when taken 4 alongside powerful polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Vitamin B12: Demonstrated by scientific study to be highly beneficial in the aid and understanding of ALS. In fact, PubMed research 5 specifically reveals the integral usage of vitamin B12 in ALS research:
“To develop a symptomatic treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, we compared the effects of ultrahigh-dose and low-dose (25 and 0.5 mg/day, intramuscularly, for 14 days) methylcobalamin on averaged compound muscle action potential amplitudes (CMAPs) in a double-blind trial. No significant changes in CMAP amplitude were found in 12 patients who had the low-dose treatment at either 2 or 4 weeks after start of treatment. By contrast, 12 patients assigned to the ultrahigh-dose group demonstrated a significant increase at 4 weeks. This method may provide a clinically useful measure to improve or retard muscle wasting, if a larger extended trial fulfills its promise.”
And the list goes on. But what's even more important to consider is the lack of information regarding the actual cause of ALS, which may be even more valuable to many sufferers. Looking to the research we find an extensive list of culprits that can be identified and reduced, including:
Pesticides: Not mentioned by the ALS Association, a number of studies have drawn 6 links between ALS and pesticide exposure.
Lead: Often contaminating the food supply and foreign products, 4 studies have demonstrated a relationship between lead 7 and ALS at large.
Statin Drugs: You may already be well aware of the dangers surrounding statin drugs, in which case this may not surprise you. ALS has been identified as a 8 possible side effect of these drugs that aim to reduce cholesterol.
The Bottom Line: Spread Information, Give to Trusted Charities
Amid all of the social media madness when it comes to charitable organizations like Susan G. Komen and now the ALS Association, it remains true that the key element necessary for real change is the spread of information. And when financial abilities allow for it, supporting real charities with a proven track record of directly supporting its stated goals with the bulk of its financial power.
As a major believer in supporting real charities, I always am searching for real organizations that follow these principals. Earlier this year, I found out about a Washington native named Ben Charles whose charity had been shut down by beauracratic government officials — even going as far as to threaten Ben with arrest for feeding the homeless on the streets of Olympia. Concerned about this issue, I further reached out to Ben back in early December of 2013, documenting the government crackdown on his initiatives 9 and others.
Later that month, I gave another church that was targeted by the government for handing out turkeys on Thanksgiving a $1,000 donation in order to purchase additional food items (specifically turkey) and distribute it among those who needed it in the area — a proverbial middle finger to the bureaucratic park rangers and officers who sought to shut them down. This was also done as an initiative to drive others to do the same.
Now, amid yet another social media donation campaign that has led to almost 100 million going ‘towards the cure', I am inspired (and want to inspire others) to give to a charity that really gives directly to the people it seeks to serve. That's why I am giving $2,000 to Ben Charles and his grassroots ‘Crazy Faith' food program in Olympia, Washington in order to help feed hundreds of homeless individuals on the streets with healthful food items.
With this donation, 100% is to be used in order to purchase high quality foods to feed those in need — and educate them on how to better their lifestyle with wholesome foods.
Whether or not you have the funds available to support your local communities, what's even more important is the spread of information. If everyone donating to the ALS Association actually took the time to share key articles such as those highlighting the dangers of ALS-linked toxic substances, or those discussing the power of natural alternatives to ALS treatment, millions would be helped within hours.
No matter what the next social media fad becomes, always remember that it is your voice that propels change and life-saving differences.
This post originally appeared at Natural Soicety 10
- http://www.alsa.org/news/media/press-releases/ice- bucket-challenge-082714.html
- http://www.alsa.org/about-us/financial-information .html
- http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/60-natural-als-cu res-ice-washing-campaign-isnt-funding
- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC207779 1/
- http://www.greenmedinfo.com/greenmed/topic/18921/f ocus/36688/page
- http://www.greenmedinfo.com/greenmed/topic/18921/f ocus/21988/page
- http://naturalsociety.com/video-government-crimina lizes-church-groups-feeding-homeless/
- http://naturalsociety.com/ice-bucket-challenge-als -foundation-27-percent-donations/
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