How Many People Have Lou Gehrig’s Disease?

A question just completely ‘out the blue’ from inquisitive Cute Judy Lee!


Lou Gehrig’s Disease is a nervous system disease that weakens muscles and impacts physical function. In this disease, nerve cells break down, which reduces muscle functionality. The cause is unknown.

It is very rare and approximately 30,000 people living in the US have the incurable and progressive ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) most of them are men between the ages of 40 and 70 years. Many die within a few years of being diagnosed; others, such as the famed physicist Stephen Hawking, can live for years with their brains fully functioning even though their bodies and muscles have degenerated and wasted.

But was ALS the cause of Lou Gehrig’s death?

Well! Maybe not, say a group of neurologists, physicians and pathologists at the Boston University School of Medicine Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. These doctors are presently conducting landmark research on the brains of deceased former NFL players. In 2010, they presented convincing pathological evidence that “repetitive head trauma experienced in collision sports” may be associated with the development of motor-neuron disease.

In other words, repetitive head trauma, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) may result in a syndrome that mimics ALS. (Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology. 2010; 69 (9): 918-929)

It was on July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day, when the Yankee first baseman uttered the famous words at a home plate farewell speech ceremony at Yankee Stadium:

For the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.

Lou Gehrig was called the Iron Horse not only for his incredible strength and speed, but also because he was always in the line-up, not matter what injury he incurred the day before. So it is unlikely that we will ever definitively prove whether Gehrig died of ALS or a trauma-related motor neuron disorder diagnosis. His remains were cremated and the Mayo Clinic has sealed his records. Without Gehrig’s patient chart, it is impossible to even know if an autopsy was conducted. Yet his history of so many head injuries may well have played a role in his rapid decline and death.

Hey! Are you a doctor?

Hell no! Just a loud-mouthed wise ass!

Many diseases are named after the doctor or person that identified the disease or condition:

Alzheimer’s Disease – Dr Alois Alzheimer’s in 1906.

Tay-Sachs Disease – Waren Tay in 1881 & Bernard Sachs in 1887.

Parkinson’s Disease – Dr James Parkinson on 1817.

So! I have started a drive to get my own named syndrome: Hal’s Wise-ass Bi-Lateral Erectrosis!

“Yes! Today I consider myself to be the unluckiest blogger in the world: friendless and floundering in the churning blogosphere sea! So! Take the cannoli … leave the post!”

And based on my personal experience, I estimate that at least 5% of WordPress bloggers apparently suffer from this syndrome!

And what about the rest!?


Most likely Lester Likenstein’s Finger Motor Reflex Disorder!

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By Halbarbera

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  1. Indeed and what about the famous bloggers condition “I’ll like and follow you if you like and follow me.” I’m particularly amused when a post involves the bloggers wart or bowel movement and receive 150 likes and 75 comments while a brilliant post gets 3 likes and 0 comments.

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    1. Covered that on previous posts. But I have over 600 posts. If I find one, I’ll republish!

      The likes you are referring too most likely are for the blogger sakes not for the post itself.

      It is my experience that most of the likes occur even thou the post is never read!

      If I like a post, I have read or reviewed the post. And make comments maybe 10-20% of the time. Many which have inspired a post!

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      1. I can attest to that! You are responsible for the creation of my ‘The Boy’ posts. All this from one of your posts about medicine and a comment I made. I believe there are 18 posts now from that one comment!
        I am so sorry sweet Judy Lee is living with such a debilitating condition. Like the boy, she is always so upbeat and cheerful. More people could learn a lesson from her on how to be graceful and serene in the face of such adversity.
        You too Boss, you keep your head, you keep your wit, and you poke holes in the canvas of life and then giggle. I like that about you.
        I haven’t been on wordpress for very long but I have worked out that the way to evaluate your posts is by how many visits and views your stats report, rather than likes and comments. People are apathetic when it comes to clicking a like button to let you know they’ve been reading your work, they are even worse at leaving a comment!
        It’s almost like they want to read in secret! The secret public reading society!
        Keep on blogging, you make me giggle with your random thoughts. I don’t usually have much to giggle about! x

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      2. I believe they would too 🙂 x I wouldn’t have written his story down at all without yours and Judy’s encouragement to do so though. You made me realise I have a story to tell for him. Thank you x

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