disease is a slow, progressive disorder of the central
nervous system for which there is no known cure and
no definitely known cause. However, an imbalance of
two brain chemicals, dopamine and acetylcholine, seems
to be involved.
A deficiency of dopamine in the brain can
be due to underlying nutritional deficiencies, cerebral
vascular disease (blockage of blood vessels in brain),
side effects of anti-psychotic drugs, carbon monoxide
poisoning, abuse of certain designer drugs, and a rare
infection (encephalitis lethargica).
are four major symptoms of Parkinson's disease slowness
of movement, muscular rigidity, resting tremor, and
a shuffling, unbalanced walk and postural instability
that progresses into uncontrollable tiny, running steps
to keep from falling.
first sign of Parkinson's disease is usually a slight
tremor in a hand, arm, or leg. The tremor is most noticeable
during rest. It improves with movement, and is completely
absent during sleep, and becomes worse during times
of fatigue and stress. In most peoples with Parkinson's
disease, the tremor starts in one hand and resembles
the motion one makes when trying to roll a pill between
the fingers; thus, it is called a "pill-rolling tremor."
The jaw, tongue, forehead, and eyelids can also exhibit
Another early sign is a severe decrease eye
blinking. As Parkinson's disease progresses, the body
becomes stiffer, weaker, and the initial tremors may
spread to both sides of the body, and result in a shaking
of the head, a mask-like expression on the face in which
the eyes do not blink (known as a Parkinsonian mask),
and a permanent, rigid, bent-over posture. Speech becomes
difficult, slurred and slow. Depression and dementia
can also occur as normal daily activities become increasingly
difficult to perform.
untreated, over time (usually years) Parkinson's can
lead to severe incapacitation. Treatment with complicated
drug combinations and mobility exercises can reduce
the progression and severity of the disease.
and Sinemet are the two most commonly used drugs for
treating Parkinson's disease, but Levodopa is made ineffective
if taken with vitamin B6. (Sinemet does not have this
problem.) Using vitamin B6 alone can be just as effective
in some individuals in the initial stages of the disease.
Levodopa should also be taken away from protein meals,
which decrease its effectiveness.
Parkinson's disease has been associated with
toxic buildup of heavy metals in the body, especially
mercury from dental amalgams. To slow the progression
of Parkinson's amalgam fillings should be replaced,
followed by a detoxification program.
Parkinson's disease requires immediate and
ongoing professional medical attention.
Eat an organic, whole foods diet with raw
foods (50% to 75%), emphasizingdark green leafy vegetables,
rutabagas, sprouts, sesame seeds, and sesame butter.
Also drink plenty of pure, filtered water.
using the drug levodopa should avoid or minimize their
intake of foods that are rich in vitamin B6 - whole grains,
oats, raw nuts (especially peanuts), bananas, potatoes,
liver, and fish.
Assessment of individual amino acids is important. Consult
an orthomolecular Health Coach. Other useful nutrients include
GABA, calcium, and magnesium, vitamin B complex (taken
away from Levodopa), lecithin vitamin C, vitamin E,
evening primrose oil, multivitamin/mineral complex,
and DHEA (a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal
coenzyme nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) (25-50
mg per) day administered intravenously has also been
shown to produce a beneficial effect in patients with
Passionflower can enhance the positive effects
of the drug L-dopa (levodopa), producing a greater reduction
in tremor. The Ayurvedic herb Mucuna pruriens,
a natural form of levadopa, can also be helpful.
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures,
seek the help of a qualified health professional.
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