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Emotional Healing is key to Physical Healing (Updated Sept 2018)
There are so many things to do on a physical level to reverse ALS and any chronic disease–nutritious mostly grain-free diet, healthy fats, supplements, detoxification, and more.
Yet most people do not realize that emotional healing and postive mental attitude are just as important to healing ALS and other diseases as anything we can do physically.
Those who Reversed ALS Healed Emotionally
Before you read this blog, make sure you have read the blog immediately below, telling
about Evy McDonald’s ALS reversal, because it brings home just how important emotional health is. One of the major factors Evy attributed to her healing was forgiveness, giving and receiving love freely and keeping positive thoughts. Every time she thought a negative or
angry thought, her body felt worse, and when she thought positve thoughts, her body felt better. So why continue any negative thoughts? Since her body felt better with positive thoughts, why not think positively 99% of the time?
Steven Sherry (diagnosed ALS 1999) said meditation, and thinking positively most of the time, were extremely important factors in his ALS reversal. He lived in a state of gratitude no matter what, focusing on what he could do, not what he could no longer do, as he continued to research solutions to his ALS, to improve his symtpoms.
Dawn McCrea (diagnosed ALS 2002, http://energyhealingstrategies.com) said releasing and healing negative emotions were essential before she was able to turn her ALS symptoms around.
Steven Bishop (diagnosed 2001, https://healingals.org/2017/07/) said had it not been for a positive mental attitude, positive affirmations, a state of gratitude and giving to others, he would not have reversed ALS and he would not still be here today.
Steven Shackel (diagnosed ALS 1994, http://shackel.org) said mental healing was key to reversing his ALS, along with all of the physical things he did.
Donald Jaeger (diagnosed ALS 1992) and Wendy Moore (diagnosed ALS 2003) attribute their healing to the power of prayer and knowing God had the power to heal them.
Eric Edney (diagnosed with ALS in 1993, died in 2015 at age 85,
http://EricIsWinning.com) said of his 3 pillars of Nutrition, Detoxification, and Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) were key to reversing so many of his ALS symptoms.
Virtually every one of the over 20 people we interviewed who have reversed ALS permanently say that mental healing was as crucial to healing, probably more important than anything they did physically.
How to Emotionally Heal and Stay Positive
It is very easy to say “Be positive”, “Live in an attitude of gratitude”, “Focus on what you can do, not what you cannot do”, “Give to others so you are not focusing on yourself all the time”. It is much harder to do these things. Here are some things that those who have reversed ALS have found helpful:
Meditation. Scientific studies have shown that those who meditate, no matter what the
health challenge, have better outcomes. Start with just sitting still, eyes closed, without moving, 15 minutes per day, while clearing your mind of its constant chatter. By quieting the mind and body, you will often get insights you would not otherwise get. You may be inspired to look at a certain website, search a topic, speak to someone, or get an idea about something that might help you heal.
Positive Affirmations with Emotion. Steven Bishop originally used the affirmation “I am healing” throughout the day. Then he changed it to “I am healed”, on the premise that all of us are perfect, as we are, no matter what our physical condition. Joyce Brown listened to recorded positive affirmations both day and night to help her reverse her ALS. Remember positive affirmatins need positive emotions attached to them to be effective, so be emotional what you say your affirmations!
Forgive: No matter who you are angry with, including yourself and God, forgiveness is the
key to emotional health. It wasn’t until Evy McDonald forgave everyone in her life that her ALS symptoms began to turn around. Every negative emotion you carry with you is detrimental to your health and interferes with your healing. So why hold on to negative thoughts?
Have an attitude of gratitude:Every time you have a negative thought, think of something you are grateful for. It completely changes your mental outlook and your can feel your body relaxing and being happy. Remember, if your body is in a state of relaxation versus stress, the cells take in nutrients better and detoxify better. There is an immediate positive effect on your physical well-being.
Keep a positive mental attitude (PMA) 99% of the time: Understand that every second that you think a negative thought, your body is no longer in a healing state. Remember that PMA is a choice. Eric Edney said that he and his wife Glenna had a rule: that they couldn’t both be down at the same time. So if one of them was having a bad day, the other had to be positive. It is this type of thing that makes us realize that our attitude is a choice. So why wouldn’t you want your body in a state of healing 99% of the time? Why would you spend any time in negative thoughts, knowing it is halting and probably worsening your healing? “Stuffing” your emotions is not the answer, “releasing” them is.
Visualization.Todd (diagnosed ALS 1988 at age 16) upon recommendation of his psychologist, used visualization. The psychologist had been reading studies about the power of visualization and thought it would be worth a try so Todd thought, why not? Every day when he was laying in bed since he could no longer attend school, he visualized microscopic erector set men (perfect for a 16 year old) coming in and repairing his neurons so they became healthy again. He also visualized Jesus healing him. All this lead him to a better diet (if Jesus healed him he had better do his part) including eating vegetables for the first time in his life. Today Todd is healed and lives a normal life.
Find a way to give back. According to Steven Bishop, Steven Shackel, Evy McDonald, and so many others we interviewed, giving back was a key part of healing ALS.
Evy was still able to speak so she volunteered to make phone calls on behalf of a local non-profit. She also made it a point, no matter who she was in contact with, to make the other person’s day better.
Steven and Jennifer Bishop volunteered at their local MDA Association in a variety of ways and started a local chapter of a non-profit pairing young volunteers with ALS patients who needed help at home.
Steven Shackel started the first ALS patient website in 1994 (using Mosaic!) as a way to help others diagnosed with ALS and for PALS share information. One of the things that kept him going was knowing he was needed–so many people were depending on him for the most up-to-date information on possible ways to heal ALS.
One advantage of focusing on others is that it takes your mind off of yourself. Another is that it feels good to give to others. All of this helps in your healing.
Embrace Life the way it is, not the way you would like it to be: According to Evy
McDonald wishing life were different is unproductive and only makes you unhappy. Loving life as it is, in this moment–since we cannot change this moment–is the only logical way to live, because anything else interferes with joy, happiness and healing.
Stay in the Present: Most of us live in the past (regretting, which is unproductive) or the future (worrying, equally unproductive) yet we only have this present moment. In this exact second, are you living your life the fullest and being the happiest you can be?
Listen to positive YouTube videos: Search free YouTube videos by Bruce Lipton, Gregg Braden, Larry Dossey, Darrell Wolfe and others on the mental aspects of healing. When you listen to inspirational lectures, you feel better.
September 2018 Update: Courses from Medical Doctors and PhD’s on how to heal emotionally.
Again, we get to “How do I do all this, when I am so sad, depressed, and/or miserable?”
Most of the doctors on YouTube speak, give courses or have books available. Pick the ones that resonate with you.
Please refer to the August 2018 Healing ALS blog post for more information on Bruce Lipton, Gregg Braden and Joe Dispenza. Dr. Joe Dispenza has a great online course for Emotional Healing with a link in that blog post https://healingals.org/2018/08/.
Dr. Darrell Wolfe, MD, as a doctor treating cancer, found out quickly that if his cancer patients were not emotionally healthy (and all of us have some emotion issues), their cancer did not reverse. He also discovered the same was true for every other chronic disease he was treating.
Dr. Wolfe knowsfrom direct experience with his patients that emotional health is key to healing any disease. He also says that every single disease has its roots in emotion. There are studies showing that 95% of all disease is caused by stress. So how do we get rid of stress and be at peak emotional health, even with physical health challenges?
Dr. Wolfe gives free webinars from time to time. If you cannot attend live, the webinars will be recorded so you can listen later.
Before any webinars, Dr. Wolfe suggests listening to the audio file below several times. You may not agree with everything he says at the beginning, but you may find after several times through, you will be agreeing with more and more of what he says. This may be listened to all at once or in segments over several days.
More information about Dr Darrell Wolfe and several free books and webinars can be found by searching “Doc Star TV”.
Information on paid courses can be found in the link below.
Evy McDonald was only 29 years old with a busy career as a health professional in nursing when she was diagnosed with ALS. It was September of 1980. Her neurologist gave her only one year to live.
Her symptoms had started the previous April. She started tripping and falling. At the same time she started having trouble holding IV bottles and medicine vials at work. When Evy’s symptoms happened more frequently, she made an appointment with a neurologist, who, in turn suggested she go to a neurologist in Houston. There, after many tests including a muscle biopsy, the ALS diagnosis was delivered and Evy was told there was no hope.
Evy’s first reaction was denial and she returned to work. Within a couple of months, however, she did not have the strength to continue. Around the same time, a minister at her church, upon hearing of her diagnosis, offered to let her move in with him, his wife and their two sons. The couple wanted to minister to the “dying” and Evy would not be able to care for herself much longer.
On the outside, Evy was cheerful at first, but inside she was confused, angry and upset. She did not want to acknowledge her feelings. Within months, Evy was confined to a wheelchair and isolated herself more and more from friends and family members. She did not want visitors and only spoke when necessary. She needed assistance dressing, showering, and with the basics of life. Spending most of her time alone, Evy analyzed the dying process, and gathered data on how much physical ability she was losing.
Then one day something happened. Some friends “kidnapped” Evy and literally carried her, angry and fuming, to their car, to drive to a lookout on the edge of town for a picnic and to watch the sunset. They all ended up having a wonderful time, enjoying food, wine, conversation, laughter and a breathtaking sunset. Evy felt alive for the first time in months.
The next day, Evy woke up with joy in her heart. She realized that she had been focusing on and was obsessed with dying ever since her diagnosis, instead of focusing on living each day. She thought a lot about how she wanted to live the rest of her life, she read as much as she could, and then she came to a conclusion: In the few months she had left, Evy wanted her life to count, to make a difference. She made a decision to live, the best way she could, to freely give and receive love, to be of service to others, to let go of the anger she had been carrying around for years and instead practice total forgiveness.
When Evy attempted to put into practice what she had decided to do, it was not as easy as she might have anticipated. Evy realized she did not love herself, inside or outside, so how could she possibly give love to others? It was difficult, but she experimented with ways to do this and she finally succeeded.
Forgiveness was a real challenge too. How could she possibly forgive those who had damaged her life, her self-esteem, and more? She realized that she had been carrying around suppressed anger inside herself for years, dating back to her childhood. Here she used the bible and Jesus’ example. It was a process and did not come easily, but as she forgave others she also forgave herself, and was able to accept Jesus’ forgiveness.
Evy, in her self-analysis, also realized some hard truths about herself. As a nurse, in the service profession, she was always giving to others. Yet she realized that she had always expected something in return, such as recognition for her service, appreciation or a favor. She had never truly “given” without expectation of anything in return and she decided to change that. From her wheelchair Evy was still able to speak, so she contacted a non-profit and started making phone calls on their behalf. She found that this simple act, without any expectation of getting anything back, changed her life and she felt worthwhile again.
All of this took months of introspection. At the end of each day Evy would ask herself: What did I do for someone else today? Did I expect anything in return? How did I show love to someone else today? Did I speak or think negatively about myself? Every day she rated herself and worked on improving her results.
Evy did not expect a cure, she just wanted to live the highest quality of life possible for herself and those around her. Slowly her attitude shifted, she became happier and both the quality and quantity of her interactions with friends and family increased.
As part of her determination to live the best life possible, Evy knew she had to care for her body as well as her mind. Evy’s caregiver, Meg, the pastor’s wife, made sure she only got nutritious food, high in healthy protein, no sugar and minimal grains. Meg created delicious meals that gave Evy’s body more energy. In addition, she took vitamins that made sense to her: 3000mg of Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, Vitamin B complex and amino acids. Evy also had her amalgam dental fillings removed. It seemed sensible not to keep any type of poison in her body.
After months of introspection, reading and doing the above exercises, Evy eventually summed up what she learned: “I no longer demanded that life be the way I wanted it and embraced life as it was.”
Eventually, through trial and error, persistence and determination, Evy learned to love and forgive herself and others. She let go of resentments, and embraced whatever life situation she was in at that moment, instead of hoping that life would be different. She kept reading and reflecting, and as a result, got ideas to assist her in this process. From her wheelchair, Evy celebrated life and lived every precious moment.
Remember, at this point Evy did not focus on a cure for her ALS. She focused on wholeness, healing everything she felt was broken within herself, and seeing herself as whole and beautiful.
While doing “her part” by being as healthy and happy as she possibly could in body and mind, at the same time she completely surrendered her future to God. She focused on living the best she could each day no matter what and no longer concerned herself with dying.
As a result, Evy’s everyday thinking changed profoundly. As she radically changed her view of herself and the world, Evy radically changed as a person, even though physically, as she put it, she was still “a bowl of jello in a wheelchair“.
Remember, Evy fully believed she would die. She planned her funeral complete with the music and readings she wanted. She did not intend to heal, only to live the best life she could.
Then, surprisingly Evy’s ALS symptoms began to slowly reverse. Over a period of months, her body gradually regained strength. Instead of losing functionality, her body gained it. After about six months, she had the strength to get out of her wheelchair and stand. Then, after more time she was able to walk again. After about a year, she was back to normal physical function.
Why did Evy’s ALS symptoms reverse? Why did Evy heal when others, who seemingly did similar things, did not?
Evy is now in her 60’s. She lives a full life. Her ALS symptoms have been gone for over 35 years and have not returned. Looking back on the “why”, “Why did she heal?”, Evy
says that sheknows, without a doubt, that had she not changed her thinking, she would have died long ago. She does not know how much of a role a good diet, supplements and removing her amalgam fillings played in her ALS reversal, but she does know the substantial role her “change in thinking” played.
About three years after her ALS reversal, Evy went to visit the neurologist who diagnosed
her. He was very surprised to find out that she was still alive. They went to lunch and spoke for hours, and he noted that she was a completely different person than the “hard-edged” woman who had walked into his office for a diagnosis. They became friends, and co-presented at an ALS conference the next year. This eventually led Evy to be the lead investigator on the “ALS Patient Profile Project” which followed 144 PALS and their primary caregivers for 18 months. Their results were published in a peer-reviewed article in the Archives of Neurology in 1994. That led to being invited to speak at other ALS conferences, including one in London where she met the Duchess of York.
Evy eventually became a Methodist minister and did full time ministry for many years.
Today, forgiveness, giving and receiving love, and living each day to the fullest and with joy, are all still a part of Evy’s ongoing life journey. Evy is proof that ALS can be reversed, and also proof that the mind can play a significant role in healing. Evy knows that her journey is not unique and that others too can heal ALS and other ailments.
In 400 BC Socrates said, “There is no disease of the body apart from the mind.” For more modern scientific theory and evidence of the mind’s role in healing check out books and YouTube videos by Bruce Lipton, Larry Dossey, Gregg Braden, Dolores Cannon, and others.
Steven Bishop was only 35 years old when he was diagnosed with ALS in February 2001. Steven is now into his 17th year living with, not dying from, ALS.
At the time of his diagnosis, Steven was happily living with his wife Jennifer and their almost three-year-old son. They had their whole lives ahead of them. Like anyone given an ALS diagnosis, the couple was devastated and Jennifer insisted on getting a second opinion. A few weeks later, a second neurologist at a different hospital confirmed the diagnosis.
One of the first things Steven and Jennifer did was try to find other ALS families. Through their local MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) they were able to find other families and start a support group, as well as get valuable information about ALS, what to expect, and how to get equipment. At least they did not feel totally alone.
Steven’s job was extremely stressful so he made the decision to go on disability soon after his diagnosis at the recommendation of his doctors. He knew that stress was a contributing factor to disease. They also decided to move into a smaller house on one level, both for wheelchair accessibility and to keep expenses down.
From the beginning, Steven took anti-oxidants C, E, and CoQ10 on the advice of his neurologist. He and his wife already ate a healthy diet and did their best to avoid junk food, and artificial flavors, colors and sweeteners in their home anyway, so they had a head start on a healthy diet.
As many people do after receiving an ALS diagnosis, Steven went into a depression. Jennifer felt all the burden on her, with a three year old and the additional physical and economic responsibilities. She told her husband that they “needed him” to be an active part of their lives.
Fortunately Steven was able to pull out of his depression and decided whether he had 18 months left or 5 years, he was going to live the very best life he could. He wanted his son to remember a father who was positive and happy, not one who was grumpy and complaining. He made up his mind to be a good role model. He and Jennifer decided to focus on the quality of life each day, since they did not know how many days they had left together as a family.
The other thing the couple decided was that they were going to “give back” to the ALS community. If there was no hope for ALS now, at least they could work so there would be hope for others with ALS in the future. They volunteered to help with fundraising for the MDA in their local area. This had an added bonus: focusing on others took their minds off their own problems.
One evening they were asked to attend an MDA fundraising “lock-up” where volunteers were “jailed” at a local restaurant until they raised a certain amount of money. Steven and Jennifer went around the room telling the volunteers how the MDA had helped them. It happened that the local television station was at the fundraiser that night and interviewed the couple. This eventually led them, months later, to be invited to the annual national Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon in Atlanta, where they told their story on national television. Jerry Lewis was so impressed he asked them for their phone number.
To their surprise, Jerry Lewis phoned them soon after, and then every week for the next year for a mental pep-talk. Jerry explained to them that in his 40 years with the MDA that he observed that the people who had the most positive attitudes had far better outcomes with their disease. These phone calls were invaluable. Both Steven and Jennifer made it a point to be more positive during the week so they would be able report back to Jerry.
It is impossible to prove, but both Steven and Jennifer feel that focusing on others, maintaining a positive mental attitude, and deciding to make the very best of whatever time Steven had left, slowed his disease progression along with other therapies they tried.
In addition to taking anti-oxidants, Steven experimented with various therapies that might help slow his ALS symptoms, including chriropractic, massage and “dry needling”. Even if it was only relief of muscle cramping and twitching, he felt some benefit from these.
Since his progress was so slow, they thought Steven might be misdiagnosed, but a third and then eventually a fourth neurologist confirmed his ALS diagnosis.
Despite all of the positive mental attitude, the anti-oxidants and other therapies, Steven continued to decline physically. He could stand and walk for only short periods and needed a wheelchair for anything requiring long periods of walking or standing, like the zoo, museum, park and his son’s field days. He could no longer do stairs, and he was tired much of the time. He continued to exercise as much as he was physically able to.
Still, Steven and Jennifer kept their eyes open for things that might help and in 2009, through a friend, they found a nutritional supplement that is a Nrf2 activator. They did not think it would necessarily reverse ALS, but they did think that it might help Steven stay healthier overall by allowing the body to heal itself. The science was strong and Steven decided to take the new supplement instead of the C, E, and CoQ10 he had been taking. Jennifer also started on the supplement and felt health benefits soon after. Steven did not notice any improvement intially but continued to take it because he knew the science and was convinced it would help him stay healthier.
In 2010, over a year after he started taking the Nrf2 activator, Steven had a good day, when he felt a little less tired, and felt a little stronger. Then, a few weeks later he had another good day. Soon he was having several good days in a row. Several months later his doctor commented that he might be getting stronger in some areas, and even stated “I believe you will be around to see your son get married and have kids.” To Steven and Jennifer, this seemed like a miracle! It was a memorable day.
Over the next months and years, Steven slowly regained strength. Eventually he no longer needed his wheelchairs nor his walker. They called the ALS Association to give back the equipment. Steven remembers the freedom he felt the day the ALS Association picked up the electric wheelchair that had been donated to them so someone else could use it.
Today, in 2017, sixteen years after diagnsosis, Steven still has ALS. He still deals with fine motor skill issues, he gets fatigued if he does too much. He can do some yard work but if he overdoes it he pays for it the next day. Steven still cannot return to work because anything stressful causes his symptoms to worsen. He still uses a bi-pap for ALS-induced sleep apnea and baclofen for muscle tension when needed. Steven and Jennifer are grateful for Steven’s dramatic recovery. He can do stairs again, and drive again and continues to slowly improve physically.
Steven and Jennifer still give their time to others diagnosed with ALS. They also share the Nrf2-activating supplement, because they feel it was part of the reason Steven has been able to successfully reverse ALS.
To find out more about Steven in his own words, visit https://alsliving.wordpress.com/.
Cathy Cummins, DC was diagnosed with PLS in 2005 and ALS in 2008.
She was a busy chiropractor, helping students and patients while pursuing her dreams. Like many people with active professional and personal lives, she often overworked her body.
Before her diagnosis, Cathy competed as a hopeful for the 1992 U.S. Judo team for the Barcelona Olympics until she broke her arm. She became a competition body builder.
She continued her post-doctoral education to become the best she could be in her profession while continuing to work.
When Cathy was diagnosed she knew, as a holistic healer, that one could accept the diagnosis without accepting the prognosis. She enlisted the help of her partner, also a chiropractor, and other health professionals, including a highly skilled naturopath to help her plan and adjust her program.
As a medical professional, Cathy knew the importance of nutrition, supplements and detoxification. She also knew that rest, stress reduction, staying positive and keeping mentally and emotionally healthy were an essential part of healing.
Cathy used all the tools at her disposal, including traditional medicine. She took a prescription muscle relaxant and had a medication pump implanted into her spine to help her with her cramping. With her own research and the help of other professionals she experimented with supplements and protocols she knew were low risk that might possibly help her symptoms.
Despite all of her best efforts, Cathy’s physical condition continued to worsen. However, she knew she was on the right track and she knew that holistic protocols take time to be effective, so she persevered and made the best of whatever state her body was in.
During this time, Cathy remained in her job as an assistant professor teaching chiropractic on a part-time basis. She thoroughly enjoyed her work and it took her mind off of her diagnosis. She used a van with a lift and an electric wheelchair to get to, from and around campus.
Cathy’s diaphragm and voice were very weak, working at 50-60% of normal, so she used a ChatterVox and micrphone at work so that she could be heard while teaching.
While experimenting with various treatments and working part-time, Cathy knew her emotional well-being was just as essential to healing, so she made sure to include fun in her life. She kept up her annual trips to Mexico with her family, even though it meant sometimes being carried by friends when things were not wheelchair accessible, even once using a luggage rack for transport.
Cathy joined a competition-level singing group, despite only being able to stand for short periods, needing a machine to amplify her voice, and sometimes needing assistance breathing. Cathy was very excited to be able to sing the National Anthem at a ball game with one of her quartets. She also took up wheelchair curling for recreation.
With all this, at times Cathy’s symptoms were scary. At her worst, she needed a respirator at night and her partner wondered if she would even make it until morning. She had an Ambu Bag with her at all times on her wheelchair since she had passed out a few times from a lack of oxygen and over exertion. Cathy needed help cutting up her food and needed her wheelchair both in and out of the house. Friends and family prepared for the worst, while hoping for the best and never giving up.
Finally, after years of experimenting with various protocols, mostly holistic, Cathy’s symptoms turned around. She got so good at wheelchair curling she made the 2014 Sochi Paralympic team as a the women’s alternate. Unfortunately—or fortunately—shortly after the Olympic trials she was disqualified from the paralympic team because her symptoms improved so much she no longer qualified. She was no longer “disabled enough”. Fortunately a rule change allowed her to stay on the team.
Today, Cathy is slowly giving away the equipment she has accumulated over the years such as canes, walkers and wheelchairs. If she overworks or overstresses, her ALS symptoms worsen. To maintain her health, she needs to rest, exercise, watch what she eats and take supplements. She continues to tweak her protocol.
Cathy is a poster person for ALS reversal. Her courage, determination and perseverance have paid off. She was not afraid to enlist help from her partner, family, friends and colleagues, all of whom helped her heal. She sought professional help from a naturopath
and other experts, even though she was a professional herself. She took the time and effort to maintain her emotional and mental health throughout the process. She made sure she had fun and came up with fulfilling things to do to enrich her life, at every stage of her disease, no matter what the level of her disability.
Today Cathy celebrates her improvement. Thank you Cathy, for showing others what is possible.
Back in 1988, Joyce Brown was diagnosed with ALS at age 54. Her symptoms were
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 homeopathic 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—helpstopsuicide.org, 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.
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.
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.
I hope you find this helpful and I believe that joining the HealingALS website will provide information and inspiration to support your healing
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.
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
DANCE LIKE NOBODY’S WATCHING
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.
Stephen was only 42 years old when he was diagnosed with ALS. This was 1999. He went to the top neurologist in Houston at the time, who confirmed he had ALS. Like many diagnosed with ALS Stephen had been under a lot of stress in the years leading up to his diagnosis—a divorce, a move, a stressful job, a job change.
Fortunately, Stephen was brought up in a household where natural remedies were used over medications whenever possible. His mother was always using herbs, vitamins, and foods to heal. So he asked his neurologist if there wasn’t something he could recommend to him. His neurologist said there had been some research that high doses of anti-oxidants might slow ALS progression and suggested vitamin C.
After the initial shock and tears that inevitably follow an ALS diagnosis, Stephen, his sister and his then-girlfriend-now-wife began searching the internet for anything that might help nerves, muscles, and brain function, since the motor neurons are in the brain. As they researched, Stephen started adding other anti-oxidants and other vitamins including magnesium, omega-3’s, melatonin and more. He would add and subtract vitamins depending on how he felt and as he researched more.
Stephen also changed his diet. He no longer ate processed food. He read labels. He looked for foods that would build up his body. He read about detoxification, then ate foods and took herbs that would help cleanse his body of toxins.
Stephen was prescribed the standard ALS medication at the time called Rilutek, also known as Riluzole, but decided not to take it. He read about the side effects on his liver, which he knew was key to detoxifying the body. He also saw others at the ALS clinic he attended taking it and did not like the effect it was having on them. They seemed to be very tired and have brain fog. He felt he was doing way better with the diet, vitamin and detoxification regimen he was on. It also made more sense to him.
Stephen kept working both because he enjoyed his new job and it took away the financial pressures of not working. His bosses were very flexible and he was able to sit for long periods at work. There were days where he was just too tired and they worked with him at these times. When he got home from work there were more articles to read and research, and of course, eat a clean diet and take his supplements.
Stephen also knew the importance of mental attitude in any disease and did his best to stay positive. He also used meditation to calm his mind and to visualize his body healing. With practice, he was eventually able to get to “quiet his mind” in just a few seconds. He found that doing this throughout the day helped him be calm and centered and in “healing” mode most of the time.
Stephen’s sister kept sending him links about the dangers of amalgam dental fillings. All amalgam fillings are 50 percent mercury, one of the most dangerous neurotoxins on the planet! At first he did not believe these filling he had since he was a child could possibly be affecting his health, but the more he read, the more he realized that he would have to get them removed if he wanted to get better. He had so many fillings, in the end he decided it would be less expensive, and less risky to his health to have them removed and to get dentures, so that is what he decided to do. Within months of doing this in 2006, Stephen’s ALS symptoms began to reverse.
Today, 17 years after diagnosis, Stephen is doing well. He is able to walk, drive, do carpentry, work in the garden and play guitar. He enjoys time with his wife, family and friends. He is not cured. If he eats at a restaurant where there are additives in the food, he gets muscle cramping and fasciculations for a day or two. If he backs off too much on his vitamin regimen his ALS symptoms worsen and he simply increases his supplements.
Update: Please see the newly released video of Stephen on our November 2017 blog: https://healingals.org/2017/11/
Update 2: People have asked us for Steven’s supplement list. We have posted it below. As far as exact dosages, since every individual is so different you need to experiment and find which dosages work for you specifically. Some things based on their research, these PALS knew they were helping even if they didn’t feel anything. Steven Shackel said he often gave things 4 to 6 months before deciding whether or not they were helping him. Here is the list that Steven Sherry gave us. Dosage for you in particular will depend on your specific body’s needs and your specific symptoms. Hope this helps.
Supplement I use regularly:
CBD Cannabis Oil
Supplement I use sporadically:
Possibly positive. I now use these sporadically or I would use them again if I think it might fit:
Pycnogenol (Grape Seed/Pine Bark Extract)
ALA (Alpha Lipoic Acid)
Possibly positive, I would use them again when I think it might fit:
Grape Seed Extract
Acetyl L Carnitine
Stem-Kine (may boost stem cell production)
Branched Chain Amino Acids
I tried these but they had no effect so I discontinued them:
Powdered Energy Drinks (I used several types over the years)
White Thyme Oil
Negative side effects. I would not use these again:
St. John’s Wort
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 http://terrywahls.com.
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 shown 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. Wahl’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.