Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) / Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Script Image Posted August 26, 2014; Text On Page Last Updated August 20, 2018

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The affliction of ALS remains an ongoing concern.  Our objective is to identify sources of cranial nerve destruction, in order to forewarn those who may be affected ahead of time.  Please note, this is not intended as medical advice; if you or one of your associates may have a neurological condition, you need to consult with a licensed healthcare provider.

Researchers are not expecting to narrow down one exclusive cause of ALS because numerous threats can lead to nerve damage.  Evidence indicates exposure to hazardous chemicals and heavy metals being a prime contributor of brain impairment, for instance lead once used in paint and fuel.  Mercury is also dangerous and readily absorbed, to the point activists have raised concerns about amounts of this metal used in vaccine additives, along with dental procedures; in response industry professionals have pursued less harmful alternatives.  Additional sources of exposure include fossil fuels, some cement products, and seafood from polluted waters.  Not enough individuals have taken adequate precautions regarding the presence of mercury in fluorescent light bulbs and “plasma” screen displays – these electronics must be taken to a hazardous waste facility for disposal, with hazmat procedures followed in the event one breaks elsewhere.  Many such electronics, including their A/C power cables, now include notices to wash one’s hands after physical contact, on account of materials contained therein.

The list of household chemicals with potential to cause brain damage also includes certain classes of pesticides, herbicides, cleaning agents, construction materials, drugs, and solvents, among others.  Over the years such products have been necessities to allow for our modern quality of life, so the focus is to develop technology and processes to minimize unnecessary exposure.  Under certain circumstances victims of electric shock or physical head injuries develop ALS at a later age, so those incidents should be minimized if possible, with proper treatment and protocol administered before putting oneself back at risk of reinjury, for instance involving athletic competition.

Measures also must be taken to reduce human exposure to radioactive metals, including uranium and its depleted form.  Studies suggest such elements, used at some points for military purposes, are at least partly responsible for veterans of recent wars being more likely to develop ALS and similar disorders, compared with those served before the discovery of these elements on the periodic table.  Higher prioritization must be given to expand lifetime financial and healthcare benefits for all military service members.  Research suggests effects may carry over in some cases to offspring after parental exposure, so benefits need to be paid out for additional generations and for longer periods of time than the current allowance.  Also all regiments should prioritize prevention of exposure to civilians, regardless of which side they are on.  Any individual who is concerned the aftermath may be affecting his or her region must take the initiative to perform testing and seek assistance if any red flags are found.  Residents are the first line of defense to evaluate their own villages and move away from any affected areas until habitable conditions are restored.  Historically radiological and chemical weapons were deployed urgently during wartime by different factions before testing revealed such potential side effects.  Looking back the total number of individuals exposed likely would have been much worse if our opponents had not been taken out at the time.  We currently face other actors looking to acquire or make use of such weapon materials in an irresponsible fashion, where it would be in everyone else’s interest to have them eliminated sooner than later, unless they cease their pursuits immediately.

Biological factors can also be a contributor of lethal brain damage. One menace often overlooked as a source of harm to human organs (including cranial) is mold, more specifically the mycotoxins used by fungi to weaken their hosts.  While each species may incite different ailments, a number of them can lead to neurological damage and in some cases death from fungal meningitis; bacterial and viral meningitis also are often fatal.  During warm to moderate weather be on alert for brain amoeba, which enters through the nasal passage of an individual under freshwater.  Others have contracted from non-distilled tap water, so aqueous solutions for any medical nasal applications must be properly distilled or disinfected before use.

References (Last Updated September 28, 2017):

ALS Association
ALS Therapy Development Institute
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis After Accidental Injection of Mercury
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – The Mercury Connection
EPA – Mercury
NRDC – Mercury Levels in Fish
NRDC – Mercury Pollution in China
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CDC – Vaccines That Contain Thimerosal as a Preservative
Health Ranger Launches ‘A Blueprint for Safer Vaccines’
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Sierra Club – Coal Map
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EPA – Cleaning Up a Broken Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL)
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Fluoride Action Network
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Photographer Documents Africa’s E-Waste Nightmare
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APA – Stun Guns May Cause Brain Injury
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US News – Taser Stun Guns Can Cause Brain Injury
Woman Left Brain-Dead After Being Hit by Police Taser
NCBI – Exposure to Pesticides and Risk of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
NCBI – Glyphosate Poisoning
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One in Three U.S. Schoolchildren at Risk from Chemical Catastrophes
500k Kids Attend School Near Fields Sprayed With Highly Toxic Pesticides
NRDC: Our Children At Risk
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USGS – Pesticides in Surface Waters
Study Confirms Parkinson’s-Pesticides Link
NCBI – Deciphering the MSG Controversy
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Weed-Whacking Herbicide Proves Deadly to Human Cells
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Early Brain Injury Might Be the Root of Autism
Anxiety and Sleeping Pills ‘Linked to Dementia’
Medications Found to Cause Long Term Cognitive Impairment
Majority of U.S. Cocaine Supply Cut with Veterinary Deworming Drug
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Vapours from Damp Buildings May Trigger Parkinson’s
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Friend of Man who Inspired Ice Bucket Challenge Dies Diving in Nantucket Water
Guy Jumps Off Cliff Right Next to Great White Shark (Opinion)
Man Swims Near Shark in Sydney Harbor: Real or Hoax?