Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative disease affecting motor neurons and disabling voluntary control of muscles. 90-95 percent of cases have unknown etiology. Environmental exposures have been suspected to be a potential cause.
By comparing the environmental toxin exposure of 101 ALS patients to 110 comparable healthy control individuals, researchers from the University of Michigan demonstrated that people with persistent exposure to environmental pollutants such as organochlorine pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls, and brominated flame retardants are at 2-3 times greater odds of having ALS than those who are not exposed.
As animals can accumulate and concentrate these toxins in their bodies with contaminated food and water intake, meat and dairy products can serve as major sources of these toxins.
Dr. Aristotle’s Comment:
We’ve discussed environmental exposures and the crucial need for proper elimination of toxins from the body. The long term effects on our health and ability to heal from disease are now being noticed in the literature. Remember, before starting any detoxification program you need to strengthen the biochemistry of your body.
As you know I highly recommend the Cardio-Ion laboratory tests to help determine what strengths and weaknesses exist in the body. This way you can be proactive in your healing while staying on target with your nutrition.
Source: Su FC, Goutman SA, Chernyak S, et al. The Role of Environmental Toxins in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Risk. JAMA Neurol. 2016. DOI: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2016.0594.
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