There are 6 key areas of practice to which I attribute the turn around I have achieved and sustained in the last 3 1/2 years.
1. Detox, Detox, Detox....! Although no one knows for sure exactly what causes ALS, many suspect that toxicity is involved. These suspicions include mercury poisoning, chemical exposures, viral infections and other toxins as contributors to the development of ALS. Given our constant exposure to pollutants in our air, water, food and even household cleaning products, it is worth taking precautions even if you are not ill. For those of us with a serious illness, however, it is critical. In addition to avoiding exposure to toxins, I also practice regular detoxification through diet and supplements.
2. Among the most significant impacts I have experienced on my health is the link between diet and ALS. Since changing my diet to one of primarily raw fruits and vegetables, I have benefited from amazing improvements in skin quality, weight gain, energy and more. I would highly recommend 2 books: The Vegetarian Guide to Diet and Salad, by Dr. Norman Walker and The 80/10/10 Diet, by Dr. Douglas Graham. Eating this way has made the most dramatic difference of anything that I have done for my energy level and my strength. I also use a few dietary supplements, which change from time to time, based on the results of hair analysis and other laboratory tests as needed. My partner and guide in the use of supplements is Dr. Kathleen Akin: advancedfamilyhealth.com.
3. Exercise has been a key to preserving my strength and mobility, and to the avoidance or elimination of pain. My program includes range of motion exercises and light aerobic exercise, facilitated by equipment to compensate for my paralysis.
4. I have found various sorts of spiritual healing to be very helpful. Two approaches that have worked for me are the "Healing Codes" (thehealingcodes.com), and the healing process described in The Journey by Brandon Bays. You can learn more about it at: thejourneyusa.com. Affirmations, prayer and meditation are also regular parts of my alternative healing regimen. These latter practices have a lot to do with maintaining a positive focus, which is quite possibly, in my experience, the most important element in recovering from an illness or dealing with other life challenges.
5. One of the greatest leaps of faith that I have practiced is the use of a healer. I am hard pressed to explain how Jose looks into my body each day over the phone and finds things to eliminate or repair, but he has helped me to improve aspects of my breathing, reduce problems with itching, reverse losses in strength, and minimized problems with swallowing.
6. Finally there is the use of acupuncture, which I have been practicing for several years. It has had its ups and downs, but I believe that it is helping. After each session, my body experiences a marked increase in strength. The doctor and I continue to search for a way to build and sustain that strength.
While these practices have not yet produced the improvements in breathing, speech clarity, and mobility that I seek, the progression of the disease appears to be contained, and I look forward to further improvements.