Topic summary contributed by volunteer(s): Sheila
ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) paralyzes healthy, middle-aged people, often from the outside in, and most patients die within three years. Of the major neurodegenerative diseases, it has the least hope for treatment and survival. We have about a one in 400 chance of developing ALS.
Possible Causes of ALS
The neurotoxin BMAA is, at the very least, a major contributor to the cause of both ALS and Alzheimer’s disease, and possibly of Parkinson’s disease as well. Found in blue-green algae and seafood in our rivers, lakes, and oceans, BMAA has been detected in the brains of those with ALS all over the world.
There is also a large body of evidence correlating exposure to pesticides with elevated rates of ALS, as well as other chronic diseases.