Neurosci and entitled, “The role of oxidative stress in degeneration of the neuromuscular junction in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.” In their Abstract we read... ‘Oxidative stress is a major contributory factor to ALS pathology and affects the presynaptic transmitter releasing machinery... ‘ A second paper published by Calabrese et al, June 2005 J. Neurol Sci. says something similar about this class of neurodegenerative diseases:
Abstract: “There is significant evidence that the pathogenesis of several neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Friedreich’s ataxia, multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, may involve the generation of reactive oxygen species and/or reactive nitrogen species associated with mitochondrial dysfunction....” (emphasis mine).
Not knowing any more about ALS than I do, I might be inclined to look around for anything which would DECREASE oxidative stress, if it could be done so relatively inexpensively and without harm to the body.
Is there anything out there which can significantly reduce oxidative stress, without harm to the body, and for a reasonable cost? As it happens, there seems to be. It can be done herbally, via the product which is a mix of 5 old line herbals, called Protandim: Reduction by 40% in a period of a few weeks sounds pretty good to me. You can buy Protandim from various distributors in most of the states and several foreign countries. Cost runs about $1.50 per day, about $500 per year, pretty cheap health insurance. Looks like Protandim might protect against Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and MS, too, as well as provide some attractive anti-aging benefits such as better memory and less buildup of cholesterol deposits in the arteries.