Friday, April 22, 2011

Cure ALS. Save The Earth.

Today as we focus on the health of our planet, let's consider an investment that will save human lives and the life of Mother Earth.

ALS requires incredible amounts of durable medical equipment. Once you acquire one expensive, plastic-laden device, the disease moves so quickly that you're ready for the next piece of equipment that will permit you to breathe or eat or communicate or move. Healthcare delivery has tons and tons of consumables that you have to buy with these devices.

Anyone who has dealt with ALS will tell you that it takes a lot of stuff to deal with ALS, and caregivers are forced into purchases that give them few planet-friendly options.

Today as we celebrate finding ways to preserve our environment and natural resources, let's consider an investment that will preserve some precious human lives, too. ALS research is underfunded. Let's fund it sufficiently and raise the bar on research efforts so that the cause and cure may be found. That will be good for people and for the planet.

Come to think of it, finding if there is an environmental cause that triggers ALS would be extremely good for our planet in many ways. Nobody wants ALS, and nobody should have to live its path of personal and environmental destruction.

1 comment:

ALS Grumpy said...

Another way to be planet friendly as well as helping other patients is to donate durable medical equipment to a local MDA,ALSA, or ALSGA loan closet so these expensive devices can be recycled. The ALS Guardian Angels is a grassroots foundation that recycles DME when all others fail. They are a super organization.