Yes, ALS Is Completely Preventable. Here’s How.

Many people would like to know how to prevent als, especially people who have seen multiple members of their families experience the health problem, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease or motor neuron disease. Fortunately als is completely preventable, and that’s true, by the way, whether or not one carries certain gene mutations that are said to be somehow involved in the creation of als.

The basis of als prevention is this. Contrary to the commonly held idea that als occurs randomly, als is not random at all. Als occurs when factors and patterns in a person’s life come together in such a way as to create the problem. What this means is that if factors and patterns in a person’s life do not come together in an als creating way, the person will not experience als.

So to prevent als, what you have to do is make sure that you don’t live in an als creating way. Instead, you use wellness creating approaches to handling things and live in a wellness creating way.

Here are some of the basics of doing that.

A key idea underlying als prevention is that what is called als is really just poor nerve health characterized by progressive degeneration of the nervous system. So much of what you are considering in preventing als is how choices you make would affect your health, especially the health of your nerves.

Another thing to realize is when genes are involved in the creation of health problems, there are reasons why the genes are doing what they are doing. Genes can express or not express, basically be turned on or off. So als prevention involves living in healthy ways to create a health creating gene expression situation.

For instance, stress is a factor that commonly contributes to the creation of als. One can easily understand that being stressed out all the time is not going to be good for the health of one’s nerves. So if you want to stay healthy, one thing you can do is to seek to manage your life well so that you are not constantly stressed out. Part of doing this may involve realizing that stress has internal as well as external aspects. For instance, you could be relaxing at home and still be stressed by worries, fears or other internal issues.

The stress underlying the creation of als can develop partly as a result of people’s ways of relating and handling their emotions. For instance, by repressing themselves, internalizing issues or acting like so called heroes all the time, people set themselves up for bad health. By consciously or unconsciously choosing to use these approaches, one creates stress and system imbalances that end up wrecking one’s nervous system. This partly explains why seemingly healthy people suddenly and seemingly randomly experience the neuro degeneration called als. They repress and repress and put on a brave face until things get to a tipping point and their systems break down.

So the answer here is to prevent als by relating in positive, assertive ways. Rather than repressing, internalizing and acting as if everything is ok all the time, which would be an als creating approach, express yourself, deal with issues as they come up and work things out. That would be a wellness creating approach.

In general, the strategies one uses in life underlie the creation of what one experiences. One can use either wellness creating strategies or strategies that, while they may seem to solve things, don’t really.

With that in mind, possibly the most important or signature pattern in the creation of als is the use of disconnection and escape strategies. These strategies involve doing things like refusing to communicate and avoiding people or issues rather than dealing with them. While one may feel that one is relieving stress by disconnecting or by avoiding dealing with things, often one is just putting off the inevitable or allowing problems to get even worse.

In addition to disconnection and avoidance not being effective life strategies, there is another aspect of their involvement in the creation of als that make them key als creation strategies. Here’s how it works. Als involves communication breakdown at the cellular level. Just as people who experience als tend to use strategies that create communication breakdown, their neurons avoid and disconnect too, an example of something I call micro matches macro, meaning that people’s cells tend to do as the people do. So if you want your neurons to be healthy, communicate and work well with each other and with other cells, you need to harness the power of micro matches macro by doing those types of things yourself. For instance, if you have an issue with someone, rather than avoiding the issue or the person, communicate, work things out and create wellness.

In general the idea of working things out and resolving conflict is key in attaining and maintaining wellness. Whether issues are internal or external, you will not attain or maintain wellness by doing non healing things like punishing, ignoring, disconnecting,  lying, leaving or avenging. You will only attain and maintain wellness by resolving.

Another thing that often figures into the creation of als is workaholism. It’s one thing to work hard at things. It’s another to work because work is your drug, or worse, because work is a way to escape issues in your life. If you have issues at home, don’t run to work, have three cups of coffee and stay at the office until late. Go home and work things out. Your life and your health will be way better for it.

Related to this is heavy caffeine use. People who experience als often were not sleeping, were running themselves to death and were often using caffeine to help them do it. One guy told me about als starting after a period of time during which he was drinking sixty ounces of Mountain Dew a day. Others were drinking massive amounts of cola. Put it this way, if you are too tired to work or drive or whatever, rather than drinking an energy drink or having another cup of coffee, consider that what you are feeling means your body needs some healing or recharging, not to be pushed past the breaking point.

In a similar way, medication use is also connected to the creation of als. Let’s say you have a health issue such as high blood pressure or chronic pain. This means something is wrong in your life. If you take a pill to cope with the problem, you may get some short term relief. At the same time, something is still wrong in your life and has just been masked by the medication. Wellness has not been attained and the underlying issues will crop up in another way now, possibly as als. So if you have health problems, while it may make sense to use medication to treat them in the short term, in the long term look to really solve them holistically. That would be the wellness creating approach.

What you eat can also make a huge difference. If you eat highly processed food, meat full of hormones, chicken that was raised in torturous conditions, produce full of pesticides or products with questionable ingredients such as nitrites or artificial flavors and colors, you will not be well. If you drink large quantities of soda or other things which are full of chemicals that can be hard on your system, you probably will not be healthy. To prevent als, set yourself up for better health by drinking water or something healthy and eating higher quality food, such as organically grown fruit.

Beyond these things, there is much more you can do to prevent als. Other things that contribute to the creation of als include depression, anger and negative ways of responding, fear, pride, constant freaking out, ongoing issues related to childhood trauma and poor self image. You can find some more als creation factors and patterns on the “ALS Creation” page at To prevent als, rather than choosing these als creating ways, choose wellness creating ways of handling life.

Our health is in our hands. The better job we do, the healthier we are. By choosing to live in a wellness creating way, we can create a well world where als is just a memory.


  1. bill said,

    2011/11/10 at 1:50 PM

    thank for the helpful info

  2. Mark Kully said,

    2011/11/15 at 9:18 PM

    This the only way to heal , Come on people get real and do the work and take the best care you can possible . Thanks Marty

  3. Steph said,

    2012/03/06 at 9:53 PM

    What is this?

    • Marty Murray said,

      2012/03/07 at 11:52 AM

      It’s good als prevention information and facts that many people are not aware of partly because a system is in place that tends to keep it hidden. That’s what it is.

  4. 2012/11/26 at 11:45 PM

    […] Mountain Dew cause ALS?” At first I thought it was because I had mentioned Mountain Dew in a post on preventing als. Now I am wondering if others are seeing the Mountain Dew, als connection. So here’s what I […]

  5. Marty Murray said,

    2013/03/23 at 11:51 AM

    I recently found this interesting post discussing some studies on als risk factors and the lack of awareness of and promotion of als prevention strategies.

  6. You are a garbage human being. said,

    2014/08/13 at 2:16 AM

    Seriously your holistic medicine bullshit is damaging to real research.

    • Marty Murray said,

      2014/08/13 at 5:53 AM

      It’s telling that those who back medical research often tend to chose negative ways while those who are into holistic approaches are more talking of positive ways of handling things and of reconciliation.

      Meanwhile, the reference to real research is laughable. So I guess torturing small animals and endless talk of breakthroughs that lead to little but more funding for more so called research is real research while analyzing the underpinnings of a problem and using the information so acquired to develop approaches that are effective is not. Too funny.

      Anyway it’s nice that you care enough to comment. At least you have an opinion and some energy. You won’t stay this clueless forever and one day all that energy will be better directed.

      • Inna said,

        2017/08/11 at 1:48 PM

        You should consider changing your article into Eating Healthy Habits than.

        This article has nothing to do with ALS itself as you have no facts to back up your arguments.

        Reading through it is nothing than an informative article on the importance of having a healthy lifestyle.

        So please don’t post any more crap of this is unbearable.

    • megan said,

      2014/08/18 at 9:28 AM

      Agreed this is complete BULL & ridiculous.

  7. megan said,

    2014/08/18 at 9:27 AM

    You’ve got to be kidding me. The guy who eats really well, runs every day, is otherwise healthy & relatively stress free won’t develop ALS? This is complete BULL. This is an insult to medicine & those who live a healthy life that still develop this disease & others like it. So people are completely in control of their health? Tell that to people who develop neurogenic diseases early in life & suffer from them. You’re telling me because “some guys once told me” you believe that it’s caused by caffeine? And stress? Oh & processed foods? Have you been to America? Why don’t 90% of Americans have it? Try science you idiot. Holistic approaches are what’s wrong with this world. This makes me sick.
    -A nurse who has cared for many ALS, MS, and other disease of the sort & lost loved ones to these diseases as well. This holistic crap never works as well as modern medicine & guess what…there’s no cure or prevention for ALS & it’s a horrible disease. Not everything you find on the internet is fact. For lack of a better phrase…kiss my @$$

    • Marty Murray said,

      2014/08/18 at 10:02 AM

      Megan, maybe most stressed out, poor diet eating Americans don’t experience als, but many or maybe even most people experience other health issues. This is because the factors and patterns in their lives added up to issues other than als. For one thing, stress is involved in the creation of many health problems.

      One thing to understand is that there are certain key psychospiritual patterns that tend to underlie the creation of als and if one doesn’t have those going on, one probably won’t experience it. If one does those types of patterns going on, one might experience als even if one is in many ways living a healthy lifestyle.

      Contrary to what you have said, holistic always works better than so called modern medicine, at least in the long run. If you haven’t solved a problem holistically, it’s not solved.

      As a matter of fact, you admit that with you with your “modern medicine” have seen nobody solve als. On the other hand, I with my holistic approaches have seen many do so. So in a way you have proved my point for me.

      Bottom line, als is completely preventable and solvable.

  8. 2014/08/19 at 5:16 PM

    If you want to prevent ALS, see what people are doing to heal ALS. Here is a great site with people that are doing positive things to heal–give a donation if you can–it’s a great cause:

  9. Steve H. said,

    2014/12/05 at 1:48 PM

    I agree that people who choose healthier ways tend to be healthier. But to say that this is a way to prevent ALS is totally asinine. That’s like saying I will be able to fly if I think happy thoughts.

    I have no problem with most of the contents of this article, EXCEPT that it links all of these healthy/unhealthy habits to the development of ALS. About 10% of ALS cases have been confirmed to be inherited from a parent. The rest seem to be from gene mutations, especially on the 21st chromosome. Sometimes there are possible environmental factors contributing to the mutation, but other times there are no apparant contributing factors.

    The point is both healthy and unhealthy individuals develop ALS. And while the advice in this article may give you the best shot at fewer health issues, there is NO way to prevent ALS. Sure, if you choose a healthy lifestyle you will be healthier and happier too, but you still may develop ALS.

    There are currently only about 30,000 people living with ALS in the United States. It is an incredibly rare disease if you look at it by the numbers. WAY more people get preventable cardiovascular disease and cancers. If this article was written under the premise that these are things that can help prevent diabetes, liver disease, and colon cancer I would praise you for your sound holistic advise. But to say this can prevent ALS is an insult to humanity and makes the author sound like an idiot. In fact it kind of discredits the website and everything you are trying to do here.

    • Marty Murray said,

      2014/12/05 at 5:41 PM

      What can I say Steve. I have been watching this als thing way more closely than you have, or pretty much anyone else is. That includes in depth, intense working relationships with people diagnosed with als. I am doing what pretty much nobody else is doing, which is finding out about every aspect of these people’s lives, and in every case I have seen clear reasons why the person is sick.

      When you discuss there being “no apparent contributing factors”, well they might not be apparent to some medical type who spends his days messing around with mice. They surely are apparent to me.

      Often when one runs into something that totally outrageous, it’s a sign of a need for a change in thinking, Steve. If you want to find out more or discuss this in any way, please feel free to call or email me.

      Meanwhile, I can suggest the following. Until you have done the thousands of hours of work on this that I have, maybe you should be less confident of your ideas than you are.

      • Derik said,

        2017/04/30 at 1:52 AM

        Marty, you’re ignorant of what actually causes ALS. Hell your grammar is horrid and you can’t spell either. I put my trust in educated doctors before I put any stock into the bullshit you are spreading.

  10. ralph said,

    2014/12/08 at 3:34 PM

    I am a believer that what we eat can be a huge stressor. You don’t want to be running on adrenaline. However, within these two areas there must be a chemical mechanism. Malnutrition, toxins, oxidation…To know that is also helpful to clean up ones life “junk” even better. Much disease are lifestyle habits, I agree.

  11. Aimee said,

    2014/12/08 at 6:28 PM

    Get a clue

  12. Hope said,

    2014/12/31 at 9:26 AM

    I am totally relate to this post. I am not yet diagnosed, but experience some Als-like symptoms. And most of the risk factors described in this post can be found in exagerrated forms in my life. And also I want to add that I am young 26 male guy, not smoking, not drinking, but stress and sort of escapism is real issue with me.

    • Marty Murray said,

      2014/12/31 at 9:41 AM

      Just remember, there is not really any such thing as als. What is called als is really just what happens to nerves when one thinks and lives in certain ways. So what are called als symptoms are really symptoms of things like of lack of sleep or self hatred or the use of escape and disconnection approaches.

      So have at it and get yourself healthier.

  13. Bethany j said,

    2015/03/10 at 11:20 AM

    I was diagnosed on feb. 20, 2015. My functional medicine doctor won’t use the term als. He believes it’s just a lot of different symptoms that are put under the name. He or should I say we believe that the symptoms can be treated. I had amalgam fillings removed, stopped eating meat and dairy. I am only eating organic vegetables and fruits and all food and products I use are natural. I’m awaiting numerous test results to see what toxins are in my body. As my doctor has me say, “I am on the road to good health”

    • Marty Murray said,

      2015/03/10 at 12:15 PM

      Beautiful. Sounds as if you indeed are on the road to good health, Bethany. Changing emotional and mental patterns can help too, by the way.

    • 2015/03/10 at 7:31 PM

      Bethany you are definitely going the right direction, working with a functional MD, changing diet, removing amalgams and other toxins from your body. Mental and emotional healing is important too. You are absolutely on the road to good health. Check out and see others diagnosed with ALS who are healing or have healed, including some who can lend additional support in your healing journey.

    • newrubio said,

      2017/02/01 at 11:03 AM

      Hi! How are you doing now since implementing these changes? It’s been awhile and I’m curious what has changed since please. (My mom was diagnosed with ALS, thus the curiosity). Thanks in advance!

  14. said,

    2015/04/06 at 7:17 AM

    This whole article is unbelievably offensive, insensitive, and just plain DUMB!

    • Marty Murray said,

      2015/04/06 at 7:55 PM

      Just be careful. Being offended by things and getting all angry tend to figure into the creation of chronic illness. To stay healthy, learn to respond to things in positive ways, and don’t get offended. Wayne Dyer wrote some good stuff on not getting offended, in case you want to get some more detailed discussion or ideas.

  15. beth said,

    2015/04/23 at 6:56 PM

    From what I understand, people as young as teens have been diagnosed. Would you say in those cases it would be due to stress and unhealthy eating? Just curious.

    • Marty Murray said,

      2015/04/23 at 7:25 PM

      Where there is disease, there’s always something underlying it.

      When neurodegeneration occurs, it seems that some kind of emotional stress is always part of the picture. Is diet part of the picture in those cases? Probably.

      At the same time, with neurodegeneration what is typically going on is some type of trigger response cycle. So something in a person’s diet could be a trigger, vaccines could be triggering things, as could dental work, something having to do with the construction of the house a person is living in, tooth care products, deodorant, air fresheners, or anything else that could somehow irritate the person’s system.

      For example a couple of girls experienced something along the lines of als soon after receiving vaccines for HPV.

      Maybe if those girls had had less stress in their lives, they would not have experienced such significant health issues after receiving the vaccine.

      What is called als is a category of cascading neurodegeneration. Something having to do with diet, psychology and lifestyle is always causing that cascade to occur and continue. While there are commonalities, each case is somehow unique.

      Overall, while maybe there are somehow some common differences between how neurodegeneration is usually caused in younger people, IUD’s and relationships with parents come to mind, and how it is usually caused in older people, blood pressure medication comes to mind, really disease is disease and health is health, and paths to disease creation tend to be pretty much the same for people of all ages.

      • beth said,

        2015/04/23 at 9:29 PM

        I was just reading today about a woman who lost several family members of different ages to ALS, and recently she lost her 51 year old son to it as well . I would be scared to death I would be next. I guess in this case it would be genetic. Ironic you mentioned the HPV vacc. My child just had the 2nd dosage today.

      • beth said,

        2015/04/23 at 9:33 PM

        I also wanted to mention that people in the military seem to be diagnosed at a staggering rate. Its been said its related to the Gulf War and also vaccines they are forced to get. That worries me b/c my husband was in the Gulf War and has had so many vaccines every time he goes overseas (anthrax is the one that worries me the most).

      • Marty Murray said,

        2015/04/23 at 10:08 PM

        Regarding als’s running in families being “genetic”, that’s not really right. Genes turn on and off. People in those families are not born with their nerves degenerating. I am currently working with someone who is the thirty-first person in her family diagnosed with als. She was told it’s “genetic.” Well, check this out. She used an IUD, had toxic dental work, used toxic plumbing, drank heavily, trained for marathons on little sleep, and has severe emotional issues, among other things. Are her health problems really “genetic”? I think not.

        As far as your husband goes, as important as military experiences and vaccines is how he lives in general, especially how how he reacts to things emotionally, his core beliefs, what he eats and how he treats himself. Just getting enough sleep can make a huge difference. Those vaccines don’t sound good though, I have to admit. At the same time maybe what worries me the most is seeing people around me react to things with bitter anger or hate. That seems to pretty much guarantee that they will get sick somehow, and repressing those things is not the answer either.

  16. Martina said,

    2016/12/14 at 10:13 AM

    The ignorance of this article is beyond comprehension. If als were preventable the entire community of suffering als patients and their families would be on board. I have cared for a much loved family member who lived a clean life as you suggest. There is no known cause for ALS. You should be jailed for flogging such false propaganda. Giving people false hope to prevent such a cruel disease. Get your facts straight before you spread your ignorance. It is truly despicable. Signed ALS caregiver.

    • Marty Murray said,

      2016/12/14 at 10:27 AM

      Hi Martina.

      Preventing the range of health problems often called ALS takes more than clean living. It takes healthy ideas and emotional patterns. Notice how you without knowing much about me are suggesting that I am despicable and should be jailed for merely saying what I find to be true. That response is a good example of the type of thing that causes people’s nerve health to crash and burn. Perhaps if you take a deep breath and reread what I said in the post, you will find in it some things that make sense. Also, you could check out a more detailed description of how and why nerve degeneration happens in my post at Nerve health problems such as those called ALS are preventable, and the sooner people realize that that is the case, the sooner we can make this thing called ALS a memory. Best wishes and good health to you and yours.

  17. Despair of hokum like this said,

    2017/03/20 at 9:23 AM

    I’m all for natural remedies and alternative medicine – IN THE RIGHT SITUATION. But ALS is not that. This is extremely damaging and misleading. You should think twice before posting rubbish like this on the net, some people would actually believe it which is hurtful for them. Think about your actions.

    • Marty Murray said,

      2017/03/20 at 9:31 AM

      Rubbish. I am sure that you have no basis other than hearsay for what you are saying.

      To get more details, read this post.

      You could also talk with the people at

      Another great resource is the work of Gabor Mate.

      I put years of research into the creation of this ALS prevention post and I am sure that many people reading it have significantly reduced the probability of their experiencing so called ALS or other nerve health problems.

      • Derik said,

        2017/04/30 at 1:56 AM

        Super. Show your ignorance by referring us to another non-medical blog by someone off the street.

      • Marty Murray said,

        2017/04/30 at 5:37 AM

        Hi Derik.

        “Medical” does not equal “trustworthy”, and “educated” does not mean “knowledgeable” or “aware”. All the same, Gabor Mate fits your criteria. So, perhaps his work would be a good place for you to start. You might also see some connection between the work of John Sarno and so called ALS.

        Further, a number of respected doctors are associated with, and, of course, many people who have been so called diagnosed with ALS and have then gotten themselves healthier are associated with

        There is so much great information available. You won’t benefit from it by staying in a mental box though.

  18. Fran said,

    2017/06/23 at 11:04 PM

    This article was very informative; it changed the way I will take care of my body and my family !

    Sincerely Thanks for posting it !

  19. Inna said,

    2017/08/11 at 1:39 PM

    Yeah right so where did you get this statement from?
    You have no evidence to back your argument what so ever.
    You’re stating that keeping yourself stress fee you can avoid this disease but, how can you explain a person who suffers from a mental health disorders such as bipolar and you can’t say that they are always stress free and don’t get it.
    Eating healthy- how can you explain an obese person? They may have been a big size in years and don’t get it?

    You’re talking rubbish I would be embarrassed to write an article such as this.

    • Marty Murray said,

      2017/08/11 at 2:00 PM

      I am sure that you noticed that stress itself is not described as “the cause” of so called ALS. Stress is just one factor.

      I got this information by studying disease in general and then studying so called ALS specifically, partly by talking with many people who had been diagnosed with so called ALS.

      Disease is not random.

      For a more in depth discussion of how people create so called ALS, see the following post.

  20. said,

    2018/01/30 at 10:25 AM

    What the hell is this? Some asshole just making shit up!? What a pile of garbage!!! Internets, for the LOSE!!! Zero references. YOU are making the world a worse place.

    • Marty Murray said,

      2018/01/30 at 10:45 AM

      Hmm. Sounds pretty negative and angry. You better read the post again and change the way you respond to issues.

  21. 2018/02/26 at 9:43 AM

    I am a Hackz0r. If you does not comply and admit ALS is real. I will boop the website and you will all feel the wrath on John Cena!!

    • Marty Murray said,

      2018/02/26 at 10:06 AM

      So called ALS is def not what most people think it is. More like the result of habits than anything else.

  22. Logical said,

    2018/07/05 at 11:40 PM

    Max setting on the victim blaming dial ? I dare you to say this to a family with someone suffering ALS

    • Marty Murray said,

      2018/07/06 at 6:51 AM

      Telling the truth is not “victim blaming”. It’s just presenting information that people can use to live better. The fact that so called ALS Is preventable is great news, partly because that fact indicates that so called ALS is also solvable. So it’s even great news for people already experiencing so called. ALS.

  23. stan miller said,

    2019/08/05 at 2:13 AM

    show me 1000 people you have helped with als or cured from the disease Funny how the people that know the least about something have answers. have you helped anyone reverse their symptoms for an extended period of time I have had some symtoms reversed for 4 years now but am the weakest I have Ever been. thousands of people are trying hundreds of things but nothing so far has made an appreciatable difference. Show successes and results. why do tiny babies get cancer I suppose toxic enviorment and all the bad food they ate when those around them live.

    • Marty Murray said,

      2019/08/05 at 6:37 AM

      Hi Stan.

      I have helped a few people diagnosed with ALS improve their health significantly.

      Most people I have talked with have refused to work with me even if I offered to work with them for free. There’s so much misinformation out there, and so people are very skeptical of and even hostile toward the idea that they can heal themselves.

      To see some people who have been diagnosed with ALS and healed, check out

      It takes a lot of work and know how for a person diagnosed with ALS to heal, and meanwhile, people around that person are telling that person that what they are doing won’t work. Partly as a result of the foregoing, even people who have started to see great results, such as walking after having been in a wheelchair for years or talking after not having spoken for months, have quit working with me. So challenging …

      I’m pretty sure that a significant percentage of people diagnosed with ALS would heal pretty readily if they had support and effective coaching. Instead peopled seeking to heal are discouraged and told to get their affairs in order.

      I would be happy to show you some stuff that you probably haven’t tried, and you could learn a lot from the folks at Feel free to contact me directly at 914-316-1288 or m.w.murray at hotmail. Also, I explained ALS and how to solve it at

      You can heal yourself. You just have to use effective approaches.

  24. Micheal Brookes said,

    2020/07/27 at 8:31 PM

    I have ALS. I can see my own life having been played out in precisely the way you describe, Marty. In fact, you could have been relating my life story.

    Your integrity shines through in all your responses to the negative and totally unwarranted critical posts. How your advice could be construed as being in any way harmful, hurtful, insensitive, ignorant, etc., is beyond comprehension. I am shocked and sad at the rude, ignorant, indignant, and uneducated responses from some posters.

    I want you to know that I appreciate your informed and helpful opinions and your dedication. I am certain that many, many others feel the same way but haven’t the ability, time, or inclination to show their appreciation.

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