Coconut Oil Reverses Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

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by Clarence

Introduction

I am not raising money or selling anything. I have ALS and want to share things that have helped me.

Philosophy

I think it’s important you know my philosophy before reading on. A wise man (my father) would always say to me when something was broken; “Fix it with what’s available to you! What do you have to lose by trying?”

That’s how I see my ALS. I have a choice. I can sit and wait for others, such as medical/research groups, to find a way to fix my problem, which hasn’t happened. Or, I can try with what is available to me.

That’s what I have chosen to do: to TRY! Fortunately, I’ve experienced improvements. Maybe the improvements are only 10% to 20%, but that’s more than I had before. I believe I can still get more, but it won’t happen unless I keep trying! If you feel that way too, please read on.

Basic Data

I am 62 with FALS (Familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis); inherited from my mother who died in 1987, about 8 years after its onset. I began showing signs in early 2007, and was officially diagnosed with FALS in September, 2008.

Because I believed there was nothing I could do to change the outcome, I just sat down to wait for the end. Then in late 2009 I read some things that caused me to think, “Dad was right, what do I have to lose by trying something outside the box!”

I’ve been taking magnesium chloride/water mixture since September 15th of 2009. I currently take 4 ounces per day (2 in the morning and 2 in the evening). I also started taking coconut oil on October 31, 2009. I started with 4 tbsp. per day the first month. I then went to 6 the second month, and upped it to 8 the third month. One coconut oil webpage said 4 tbsp. per day was for “NORMAL” people. I didn’t think with ALS I was normal. I now take 9 tbsp. per day (3 at each meal mixed into my food.) This is the only way I can take it.  Straight causes me throat problems!

After reviewing another coconut oil webpage I started massaging coconut oil on my bad leg twice a day. The result from December 16, 2010 to January 31, 2011 was a 3/8” thigh circumference increase and improved strength. This was surprising so I am now massaging the entire leg, ankle and foot, focusing on any sore spots.

Following are specific details.

A. Before Taking Coconut Oil and Magnesium Chloride: (Nov. 4, 2009)

  1. Difficulty walking due to weakness in right leg; had to use canes to walk.
  2. Right leg felt asleep and non-responsive when walking or trying to move it.
  3. Right thigh muscles shrunken so bones could be easily felt through muscles on underside.
  4. Had “drop-foot”. Could not tip right foot up or down, nor pivot it side to side as much as left.
  5. When sitting could not raise right thigh off the chair.
  6. Extreme difficulty putting right shoe on.
  7. Right ankle very purple and bruised almost all the way around it.
  8. When lying face down on stomach with legs outstretched; unable to raise my right foot.
  9. Extreme difficulty rolling over in bed because right leg could not move on its own.
  10. Right leg could not push downward at all.
  11. Very thick saliva at night.
  12. Excessive yawning.
  13. Nearly constant muscle vibrations in entire right leg; some in left leg and upper right arm.
  14. Cannot walk on toes of right foot.

B. Changes Since Taking Coconut Oil and Magnesium Chloride Daily: (January 28, 2011)

  1. Right leg and foot have same feelings as left.
  2. Increased strength and size in front muscles of right thigh but still weakness in buttocks, back thigh muscles, and muscles affecting knee.
  3. Left leg strength and size increased.
  4. Can stand on right leg a little longer because it has gained strength.
  5. Can move right foot and toes up and down, and tap foot to music.
  6. Can pivot right foot inward and outward some.
  7. When sitting; can pull right foot backwards, although not yet as far as the left.
  8. When sitting; able to raise right thigh upward to put on pants.
  9. Less difficulty putting right foot into a shoe.
  10. Bruised appearance of right ankle almost gone.
  11. When lying face down on stomach with legs outstretched; can begin to raise my right foot.
  12. Normal yawning.
  13. Can roll over in bed with minimum difficulty.
  14. Can push downward with right leg.
  15. Muscle vibrations in legs and right arm only happen occasionally and only during the day.
  16. Still have slight twitching in right thigh and buttocks.  (Hopefully it’s muscles waking up).

Conclusion

Thus far my ALS progression is much slower than my mother’s. For both of us the first muscles to be affected were the ones that allow you to run (buttocks, thigh, and knee muscles, etc.). At this time some of these muscles are still not responsive. The reason could be because the nerve cells are slow to wake up from their 2+ years of sleep!

I have had positive improvements from adding coconut oil and magnesium chloride to my diet. It’s the only change I’ve made. I believe the coconut oil and magnesium chloride has slowed, and partially reversed the progression of my ALS. Therefore, I plan to keep going on the diet. I also plan to continue massaging my right leg with coconut oil, and tracking my changes, good or not so good, monthly to see what happens! What do I have to lose?

NOTE: Although some information out there says coconut oil increases cholesterol levels, my January 2011 blood test levels were very good.

Update 2012

According to my doctors my annual EMG on March 6th 2012 showed no changes from last year. They said the progression had either stopped or was almost stopped, and that I should keep doing what I’ve been doing!

Since taking these things I’ve had enough positive changes that my doctors are confused, because they know there is supposedly nothing that helps people with ALS. Now they say I have “a form of ALS called Benign Monomelic Amyotrophy.” So I asked them if there was anything to help people with that disease, and they said NO. Then I asked “Why have some of my muscles gotten larger and stronger?” THEY HAVE NO ANSWER! All they say now is “keep doing whatever you’re doing.” So I am!!! I no longer have a drop-foot, no muscle cramps, etc. However, some of the first muscles to go have not responded yet, but I’m not giving up on them.

Here is my latest update:

Before:

As of Sept. 15, 2009

1. Difficulty walking due to weakness in right leg; had to use canes to walk.

 

2. Right leg felt asleep and non-responsive when walking or trying to move it.

3. Right thigh muscles shrunken so bones could be easily felt through muscles on underside.

4. RH thigh @ 14 1/4” & LH @ 15 3/8”

5. Weight @ 148 lbs

6. ALS Functional Measurements @ 18%

7. Drop-foot

8. Cannot tip right foot up or down, nor pivot it side to side as much as left.

9. Cannot move toes much at all.

10. When sitting cannot raise right thigh upward to put on pants.

11. Extreme difficulty putting on right shoe.

12. Right ankle very purple and bruised almost all the way around it.

13. Unable to raise right foot when lying face down on stomach with legs outstretched.

14. Extreme difficulty rolling over in bed because right leg cannot move on its own.

15. Right leg cannot push downward at all.

16. Excess and thick saliva primarily at night.

17. Excessive yawning.

18. Cannot walk on toes of right foot.

19. Normally have to get up twice during the night to go to the bathroom.

20. Cannot stand on right leg at all because the knee will give way.

21. When sitting cannot pull right foot backwards at all.

22. Mild insomnia

23. Moderate stiffness in right leg and foot.

24. Cramps in different areas of both legs

25. Spasms in different areas of both legs

26. Weakness in right buttocks, thigh, calf, ankle, foot, and toes

27. Weakness starting in both hands.

Current

 As of April 3, 2012

1. Still have difficulty walking due to weakness in right leg, and use canes or crutches to walk.

2. Normal feelings in right leg, somewhat more responsive when walking, etc.

3. Increased strength and size in both legs, and can no longer feel bones through muscles.

4. RH thigh @15 5/8” & LH @ 16 7/8”

5. Weight @ 152.9 lbs

6. ALS Functional Measurements @ 13%

7. Slight drop-foot due to weak ankle muscles.

8. Can tip right foot up and down, and side to side, but not as much as left.

9. Can move toes up and down

10. When sitting am able to raise right thigh upward to put on pants.

11. Less difficulty putting on right shoe.

12. Right ankle no longer has bruised appearance anywhere on it.

13. Can beryl raise right foot when lying face down with legs outstretched.

14. Can roll over in bed with a minimum of difficulty.

15. Right leg can push down with some force.

16. No problems anytime with saliva.

17. Normal yawning.

18. Still cannot walk on toes on right foot.

19. Almost never need to get up at night to go to the bathroom.

20. Can stand on right leg a little longer because it has gained some strength.

21. When sitting can pull right foot backwards, although not yet as far as the left.

22. No insomnia

23. Mild stiffness in right leg and foot.

24. No cramps in either leg

25. No spasms in either leg

26. Still have some weakness in right buttocks, thigh, calf, ankle, foot, and toes.

27. No more weakness in either hand.

 

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14 thoughts on “Coconut Oil Reverses Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

  1. JDP on said:

    I’m of the understanding that ALS is caused by a fungal infection of both the spine and the nervous system.

    …Whereby the fungi grow around the nerves and ‘intercept’ the zinc & copper that the nerve cells need for proper function, creating a degradation and eventual near-total breakdown of the nerves over time leading to the conditions that qualify for an ALS diagnosis.

    This is why the first therapies for ALS has found success using (the right ‘kind’ of) copper in treating the disease. Not just because the copper makes it to the nerve cells, helping to allow them their normal function, but also because copper is anti-microbial, as recently ruled by the EPA. (thus antibacterial & antifungal).

    If you watch the two-part YouTube video titled ‘Cancer is a fungus’ where Doug Kaufmann interviews Italian oncologist Dr Simocini, at the very end of the second part (the first is very much so worth the watch as well!) you’ll hear them discuss ALS specifically being the result of a fungal infection.

    Dr Simoncini has discussed this in greater depth in other interviews that were recorded after this one, but it was the first (earliest dated material) time that I’d heard about ALS being a response to a fungal infection.

    This is why coconut oil is effective at both ALS *and* cancer…as well as many other things being effective in treating & preventing cancer….

    Anything that has antifungal properties will help both ALS & cancer… just like anything that promotes fungi .. be it nutritionally or via causing damage that the body then shuffles resources to fix … resources that can be intercepted by a fungal infection and thus promote it… are both good & bad for cancer

    Coconut oil is wonderfully antifungal… as well antibacterial, so it doesn’t surprise me that it would help ALS.

    This is also why ALS is inherited, despite not having a clear genetic cause to justify it…. and, is inherited along the matriarchal line… as we live in our mother’s wombs for 9 months, are exposed to so much of their microbiome during that time, breastfeed off of them (and/or drink their breast milk), as well share such a common diet with them while growing up. …. it isn’t a genetic infection, it’s a fungal (thus microbiomal) one.

    Readjusting the perspective as seeing it (and treating it) that way, will go a long way towards reducing, removing, and, ultimately, recovering from the symptoms… if not ever stop them from coming on to begin with.

  2. Rick Judge on said:

    I’m 53 and was diagnosed with ALS June 2011. I am going to give it a try, I do Chiropractic and Acupuncture twice a week, also taking Rilutek twice a day. My hands are weak I wear braces for them also braces for the foot drop for the weak ankles. I’m also taking Lions Mane mushroom supplement for nerve support. We have to do all that we can to find a cure or at least slow down the progression. I’ll post back after I’ve tried the coconut oil for a while. Does anyone else take the Rilutek? I’m not sure if it’s doing any good for me. Post what you all think on the Rilutek.

  3. Laura on said:

    Friend heard about Coconut oil and got me some. Any suggestions how to put it a smoothie. It cakes up from the cold…guess less ice cubes. I was diagnosed with PBP May 10th 2013. Having trouble talking and swallowing. I will include it in my oatmeal and i have been cooking with it. Good luck all!

  4. Jerry Grayson on said:

    I was diagnosed with ALS in September 2012. Just started using virgin coconut oil.

  5. ROSEMARY BRIMNER on said:

    Thank you for your detailed information. My father-in-law was diagnosed with Bublar Palsy last month and we will do anything we can to help him adjust and possibly improve his symptoms. Please continue your updates. It is greatly appreciated. God bless.

  6. Tina Grass on said:

    has anyone heard of this helping with PSP( progressive supranuclear palsey)

  7. Rikki on said:

    ALS Untangled did a research study on coconut oil. This team is made up of a tough research group. They have debunk a lot of ALS claims. They gave coconut oil a very good review. I have ALS and I am about to start my program. I will keep you posted :)

    • Kate Ridd on said:

      Would love to hear if you have noticed any changes yet??

  8. Carolyn Whittington on said:

    I started taking Coconut Oil this week. My ALS symptoms started June, 2009, and have only affected my speech and swallowing. My strength so far is still tops.(Knock on Wood). Anyone else with same ALS symptoms?

    • Kate Ridd on said:

      My husband has ALS, diagnosed February 2011. He has no strength in his arms/hands, his speech is effected, balance is bad and his walking is getting “wobbly”. He has been part of a drug trial, which has now moved into a 3 year extension trial (which is good news), but we want to try something else. My friend (her Dad had ALS) sent me this article and it sounds promising. We want to try anything and would greatly appreciate your updates. I am off to buy some Coconut Oil tomorrow and crossing my fingers! Good luck to everyone trying this option!!!!!!

    • Yvonne Gallegos on said:

      I am 63 and diagnosed with ALS in October 2011, It has affected my voice and swallowing, My muscles are still strong but I can hardly speak, I started using coconut oil yesterday after reading the testamonies of success. I’ll keep you posted.

  9. joeyspfx on said:

    I was wondering what kind of coconut oil you use.

    • Admin on said:

      Clarence said that he uses organic virgin coconut oil.

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