A Brief Overview: Causes and Effective Solutions
What is Parkinson’s Disease (PD)?
PD is a slowly progressive, neurodegenerative disease caused when brain cells that produce dopamine, an important neurotransmitter (message-carrying chemical) which helps control body movement, are destroyed in the part of the brain known as the substantia nigra.
Symptoms generally include tremors in arms and legs, rigid muscles, slowness of movements and impaired balance. PD currently affects more than 500,000 Americans.
Solvents Increase Risk of Parkinson’s
Brief summary of medical research article published in Neurology, September 2000;55:667-673.
Exposure to common petroleum-based hydrocarbon solvents, such as paints and glues, may result in the development of early-onset Parkinson’s disease (PD) symptoms as well as a more severe disease course, say Italian researchers.
“Exposure to hydrocarbon-containing solvents was detected in nearly 20% of all patients with PD in our center,” according to lead author, Dr. G. Pezzoli of the Istituti Clinici di Perfezionamento in Milan, and colleagues. “The percentage increased to 30% in men, a finding to be expected in our industrial area where men predominate among the laborers with occupations at risk.”
Researchers found that those exposed to hydrocarbon solvents were an average of 3 years younger at first sign of disease symptoms and that the severity of disease symptoms was directly related to the amount of hydrocarbon exposure that was experienced.
Researchers identified 9 occupations within the study group that accounted for more than 91% of the hydrocarbon solvent exposure. The most common occupations of those exposed were petroleum, plastic and rubber workers. Other occupations found to have frequent hydrocarbon exposure were painters, engine mechanics and lithographers.
“These findings raise serious questions about specific occupational risk,” said study author Gianni Pezzoli, MD, of the Parkinson Institute in Milan, Italy. “This study more than merits further investigation into job-related Parkinson’s risk factors.”
Pesticides May Increase Parkinson’s Risk
Brief summary of medical research presented at the Annual Meeting American Academy of Neurology in San Diego May 9, 2000
People exposed to pesticide (bug) sprays in the home may have a higher risk of Parkinson’s disease, an incurable neurological disorder. The study is the first to show that exposure to pesticides in the home may lead to Parkinson’s, although other studies have suggested that exposure to the chemicals at work is a risk.
The researchers studied 500 people newly diagnosed with the disease, which is characterized by tremors and problems with walking and keeping balance. People who had been exposed to pesticides were twice as likely to develop Parkinson’s disease as people not exposed to pesticides. “This study is the largest yet of newly diagnosed individuals with Parkinson’s disease. It is the first study to show a significant association between home pesticide use and the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease,” Nelson said in a statement.
Parkinson’s patients were more than two times as likely to have been exposed to insecticides in the home. People exposed to herbicides also had a higher risk.
Co-Q10 Treats Animal Models of Parkinson’s, ALS, HD
Coenzyme Q10 as a possible treatment for neurodegenerative diseases.
MF Beal firstname.lastname@example.org Department of Neurology and Neuroscience, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York Presbyterian Hospital, NY 10021
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an essential cofactor of the electron transport gene as well as an important antioxidant, which is particularly effective within mitochondria. A number of prior studies have shown that CoQ10 can exert efficacy in treating patients with known mitochondrial disorders.
There researchers investigated the potential usefulness of coenzyme CoQ10 in animal models of Parkinson’s disease (PD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Huntington’s disease (HD). CoQ10 has been demonstrated that it can protect against striatal lesions produced by the mitochondrial toxins malonate and 3-nitropropionic acid. These toxins have been utilized to model the striatal pathology, which occurs in HD. CoQ10 also protects against 1methyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) toxicity in mice. CoQ10 significantly extended survival in a transgenic mouse model of ALS.
CoQ10 can significantly extend survival, delay motor deficits and delay weight loss and attenuate the development of striatal atrophy in a transgenic mouse model of HD. In this mouse model, it showed additive efficacy when combined with the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist, remacemide. CoQ10 is presently being studied as a potential treatment for early PD as well as in combination with remacemide as a potential treatment for HD.
An Effective Brain and Nerve Supporting Antioxidant
DHLA (dihydrolipoic acid) is a natural antioxidant which occurs in the body in small amounts. DHLA is the only compound known in nutritional science which can quench every known free radical that is generated within the human body. Parkinson’s disease is believed to be caused, in large part, by damage from free radical damage.DHLA plays a major role in stopping and preventing free radical damage.
DHLA can also increase ATP production inside the body’s cells to enhance energy production and repair of damaged cells, including brain and nerve tissue. DHLA helps regenerate the body’s tissue levels of CoQ10, glutathione, NADH and NADHP, which affords the most broad spectrum of neurological protection of any natural compound yet discovered.
Stable DHLA: Highly Effective Nutritional Protection
A stable form of DHLA is now available for use as highly effective nutritional support. Because of the many protective and healing benefits of this amazing compound, stable DHLA is recommended as an essential part of the daily regimen of anyone who is experiencing neurodegenerative disease, including Parkinson’s disease.
These research articles clearly reveal yet one more reason to limit your exposure to chemicals, especially pesticides, glues and paints, as much as possible. On contact with skin or through inhalation, these chemicals enter your body, are absorbed and then stored. Many chemicals act like toxins that poison the body and are difficult for the body to eliminate.
If your body has become toxic (from low-grade exposure over time to many chemicals ever-present in the environment), then you may already be health-compromised with a decreased ability to remove these chemicals from your body. Chemical toxins are frequently stored in your fat and brain – which can compromise the body’s normal functioning and detoxification mechanisms, often leading to chronic brain and nerve problems such as Parkinson’s disease. Fortunately, many natural, nontoxic compounds, such as stabilized DHLA, can protect and help regenerate nerve function with highly successful outcomes. (See Nutritional Status section below.)
Avoid chemical exposure
The first step is to avoid exposure as much as possible to chemical pollutants, such as pesticides, glues, paints, solvents, liquid cleansers, cigarette smoke (which contains over 3,000 known chemicals), synthetic perfumes, spray deodorants with aluminum, foods with toxic chemicals such as aspartame, “natural flavors”, MSG, sodium benzoate, etc.
In addition, do not consider painting your home or office as a harmless event. It is best to use low volatile or no VOCs paints and plan to paint during the warmer months when you can ventilate the rooms by keeping the windows open. Afterwards, use an ionizer for 24 hours to thoroughly dissipate the vapors.
Avoid all pesticide use
Avoid all use of pesticides for the garden, lawn, etc. (whether you apply them yourself or not). Do not allow pesticide agents to be sprayed inside your house. Even if someone else applies the pesticides, you still end up breathing the vapors (including through air currents outside) or coming in contact with them by touching furniture inside your house or grass outside or anything else that has become contaminated with pesticide residues. Pesticide residues are very resistant to breaking down and degrading. Children with their developing nervous systems are particularly vulnerable to nerve damage from pesticide exposure. In addition, switch to eating a healthy diet with high amounts of organic, pesticide-free, natural whole foods.
Maximize Your Nutritional Status
Super Food Concentrates
Next, immediately begin building your nutritional status with high quality, therapeutic-grade nutrients, including Super Nutrients which have an abundance of naturally occurring vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Immune-Boosting and Anti-Infective Agents
Boost your health by consuming a broad variety of well researched health and immune-supporting and nerve-supporting nutrients such as stable DHLA, CoQ-10, NADH, colostrum and greens mixes (nonhybrid grasses and vegetable extracts). When your body is fortified with an abundance of nutrients, it is much easier for the body to detoxify and heal itself – something simply not possible with poor or inferior nutrition.
In addition, key anti-infective agents are essential, since much of the neurodegeneration as seen in Parkinson’s disease is linked to increased levels of toxicity first with a subsequent weakening of the person’s vital immune forces, and then the nearly inevitable onslaught of infection (commonly missed on medical diagnosis). Highly effective, natural anti-infective agents are olive leaf extract, Holarrhena antidysenterica, yew needle extract, coriolus (fermented mycelial extract), soma latha, hyssop, cat’s claw, pau d’arco and much more. Unlike antibiotics, these natural agents can effectively eliminate infection from various pathways in the body without disruption of the intestinal ecology or creating further immune system stress and weakening.
Detoxify your body
It is critical to use both internal and external nutritional detoxification agents to clear stagnant, toxic pathways so the body’s immune system can begin to heal itself once again. Internally, you can begin a cleansing program which includes therapeutic quality, botanical intestinal cleansers, liver and gallbladder cleansers and kidney cleansers.
For external detoxification, you can use mud packs with moor magna (a powerful toxin-chelating agent applied to the body externally which is later rinsed off) and castor oil packs (also applied externally). These highly effective agents are safe and nontoxic and have been used for centuries in many cultures with outstanding success for chemical detoxification – thus, promoting a release of blocked areas to help the body rapidily return to health. They are easy to use, safe, inexpensive, and can be applied in the comfort of your own home. Often, a two-month regimen consisting of 2 detoxification sessions per week can result in clinically profound results. It is well known that as the body becomes more detoxified, it can operate at a higher level of metabolic efficiency and healing.
In Parkinson’s Disease, the back of the neck and the back of the head areas can become energetically “stuck” (i.e. a blocked energetic flow exists due to toxic buildup in the connective tissue and lymphatic system) – and thus, the body’s biological nerve flow and immune system surveillance have become impeded in those areas because they cannot adequately enter and detoxify these toxic, weakened areas.
The simple yet elegant external detoxification techniques (mentioned above) can be a great, lifesaving help in re-establishing adequate nerve flow and immune system function to those areas so that once again, the body can be strengthened and repair the damage in those areas.
The Liver Cleanse Drink
In Parkinson’s Disease, liver and gallbladder toxicity are common. It is important to begin liver/gallbladder cleansing methods as soon as possible. You can begin with a gentle, but effective Liver Cleanse Drink procedure, a simple, good-tasting detox cocktail taken once per week for several weeks to help gently purify the liver and gallbladder tracts. Once the liver becomes detoxified and stronger, the body’s ability to detoxify and heal itself can become much stronger.
To make the drink, use the following ingredients: 2 fresh tomatoes, 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, 1 capsule turmeric; optimal: 1 clove garlic. Blend all together. Drink first thing upon arising. Wait 1/2 hour to eat other food.
Brain and nerve healing agents
Effective brain and nerve growth and regeneration agents can be excellent help, such as hericium erinaceus (shown in research to regenerate damaged nerve tissue). Other important nerve growth and rejuvenation nutritional agents are phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylserine, hosphatidylethaol-amine, carnosine and maitake.
Be sure to include these outstanding nutritional nerve support agents in your daily nutritional routine. Start the road back to your own excellent health today.
Get started today
Begin to road back to great health by detoxifying your body, boosting your immune system and to maximizing your nutrient levels for the body’s most rapid healing progress. The human body is indeed a self-healing, self-regenerating machine – but only if you give it the nutrients it needs in order for this to occur. Don’t delay – get started today on the road to natural healing and great health.