The Importance of Checking your Iron Levels

Are you age 20 or older with a diet high in red meats? Is your diet also low in vegetables? If you answered yes to these questions, then chances are good that your body has an iron overload.

An iron overload causes inflammation in the body, and excess iron plays a role in cardiovascular disease and neurodegenerative diseases. When iron levels are too high, they can precipitate rapid aging of tissues and bring on disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinsons disease, and ALS. High iron levels can also cause heart failure, stimulate atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke), trigger diabetes, and increase cancer risk. Continue reading

What is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is a disease in which certain nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord slowly die. These nerve cells are called motor neurons, and they control the muscles that allow you to move the parts of your body. ALS is also called Lou Gehrig’s disease.

People with ALS gradually become more disabled. How quickly the disease gets worse is different for everyone. Some people live with ALS for several years. But over time, ALS makes it hard to walk, speak, eat, swallow, and breathe. These problems can lead to injury, illness, and eventually death.

It can be very scary to learn that you have ALS. Talking with your doctor, getting counseling, or joining a support group may help you deal with your feelings. Your family members may also need support or counseling as your disease gets worse.                                                                                       Continue reading