Parkinson's Tips by Dr. Andrew Weild edited by Dr. Brian Bartholomew
Parkinson's Disease in commonly believed to be caused by mutations in the gene LRRK2. Although inherited genetics play a role in all dis-ease, epigenetic factors (diet, environment, toxins, nerve supply, stress factors that are under our control) lifestyle are being considered as major causitive factors.
Many experts believe that environmental exposures, such as unusual exposure to herbicides and pesticides increased a person's risk of developing Parkinson's Disease. (Link to tips for detox) Certain drugs, when taken for long periods of time or in amounts greater than recommended, can cause parkinsonism. These medicaiton include Haldol (Haloperidol), Thorazine (Chlorpromazine) used for psychiatric disorders, Reglan (Metoclopramide) for nausea. Anti seizure drug Depakene (Valproic Acid) may also cause Parkinson's.
The tremor associated with Parkinson's typically occurs when your hands are at rest. You can take the following steps to relieve or reduce shaky hands: Avoid caffeine, which can trigger production of adrenaline, a hormone that can worsen tremors. Avoid alcohol, which has pronounced effects on the central nervous system and can aggravate essential tremor, a condition that is sometimes confused with Parkinson's disease.
Regular exercise and an exercise program, including the use of light hand weights to promote stability in the hands and wrists, and consideration of tai chi to gently enhance balance, can be very beneficial.
Preliminary but promising evidence indicates that high-doses of coenzyme Q10, also known as CoQ10 - at a level of 1,200 mg a day - may be beneficial. Take CoQ10 with a meal containing fat for best absorption. The best form to use is a softgel capsule.
Avoid exposure to environmental toxins such as pesticides, as heavy pesticide exposure (such as that experienced by agricultural workers) is one of the most clearly established risk factors for the development of the disease. One of the top exposures to toxins are heavy metals from silver or amalgum fillings. All amalgum fillings should be removed by a certified mercury free dentist and emphasis should be placed on avoiding toxins and eating foods the reduce toxicity such as garlic, tumeric, ginger, chlorella, omega-3 sources, cabbage, kale and spinach.
The the healing diet counteracts the chronic inflammation that is a root cause of many serious diseases that become more frequent after age 60. Normally, inflammation occurs in response to injury and attack by germs. It is marked by local heat, redness, swelling, and pain, and is the body's way of getting more nourishment and more immune activity to an area that needs them.
But inflammation is not always helpful. It also has destructive potential. We see this when the immune system mistakenly attacks normal tissues in such autoimmune diseases as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus. And we now know that inflammation also plays a causative role in heart disease, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, as well as other age-related disorders, including cancer.
The healing diet emphasizes a variety of colorful vegetables and fruit, slow-digesting carbohydrates, plant-based protein, and healthy fats.