I don’t reblog very often, but I have also been mulling over this whole ALS Water-boarding Challenge that seems to be morphing from something very meaningful to a popularity contest. The act of dumping the water is to mimic the effects of muscle spasticity, rapidly progressive weakness due to muscle atrophy, and difficulty in speaking (dysarthria), swallowing (dysphagia), and breathing (dyspnea) of someone with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Here, Debbie offers an alternative. Namaste~
Last weekend a friend nominated me on Facebook for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It was bad timing, because I had an important commitment on Sunday. It’s also been really cold in Upstate New York, and the thought of taking off my sweater to dump ice water on my head doesn’t make me feel charitable.
In addition, I’m bothered by the way that the ALS Association turned a fun dare among pro athletes and celebrities into a guilt-trip fundraiser for more research by Big-Pharma, which continues to ignore possibility of environmental or food-based causes for diseases and fails to address alternative treatments. I cannot bring myself to donate the little extra money I have to a charity that does not align with my values.
That being said, I saw the effects of Amyotrophic lateral…
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