ABOUT LORENZO'S OIL
The movie Lorenzo's Oil is based on a true story and features Augusto and Michaela Odone, a young couple with a son, Lorenzo, ailing from a rare disease.
Lorenzo Odone suffered from a rare neurological disease known as adrenoleukodystrophy, or ALD. His father, Augusto was an Italian economist who defied doctors’ condemnation of the fate of his son and went on to discover the powerful potential of Lorenzo’s oil, a combination of a 4:1 mix of oleic acid and erucic acid, an extract of olive oil and rapeseed oil.
Lorenzo’s oil was designed to normalize the accumulation of the very long chain fatty acids in the brain thereby slowing the progression of adrenoleukodystrophy.
Lorenzo’s oil slowed the progression of ALD. At at age 14, Lorenzo showed constant improvement, revealing that he had regained his sight, could move his head, learned to use a computer, and vocalize simple sounds. Lorenzo was able to reach 30 years of age. Augusto Odone passed away in Aqui Terme, northern Italy in 2013, while his wife Michaela passed away in 2000 due to lung cancer.
The new treatment, Lorenzo's Oil, regulates accumulation of long chains of fatty acids in the brain.
THE CURE TODAY
Lorenzo's Oil has not been authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
To this day, adrenoleukodystrophy is considered to have no cure. However, stem cell transplantation may stop the progression of ALD if done when neurological symptoms first appear.