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May 20, 2013

DIY Medicine And ALS

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Life is retracting for friends Ben Harris and Scott Haren. Harris, a physicist, has lost his ability to speak.  Haren, an engineer, has lost movement in his limbs.

The two men suffer from ALS, the degenerative disease also known as Lou Gehrig’s, and they have tried making their own medicine to treat themselves. Host Dick Gordon spoke to them months ago and now checks back.

In this conversation, Harris typed his answers and either a computer or a friend read them. He says that he received a stem cell transplant, but even though it didn’t work, he does not see it as a failure  because he shared the information with other ALS patients. And Haren says that as he sees his body deteriorating every day, he tries to not focus on the things he can’t do, and instead on what he can.

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