Recently I have been asked this question quite often, so in order to help the maximum amount of people I decided to blog on it;
A few things you should know beforehand about Parkinson’s disease...
1. Parkinson’s is man made disease. That is why it is only been around since 1817 when English medical doctor James Parkinson first gave it its name Prior to this time, symptoms were rarely encountered. Early researchers linked it to environmental neurotoxins associated with the Industrial Revolution. Bottom line, you get Parkinson’s from toxicity exposure. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the number two disease of motor system degeneration, after Alzheimer’s disease who is number one.
2. You pay the price of Parkinson’s disease in mental anguish, lost productivity and quality of life and of course, tremendous health care expenditures. Dealing with anxiety nutritionally is certainly a plus when dealing with this disease. In the USA alone, over 50,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Keep in mind that is not only affects motor control, as 35% of patients also end up developing dementia.
3. Parkinson’s prominently centers around dopamine transmitter insufficiency, and current medical treament is almost exclusively reliant on dopamine replacement drugs. The problem being that while these drugs are initially effective in many patients, the medication do very little slow the underlying degeneration in the area of the brain most affected, the substantia nigra (SN).
4. Parkinson’s disease medication’s effectiveness declines over time with a simultaneous rise in their adverse effects. Since conventional treatment is only palliative, broader options for long-term management are urgently needed.
5. You need a toxicity screen done. You have to know who the enemy is before you go after it Did the person get Parkinson from working in a battery plant during summer vacation? Or from the chemicals that seeped into your well on the farm you grew up in Ohio? Or was it from helping your dad spray the wheat fields in Saskatchewan. A landmark study done in Singapore showed that mercury exposure as in dentists vs office workers increases risk of developing PD. So, for you numbers freaks, if your mercury levels is greater than 5.9 ng/mL your risk for PD goes up 8.5 times. Now, if it is 6.8 ng/mL, your PD risk goes up to 14.8 times!
6. Exposure to toxins, and time it took to manifest the disease can be 40 years. In other words, you worked in plastics when you were putting yourself through college. No symptoms then. You are 57 now, and you are rented by ecologically minded single girls who don’t want to put more batteries in the environment…
Basically, the frequency of manifestation of the disease goes 1.25% points per decade after the age of 50.
7. Once you know who the enemy is, you get the right agent to get rid of it. It is like warfare, sometimes a tank division is better, sometimes Navy Seal Team 6 is indicated. A medical doctor trained in detoxification is your best friend for that. Where do you find one? Go to www.acam.org, I have great results referring clients to doctors that have been trained by this organization. Enemy focused detoxification accelerates the healing processes in dealing with PD.
8. Test your amino acid profile Certain imbalances can exacerbate the
condition and balancing your amino acids can improve the condition.
9. Use the Organic Acid Urine Test. You wil find out how effective your
detoxification pathways are operating. If they aren't working
properly, the worse the situation.
What about food?
There are 4 important steps:
1. Get a food intolerance panel. Pro inflammatory foods will accelerate the development of the disease. Of course cutting gluten, dairy, corn, soy and sugar out the diet will help right away. However, you may be eating certain healthy foods which in your case are pro-inflammatory. For example, in my food panel, oranges and mangoes are not for me. None of my ancestry is from the tropics, so even though they are rich in anti-oxidants, they are not for me.
2. Kick out empty calories. Anything that raises insulin needlessly precipates PD.
3. Eliminate all trans fats and replace with anti-inflammatory fats. DHA being your best friend as an EFA to nutritionally support healing of the nervous system.
4. The meat and nut breakfast is your best meal. Described elsewhere on this website, the meat and nut breakfast because of its rich content in tyrosine and phenylalanine will help boost dopamine naturally. Now let me warn you about something. Some doctors are against high protein intake as it interferes with the drug Leva-Dopa. Now, the more enlightened doctors, the ones who actually have positive results with PD patients, use a high protein diets for 3 reasons:
A. Parkinson’s is not caused by a Leva-dopa deficiency
B. A high protein diet helps make your own dopamine.
C. You need a high protein to make glutathione
D. A high protein enhances hepatic detoxification.
What supplements help?
I will give you some suggestions on what I have seen to help people massively. Consult with your ACAM doctor before starting these. I am giving them to you in order of importance. Number 1 being the most important.
1. Glutathione pushes bring about the fastest results. That is basically a massive dose of glutathione injected directly into the circulation. Now don’t be cheap, ask for minimum 10 grams shots, better results with 30 grams. Expensive? One could say yes. I would certainly say no. You are worth it. You certainly wasted in your life more money on useless stuff. Value your health. Bottom line: the more aggressively you replete glutathione, the quicker you will feel better.
2. The most bang for your buck for at home supplements is CoQ10. CoQ10 is expensive, yes, living with Parkinson’s is far more expensive. CoQ10’s effectiveness has been linked to its ability to protect from neurotoxicity.
3. Ultra Brain Power one teaspoon mixed in half a glass of water and one capsule of Focused Response, twice a day. One dose upon arising, one dose 10 minutes before lunch. You can take your CoQ 10 at the same time. Those synergistic nutrients will help you maximize both brain and neural functions. The acetyl-l-carnitine and the phosphatidyl serine apparently help diversify energy input into the mitochondria
4. Carnitines are your friend. Dealing with cognitive issues is a major part of my nutrition consultation practice. Carnitines are essential in dealing with them, in order to maximize the therapeutic effect, I have developed a multiple carnitine (PolyCarnitine Px) that maximizes absorption. The multiple carnitines help deal with PD by being mitochondrial energy carriers, dopaminergic transmission enhancers, and boosters of intrinsinc growth factor production.Yang R-ALA, because of its R form alpha-lipoic acid helps build glutathione status.
5. Vitamin E intake is associated with slowing down the progression of the disease. One study, showed that subjects who had large intakes of vitamin E prior to age 40 had much lower risks of developing the disease. Dr. Perlmutter, the leading medical pioneer in treating PD, recommends 1,200 I.U. aday
The more you support mitochondrial health, the better you will do if you suffer from Parkinson. Hence, CoQ10, various forms of carnitine, and phosphatidyl serine are your best friends.
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