Coco Newton ALS Chapter in Functional Medicine Textbook

Here is the link to purchase the ALS chapter of the new Integrative and Functional Medical Nutritional Therapy textbook by Springer. The text book is available on ebook and pdf, hard copies are delayed due to the coronavirus. The ALS chapter can be purchased individually for $29.95 by scrolling down on this link. 

The ALS Chapter, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS): The Application of Integrative and Functional Medial Nutrition Therapy (IFMNT) is a very thorough examination of many, many aspects of ALS. It is written for medical professionals, yet it is something most PALS truly interested in healing holistically will want to keep around to read a bit at a time. You may not understand much of it on the first pass, but as you get more and more educated you will appreciate the science behind metabolism, inflammation, gut function, and oxidative stress for ALS patients and much more.
The chapter explains different diets and how they are metabolized. It talks about which fats will metabolize best for ALS patients, and natural detoxifiers you can include in your diet. The explanation of various supplements and why PALS may want to consider them is wonderful. Below are the topics covered:
There are gems in the chapter that most PALS will find useful in their healing journey. It is not to be read nor understood in one sitting for the non-scientific. Yet healing from ALS is a process and the chapter will give you ideas on how you can improve your protocol. Protocols such as the Deanna protocol are discussed as are things we may not have considered for ALS such as hyper-metabolism.  We would not be surprised if you find yourself referring back to this ALS chapter again and again and learning a bit more each time. The chapter is also a great reference to share with your doctor or nutritionist. Here is a sample page:
If you are not a medical professional, $169 for the entire textbook may not be worth it to you, but in our opinion the $29.95 for the ALS chapter in digital form seems wise. Since it comes in PDF form, you can print a copy for family members and to discuss with your doctor.
About the author
Coco Newton, MPH, RD, CNS is a Registered Dietician and Certified Nutrition Specialist. She was also a member of the Michigan nutrition advisory panel. Although Coco began her career in conventional dietetics and public health nutrition, she soon realized that the chronic and complex issues of her patients needed more than her basic background. She pursued advanced training in Functional Medicine Nutrition Therapy (FMNT). By incorporating extensive diagnostic assessments and tools, she has created her new standard of care. Her passion is to see the health of people transform from hopeless to getting better.

We met Coco in 2013 when we interviewed Dr. Craig Oster, now a 26-year ALS Survivor. She is Dr. Craig’s nutritionist. We had interviewed some excellent functional Medical Doctors and Naturopaths around the country who had assisted PALS in reversing ALS. During our interview we were impressed with Coco’s depth of knowledge. It was clear she could hold her own with the best of them.  Coco’s website is

Coco’s mission is to educate pALS, nutritionists and other healthcare providers to incorporate nutritional strategies to address the systemic imbalances in ALS. Coco was a featured speaker at the 2019 Healing ALS Conference. Those who attended the conference will appreciate her level of knowledge and expertise on ALS as well as her ability to explain concepts. Note that Coco has received no compensation for her work. She has donated her chapter.

More details on the textbook

Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy: Principles and Practices is published by Springer. This textbook is for health care professionals, with peer-reviewed research backing up every sentence. It can be used by medical students in functional medicine programs.

From the publisher,Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy: Principles and Practices will serve as an invaluable guide for healthcare professionals in their clinical application of nutrition, lifestyle assessment, and intervention for each unique, individual patient.”

This textbook is a practical guide to the application of the philosophy and principles of Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy (IFMNT) in the practice of medicine, and the key role nutrition plays in restoring and maintaining wellness. The textbook provides an overview of recent reviews and studies of physiological and biochemical contributions to IFMNT and address nutritional influences in human heath overall, including poor nutrition, genomics, environmental toxicant exposures, fractured human interactions, limited physical movement, stress, sleep deprivation, and other lifestyle factors. Ultimately, this textbook serves to help practitioners, healthcare systems, and policy makers better understand this different and novel approach to complex chronic disorders. It provides the reader with real world examples of applications of the underlying principles and practices of integrative/functional nutrition therapies and presents the most up-to-date intervention strategies and clinical tools to help the reader keep abreast of developments in this emerging specialty field. Many chapters include comprehensive coverage of the topic and clinical applications with supplementary learning features such as case studies, take-home messages, patient and practitioner handouts, algorithms, and suggested readings.



9 thoughts on “Coco Newton ALS Chapter in Functional Medicine Textbook

  1. Hi. Although the directions above indicated a link to purchase the ALS focused chapter, at this link I was unable to find that option.
    Do you have access or a direct link to this chapter? Thank you in advance for your time.

  2. My husband has ALS ,he has tried any possible treatment for this disease like Stemcell therapy, taking Riluzole and Rdicava, also taking Masivet ,He is taking lots of Supplements, he is detoxifing his body especially from mercury,we read and follow Alejandros Bianchetti Protocol as well,
    He is in plateaus at present, i am wondering if mixing alternative treatment with medical treatment at the same time would be safe?
    i am scared by discontinuing the medications disease progress faster on the other side most of the PALS did not take FDA approval medicatios, could you please heip us to fide a safe way .

    • Hello,

      We cannot give medical advice. You will need to do your own research. We can tell you that none if our reversals have used either Riluzole or Radicava and if they ever did it was only for a short time because of effects on the liver. Please see a holistic practitioner such as a Functional Medicine doctor or a Naturopath. Also on the homepage of go to the green “Where Do I Start” button. There you will find very useful information on how to get started on a path to healing. I will also email you a welcome letter.

      Thank you
      Glenn – Healing ALS Team

  3. I just finished reading the chapter.
    As I have already quite some knowledge about Nutrition & basic knowledge in functional medicine I found this one of the best reads in a long time. A wealth of information in the page. Helped me to adjust my protocol. Well wort the time to read

  4. I am Dr. Bose, pediatrician from Texas. I am diagnosed with bulbar ALS. I am looking for any help to cure my illness. I have difficult time breathing. Thank you

    • Thank you for your inquiry. As you will see on this website, many have succeeded in reversing ALS.

      The best way to start is usually at Click on the green button at right that says “How to I Heal ALS?”
      From there you will be pointed to a document entitled, “Where Do I Start?” Follow instructions from there. Please especially contact Kim & Kay Cherry through the contact form at since Kim was diagnosed also with bulbar ALS.

      You can sign up for our mailing list at and become a member of Healing ALS (it is free).

      We hope you will participate in our weekly Sunday Healing ALS Community meetings, always posted on

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