After scores of celebrity lemmings engaged in one-upmanship by taking part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, researchers predicted a cure was almost at hand, although it could take another 100 years.
Donations for the cause have been streaming in from people across the globe who enjoyed watching the celebrity lemmings jump at challenges made by fellow lemmings, each trying to top the other in absurdity or sheer volume of participants in a single action. Other factors included the size of the ice bucket, the proportion of water to ice and even what the lemmings were wearing: suits versus sweats. Some dumped the buckets of ice water over their heads while standing on lawns; others chose sitting next to a pool on concrete and there were dozens of variations in between.
Famed cancer researcher Oscar Goodnight (not his real name because the poor man has been getting death threats recently) said it was sad that people only react to stunts and that when the stunts are over people quickly forget about the issue. Dr. Goodnight hoped that other similar challenges would take place to support research for other diseases like cancer, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, obesity, MS, Ebola, MERSA, auto-immune, autism, and on and on. He said there were simply too many to name. He suggested the celebrity lemmings could dump rotten cabbages over themselves to make an even greater impact.
There is no cure for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” a progressive neurodegenerative condition that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The videotaped ice bucket challenge, while making a contribution to the ALS Association, has raised more than $15 million according to The Hollywood Reporter, a news magazine that tracks various lemming activities. So is it a worthy cause? Of course it is. But so are so many others that will never get the kind of attention the ALS challenge has. How much money can your average person donate with all the diseases out there needing continued research?
Dr Goodnight also pointed out that cancer will most likely never be cured because the U.S. government (and the AMA) hides and disallows research into alternative methods because conventional chemo/surgery treatments are big profits for the pharmaceutical industry and cancer specialists. “But is anyone dumping buckets of ice water in support of alternative research freedom in this country?”, asked Dr. Goodnight. No. Maybe others should stand up and make a video demanding the right to alternative treatments for all dreaded diseases and tell the government to shove it’s totalitarian support of pharmaceutical companies profits up its Big ASS.