Joyce now 83, 29 years after ALS diagnosis

Back in 1988, Joyce Brown was diagnosed with ALS at age 54. Her symptoms were

Joyce Brown

muscle cramping, muscle twitching (fasciculations), difficulty swallowing, breathing, and walking, choking on saliva, and losing her voice. She went to a second doctor who confirmed her diagnosis.    

To be absolutely sure of her diagnosis she traveled to a neurologist in Salt Lake City who had experience with ALS and had a third confirmation of her ALS diagnosis. The neurologist told her she might live until Thanksgiving, only five months away.

Hoping for a miracle she tried to find someone who had any kind of treatment that might work. Through her doctor in Las Vegas Nevada she learned of a homeopathic treatment from Germany that had apparently worked for some ALS patients in Germany. She agreed to try it and traveled 900 miles round trip once a week to get the treatments—injections which mixed her blood with the homeopathic remedy. She was also told to eat only whole foods and not consume meat products during the treatment period.

After 10 weeks of treatments and 9000 miles of driving she still continued to get worse. Walking was extremely difficult, she could no longer eat in public and regularly choked on her food. People were having so much trouble understanding her speech that she looked for a voice board to communicate.

After 10 weeks of treatments Joyce’s doctor went on vacation for a week. She got so much worse the week with no treatment that she convinced the doctor to continue treatments when he returned.

All of this time Joyce continued to pray. She had a near death experience several years before her ALS diagnosis and had felt close to God since that time.

Joyce also knew that thoughts affected the body and so did not want to think anything that might affect her body in a negative way. She recited positive phrases out loud over and over again throughout each day to keep her mind positive. In addition, each night Joyce put on headphones during sleep listening to “sleep teaching”–her recorded voice repeatedly saying positive statements.

Joyce also decided to no longer attend ALS support groups during her treatment because they focused on how much everyone was deteriorating and what to expect with physical decline, instead of on what one could do to slow, stop or reverse the ALS progression. She did not want any negative thoughts entering her mind.

Joyce also saw a spiritual counselor and realized that in case she died she needed to forgive everyone in her life she felt had wronged her, including herself. She also asked God to bless her life. Looking back on this, Joyce feels forgiving herself and others was a key part to her healing.

Joyce continued to pray to heal, although she prepared in case God had other plans for her. She continued her weekly homeopathic injection treatments.

About a week after her 16th homeopathic treatment, while praying, Joyce felt a shift. She
described it felt like grey smoke lifting off of her. From that moment she felt different and when her husband came home that day he said she looked different. She no longer felt like she was choking.

In the coming weeks Joyce’s muscle wasting stopped progressing. Her doctor tested her and said her ALS was gone. She continued to gain strength over the next few months, although her muscle mass never completely returned. After more time, Joyce’s voice finally recovered completely.

Today Joyce is almost 84 years old, lives on her own and stays active. She has had life challenges and other health problems including two bouts with macular degeneration which have affected her vision but her ALS symptoms have never returned in the past 29 years.

Joyce is founder and president of Stress and Greif Relief, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization—, where she administers a suicide prevention lifeline (800-734-3439).

Joyce’s favorite saying is “Believe in Miracles, Expect Miracles and BE a Miracle for someone else.”

Joyce’s book in which she describes her near death experience before she was diagnosed with ALS is called God’s Heavenly Answers by Joyce Brown, available on Amazon.










The Importance of Knowing it is Possible to Heal

By Dawn McCrea, diagnosed ALS 2002
I was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) aka Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2002 and I am writing this January 2017, so I’ve spent over 14 years working with alternative and energy healing practitioners, learning how to work with energy and do energy healing myself. 
I have used many different techniques and I learned something from each one, but there was no one thing that healed all the issues.  So, I created my own practice for healing that works for me. 
The first step in my healing practice is knowing that it is possible to heal.  I truly believe this belief and the fact that I took continuous action to support my healing are the reasons that I am doing so well.

An important step in achieving any goal is to be around or in contact with people who are successful in that area.  Search for and connect with people who have or are healing.  Read books, watch videos, join groups and follow people who have healed, who inspire or motivate you. 

What did the people who healed, transformed or succeed do?  How did they do it? 
Years ago, I learned that there were people in my life that thought I was in denial.  After being given a diagnosis of ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease), which for most is terminal, instead of worrying about what might happen, I continued living as if I wasn’t going to die… 
Even while doctors were trying to figure out what was wrong, I was   working with an incredibly supportive group of alternative and energy healing practitioners.    I kept trying treatment, supplements and energy healing, I kept the ones that helped, discarded the ones that didn’t and continued to try new ones.  I NEVER GAVE UP.
To the extent possible, limit the amount of time you spend with negative people.  Unfortunately, we can’t avoid all the negative people and messages, but we can learn to limit the impact they have on us and our attitude.  Choose to FOCUS on the positive messages not on the naysayers and negative ones.
When you are experiencing a health issue, life can feel hard or painful.  You should feel the pain, maybe cry or throw a pillow, then pick yourself up    and change your focus to something positive.  Be a “Half-Full” kind of person, be happy for what you can do not frustrated with what you can’t.
Belief Busting
This disease is incurable; therefore, I can’t heal.
Is that always true?  What if it is not true?
Do people heal from incurable diseases?  If you did research on people who have healed from incurable / terminal illness or injury, you would never be done.  There are an unlimited number of “miracle” healings.
Belief Busted!!!!!!!!
I hope you find this helpful and I believe that joining the HealingALS website will provide information and inspiration to support your healing
Dawn McCrea
Energy Healing Strategies
 Dawn McCrea California, USA

A Holiday Message for PALS

YOUR PERSONAL “RESET BUTTON” by Steven Shackel, diagnosed ALS 1995

When a computer becomes overloaded with information or there is a software conflict and it “freezes”, the solution is often to simply restart the computer. Some machinery has a “reset” button that does much the same.

Sometimes you cannot help but be stressed by illness, financial difficulties, pain or simply frustration at your temporary inability to resolve life’s various problems. When it becomes too much to deal with, create a mental “reset button” for yourself. This may not make the problems go away immediately but it will allow you to return to an emotionally stable and positive base from which to view your life.

Rich or poor, sick or well, the best one can expect from life is to be fundamentally happy. This is a matter of choice rather than circumstance!

Rather than looking at what you cannot do, look at what you can do. Concentrate on what you have and not what you lack. By taking this approach to everything in life you can hit your mental Reset Button to become “fundamentally happy” again.

PALS have one of the most frustrating and potentially disempowering illnesses. There is no “off switch” to make ALS go away yet but we can all create our own Reset Button that will restart us in a happy state of mind, regardless of discomfort, frustration and any other unpleasant side effects of ALS.

On one level, being fundamentally happy is as good as it gets. Decisions made in this state of mind are likely to be clearer, more stable and certainly more coherent than those made whilst depressed, frustrated or just plain ill.


How to be happy, with a diagnosis of ALS or not — 2 videos & story at bottom


Being ill has nothing whatsoever to do with being happy. Many wealthy, successful and perfectly healthy people are deeply unhappy.

Rather than, “I’ve had enough, I give in, I don’t care”, it’s possible to take a broader view and think, “If everything starts from here and now, what would I change, how would I change myself and how will I deal with those things I cannot change at the moment?” then act on your conclusions. There is always something you can change, however small. Never underrate the “small” things. We all have to start somewhere and “small” change may be all it takes.


How to be happy, with a diagnosis of ALS or not — 2 videos & story at bottom


If being happy is the best it gets then that is the perfect place from which to view your life and make the necessary changes and decisions. Your mental Reset Button is immensely helpful. Used it several times a day in difficult times. Use a reset button in your life. Try it and see. It’s my Christmas gift to you.

— Steve Shackel

A miracle is not the suspension of natural law but the operation of a higher law.


How to be happy, with a diagnosis of ALS or not — 2 videos & story at bottom


People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you;
Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating others could destroy overnight;
Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give your best anyway.

–Mother Teresa

VIdeo 1 (4 min) – A different perspective on limitations.

Are we making the best of this moment? Do we appreciate our life up until now?

Video 2 (12 min) – 5 proven ways to increase your happiness & positivity today.

Story – Happiness is a choice – Every day 



Jeff was the kind of guy you love to hate. He was always in a  good mood and always had something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, “If I were any better, I would be twins!”


He was a unique manager because he had several waiters who had followed him around from restaurant to restaurant as he changed jobs. The reason the waiters followed Jeff was because of his attitude. He was a natural motivator.  If an employee was having a bad day, Jeff was there  telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.


One day I asked Jeff, “I don’t get it! You can’t be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?”


Jeff replied, “Each day I say to myself, Jeff, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood.’ I choose to be in a good mood.  Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life.”


“Yeah, but it’s not that easy,” I protested.


“Yes, it is,” Jeff said. “Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people will affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It’s your choice how you live life.”


I often thought about Jeff when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.

Several years later, I heard that he had been shot in a robbery.  After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, he was released from the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body.


I saw him about six months after the accident and when I asked him how he was, he said, “If I were any better, I’d be twins. Wanna see my scars?”


I asked him what had gone through his mind as the robbery took place.


“As I lay on the floor, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live, or I could choose to die.  I chose to live.

When I got to the emergency room and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses. I got really scared. In their eyes I read, “He’s a dead man”  so I knew I needed to take action.”


“What did you do?” I asked.


“Well, there was a big, burly nurse shouting questions at me,” said Jeff. “She asked if I was allergic to anything. “Yes,’ I replied. Bullets!’

Over their laughter, I told them, “I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead.” Jeff lived thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude.


I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully.

Attitude, after all, is everything.

You always have choices

Work like you don’t need the money

Love like you’ve never been hurt

Dance like nobody’s watching

Wahls Protocol for Neuro-degenerative diseases

Most doctors agree that a diet of whole, unprocessed, nutrient dense foods is essential for health. For neurological conditions, most integrative doctors recommend a diet high in healthy fats (nuts, seeds, oils, avocodo) and low in grains.


Terry Wahls, MD takes it one step further. She as developed the Wahls Protocol available in book form and at her website at 

Dr. Wahls was in a wheelchair for 9 years suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS). Today, after following the Wahls Protocol, she no longer needs a wheechair, and is able to walk, ride a bike and live a normal life as long as she sticks to her diet. She is not cured her MS, but she has been able to become largely asymptomatic.

Why is this important for ALS, Alzhiemer’s and other neurological diseases?  Because a diet good for one neurological disease has been dr-terry-wahls-2nd-stage-multiple-sclerosisshown to be beneficial for other neurological diseases and we personally know people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, ALS and MS who say they have benefitted from the Wahls Protocol.

Elimination of grains and sugars is an important part of Wahls Protocol as is dairy because they cause inflammation. For those who are sensitive, eggs and any allergic foods must be eliminated.

Far more important, according to Dr. dr-terry-wahls-up-from-the-chair-multiple-sclerosisWahl’s book is what you add back in to the diet. For example, adding an adequate amount of healthy fats (nuts, seeds, coconut oil, olive oil, avocodo) is importnat for brain function. Adding a significant amounts of certain vegetables to the diet is another important piece of the Wahls protocol. Bone broth and liver from organically raised meat and poultry are essential because they add nutrients
not available elsewhere in the diet. Raw brazil nuts provide bio-available selenium to help detoxify the body.

Dr. Wahls is not the only one recommending a diet rich in fats and eliminating grains. Dr. David Perlmutter, MD, and board certified neurologist, recommends a similar diet high in fat and low in grains in his books Grain Brain and Brain Maker. Dr. Mercola MD, Dr. Mark Hyman MD and other well-respected integrative physicians also recommend this type of diet for neurological conditions. All also recommend a diet which eliminates processed foods as well as artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners.

Since part of ALS is inability to process high glutamate levels in the brain, doctors recommend eliminating MSG and other high glutamate foods.

For more information on the Wahls Protocol, visit or order her book on


Amalgam Dental Filling Danger

People ask us all the time: “How can silver amalgam dental fillings be dangerous? They have been around for a hundred years and been in millins of people’s mouths.”

Before I explain, just watch even a few minutes of the following video:

ALL silver amalgam fillings:

  1. Are fifty percent mercury, and mercury is one of the most dangerous substances on the planet for the human body.
  2. Have never been safety tested by the FDA (Food and Drug Adminstration), they were “grandfathered” in.
  3. Are the largest cause of mercury poisoning on the earth according to the World Health Organization.
  4. Leach into the bloodstream with ever breath that you take, going directly into your lungs, crossing the blood-brain barrier into the brain, and often settling there and doing damage.
  5. Leach into your saliva causing havoc on your digestive system and gut health.

Check out this video from the University of Calgary where it is shown that mercury, even in the vicinity of a neuron, will destroy it. No doubt: mercury destroys brain cells.

Every silver amalgam filling that you have accumulates mercury into your body. For those who happen to have great genetics, their bodies will detoxify and the mercury will be safely eliminated through the liver, the kidneys, and the digestive system. More often than not, however, the mercury accumulates in various organs in body “safely” so you have not side effects, but then it has nowhere to go: and it will adversely effect the brain, the heart, the liver, the kidneys, etc. depending on the person. This is why one in ten people have Alzheimer’s at age 65 and by age 85 it is one ever two or three people. As we get older we lose our ability to detoxify and more mercury and other toxins accumulate in our bodies causing damage.There are a also a number of peer-reviewed journal articles directly linking the presence of mercury in the body with ALS. If you have been diagnosed with ALS, you do not want to keep accumulating mercury in the body.

The good news:

  1. You can get your amalgam fillings safely removed by a trained mercury safe dentist. This will eliminate more mercury accumulating
  2. You can detoxify your body from mercury and other heavy metals.

Another ALS survivor

Dr. Wang, a native of China, and also a medical doctor, was diagnosed wDr Wangith ALS in 1983. Over the years he had tried everything, including western medicine, chinese medicine, meditation and qui gong. He survived 15 years but then had major stomach issues and the doctors predicted he would not survive much longer. 

Then he found a chinese mind-body meditation technique called Falun Gong, now known as Falun Dafa. After three months of practicing this technique, his ALS has completely reversed. Now, 18 years later, he is still healthy.

To read more about Dr. Wang’s story, click below:

We had the honor of interviewing Dr. Wang in July of 2016. He is still practicing medicine. He continues to practice Falun Dafa daily. Why does Falun Dafa heal? More on this later.

Another study intrigued us. It was published in 2016 and studied 152 terminal cancer patients. In order to be included in the study, the prognosis had to be less than a year. The study patients were all Chinese who practiced Falun Dafa. The study period was between 2000 and 2015 and as of publicaton, 149 patients were still alive and 96% were completely cured! We have never seen this kind of cure rate for terminal cancer! Here is a link to the abstract:

If you would like to see how Falun Dafa works in the western world, here a is short 6 minute introduction. Please note there is a mis-translation in the video saying Dr. Wang had muscular distrophy. The correct translation is ALS. Dr. Wang’s wife was a neurologist and his diagnosis of ALS was definitive.

Falun Dafa is totally free. It is not a religion, but rather a philosophy that goes along with a mind-body meditation practice.  It consists primarily of studying a book (also available free online to download or in the form of 9 audio lectures which you can listen to online) and doing exercises (do the best you can given your physical constraints). More information is available at: and there are some examples of the exercises on

Why does Falun Dafa work?

  1. Healing is both mental and physical. There is plenty of scientific evidence that stress causes disease or, at a minimum, is a major contributing factor in most diseases. Virtually everyone we spoke to who has been diagnosed with ALS, had a lot of stress in their lives the three to five years before diagnosis. Among other things, Falun Dafa helps eliminate stress, which can help put the body into a state of healing. 
  2. Negative emotions such as anger, fear, frustration put the body into a state of stress. There is plenty of scientific evidence that when the body is in this state, cells cannot absorb nutrients and they cannot detoxify. Try thinking of a stressful event?  How does your body feel? Now think of a very happy event? Now how does you body feel? Which state will promote healing? Falun dafa helps you eliminate these negative emotions.
  3. We don’t know. But given the two stories above and the many stories you will find online in a google search, it seems worth looking into and worth giving it a try.

When will the Healing ALS documentary film be complete?

People ask us: You have been working on the documentary film, Healing ALS for years now. When will it be complete?  The short answer is, “when we get funding”. If we get the full amount that we need, we can finish in six to eight months. In the meatime we move forward as we earn money that can go to the film and get in donations. For more details, please click the Donate button at right. 

This month, July 2016, we flew to New York then rented a car and traveled to North Carolina, back to NY and up to Boston. Here are some of the things we accomplished during the trip:

  • Filmed three ALS reversal interviews for the documentary film and YouTube:
    • Nelda Buss diagnosed with ALS 1985
    • Mike McDuff diagnosed with ALS 2012 
    • Dr. Wang Zhiyuan diagnosed with ALS 1983.
  • Got another chapter in for our book, Healing ALS.
  • Interviewed two doctors we for the Healing ALS film
    • Dr. Richard Bedlack, neurologist Head of ALS clinic Duke university, documenting ALS reversals
    • Dr. Savely Yurkovsky, MD, homeopath, helped one of the PALS in our film heal
  • Spent 3 days at Reversing Alzheimer’s conference with Drs, Permutter, Hyman, and Bredesen as co-presenters, as well as
  • Met with Steve Saling and toured the Saling ALS residence in Chelsea, MA
  • Met with 2 PALS Erika and Kathy, who are working on holistic methods to reverse ALS symptoms.
  • Met with Linda Paulhus, whose son passed away from ALS who has been collecting material on holistic healing of ALS.
  • Met our HealingALS webmaster, Marea Adjewon from TurnKeyBlogTeam in person, who is helping us create a PALS support website
  • Had coffee with one of our volunteer transcriptionists. We really need to pay these incredible women. In the meantime we have had several volunteer to transcribe a few of our interviews, which is moving us forward in the editing process of the Healing ALS documentary film together.

So to answer “When will the Healing ALS documentary film be complete?” With no funding, doing bits and pieces at a time as we earn enough, it could take years. With full funding six to eight months. Thank you for all who have donated so far. We would not have been able to get here without you.

More proof of ALS Reversals

We are very pleased that the idea that ALS is reversible is becoming more and more accepted. Yesterday the Wall Street Journal published an article featuring 2 people who have reversed their ALS symptoms significantly. Here is an excerpt:

“Richard Bedlack has treated more than 2,000 patients with ALS, the neurological condition also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Almost without exception, his patients get worse over time and eventually die.

Now, Dr. Bedlack, longtime head of Duke University’s ALS clinic, is focusing on a different kind of patient: someone who seems to be getting better.

ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, progressively robs people of the ability to move their muscles and is fatal, usually within two to five years.

But in a small number of cases—Dr. Bedlack says he has verified 23 so far—patients report unexpectedly regaining lost motor functions for at least a year. Some attribute their improvement to supplements or experimental therapies, but acknowledge they can’t be certain why they started to improve.

Dr. Bedlack believes that studying these so-called “ALS reversals” and trying to determine what, if anything, separates these individuals from the overwhelming majority of others may lead to new understanding of the disease and, potentially, new therapies…”

For the full article, see: or

We applaud Dr. Bedlack for studying these reversals and believe that this is most valuable way to come quickly to viable treatments for ALS.

We do want to emphasize that we feel ALS has many causes and not only are these causes different for each individual diagnosed but each person’s genetic and environmental background are different. Therefore, this means that treatment for each person will be highly individual, and what is successful for one, might not be successful for another. Different things work for different people. This is consistent with the vast majority of PALS (persons diagnosed with ALS) who have been able to successfully reverse ALS. They did a whole combination of protocols to reverse their ALS symptoms. We are convinced that the approach of studying only one protocol at a time is not ever going to work for the majority of ALS patients therefore we are hoping ALS researchers will move towards studying this multi-therapeutic approach in their clinical trials.

That said, we are very encouraged that ALS reversals are becoming accepted in the mainstream ALS community, and we thank Dr. Bedlack for his hard work by verifying the reversals of ALS in these patients, by studying them and beginning clinical trials, and by getting this information to the ALS medical community. We hope there will be more research funded to study the various multi-therapeutic approaches, these PALS have taken to reverse ALS.

Below is a recent YouTube video of Richard Bedlack, MD, PhD giving a talk describing some of his reversals.

Again, our hope is that the ALS research community studies a multi-therapeutic approach to ALS. Although Lunasen is in itself multi-therapeutic because the various ingredients address more than on thing in the body, it only addresses some of the possible causes of ALS. By addressing all the many possible causes of ALS with appropriate therapies, we believe the success rate will be much higher and more and more ALS patients will be able to reverse their symptoms. Again, thank you Dr. Bedlack for your contribution to solving the ALS puzzle.


Where do I start?

People ask where do I start? Some PALS would like to take some positive steps while they are researching what to do. This document is adapted from the “Checklist” at and we feel it is a good place to start. Again we are not medical professionals. This is based on information gleaned from PALS who have reversed their symptoms. You need to make your own decisions based on your research, the research of your support team, and the advice of medical professionals.

Good suggestion:  Assemble a support team.  This is not an illness you can fight on your own and the traditional medical field really has nothing to offer.  Get friends, family, children, siblings and holistic (functional) medical professionals on your side.  Only add the people that will help you get well not help you die.  Your team may consist of only one or two people at first. The team members need to understand all the points below and understand how important they are for your well being.

Basic Check List for ALS.

Things to Eliminate:

  1. _____Check your home for toxic chemicals: bleaches, cleaners, sanitizers, etc., and eliminate.
  2. _____Eliminate all processed food that contain preservatives, sugars, vegetable oils, etc., like aspartame, MSG, corn syrup, aluminum, fluoride, nitrates and nitrites.
  3. _____Eliminate all soft drinks and fast foods.  (No fries and greasy burgers)
  4. _____Eliminate all chemical fumes, perfumes, deodorants, cosmetics, (even Chapstick)
  5. _____Eliminate toxic soaps.  Toothpaste (get fluoride fee), shampoo, hand & bath soap, laundry soap, dryer sheets.
  6. _____Reduce carbohydrates and fried foods.
  7. _____Eliminate alcohol and tobacco.

Things to add:

  1. _____Start taking 4000 mg of Vitamin C daily.  Vitality C is excellent brand.
  2. _____Start using coconut oil, as ointment on weak muscles and 6 to 8 tablespoons with food.
  3. _____Get Magnesium.  Kim takes 1 teaspoon of Natural Calm and 3 tablets of jigsaw magnesium daily.
  4. _____Take a glutathione supplement. sells a 5 oz bottle (I t. per day). Eat an avocado daily and get good sleep in dark room.
  5. _____Take Vitamin D3.  D levels should be 60-90.  Get D levels checked if possible.
  6. _____Take Turmeric.  750 mg per day
  7. _____Go to a gluten free diet.  (No grains with gluten such as bread & pasta.)
  8. _____Implement ketogenic (high in good fats) and Terry Wahl’s diet (high in fresh vegetables). Google for more info.
  9. _____Increase hydration.  Try to drink at least 4 quarts of pure water per day.
  10. _____If swallowing is an issue (Bulbar ALS), start drinking carbonated water until your throat heals..
  11. _____Learn ways to detox your body.  Google ways to detox.

Power of the Mind — Develop PMA (Positive Mental Attitude)

  1. _____Invoke divine assistance.  Pray a lot.  But remember that God helps those who help themselves.  (Pray as though everything depends on God, then work as though everything depends on you.)
  2. _____Read positive, uplifting books and listen to good uplifting music.
  3. _____Paste positive clippings around your home and/or workplace.
  4. _____Do not allow negative input from family, friends, doctors.  Tell them you are going to beat this and believe it yourself by vocalizing in daily.
  5. _____Find some people you can serve, beyond your immediate family.  Care centers are a great place to find people that can lift you up by letting you serve them.  Great therapy.
  6. _____ Find a way to keep doing what you enjoy doing, for as long as you can. Refuse to give in to this disease.  For me, it is golf.
  7. _____ A change of attitude will change the outcome.  (One of our PALS said that she added spirituality as we had suggested and said that it has made a huge difference for her.)

Good Reference material to start:

  1. ______Read Eric Edney’s book, Eric Is Winning. It is an excellent primer for where to start and what to do. While we do not agree with every detail, it contains invaluable information. It is available on Look at Eric Edney’s website:  Eric passed away in January of 2015 at age 85 from complications of a stroke and heart attack.  He was diagnosed with ALS in his early 60’s and until his stroke, his functionality and ALS symptoms were improving.
  2. ______Read Steven Shackel’s website, This site has excellent information on a variety of ALS topics and is well-written and readable. Steve was diagnosed with ALS in 1994. His symptoms worsened to the point where he could not leave the house without a wheelchair and his speech was compromised. Most of his ALS symptoms have since subsided.