Does Mountain Dew cause als? Well, in a way the answer is yes.

I keep seeing people arrive at this blog by searching on the question “Does 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 have seen and my take on Mountain Dew and als.

When working with someone to help him or her heal, I generally start by talking about basic things that could be contributing to the health problems the person is experiencing. It’s a good way to get a person thinking and to find some easy changes that can be made to improve a situation.

So, a few years ago, during this process, a guy diagnosed with als told me that prior to starting to notice the nerve problems, among other things he had been drinking about sixty, yup, sixty ounces of Mountain Dew a day. That’s five cans or three twenty ounce bottles of the stuff every day. Wow. So anyway, he had been stressed out in multiple ways and, beyond staying high on sugar and caffeine, not taking good care of himself, and sure enough his nerves had started to break down and he was so called diagnosed with so called als.

Soon after that, I was talking with another guy diagnosed with als and I happened to ask him,”By the way, do you drink Mountain Dew?” He told me, “Yes. I love the stuff.”

Around that time I met with another guy diagnosed with als, and during the meeting I asked him if he drank Mountain Dew. The answer was “Yes”, and sure enough there in the kitchen was a case of it, next to a case of, I think it was, Coke. He too had been stressed in multiple ways around the time he had started noticing nerve problems, and had not been sleeping well for months.

I have seen other cases where Mountain Dew and other caffeine containing beverages seem connected to neurodegeneration, and, while it does not add up to a whole lot of data and I have not done a huge amount of research into the Mountain Dew, als connection, I am sure that Mountain Dew can be a factor in the creation of the problem known as als.

Here’s the thing. Als is really just really poor nerve health. So anything that’s not good for one’s nerves is going to factor into the creation of the cascading neurodegeneration known as als. So consider this.

Sugar, plenty of which is found in Mountain Dew, can help foster internal inflammation, which is part of neurodegeneration. While I have heard that small amounts of caffeine may have some benefit for some people somehow, continual intake of huge amounts of caffeine and sugar, using this high to remain on the go constantly, and sleeping poorly sounds like a great way to keep one’s nerves overexcited and stressed, which once again sounds like a great way to create als. Also, do the in some countries banned artificial color and the brominated vegetable oil in Mountain Dew have some specific qualities that contribute to neurodegeneration? That’s possible too. For instance, tremors, convulsions and breathing difficulty are associated with ingestion of bromide. In addition, there are other ways drinking Mountain Dew can figure into the creation of als.

Also, if a person is willing to drink artificially colored, caffeine laden, genetically modified corn syrup filled stuff day in and day out, it seems likely that the person is not being careful in other ways, in which case, in addition to being a factor in the creation of so called als, drinking Mountain Dew is an indicator of lack of awareness of how to maintain health.

Is drinking some Mountain Dew enough to create cascading neurodegeneration? Maybe. Maybe not. Even the guy who was drinking sixty ounces a day had going on in his life a host of  als creating things, such as relationship issues, use of disconnection strategies and military service related trauma. So his Mountain Dew consumption was just part of the als creation picture. My guess is that for most people most of the time, as harmful as Mountain Dew might be to their health, they are not going to experience als just because they drink some. Still, it can be a contributing factor, and in general drinking it is probably not a good idea.

So there’s my answer to that Mountain Dew causing als question. I guess I should be glad that one or two servings of Mountain Dew was enough for me to decide not to have any more. Maybe reading this post will be enough for others to decide the same thing.

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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 http://www.creatingparadise.net/als_creation.html. 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.