ALS does NOT define you.

About Us

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Our Mission

Our mission is to bring awareness and innovation to finding a cure for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. 

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Our Vision

Our vision is to create a world where ALS is a treatable and manageable disease rather than an underfunded and terminal one.

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Our Hero, Dr. Ayeez Lalji

Dr. Ayeez Lalji, the inspiration of the ALS Heroes, is a self-made entrepreneur and manages 9 dental practices throughout the Greater Houston Area. He was diagnosed with ALS in November of 2017 and since then, he has been a beacon of relentless strength, resilience, faith and positivity in the face of this unbearable hardship. He remains grateful for the functions he still has and continues to live life courageously every day. He is a true inspiration to everyone he touches. Every day we are in awe by his grace and raw tenacity and resolve, his ability to keep pushing forward, and his refusal to let this disease define who he is.

Advisory board

Dr. William Lee Cowden

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William Lee Cowden, MD, MD(H), is Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board and Professor of the Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine of Panama. He is a USA board-certified cardiologist & internist and a licensed homeopathic medical doctor, who is internationally known for his knowledge & skill in practicing & teaching integrative medicine. He has pioneered successful integrative treatments for cancer, Lyme disease, atherosclerosis, cardiomyopathy, autism, various other neurological conditions, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, silicone implant disease and many other illnesses. He has co-authored six books and has contributed to several other books and publications. Under Dr. Cowden’s direction, the Academy with which he works has hosted many international integrative medicine conferences since 2010. ACIM has also recently completed video-recording a 300-hour online Core Integrative Medicine Fellowship training program as well as Wellness Coach training programs to help train the next generation of integrative practitioners. www.acimconnect.com info@acimconnect.com

Dr. Petra Dorfsman

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Petra Dorfsman, ND, CNS, IFMCP is a board-certified doctor of naturopathic medicine who focuses on individuals experiencing chronic health challenges. She is a certified functional medicine practitioner and certified nutrition specialist.
She has a deep appreciation of the importance of quantum electro dynamics and the biophysical aspects that are at the foundation for maintaining optimal health and energy generation. This includes light, water and magnetism.
Born and raised in the Netherlands, educated at Bastyr University California, she is currently in private practice in Santa Monica, California.

Dr. Stephen E. Fry

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Dr. Fry has a BS in Microbiology, MS in Molecular Biology and Medical Degree all earned at the University of Arizona. He completed his Post graduate training at Banner Health and St Joseph’s Medical Center in the Phoenix metropolitan area. He has been in general practice in theScottsdale, Arizona since 1992 and has had a special clinical interest in CFS, autoimmune and vascular disease.  He has lectured nationally and has numerous publications, abstracts, and patents. His science interests are in the microbial causation of chronic disease, biofilms, and their treatment. Because of these interests Dr. Fry has worked on new methods for disease detection which have culminated in the development of a Next-Gen Sequencing system for microbial identification. Dr. Fry is the founder of Fry Laboratories LLC, a CLIA clinical diagnostic laboratory that participates in CAP and API validation systems. He founded the Southwest Center for Chronic Disease to help fund basic medical research. The laboratory specializes in the vector borne diseases, molecular methods of detection of prokaryotes, archaea, protozoans, and fungi. Dr. Fry enjoys family time and has a private pilots license, is an avid skier, sailor and bicyclist.

Dr. Stuart Nunnally, D.D.S., M.S., N.M.D

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Dr. Nunnally maintains an integrative biological dental practice in Marble Falls, Texas where he and his staff have treated patients from all fifty states and forty-seven countries. He received his dental degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 1980 where he served for many years as Adjunct Professor.  He specializes in treating patients with a broad range of degenerative diseases including numerous patients with ALS. 

He is board certified in naturopathic medicine and is board certified in integrative biologic dental medicine and holds a masters degree in nutrition.  Dr. Nunnally is past President of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology.  He is licensed in intravenous conscious sedation and is a member of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiologists.  He holds fellowships in the Academy of General Dentistry, the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, and the American Academy of Ozonotherapy.  He is on the teaching faculty of The Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine and The American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry.  He frequently teaches on all aspects of biological dentistry.

Office 830-693-3646, www.healthysmilesforlife.com

Dr. Iris Broce

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Iris is a postdoctoral scholar in the Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Department at the University of California, San Francisco.  Her research combines neuroimaging, genetics, and computational methods to discover pathological mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative conditions. Her main research goal is to develop novel genetic and imaging biomarkers that will enhance the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Dr. Steven W. Hines

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"ALS: Tragedy to transformation" TedX talk by Zoe Lalji

A video about my family's battle against ALS and our journey to finding balance and love in the midst of tragedy.

ALS: A Daughter's Account Ted Ed Talk by Zoe Lalji

Battling ALS as a family- Great day houston

Aired October 3, 2018 on KHOU 11.

My Blog

Hello! My name is Zoe Lalji. I am a senior in high school and I created this website as a sort of "ALS Hope Hub." I believe wholeheartedly in the body's ability to heal itself given the right conditions and that NO DISEASE is incurable. Below, I've included some hopeful extracts and nuggets that have kept me and my family going. The most important thing when battling ALS is not losing hope. Enjoy!

Inspirational Books

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

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A remarkable true story about a man (Morrie Schwartz) who made the best of an ALS diagnosis and at the same time, taught a young man (Mitch Albom) what it means to live. 

There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem by Wayne Dyer

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In this inspiring book, bestselling author Wayne Dyer draws from various spiritual traditions to help us unplug from the material world and awaken to the divine with. With his trademark wit, wisdom, and humor, bestselling author Wayne Dyer offers compelling testimony on the power of love, harmony, and service.

Can you walk yet? by Nelda Buss

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Incredible true story written by a woman diagnosed with ALS (Nelda Buss) about her journey.

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

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Fragments of The Secret have been found in oral traditions, literature, religions, and philosophies throughout the centuries. For the first time, all the pieces of The Secret come together in an incredible, life-changing revelation. The riveting, practical knowledge leads readers to a greater understanding of how they can be the masters of their own lives.

The Secret offers guidance on how to apply this powerful knowledge to your life in every area from health to wealth, to success and relationships, so you can obtain everything you've always wanted. No matter who you are, no matter where you are right now, no matter what you want--when you realize The Secret you can have anything

The Magic by Rhonda Byrne

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One word changes everything...

For more than twenty centuries, words within a sacred text have mystified, confused, and been misunderstood by almost all who read them. Only a very few people through history have realized that the words are a riddle, and that once you solve the riddle—once you uncover the mystery—a new world will appear before your eyes.

In The Magic, Rhonda Byrne reveals this life-changing knowledge to the world. Then, on an incredible 28-day journey, she teaches you how to apply this knowledge in your everyday life.

No matter who you are, no matter where you are, no matter what your current circumstances, The Magicis going to change your entire life!

You Are The Placebo by Dr. Joe Dispenza

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You Are the Placebo combines the latest research in neuroscience, biology, psychology, hypnosis, behavioral conditioning, and quantum physics to demystify the workings of the placebo effect . . . and show how the seemingly impossible can become possible.

Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton

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Former medical school professor and research scientist Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D., presents his experiments, and those of other leading-edge scientists, which examine in great detail the mechanisms by which cells receive and process information. The implications of this research radically change our understanding of life, showing that genes and DNA do not control our biology; instead, DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our positive and negative thoughts. This profoundly hopeful synthesis of the latest and best research in cell biology and quantum physics has been hailed as a major breakthrough, showing that our bodies can be changed as we retrain our thinking.

Poetry

True Courage by Zoe Lalji

True Courage is not denying the cards you have been dealt. Rather, it is knowing that you can still win a game with a bad hand. And when the odds are not in your favor, you keep moving, knowing there are still things you can control. 


True Courage is surrender and it is resilience: it is surrendering to what you cannot control, and it is the resolve to take control of your destiny, which is still in your hands. It is coming to peace with your circumstances and learning to rise from the ashes. 


True Courage exists in moments of weakness: moments where it seems the whole world is falling apart; moments where you have reached your breaking point and are so close to giving up. These are the moments when True Courage can be seen most clearly, because True Courage exists in the ability to take another step when you have hit rock bottom. 


True Courage is when the human will overpowers the fear of defeat. True Courage is not short-lived… it is a constant flame which does not die out, no matter what forces flood it. It continues to burn because of this undying will. And because even in the face of ultimate defeat, this will continues to be a source of power and faith. 


True Courage is faith. Whether secular or not, faith in something is necessary in order to be Truly Courageous. Faith in oneself. Faith in one’s destiny. A staunch belief in something that cannot be explained. 

Change by Zoe Lalji

Life is fickle.

In a split second, everything can change, 

In the first cry of a baby, 

In a last breath.


I’d like to think there’s a reason.

A method to the madness.

That every winding path is meant for a destination.

But I don’t know. I don’t know anything.

I guess that’s why they call it hope.

And not truth.


In life, there is intense happiness, intense warmth, intense love.

There is also intense sadness, intense anger, intense pain.

It makes up the balance of the universe.

We cannot have one without the other.


Sometimes, I think I’d rather not have either side.

That I’d rather live in the middle.

But now, I know that that is not living.

Because in every intense moment of pain, there is a newfound appreciation of every intense moment of love.

In every intense moment of fear, there is a new reason for hope.


So yes, I do believe there’s a reason. No matter how small or how large.

There is a method to the madness.

Thank God by Zoe Lalji

Thank God for the little things;

The little things which keep us all on our toes;

For the little goosebumps in life that leave us besides ourselves in wonder.


Thank God for the sunrise;

Giving hope to a brand new day;

A brand new beginning.


Thank God for the big things;

When a normal day on the surface turns into something magnificent;

Something that reminds us what it is to be alive.


Thank God for tears;

Tears of joy of sadness of relief which allow us to feel;

To feel what sits in the depths of our souls as it bursts out like water through a dam,

With power; with truth.


Thank God for moments;

A moment, fleeting in its value, but precious no less;

The way subtle beauty in life reveals itself in the most uncanny of circumstances.


Thank God for the unknown;

That which stirs curiosity in us and leaves us looking for what all remains a mystery in life.

And even though we always are seeking, we will never discover all the mysteries,

Because they are meant to stay hidden.


Thank God for the clarity found in the dark;

The way the path we think is the bumpiest

Ends up taking us farther than we ever thought we’d go;

The way even in hard times, we are able to have faith in God because God will never let us down or give us more than we can handle.


Thank God for the hidden truths;

Truths which are so pure of thought and feeling that they cannot be expressed in the simplicity of language;

Truths which make us so entirely in awe of all the power held in life.


Thank God for this journey;

This endless quest of knowledge, of truth, of ourselves which we embark on together.

Together we climb to a peak we cannot see but we have no doubt that the view will be breathtaking.

We climb for the truth, we climb for ourselves, and we climb for each other.

Joy by Zoe Lalji

Joy is relative. Different for everyone it beholds. It’s unique in its own way, neither right nor wrong, hot nor cold, sweet nor bitter.


Joy is personal. It’s something you have to feel for yourself; nobody can feel it for you and nobody can give you theirs.


Joy is bold. Makes the rules as it goes, bows to no one. It is an exotic creature in itself with mysterious ways. The moment you stop trying to understand it, only then will it open up to you. You are submissive to it. You cannot hold it in chains; you must set it free. Let it reveal to you its ability and it’s potential.


Joy is power. it’s a glorious flame which flourishes and flows in complete synch. Every subtle, smooth movement with a larger purpose. It can be harnessed but never controlled. It pulls you into its current.


Joy is harmony. it exists in the moments where everything fits together in a perfect click and everything in the dark remains unknown but you make peace with this and can bask the warm light above.


Joy is everywhere, eternal, everlasting, encompassing. In the deepest depths of distorting darkness, lies a microscopic spark of blinding light… joy is hope. Joy is the tunnel transporting at the speed of light out of the pit in which you lie to a brighter more beautiful paradise.


Joy is fickle, it’s momentary. Held in a minute, second, millisecond of intense warmth and serenity.


Joy is slippery, slipping through your fingers; like a firefly in your hands, so small, so tender. Lying in your palm. Vulnerable yet powerful. Its light streams through your fingers and no matter how hard you try, you cant conceal it.

Wait by Russell Kelfer

Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried.
Quietly, patiently, lovingly, He replied.
I pleaded, and I wept for a clue to my fate,
And the Master so gently said, “Child, you must wait.”


“Wait? You say wait?” my indignant reply.
“Lord, I need answers, I need to know why.
Is your hand shortened? Or have you not heard?
By faith I have asked, and I’m claiming your Word.


“My future, and all to which I can relate
Hangs in the balance, and you tell me ‘wait’?
I’m needing a ‘yes,’ or a go-ahead sign,
Or even a ‘no,’ to which I can resign.


“And Lord, you have promised that if we believe,
We need but to ask, and we shall receive. 
And Lord I’ve been asking, and this is my cry:
I’m weary of asking: I need a reply!”


Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate
As my Master replied once again, “You must wait.”
So I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut
And grumbled to God; “So I’m waiting, for what?”


He seemed then to kneel and His eyes met with mine
And He tenderly said, “I could give you a sign.
I could shake the heavens, darken the sun,
Raise the dead, cause the mountains to run.


“All you see I could give, and pleased you would be.
You would have what you want, but you wouldn’t know Me.
You’d not know the depth of My love for each saint;
You’d not know the power that I give to the faint.


“You’d not learn to see through clouds of despair;
You’d not learn to trust, just by knowing I’m there.
You’d not know the joy of resting in Me,
When darkness and silence was all you could see.


“You would never experience that fullness of love
As the peace of My Spirit descends like a dove.
You would know that I give, and I save, for a start,
But you’d not know the depth and the beat of my heart.


“The glow of My comfort late in the night’
The faith that I give when you walk without sight;
The depth that’s beyond getting just what you ask
From an infinate God who makes what you have last.


“And you never would know, should your pain quickly flee,
What it means that ‘My grace is sufficient for thee.’
Yes, your dreams for that loved one o’ernight could come true,
But the loss! if you lost what I’m doing in you.


“So be silent, my child, and in time you will see
That the greatest of gifts is to get to know Me.
And though oft’ may My answers seem terribly late,
My most precious answer of all…is still…wait.”

Helpful Meditation

Meditation is extremely effective to help clear your head and sleep better. It can also help you stay centered and connect with your core. One of the biggest contributing factors to any disease is stress and meditation has been shown to dramatically decrease stress levels. Sleep is also a vital healing force. If you are having trouble sleeping I highly recommend a sleeping meditation. Merely playing it in the background can help immensely. Here is my youtube meditation playlist:

Free Meditation Apps

Calm

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For amazing guided meditations of varying lengths (from 5 mins to hours) that are relatable to almost any problem and daily meditations that help keep you zen and focused throughout the day. 

Insight Timer

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For amazing guided meditations of varying lengths and great customizable meditation background music, bells, timers and other features.