A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Parkinson’s Disease
I had a question the other day about Parkinson’s disease.
Parkinson’s disease affects the way you move.
It happens when there’s a problem with certain nerve cells in your brain.
Normally, these nerve cells make an important chemical called dopamine.
Dopamine sends signals to the part of your brain that controls movement.
It lets your muscles move smoothly and do what you want them to do.
When you have Parkinson’s, these nerve cells break down.
When you no longer have enough dopamine you have trouble moving the way you want to.
Parkinson’s gets worse over time.
But usually this happens slowly, over a period of many years.
No one knows for sure what makes the nerve cells break down.
Scientists are doing a lot of research to look for the answer.
They’re studying many possible causes, including aging and poisons in the environment.
Abnormal genes seem to lead to Parkinson’s disease in some people.
But so far, there’s not enough proof to show it’s always inherited.
The 4 main symptoms of Parkinson’s are:
>Tremor (shaking or trembling), which may affect your hands, arms, or legs.
>Problems with balance or walking.
Tremor may be the first symptom you notice.
It’s the most common sign of the disease, although not everyone has it.
More importantly, not everyone with a tremor has Parkinson’s disease.
Tremor often starts in just one arm or leg or only on one side of the body.
It may be worse when you’re awake but not moving the affected arm or leg.
It may get better when you move the limb or you’re asleep.
In time, Parkinson’s affects muscles all through your body, so it can lead to problems like trouble swallowing or constipation.
In later stages, a person with Parkinson’s may have a fixed or blank expression, trouble speaking, and other problems.
Some people also have a decrease in mental skills.
People usually start to have symptoms between the ages of 50 and 60.
But in some people symptoms start earlier.
At this time, there’s no cure for Parkinson’s disease.
There are many things you can do at home that can help you stay as independent and healthy as possible.
To deal with Parkinson’s it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Review my post on keeping clean on the inside.
*Breathe easier; purify indoor air.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Consume a 50% raw food diet: lots of fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible). Include fresh juicing.
*Consider liver and colon cleanses.
*Increase exercise, deep breathing, relaxation, stress management and energy techniques.
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect to nature, adequate rest.
*Deal with any underlying emotional issues.
*Consider skin brushing, Epsom salt baths, hydrotherapy or add baking soda to bath water.
*Ensure regular (2 per day) bowel movements.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds.
*Investigate and eliminate “hidden” allergies/sensitivities.
*Decrease or eliminate any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, and deep-fried foods.
*Decrease or eliminate sugar-laden foods, white flour products, simple carbs.
*Decrease or eliminate processed, instant, chemical-laden, “lifeless” foods.
*Decrease or eliminate smoking, alcohol, coffee, soda pop, processed juices.
*Become educated about all possible side effects and detrimental influences of any medications or treatment procedures you are taking or considering.
*Research and address underlying Candida issues.
*Avoid MSG and artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
*Explore dental amalgam toxicity.