How I Solved The ALS Puzzle

Back in the nineties, last century, my wife was jamming all this stuff about healing down my throat. She would talk about energy healing, natural medicine, shamanism, chakras, you name it, and I would just sit and listen, and blow off all of it, which I lumped together and called “the cult of doom.” I knew the real deal, genes and biology are destiny and things like the allergies I was suffering with were going to continue one way or another until someone figured out how to fix genes.

At a certain point that all began to change and one of the key things was that I was able to use holistic and mind body methods to solve my allergy problem. That was cool.

What it took to solve the allergies was find and change ideas, unconscious desires and choices I was making consciously and unconsciously. As soon as I found and changed the things that underlied the allergies, the problem was solved.

Then another key thing happened. I called someone I hadn’t seen in a long time and he told me he was suffering with multiple sclerosis and was worried about it being genetic and his kids suffering with it too. I thought of how I had solved the allergy problem I was experiencing and figured that probably the same methods I had used would work to solve the health problems he was having.

So we got to work and sure enough patterns in his life and the way he operated showed up, things that would logically create something like ms. We worked on changing what we found and after a while he told me the progression seemed to have stopped. It was really no surprise. We had found the multiple sclerosis creating patterns and changed them. Naturally things changed.

So I changed occupations, pretty much immediately, from focusing on finance related activities to focusing on helping people heal.

I helped more people solve multiple sclerosis and helped others solve problems involving cancer, Lyme disease, diabetes and other health issues.

In every single case, we did the same thing, worked holistically, finding factors, ideas and ways of operating that would logically create the problems and finding that once we changed those things, the problems became solved.

It was exciting and also in a way perplexing. I mean I had understood that these types of health problems were caused by genes and other biological factors and yet there we were solving them without really being concerned about those types of factors. It was not until later that I developed a clearer understanding of how to resolve the conflicts between what we experiencing and more conventional ideas.

Anyway, for me it was not such a big deal when a couple of years ago I contacted someone experiencing als to suggest that he too could heal. I knew it would go the same way.

I started working with him and some other people experiencing als and sure enough the expected patterns, factors, ideas and ways showed up immediately. We worked on changing what we found and soon we were seeing positive results,  improved relationships, improved functioning, people healing their lives and solving als.

So that’s pretty much the deal. I learned a while ago that life problems are always created and that, while healing takes work and can be challenging and excruciatingly painful at times, by changing the factors and patterns underlying the creation of a situation, a person can always solve things and heal. Just as with everything else I have worked on, problems involving als have fit this paradigm, are eminently solvable and are on the way to becoming a memory.



  1. Lars Pil Holm said,

    2012/08/09 at 2:34 PM

    Hi there Dear Marty, after Reading your wonderful chronicle I have a question that I really need to ask you. I Am working for a wonderful man named Lars at the moment, who has Developed ALS and Lars believes that he also can heal his illness and I believe him too. He has been looking very much into the psychological, spiritual importance of healing his illness and also th importance of the food he puts into his body and we are working hard to do what is right for Lars, so that he too can heal. In the above chronicle you mentioned that there was different patterns that logically would create certain illnesses. Can I please ask if you would specify what kind of patterns you are talking about. Knowing this, would help Lars so much in his mission to heal himself, knowing where to look within and heal whatever pains he carries within we believe is of huge importance. Thank you. You can contact Lars personally at the following email

    • Marty Murray said,

      2012/08/11 at 1:52 PM


      The general answer is that people have many patterns that they use, consciously and unconsciously, as they go through life. The patterns that underlie the creation of disease are ones that I call non healing patterns. The way you can tell whether a pattern is a healing pattern or a non healing pattern is by looking at where it is really headed, A simple example of a non healing pattern is the use of painkillers. Painkillers don’t really create health. They just block out pain somehow, and in so doing actually add another dimension of problems, making a hurt person into a hurt person who is also numb.

      In the case of als, the non healing patterns tend to involve relating to the world in ways that do not create health. People who experience als tend to relate to the world by constantly seeking to prove themselves, by repressing negative emotional stuff and by avoiding or disconnecting from things they perceive to be negative. The avoiding and disconnecting patterns seem to be the most important als creating patterns,and people who experience als tend to disconnect not only in the world, but also within their bodies, disconnecting their nerves and thus creating what is called als.

      So in looking within, you could look for how you relate to the world. Do you really heal relationships? or do you seek to make them work by proving yourself, by repressing yourself, by disconnecting or by using some combination of these?

      Beyond that, in general, you could investigate your ways to see what about them is non healing. This can range from freaking out, to getting angry and negative, to using medication to cover up rather than truly solve problems. Only by using healing ways can one attain and maintain wellness.

      For more ideas, check out the following.

      my website at

      the work of Gabor Mate, some of which is discussed in great videos on youtube

      Evy McDonald’s article here

  2. Pam Fullerton said,

    2014/08/21 at 12:46 PM

    This is the best description and explanation of what is really going on with (what is referred to as) ALS. Finally! I was googling what Dr. John Sarno thought about ALS because his work has recently helped me SO MUCH with chronic back pain I hadn’t been able to shake for whole year. My sister died from ALS in 2010 after much stress with our mom and her death in 2008). My sister was an extremely warm and intelligent person – however, she smoked for many years, took tranquilizers and took on way too many responsibilities in her life and though she had a wonderful, witty and sarcastic personality, she had some deep insecurities and we worried that she was getting more and more attached to alcohol as well as the tranquilizers. She had several marriages and the last one was with a man who was very difficult to deal with both practically and emotionally and though she eventually divorced him, it was a very rocky road. She still loved him and I do believe the anger, regret and resentment at all she had been expected to do as well as her continued never-ending list of to-do’s just flamed her(and her nerves) out. She lived with in-house nurses for a year and a half and I think in her own way, she got some peace and satisfaction from everyone else waiting on her. And towards the end, she was very angry at times – one of her nurses said to me that ‘your sister has alot of anger in her, has since I met her!” I loved my sister and though at times our own relationship had challenges, I wish I had known more then and pushed more for working on providing her with options for improving her emotional health, perhaps psychotherapy as well as nutritional improvement. She was well-loved and had a real talent for writing, many of us have saved her wonderful letters from years past. I would also mention that she was one to use pesticides, especially Round-up whenever she saw a weed!

    In the years since, I’ve grieved both she and my Mom and I have had numerous physical things come up in my own body – but the pain with the back has been the worst. I also have had my own very difficult romantic relationship that I know has taken a physical toll. So Dr. Sarno’s research and no-nonsense approach to looking within and rooting out our own emotional stuck-ness is so important and I’m so glad you have shared this with others here. Thank you very much and perhaps we can all get the word out more and more. Ice bucket challenges are not the answer…and there is no reason to be shamed about our creating these emotional defenses that end up in our physical pain or literal fraying of nerves – Dr. Sarno is quick to remind us that we are our own best doctors – it is self-knowledge that will ‘cure’ us and we have to know our own tendencies and take steps to address them with self-compassion. We are all human and sometimes just need help to find better ways to be healthy in the present moment, releasing the past.

    • Marty Murray said,

      2014/08/22 at 8:01 AM

      That comment is so cool. You have largely nailed exactly how the type of neurodegeration called als is created, from the pesticides to the anger to the satisfaction in being waited on. In addition to getting insights or confirmation from this blog, you may want to look into Gabor Mate’s work, both in written and video form.

      Back pain is closely related to als by the way, with many people who are diagnosed with als experiencing back pain first.

      Much of the solution to disease lies in knowing how to heal relationships. For one thing, she who has difficulty with others has difficulty with herself.

      So, much of healing is about resolving conflict, with others and within one’s self.

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