Diagnosed With So Called ALS? Just To Be Clear, There’s No Such Thing.

There’s a story out there, one that involves people being diagnosed, as they say, with this thing called ALS. “You have ALS,” they are told, a so called incurable disease with no known cause. The only thing is there’s a big problem with this story. There’s no such thing as ALS.

“Hey, but wait.” you might say. “People are getting weaker, and what about the genes that people say cause ALS to run in families? Surely there must be something going on.”

Yup, something is going on. People are getting weaker and genes are doing things. The thing is that ALS is not doing it. ALS cannot do anything.  There is no ALS attacking people or striking randomly. There is nothing called ALS that one can find using a microscope. People do not “have” ALS. ALS does not really exist.

Here’s what’s really going on.

People have nerve health problems and those nerve health problems look similar. The people’s nervous systems are deteriorating in a cascading fashion, often rather quickly. So someone came up with a name for those nerve problems that look similar, the name ALS. So that’s all ALS is, a name.

So this ALS, this name, is not causing anything. Rather, people’s nerves are deteriorating for many reasons and each story is a little different.

Some people’s nerves go partly because they never give themselves a break, instead choosing to keep going and going, using caffeine and whatever else to keep up the pace until their systems break down. Lou Gehrig’s case is a good example of this. Others have been exposed to substances or have been eating things that somehow figure into the destruction of their nerves. Maybe that’s why there seems to be a link between smoking and neurodegeneration. Certain types of ideas and mental patterns tend to figure in, people repress emotional stuff to the point where their systems no longer function and relationship issues and other forms of stress tend to be involved as well. Generally, there is some combination of things going on.

So there is not really a fast paced form or slower paced form of ALS. There is no ALS for there to be a form of. The reason some people’s nerves degenerate faster than do others’ is that the factors in and patterns of their lives are making their nerves degenerate faster.

Genes, proteins, mitochondria or other little biological things are not causing ALS. Sure biology is involved whenever something happens to a person’s body. That does not mean that these things are causing it. All that’s going on is that biological things are happening because of the stress and other factors and patterns which truly underlie the neurodegeneration.

While people may be struggling or feel that they are fighting various forces to stay well, they are not exactly fighting ALS. There is not really any such entity to fight. Similarly, while people may be surviving through all kinds of problems, there are not exactly ALS survivors. There is not exactly ALS to survive.

What is really going on is that people so called diagnosed with so called ALS just have nerve health problems that are created by the way they and those around them have been living, and that’s good news.

It’s very good news, because what people can create, they can change, and so people directly or interpersonally experiencing so called ALS can change things for the better. By changing what they do, how they think, what they eat, how they handle emotional issues and in general by changing how they live, they can change things so that they heal.

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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.