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World renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76. At the age of 22 he was given only a few years to live after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neuromuscular wasting disease also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease and motor neurone disease.


Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is invariably fatal, the average survival from onset to death is between 2 to 3 years. Most patients die within 5 years. Consequently, there has been much speculation in the media as to why it is that Hawking survived for more than 50 years with the disease.

What is not commonly known is that Hawking’s father was a doctor. In the latter half of the 1960s, disillusioned and impatient with the advice his son was receiving from the medical profession, he decided to take over his treatment. He carried out intensive research into the disease and prescribed a course of steroids and vitamins, which Stephen continued to take until his father’s death in 1986.

Years later, in an article published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) in 2002, Hawking indicated that he suspected the cause of his disease may be a poor absorption of vitamins. The article stated that he was therefore supplementing his diet with daily vitamin and mineral tablets, zinc, cod liver oil capsules, folic acid, vitamin B complex, vitamin B-12, vitamin C and vitamin E. He was also following a diet free of gluten and vegetable oil, and avoiding convenience foods. While quite rightly celebrating Hawking as the visionary scientist that he was, it is truly a shame that the mass media has chosen to draw no attention to these important aspects of his treatment and survival.

To learn more about the natural treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, read our article from 2014 about the so-called ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’.

To access scientific studies on the natural treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, visit our Independent Library of Nutrition and Natural Health website.

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