7 May 2015

Dealing with ALS

Submitted by theshovel
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Whether you know it as ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, or the Ice-Bucket-Challenge disease, I most likely have it. The diagnosis is not final, but after a couple EMGs and an MRI brain scan, the neurologist is pretty sure of it. As much as I want it to be something else, the symptomatic similarities definitely favor it. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is currently regarded as an incurable fatal illness. Considering that 50% die within 18 months of diagnosis and that only 10% live more than 10 years, it’s not something I was wanting to hear from my doctor.

Now, as one who has been committed to a holistic approach to health for a few decades, it took a lot for me to even schedule my first appointment. Yes, I am one of those people who has avoided doctors and drugs at all costs. I believe God made the body in such a way that it takes care of itself when given the proper nutrition (although more drastic measures may be needed because of the many toxins produced by our advanced civilization). Other than a few chiropractic visits here and there, the last doctor appointment I had was with an ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) about 14 years ago for a broken ear drum. On the brighter side, every test result showed that I am in great health — other than having an incurable fatal illness, of course (and I do have my suspicions as to what has caused it).

So, here’s why I don’t have a final diagnosis. It turns out that, although a fairly certain assessment can be made by observing the tell-tale symptoms and following up with an EMG, an official diagnosis can only be made by ruling out other possibilities — and that’s accomplished by taking drugs to see how I might react … or not. You see, the medical world knows very little about ALS, and even if it could be determined that I have it for sure, there is nothing out there other than experimentation. The only reason I would go through the steps to receive an official diagnosis would be for disability coverage (and I’ve learned that there is no waiting list for ALS patients). If my health goes downhill, I will take that route.

I say if because I have had numerous improvements and/or a leveling out since moving into high gear with our alternative approach. In September of 2014, I started in on a detox regimen that lasted for approximately 4 months. But then, at the beginning of the year, my wonderful wife started me off with daily doses of freshly-made fruit and vegetable juices (twice a day). She also makes me one or two smoothies every day. She gets up early with me every morning and makes an amazing salad to eat at work (and yes, I still work full time at Home Depot). And if you’re thinking, Just a salad? I can tell you that you haven’t experienced one of my wife’s fresh salads. My co-workers are starting to get used to seeing me pull all the ingredients out of my lunch bag, but many of them still stand around me just to gawk. I get offers for a lunch trade almost every day!

All that being said, a holistic approach to health is actually less costly — in view of all things in the long run, that is. However, it’s far more costly for the individual at the time because healthy food and natural supplements are definitely more expensive, and it takes longer to prepare (unless you just wash it off and eat it raw). On top of that, insurance pays for very little when it comes to taking an alternative approach to healing. Up until this year, I’ve saved a lot of money by opting for one of the high-deductible insurance plans (of course, considering that we rarely use any of those insurance benefits, the idea that I’ve been saving any money is quite ludicrous). This year, however, those few tests have almost pushed me to the $4000 deductible (not yet paid for). The next expensive procedure I’m pursuing will not be covered by insurance at all, and it may be the most helpful thing I end up doing.

I’ve already received some much needed assistance from a few who found out about my situation, and if that’s you, I thank you once again from the bottom of my heart. If any of you reading this are so moved to donate something to help me out, I would greatly appreciate it. You can do that here: Donations

Thank you,
Jim Minker

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Hi Jim, Sorry to hear about your illness. What ever it is worth to you look up on Google “The One Minute Cure” and see what you think. I talked face to face with a lady who had 6 months to live. She had a very advanced case of Liver Cancer. She was introduced to The One Minute Cure. She added these oxygenated drops to some juice or water everyday. And within three months it wasn't just in remission, it was completely gone. Why? They say because no germ or bacteria, parasites etc.,  can live in an oxygenated environment. It may be worth checking out. Let me kow what you come up with. 

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Thanks Patrick, I will definitely check that out. :)


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Aha! Yes, I am familiar with that. We actually bought some a while back. I tried it a few times but was unsure about something I was feeling during that period so I stopped. My wife still uses it to brush her teeth. I’ll be giving it another go! Thanks for the reminder.


Hi Jim,
Just saying hello and want you to know that you have helped me, and I want you to know that I am glad that you share your faith. You are an uplifting brother and I appreciate you taking your time to do the shoveling.
I hope all is well with you and your family. You are loved , by all of us ,(I think I can say that for everyone here), because we all are in the same boat, and just want to know who Christ really is and what He has REALLY accomplished. And you have been an instrument in Gods hands to help us.
Thank you Jim from the bottom of my heart, or the top of my heart, or the middle of it, you get the drift. I am confused LOL.
Just wanted to say Hi!

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Thank you so much for your words of encouragement to me. I appreciate you more than you might know. :)


Arnold, It's so good that you have put out this greeting…I am sure it was a God thing!



Just thinking about you.


Wow, I just stopped by to check your site for updates and I find this. How are things going at this time, since it's September 26? I will be praying for you.

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Hello Charles, I’m doing pretty well at this point. Getting quite a workout going up and down a few flights of stairs and walking around on the sand every day. Right now I’m sitting on a balcony overlooking the ocean in North Carolina. I’ll give more if a report when I’m home.

Charles I am sure he will check in at some point but I think he is visiting family I do believe in NC.


God bless,


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