New eating habits helped slow progression for woman with A.L.S.


OHIO-- Two years ago, everybody was doing it.

The ice bucket challenge.

It was all to help raise money for the neuro muscular disease, ALS.

At that time, Kari Robben was 27 and pregnant with her third child. She’d never heard of ALS, but her hands were acting weird.

“I couldn’t turn keys, I couldn’t open caps,” said Robben.

Doctors though it was pregnancy induced carpal tunnel. But after her newest, Emmett, was born, Kari learned it was something else.

She was one of the youngest women in Ohio with ALS.

To help, she and her husband started digging up the backyard.

“I feel like, a lot of what’s happening to us --cancer ALS, alzheimer’s-- could be from preservatives,” said Any Robbens, Kari’s husband.

So now her diet is fresh, clean, and extremely local. They eat eggs from their own chickens, can their own peaches, jalapenos, and anything green.

Kari’s last checkup confirmed no progression of her ALS since January.

But there is no cure for ALS. Kari’s husband and his coworkers are already converting the house to make sure it’s ready whenever she is forced to use a wheelchair.

Kari took pictures of her daughter, Ella, in her wedding dress and bought cards for all their 18th birthdays.

“It’s given us a much greater appreciation for life, kids, each other—we try to make the most of every day and hope we get to do it again tomorrow,” said Kari.

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