Here’s why it’s so important to learn about ALS
With the Ice Bucket Challenge raising over a million dollars this weekend in order to raise money and awareness for the ALS Association, a growing concern is that many still don't actually know what ALS is.
ALS, commonly referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is "a rapidly progressive, invariably fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells ... responsible for controlling voluntary muscles." Though the causes of the disease are unknown, research shows that certain genetics, environmental factors and exposure to specific toxins may be at the root of the fatal disease according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
- Tight or stiff muscles
- Muscle weakness/atrophy in the arm or leg
- Difficulty speaking and swallowing
- Possible issues with memory or dementia.