Myth: ALS is a disease

It may sound harsh but it is the truth: ALS is not a disease - and anyone claiming otherwise will fail to provide evidence to such.

ALS is most accurately defined as a set of "signs" - objectively quantifiable symptoms. In case of sporadic ALS, the underlying cause is unknown, making ALS not a disease but a symptom description. It is crucial to keep this in mind. It is unfair to patients when they are lead to believe that they are with 100% likelihood suffering from a disease without a cure, instead of a perhaps treatable symptom of an identifiable illness.

Lou Gehrig disease - a disease or a symptom?

Lou Gehrig

One of the reasons why people still believe that ALS is a disease is that ALS is also known as "Lou Gehrig's disease". When ALS got that name, it was not yet clear that ALS can be caused by a variety of factors, and that it is assumed to be a symptom of an unknown disease or -diseases. Even though there are countless cases of ALS being caused by Lyme disease, the medical establishment still believes that there is such a thing as "real ALS" and that it has an unknown cause or causes. So far, the only identified causes of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (motor neuron damage) have been familial ALS and Lyme neuroborreliosis.

Patients should understand that ALS is a symptom, and that ALS has been cured many times with antibiotic treatment. Our book documents eleven ALS patients who cured their ALS with antibiotics. These people have been diagnosed by a neurologist as having ALS, but it turned out their ALS was a symptom of Lyme disease and antibiotics provided a cure.

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