Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is the name given to a group of diseases in which the nerve cells (neurones) that control muscles undergo degeneration and die. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Progressive Muscular Atrophy (PMA), Progressive Bulbar Palsy (PBP) and Primary Lateral Sclerosis (PLS) are all subtypes of motor neurone disease.

Although MND is the widely used generic term in the United Kingdom, Australia and parts of Europe, ALS is used more generically in the United States, Canada and South America.

These diseases are also sometimes known as Maladie de Charcot and are often referred to in the United States as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, after the famous baseball player who died of the disease.

By any name, ALS/MND is characterised by progressive degeneration of the motor nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The motor cells (neurones) control the muscles that enable us to move around, speak, breathe, and swallow. With no nerves to activate them, muscles gradually weaken and waste. Symptoms may include muscle weakness and paralysis, as well as impaired speaking, swallowing, and breathing.1

Please visit the MNDA Association to have more medical information on this disease.


  1. excerpt from https://www.alsmndalliance.org/what-is-alsmnd/ ↩︎

video taken from the MNDAssociation

Don’t Lose Hope

Although the western medicine tells us this is incurable and terminal, there are many alternative treatments that could prove successful. Many scientific articles are available on the web that will help nurture your hope. There is actually one website 1 that has been created by a neurologist (and working with a team of many) to fact check those alternatives and rate them using their defined scale 2.

There is a full section on our site dedicated to those alternative treatments, how they work and links to the scientific papers.


  1. ALS Untangled - http://alsuntangled.com/completed.html ↩︎

  2. ALS Untangled, The Table of Evidence - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/21678421.2014.987476 ↩︎