Lou Gehrig Was The Best Baseball Player Ever…BUT Lou Gehrig’s Disease Sucks!

7 Feb

ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is an incurable fatal neuromuscular disease characterized by progressive muscle weakness, resulting in paralysis. The disease attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Motor neurons, which control the movement of voluntary muscles, deteriorate and eventually die. When the motor neurons die, the brain can no longer initiate and control muscle movement. Because muscles no longer receive the messages they need in order to function, they gradually weaken and deteriorate.

The initial signs of ALS may vary. Symptoms include stiffness and increasing muscle weakness, especially involving the hands and feet. The disease eventually affects speech, swallowing and breathing. Because ALS only attacks motor neurons that control the body’s voluntary muscles, patients’ minds and senses are not impaired.

Approximately 14 cases of ALS are diagnosed each day nationwide. Most of those who develop the disease are between 40 and 70 years of age. The average expected survival time for those suffering from ALS is three to five years. At any given time, approximately 30,000 people in the United States are living with the disease.

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One Response to “Lou Gehrig Was The Best Baseball Player Ever…BUT Lou Gehrig’s Disease Sucks!”

  1. Marty Murray March 16, 2011 at 12:52 am #

    Things don’t have to be that way though.

    People experiencing als can heal themselves.

    Just look at what Craig Oster, Steven Shackel and others have done and are doing.

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