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