What would you do if you were told you will slowly lose all muscle control in your body and you have only two to five years to live? What if you were told your brain functioning would be intact but in a short span you would be in a wheelchair, unable to swallow, breathe or speak without mechanical assistance?
This was what happened to the people pictured below. They were given a diagnosis by their neurologists of ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. In Europe and much of the world it is called MND, motor neurone disease.
The people above had a choice: listen to their doctor that there is nothing you can do and go home and enjoy the little time you have left OR choose another path.
They are different from other long term survivors because they are healing, or have healed from ALS. Top row: Evy McDonald, 34-yr ALS survivor; Derek Swinnard, 16-yr ALS survivor; Dawn McCrea, 12-yr ALS survivor; Craig Oster 20-yr ALS survivor. 2nd row: Eric Edney, 21-yr ALS survivor; Carol Jensen, 9-yr ALS survivor, Steven Shackel, 20-yr ALS survivor. Bottom row: Ben Johnson 11-yr ALS survivor, Joyce Brown, 26-yr ALS survivor, Butch Machlan, 6-yr ALS survivor; Kim Cherry 3-yr ALS survivor
Needless to say, they chose another path. How are their stories different from other long term ALS survivors? They are reversing their symptoms, and some have healed completely. More details of stories are on a website called
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Patricia Tamowski and Alan Scott Douglas are filmmakers who want to make sure that everyone diagnosed with ALS has the opportunity to know that dietary changes, supplements, detoxification and healing on the emotional level can change the outcome of their ALS diagnosis.
They are making a documentary film to make sure everyone diagnosed with ALS is given the knowledge they need to heal. They know that with this information, the paradigm of ALS can shift.
They know because by hearing the stories of people who are healing or have healed, others diagnosed with ALS are already following in their footsteps and healing.
Creating a documentary film is expensive and the filmmakers are doing a campaign to raise money to travel to complete the interviews, shooting, editing, transcription, graphics, music and post-production. I cannot think of a better way to donate to ALS than to support this project.
20-year ALS survivor Dr. Craig Oster watching as Coco Newton, RD, CCN, clinical nutritionist and Roger Newton, PhD, research scientist support HealingALS.org