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Re: Diet
Oct 19, 2006
Here follows the diet Howdy on the PatientsLikeMe follows and he is getting better every day. Please register on the following web - patientslikeme - all of the people there have ALS and there you will be able to find a lot of info.

"Annalien, I gave up Coffee, Tea, Cola’s, Chocolate, white Flour and any thing that has Hydrogenated Oils in them. I also cut back on sugar. I don’t eat any read meat. I eat only fish, chicken or turkey and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. I also eliminated fried foods. I check my PH every morning. I try to keep it around 7. I also take the super green food every morning with protein supplement. If there is anything else I can do for you let me know. My e-mail is [email][email protected][/email]
I don’t know, you don’t know and the doctors don’t know. I think environmental toxins play a role as well as the food you eat or don’t eat. Let me explain by telling my experience with ALS. I first noticed a weakness in my right hand in 2000, also muscle twitches. I went to the ALS clinic in 2001, after several trips and several tests, I was told I had ALS. The doctor wanted me to come back about every 3 months, so I asked him if anything could be done. He said there was experimental drugs that might delay the progress by 3-6 months. I decided to look elsewhere to see what I could do to slow it down. From 2001 until 2004 the progress was very slow, in 2004 it started progressing very fast. I told my family doctor that I could feel my body changing every day. I was getting very weak and the fatigue was very bad. I had very bad pain in my right shoulder. I told my wife that if I didn’t do something that I Would be in a wheelchair in 6 months or less. I decided to see if taking some supplements and changing my diet would help. It took about 3 months before I started to feel a little better. The progress has been slow but I feel that is has helped me. I have had sinus trouble as long as I can remember. I got over it completely. My bowels are better than they have been in 40 years. I have had heart trouble for 20 years and would have a spell about every 3 or 4 weeks. I have had 2 very light ones in the last 1½ years. I was having dizzy spells which I no longer have. I have little if any pain now which I thank GOD for. My muscles haven’t returned, but what I have left are stronger than before. I still work in construction part time and farm a 165 acre farm. I’m 68 years old and I get tired after working a 10 to 12 hour day. The fatigue is far less than it was a year and a half ago.
A lot of you might say that I don’t have ALS, but you wouldn’t say that if you could see my right arm, right side of my neck and right shoulder. I don’t think what I’m doing is a cure for ALS, but I think it has slowed it down. Remember there is power in prayer and may GOD bless all of you.
ALS has been around for over 140 years, maybe longer. We need to look at what was here 140 years ago. One thing that comes to mind is food. Did you know 90% of neuro toxins came from food. Genetics and environmental factors dramatically alter a person’s metabolism. The Bio chemical uniqueness of each individual is different. The kidneys and liver are designed to filter out the toxins from our bodies everyday. Did you know that when a person reaches age 72 that the kidneys are operating at only 25 percent of their capacity. The agglutinatine actions of lectins can help stop up the kidneys. Also some lectins are small enough to pass the blood-brain barrier. Lectins com from the food we eat, some are good, some are bad. There are some amino acids that can cross the blood-brain barrier, Phenylolanine, Glutamine and Glutmic. These have a role to play in brain functions. The human body is very complexed in the Bio chemical make up. It needs 42 essentail nutrients, 3 essential fatty acids, 8 essential amino acids. Also enzymes, lipids, lecithins, photo-chemicals, trace elements, minerals, vitamins, micro-nutrients, water, carbohydrates, proteins and fat.
If we are lacking in some of the above, our immune system may not be working properly and letting us get sick.
This is why I think our diets have a major role in ALS. We are what we eat or don’t eat. We can unbalance the calcium and phosphors in our bodies by drinking too many carbonated drinks, also the amount of sugar in just one soft drink can suppress our immune system by 30%. I was guilty of drinking too many soft drinks, and not enough water. I also ate too much of the wrong kinds of fast foods, and not enough fresh fruits and vegetables.
I bought a book on nutrition and food supplements and I read what each supplement of herb does before I decided to take it. I would never tell anyone to copy what I take, because your body may need more or less supplements depending on your diet. When you cook your food it kills all the enzymes at 115-118 degrees, that is the reason you need to eat raw fruits and vegetables along with your meals.
I know the environment, toxins and other factors are involved, but our immune system is designed to fight them off if it is functioning properly."

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