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Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis 25 July 2009

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a chronic, progressive, almost invariably fatal neurological disease. ALS is marked by gradual degeneration of the nerve cells in the central nervous system that control voluntary muscle movement. The disorder causes muscle weakness and atrophy throughout the body. It is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or motor neuron disease.

A study published in the September 2002 edition of the Journal of Clinical Neurosciences has found a high incidence of mycoplasma infections in Gulf War Veterans who developed Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. 83 % (30/36) of the patients with ALS had positive PCR tests for mycoplasma compared to less than 9% of controls (who did not have ALS). The authors concluded that infectious agents may play a role in ALS or ALS patients are extremely susceptible to systemic mycoplasma infections.

Research from Harvard School of Public Health has linked formaldehyde to ALS. Our most common exposure to formaldehyde is through the artificial sweetner Aspartame.

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