ALS Awareness.

als awareness

I‘m posting this to raise awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Schlerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Unfortunately, as much as the “Ice Bucket Challenge” came about through a wish to raise awareness and money for the cause what they clearly didn’t bank on was the pure stupidity of the human population, not only have people injured themselves and others, but many people have forgotten why they are doing it, now it’s just funny to do and post all over the internet. Now, people are even involving their pets.

Dumping your puppy in a bucket of ice water is animal cruelty.

Don’t get me wrong, if you want to pour ice water on yourself then be my guest, but for goodness sake be careful, keep hold of the damn bucket and leave your pets out of it.

The following information has been taken from the ALS Association Website;

(ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

A-myo-trophic comes from the Greek language. “A” means no or negative. “Myo” refers to muscle, and “Trophic” means nourishment–”No muscle nourishment.” When a muscle has no nourishment, it “atrophies” or wastes away. “Lateral” identifies the areas in a person’s spinal cord where portions of the nerve cells that signal and control the muscles are located. As this area degenerates it leads to scarring or hardening (“sclerosis”) in the region.

As motor neurons degenerate, they can no longer send impulses to the muscle fibres that normally result in muscle movement. Early symptoms of ALS often include increasing muscle weakness, especially involving the arms and legs, speech, swallowing or breathing. When muscles no longer receive the messages from the motor neurons that they require to function, the muscles begin to atrophy (become smaller). Limbs begin to look “thinner” as muscle tissue atrophies.”

If you’d like to learn more about this, then please visit http://www.alsa.org/about-als/what-is-als.html

Lets raise awareness, not stupidity.

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