Thanks for your optimism!!!!As usual Laurie dishes out some solid advice and Vincent gives me a much-needed chuckle. I think each person finds their own comfort space on the hope - realism spectrum. I lean toward realism. However, I've benefited from hope and even denial at times to get me through rough patches. I know almost nothing about Chinese herbs or eastern medicine generally, but some very smart people whom I respect greatly have spoken glowingly about the virtues of Eastern medicine and its advantages over our pharmaceutical-based Western model. I just haven't found the applicability for ALS, and I'm still taking my Riluzole. And I still hold out hope for Nurown and other stuff that's currently in the hopper.