Breaking the Ice

So its the ALS Ice Bucket challenge here we are all talking about.

Let me first start with what ALS is. 

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

As motor neurons degenerate, they can no longer send impulses to the muscle fibers that normally result in muscle movement. Early symptoms of ALS often include increasing muscle weakness, especially involving the arms and legs, speech, swallowing or breathing. When muscles no longer receive the messages from the motor neurons that they require to function, the muscles begin to atrophy (become smaller). Limbs begin to look “thinner” as muscle tissue atrophies.A-myo-trophic comes from the Greek language. “A” means no or negative. “Myo” refers to muscle, and “Trophic” means nourishment–”No muscle nourishment.” When a muscle has no nourishment, it “atrophies” or wastes away. “Lateral” identifies the areas in a person’s spinal cord where portions of the nerve cells that signal and control the muscles are located. As this area degenerates it leads to scarring or hardening (“sclerosis”) in the region.

The reason the Ice bucket challenge was undertaken was to make people realize how it feels when your mind and body goes numb in seconds due to cold water being poured on you. I personally believe, if you really wish to bring a change, aim to work towards it. The ice bucket challenge though it is a great initiative is not the right way to go about this, as people are merely treating it as a game and an internet overnight sensation. I would not like to be a part of this simply because I have a feeling I would not be taken seriously on doing something like this, maybe I might just be seen as someone doing this to gain some fame. Well, each one is entitled to their opinions. Whats your take on this?

Check this out for more details, and don’t forget to make your donations before you decide to pour an ice water bucket on you, coz that is what in the end will truly help.

Breaking the Ice.

http://www.alsa.org/about-als/what-is-als.html

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